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Waratahs knock out 'Canes

2010-05-14 14:15

Sydney - The Waratahs booked a prized berth in the Super 14 semi-finals with an easy 32-16 win over the Hurricanes on Friday in Sydney.

In front of a crowd of 31 000, the Waratahs climbed to second on the ladder with the bonus point win and could earn a vital home semi-final if the Stormers lose to the Bulls on Sunday.

The hosts set up the win with two brilliant first-half penalties, both following bold chip and chases, a tactic they repeated with further success in the second half.

While the Tahs' ninth win of the season means they can look forward to the playoffs, the result ended the Hurricanes' hopes of another semi-finals appearance.

Berrick Barnes said the Waratahs would eagerly watch the Cape Town clash between the Stormers and Bulls.

"We'll get together tomorrow night and watch the game," Barnes said.

"It is just exciting to know we will be in action next week."

The Hurricanes' Rodney So'oialo said it was disappointing to fall at the final hurdle having kept their finals hopes alive for so long.

"We've been on a knife edge and tonight the Waratahs really took it to us," he said.

"We absorbed a lot of pressure, but they played too well tonight."

The Waratahs scored the first four tries of the game, all after deft chip kicks, and had the game in their pocket when Kurtley Beale scored his second try in the 51st minute and Barnes's conversion made it 32-9.

The Hurricanes had made a solid start, with a Piri Weepu penalty conversion giving them the first score of the game and when he slotted his second in the 14th minute they led 6-3.

However, the tide turned when Beale collected his own chip kick to score under the posts in the 15th minute, setting up a 10-6 lead for the Waratahs.

A brilliant piece of solo play by Lachie Turner set up a Drew Mitchell try in the 32nd minute.

Turner gained possession at the defensive end of the field for the Waratahs, then gathered his own chip kick and made a probing run downfield, before offloading with a long pass to an unmarked Mitchell out wide for an easy try.

Another Weepu penalty after the half-time siren gave the Hurricanes some hope despite trailing 18-9 at the break.

But the Waratahs broke the game open after the resumption, with Mitchell gathering his own chip to score his second try of the match, and ninth of the season, in the 45th minute.

Beale then used the same tactic and capitalised on a lucky bounce to sink the Hurricanes, who scored a late consolation try through David Smith.

Realistically the only remaining match that can affect the playoff picture is the Stormers v Bulls match at Newlands on Saturday.

The three possible scenarios for the Newlands match are as follows:

1) Should the Stormers win with a bonus point or not, they will move into second spot and play the Waratahs in the semi-finals while the Bulls would host the Crusaders.

2) Should the Stormers draw, they will finish in third position and will have to travel to Sydney to face the Waratahs while the Bulls would host the Crusaders.

3) Should the Stormers lose, they will finish in fourth position and will play the Bulls in Orlando, while the Waratahs would host the Crusaders in Sydney. However, should the Stormers pick up two points in defeat (by finishing within seven points of the Bulls' score and by scoring four tries), they will finished third and travel to Sydney to face the Waratahs, while the Bulls would host the Crusaders).

Teams:

Waratahs:
15. Kurtley Beale, 14. Lachie Turner, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Berrick Barnes, 9. Luke Burgess, 8. Ben Mowen, 7. Phil Waugh (captain), 6. Pat McCutcheon, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Dean Mumm, 3. Al Baxter, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Dan Palmer

Substitutes: 16. Damien Fitzpatrick, 17. Jeremy Tilse, 18. Chris Thomson, 19. Dave Dennis, 20. Josh Holmes, 21. Daniel Halangahu, 22. Rory Sidey

Hurricanes:

15. Cory Jane, 14. Tamati Ellison, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Rodney So’oialo, 7. Karl Lowe, 6. Michael Paterson, 5. Jeremy Thrush, 4. Bryn Evans 3. Neemia Tialata, 2. Andrew Hore (captain), 1. John Schwalger

Substitutes: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Jacob Ellison, 18. Nick Crosswell, 19. Scott Waldrom, 20. Tyson Keats, 21. Jason Kawau/Willie Ripia, 22. David Smith

AFP

Comments
  • piepies - 2010-05-14 12:59

    thas by 10 then they will fly to CT for semi,poor thas doesnt know whats gana hit them if I was a tha I would rather just loose now

  • Molefe - 2010-05-14 13:00

    I don't know whatt it is about this guy..... But everytime I see Phil Waugh bleed I just get this massive urge to laugh out loud!

  • wes - 2010-05-14 13:34

    Molefe - that is because he is a filthy cheating aussie.

  • Magmoed Martin - 2010-05-14 13:34

    Well, Well nothing to play for tomorrow for Stormers vs Bulls...both teams in semis now....Stormers can only play for a home semi now...which they will get easily...stormers to win by 20

  • piepies - 2010-05-14 13:38

    You are a tha.......there are doctors that specialise in what you suffer from.....LOL

  • Gtr - 2010-05-14 13:39

    I do hope for the Stormers' sake, and SA's, that they can beat the Bulls tomorrow. In that case, we will have two home semis. And for the Stormers to trash the Tah's at Newlands. Those Aussies don't deserve to be here. I believe the Sharks will aggree with me on that.

  • raged bull - 2010-05-14 13:45

    what happens if the Reds win with a bonus point over the Highlanders and the Stormers lose against the Bulls. Both the Reds and the Stormers will end up on 39 points. Hey Garrin, this is another scenario

  • Bulletjies! - 2010-05-14 13:51

    The “Bulletjies” must be very confused by now! They will play the Stormers, Tahs or Saders in the semis. They very well know that the Stormers is a better team and that they were very lucky to have beaten the Waratahs at Loftus.THEN......they know even better that everybody knows that the Crusaders actually beaten them last weekend. Lastly they won’t be playing at Moftus! By sending their so-called B team to CT they basically assure themselves a semi against the Crusaders in Soweto. If there is 1 team that can travel from SA to NZ, destroy the Brumbies5 days later, get on the plane back to SA and beat the Bulls it is the Crusaders. Be afraid, very afraid! No lucky run like in 2009 when you played a tired useless Chiefs team with lots of injuries or win like in 2007 with a lucky try. This is 2010 and you are going down!

  • THE MAN - 2010-05-14 13:56

    the crusaders and their ALL BLACK stars can rest assured that 50 million south africans will be supporting them and hoping they take the cup....it is a sad day in south africa when rugby is still a racially divided sport in africa hence these local teams only have 1 million supporters in all....go all blacks

  • Rus Stormers rus! - 2010-05-14 14:05

    Speel n B span teen die Bulls B span dan kan ons hulle A span volgende naweek met ons A span in Soweto opf@k!Ons weet om in NZ te wen so ons sal dan die Crusaders(wat beslis die Tahs sal wen) in Christchurch moet gaan speel.Bulls se seisoen is volgende naweek verby!Lekker rus ou Spiesie!

  • @wes - 2010-05-14 14:06

    You should know all about filthy cheats, Schalk is a filthy cheating South African....and you're a South African bigot

  • aussieInCT - 2010-05-14 14:10

    This is all coming from the country that gave us Hansie Cronje! Hope both Stormers and the Bulls get there dodgy match fixing butts handed to them!

  • Blouwildebul - 2010-05-14 14:10

    Gaan die stormers hulle lywe op die spel plaas saterdag en dalk beserings op doen?Want dit gaan n klip harde wedstryd wees , beskeie mening is dat die Bulls span dit saterdag gaan doen .Hulle kan self nou bepaal wie hulle in die semis wil speel so hulle kan gaan vir n wen en die stormers probeer verhoed om bonus punte aan teteken en dan sodoende teen hulle tespeel in die semis.En dit terwyl die hoof groep rus en dan weer lekker vars is in die semi terwyl die stormers n harde laaste ronde game gehad het.En voor al die stormer ondersteuners nou galbraak dit is net n mening wat ek lig,so moenie julle paqpsakke stukkend byt nie! GO BULLS!!!

  • HVR - 2010-05-14 14:15

    OR the Stormers lose with more than seven points. Reds win by a margin of 150 points. I win tonight's Powerball.

  • Deonic - 2010-05-14 14:18

    I dislike Phil Waugh. I am of opinion that he has absolutely no concept of what constitutes legal play. This attitude has been adopted by several of his team mates, to the extent that the breakdown play in Aussie is starting to look like last year's "interpretation". Falling over, hands in and joining from the wrong side is the rule, and not the exception. A strict ref would probably penalise them at every opposition break-down. The Aussies want the rules to be interpreted in a way that result in more attractive rugby, and then they play the ugliest rugby! I dislike the Tah's. At least the Brumbies and Reds have entertainment value. It would be even better without George Smith, who is the Patron-saint of the Waugh-like players. Think of our SA loosies and the way that they play, and compare it with these relics of the past. They are an absolute nightmare for a ref.

  • Pieter (Sommige Stormers is Brommers) - 2010-05-14 14:22

    To all the sour Stormer grapes moaning about the Bulls last win, they can thank their lucky stars that the Bulls beat the Crusaders, if they did not then the current log would have read 44 Bulls (they would have gained 1 bonus point from the Crusaders match), 43 Warathas, 44 Crusaders and 39 Stormers. A win (with bonus point very unlikely) against a Bulls A would then land them at 43 or the number 3 spot. Which mean they would have no chance at a home semi-final. The Bulls are now giving them an extra and better life-line by playing their "B" team. The Stormers should win this one to give them a home semi......but if they loose they will be without a home semi and psychologically damaged goods for an away semi at Orlando.

  • Molefe@The Man - 2010-05-14 14:49

    Why do you even bother posting here?This is not a political forum! This is for Sport! Get it? I have told you before.... Do NOT presume to speak for others, epecially if you do not know the first thing about rugby! Your racist opinion is your own! Keep it to yourself!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-05-14 14:51

    One of 2 scenarios will play itself out tomorrow. 1) The Bulls will storm out with fire and brimstone and arrogance and put pressure on the Stormers for the first 20 - 30 minutes. The Stormers class will then take over and they should go on to win quite easily (also having learnt their lesson last week). 2) The Stormers will take the game away from the Bulls from kick-off allowing them to put on the whole bench for most of the second half. The Crusaders will have a point to prove and beat the Bulls (who will have lost momentum because of their bye) at Soweto - no Fort Loftus - in the one semi final! The Stormers will take care of the Waratahs in the second semi final and set themselves up for a humdinger of a final at Newlands against the Crusaders! Unfortunately, we won't see the Stormers playing the Bulls 'A' team this year! That will save the Bulls a certain amount of embarrassment!

  • One more scenario... - 2010-05-14 14:51

    Sorry... there is one other possibility... if the Reds defeat the Highlanders by more than 102 points, and scoring 4 tries for a bonus point, and then the Stormers lose to the Bulls by more than 7 points and do not score more than 3 tries, then the Reds will end on 39 points and have a better points difference then the Stormers and therefore finish in 4th. I know, I know.... one would have a better chance of winning the lottery or being in a plane crash, but hey... hope the Reds give it a go ?

  • One more scenario... - 2010-05-14 14:53

    Sorry... there is one other possibility... if the Reds defeat the Highlanders by more than 102 points, and scoring 4 tries for a bonus point, and then the Stormers lose to the Bulls by more than 7 points and do not score more than 3 tries, then the Reds will end on 39 points and have a better points difference then the Stormers and therefore finish in 4th. I know, I know.... one would have a better chance of winning the lottery or being in a plane crash, but hey... hope the Reds give it a go ?

  • One more scenario... - 2010-05-14 14:53

    Sorry... there is one other possibility... if the Reds defeat the Highlanders by more than 102 points, and scoring 4 tries for a bonus point, and then the Stormers lose to the Bulls by more than 7 points and do not score more than 3 tries, then the Reds will end on 39 points and have a better points difference then the Stormers and therefore finish in 4th. I know, I know.... one would have a better chance of winning the lottery or being in a plane crash, but hey... hope the Reds give it a go ?

  • @The man - 2010-05-14 14:53

    I agree with you 100% my man..the blue ass... are the most racists thiefs that you can get and they support the racists like the late E.T and Steve Stofpoeper..GO ALL BLACKS GO

  • piepies - 2010-05-14 15:03

    @raged bull,you should rather say nothing when comit bul like that ya twat,as if the reds wil win with 100 points and more,your just a moran so shut your bull balls becaz you talking out of it!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dale - 2010-05-14 15:06

    @aussieInct You quick to forget all your "sheep shaggers" dodgy doings,but thats what we come to expect from you convicts down under...Go home Bruce

  • fuzzy @ THE MAN - 2010-05-14 15:06

    I dont see anything spewing from your pc that indiactes that you have anything to contribute beyond your racially based hatred of SA rugby and all the players. Go and support your 89th ranked soccer team and stop playing with intelligent people you fool. AND no, you are not making me angry so you have not succeeded in your goal.

  • Susaar - 2010-05-14 15:11

    'n Gelykop uitslag tussen die Bulls en die Stormers kan ook gebeur. Dit beteken die Stormers eindig 3de en moet die Tahs in Australie gaan speel> Net maar nog 'n moontlikheid

  • Unabashed Dutchman - 2010-05-14 15:14

    @ Molefe (01:00): I'm with ya on that one my man. The elephant man full of blood, priceless, LOL

  • SA Man@AussieinCT - 2010-05-14 15:25

    Shame it sucks to be sour grapes knowing your Aussie rugby teams are crap! Know your sporting facts before making stupid comments... I see you forget that in 1998, Australian players Mark Waugh and Shane Warne were fined for revealing information about the "weather" to a bookmaker. Australia are too corrupt to prosecute there corrupt sportsmen so they made a cover up that only info on the "weather" was given... ya right!!!

  • @ THE MAN - 2010-05-14 15:26

    Please find yourself another planet and F*8-#FF. We All Blacks can't stand people like you.Please do not! DO NOT support us.

  • Gtr - 2010-05-14 15:53

    @Mike@CapeT: So, the Stormers just have to pitch for their games to win? Remember what happened last week. The Stormers only had to pitch for the Sharks game, hey? Or did you forget this soon?

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-05-14 16:37

    @GTR - Is that how it sounded ? :)

  • TO ALL BULLS - 2010-05-14 17:00

    THE MAN AND OTHERS..I AGREE WITH YOU GUY,S AND BULL SUPPORTERS YOU POEPOLS ARE SO SELFRIGHTIOUS AND STRONG BEHIND THE P.CI WOULD LOVE TO KICK YHE DINGES OUTA YOU AND THAT "ALL BLACK" YOU ARE NOT A ALL BLACK SUPPORTER CAUSE WE AS ALL BLACK SUPPORTERS HATE RACISM AND THE LIKES OF TERBLANCHE AND HOFFMEYER

  • @ TO ALL BULLS - 2010-05-14 18:07

    Take it easy big bully - you will frighten the heck out of us all - and have a look for the CAPS lock key on your keyboard please - might take you a while but then again there is different ways to keep idiots busy

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