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Waratahs beat Reds in Sydney

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The NSW Waratahs have played the Reds 32 times in Super Rugby since 1996, and the Waratahs have won 18 matches, lost 13 times and drawn once.

The Waratahs’ 18 wins give them a record of winning 56% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.

  • The Reds picked up a 32-26 win against the NSW Waratahs when they met in the opening round of Super Rugby AU, snapping an 11-game losing streak against them in the process.
  • Three of the NSW Waratahs’ last four home games in Super Rugby have been won by the team trailing at half-time on the day, with the Waratahs surrendering two half-time leads in this stretch.
  • The Reds are winless in their last nine Super Rugby away games (D1, L8); their last away win against an Australian opponent came against the Rebels in Round 12, 2017.
  • The Reds have outscored their opponents by 20 points in the second halves of their games thus far in Super Rugby AU, more than any other team in the competition.
  • Michael Hooper (Waratahs) has attended 58 defensive rucks so far in Super Rugby AU, 15 more than any other player in the competition; However, Reds’ duo Fraser McReight (43) and Liam Wright (40) are ranked second and third, respectively.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway down under at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

2.00: New South Wales start by throwing the ball around like a hot potato but some good defending sees the Reds win possession and the game’s first scrum.

3.00: Taniela Tupou, playing at the SCG, thinks he’s Tubby Taylor with the gum in the mouth, but it seems to work. The pack wins the first scrum-penalty of the night.

4.00: The Waratahs should have scored after a wonderful counter-attack from deep inside their half, however, Will Harrison, who should have passed, is held-up. Tupou is offside, though.

5.00: PENALTY! Harrison opens the scoring from in front. 3-0

6.00: Ned Hanigan does not roll away. Penalty to the visitors, who boot the ball to the 22.

8.00: This is good by the Reds. They go through the phases before winning another penalty. Their driving maul looks good, but their passing let them down. We will have another lineout attack from Queensland.

9.00: What a wasted opportunity. Brandon Paenga-Amosa overthrows his second poor throw after having one stolen earlier in the game.

10.00: TRY! Another poor throw sees the Tahs win possession and go 50 metres to score. James Ramm puts boot to ball and the inter-passing kills the defenders as Jake Gordon dots down. 8-0

11.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 10-0

13.00: It’s all Waratahs here at the SCG.

16.00: A scrum penalty is kicked to the corner.

17.00: TRY! Gordon has a double after catching the Reds napping. Paenga-Amosa was offside. Gordon called the mark, got the OK from the ref and scored under the posts. 15-0

18.00: CONVERSION! Harrison adds the extras. 17-0

20.00: The Reds’ passing and catching have been atrocious – they look shell-shocked.

24.00: TRY! Jack Maddocks scores after a one-two with Jack Dempsey. 22-0

26.00: CONVERSION! Harrison is on fire. 24-0

27.00: TRY! Gordon has a hat-trick at the SCG! WOW! The halfback broke from the halfway line to the 22 before a one-two with the supporting Harrison sees Gordon claim a famous treble. 29-0

29.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 31-0

32.00: Queensland look terrible; they go nowhere and Michael Hooper wins the penalty at the ruck.

35.00: TRY! Alex Newsome with a sublime finish in the corner beats Jordan Petaia to score. This is outstanding from the Tahs. 36-0

36.00: CONVERSION! Harrison is on fire! 38-0

39.00: Good work by Hooper before the break to see the Reds stay scoreless at the break.

The halftime score was Waratahs 30 Reds 0

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia.

43.00: The Tahs look hungry for more.

46.00: Lots of scuffles breaking out as the rain begins to pour down.

48.00: All NSW, still. They are winning every ruck, scrum, and lineout.

50.00: The handling is a lot tougher in these wet conditions, but nothing has changed for the Reds. The Tahs have slowed play down, too.

52.00: TRY! Tom Horton flops over the chalk after a rolling maul. 43-0

53.00: CONVERSION! Ben Donaldson adds the two points. 45-0

54.00: TRY! THE REDS HAVE SCORED! O’Connor’s accurate kick-pass is taken by Hardy after Maddocks’ drops the ball to get the sorry Reds on the board. 45-5

55.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 45-5

58.00: Both teams starting to empty the benches.

61.00: Both teams going to the boot as they look for territory. The rain is easing, but the field is cutting up and the surface is greasy.

64.00: NSW is camped inside the Reds’ 22. They are going through the phases with a barrage of pick-and-drives as they look to bring up the half-century.

65.00: NO TRY! After 13 phases, Dempsey crashes over, but the TMO deemed the Reds had taken the ball over. 45-5

67.00: Hooper leaves the field after a stunning performance. Holloway is on for the flanker.

68.00: NO TRY! Newsome goes close again with another stunning dive to score, but he puts the ball out on the in-goal line. 45-5

72.00: The players look shot, especially the Reds. The game should be called because this has been a beat down of note.

75.00: NSW still camped on the line. They keep opting for scrums as the Reds concede 9 of the last 10 penalties.

77.00: YELLOW CARD! Zane Nonggorr is off for the rest of the game. 45-5

79.00: Much better by the Reds in the second half.

81.00: TRY! O’Connor doubles his team’s lead after the siren. 45-10

82.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. That’s the game. 45-12

FULL TIME

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The final score is Waratahs 45 (38) Reds (0) 12

Scorers

Waratahs
Tries – Gordon (3), Maddocks, Newsome, Horton
Pen – Harrison
Con – Harrison (5), Donaldson
Drop –
Cards –

Reds
Tries – Hardy, O’Connor
Pen –
Con – O’Connor
Drop –
Cards – Nonggorr (Yellow, 77′)

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

15 Jack Maddocks, 14 James Ramm, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachie Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Tom Horton, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Joey Walton, 23 Ben Donaldson

Reds

15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Dane Zander.

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Jack Straker, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Jack Hardy, 23 Josh Flook

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