The Queensland Reds have won three of their last four Super Rugby matches against the NSW Waratahs (L1) including the last two meetings, after losing 11 consecutive games against them prior.
The Queensland Reds will be aiming for back-to-back away victories against the NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby for the first time since July 2013, following their 46-14 win in their most recent such fixture (March 2021).
- The NSW Waratahs will be looking to log back-to-back Super Rugby wins for the first time since August 2020 after opening their 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season with a 40-10 win over the Fijian Drua; the last time the NSW Waratahs scored 40+ points in consecutive Super Rugby games was in July 2016.
- The Tahs have lost their last eight Super Rugby games against fellow Australian sides – their longest-ever losing streak in such fixtures – while the Reds have won nine of their last 10 Australian derbies (L1).
- The Queensland Reds have won only four of their last 18 Super Rugby games played as the away team on the day (D1, L13) and have lost their last three games on the bounce when on the road.
- NSW made 4.6m per carry in the opening round of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign, the most of any team in the competition and 1.2m per carry more than the Reds (3.4m).
- Jake Gordon gained 20 metres per carry from his five carries in the opening round of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign, more than any other player in the competition.
- Jock Campbell and Izaia Perese each beat six defenders in the opening round of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, more than any other players in the competition.
- Angus Bell has scored one try in three of his last four Super Rugby games and finished with one try and one try assist in the opening round of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.
- Harry Wilson made 15 carries and 16 tackles in Round 1 of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign, one of five players to make 10+ in both categories; it’s the fourth time in his last five appearances that he’s achieved the double.
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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway in Australia.
2.00: PENALTY! James O’Connor opens the scoring. 0-3
6.00: It’s all Waratahs in the early stages as they camp inside the Queensland half.
9.00: The Reds continue to keep the Tahs out of the goal-line.
11.00: Tahs have an attacking scrum on the Reds’ line.
12.00: Izaia Perese is held up over the try line – no try! 0-3
14.00: MISS! Ben Donaldson misses a shot at goal. 0-3
17.00: The Reds manage to get into the Tahs’ territory to earn a scrum. The forwards win the penalty as the Waratahs collapse the set-piece. Reds go to the corner.
19.00: Attacking lineout of the 5m.
20.00: TRY! O’Connor’s chip-kick is caught by Jordan Petaia for the winger’s seventh Super Rugby score. The Reds had two penalty advantages for offsides and infringements at the ruck, but the visitors didn’t need them. 0-8
21.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 0-10
24.00: Another series of penalties on the Reds’ try line leads to the referee speaking to captain Tate McDermott. The last time the Tahs had the penalty, they went for poles instead of taking the scrum on the opposition’s 5m.
25.00: TRY! Jake Gordon’s decision to scrum works a treat as Will Harris regathered the ball from the back of the set-piece after McDermott knocked the ball out, broke blind and barged his way over the line. 5-10
26.00: CONVERSION! Donaldson adds the extras. 7-10
29.00: Despite the wet and slippery conditions, both teams are doing well. The lineouts have been a problem for the Reds, who have lost two because of the rain.
32.00: Donaldson’s grubber is collected by O’Connor before James Turner reached the ball.
35.00: A 13-phase attack inside the Reds’ 22 comes to nothing after a knock-on by NSW.
37.00: The Reds lead, but they have made more handling errors (4-2), turned the ball over more (5-4), and have only made 19 passes to 104.
38.00: Gordon is pinged under his posts for not releasing in the tackle, the Tahs opt for the points before the break.
38.00: PENALTY! Donaldson levels the scores. 10-10
40.00: McDermott is off injured for the Reds. The home team has had 70% possession and 75% territory. Donaldson kicks to the 22 because of the heavy conditions.
41.00: Nothing comes of the final attack.
The halftime score was New South Wales 10 Queensland 10
41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.
44.00: Waratahs scrum is taking over, Reds struggling tonight without Tupou.
47.00: PENALTY! A series of scrum penalties against the Reds comes to nothing; instead, O’Connor puts his side back in front from distance. 10-13
49.00: James Turner almost goes over in the corner, but is tackled out by Josh Flook and Spencer Jeans.
52.00: Both coaches wringing the changes.
53.00: PENALTY! Donaldson levels again from far out. 13-13
57.00: The Reds have gained a small foothold in the secondhalf, but cannot get over the whitewash. Waratahs the better team.
60.00: Turner’s mistake gives the Reds an attacking scrum inside the Tahs’ half.
63.00: DROP-GOAL! Donaldson drops back into the pocket and slots a drop-kick to put the Tahs ahead for the first time. 16-13
67.00: Reds need something here, but they cannot hang onto the ball.
69.00: TRY! Ryan Smith’s pick-and-drive gives the Reds their second try, and his debut score. 16-18
70.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 16-20
74.00: Reds bleeding the clock with a lot of reset scrums.
76.00: Time is running out for the hosts; they need to score soon.
77.00: Another big scrum from the home team allows Donaldson to kick to the corner with less than three to play.
79.00: Waratahs have another penalty after a sustained attack. They go to the corner again. It’s money time!
80.00: A poor throw by Tom Horton to Jed Holloway sees the lock forward knock-on to give away possession. OH DEAR!
81.00: O’Connor puts the ball into touch to end the game. Game over!
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The final score is Waratahs 16 (10) Reds 20 (10)
Tries – Harris
Pen – Donaldson (2)
Con – Donaldson
Drop – Donaldson
Tries – Petaia, Smith
Pen – O’Connor (2)
Con – O’Connor (2)
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2: Matt Kellahan
TMO: James Leckie
15 Alex Newsome, 14 Dylan Pietsch, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 James Turner, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Jake Gordon (captain), 8 Will Harris, 7 Charlie Gamble, 6 Jeremy Williams, 5 Geoff Cridge, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Dave Porecki, 1 Angus Bell
Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Max Douglas, 20 Langi Gleeson, 21 Jack Grant, 22 Tane Edmed, 23 Jamie Roberts
15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Josh Flook, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott (captain), 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Feao Fotuaika 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Dane Zander
Replacements: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Ryan Smith, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Spencer Jeans, 22 Lawson Creighton, 23 Mac Grealy