Cape Town - The Waratahs kept up the pressure on rivals the Brumbies in beating the Rebels in Sydney on Saturday.
As it happened: Waratahs v Rebels
The Waratahs won 18-16 after leading 13-3 at half-time.
The Waratahs scored three tries through flank Michael Hooper, centre Adam Ashley-Cooper and wing Rob Horne. Flyhalf Bernard Foley added a penalty.
The Rebels replied with a try by replacement back Bryce Hegarty and a conversion and three penalties by flyhalf Jack Debreczeni.
The Waratahs picked up four points for their victory to close the gap to the Brumbies in the Australian Conference. They also moved into sixth spot in the Overall standings.
The Rebels picked up a point for losing by fewer than seven points, but stayed third and 11th in the Australian Conference and Overall log.
In next weekend's Round 12 action, the Waratahs travel to Canberra to face the Brumbies (Friday, May 1 at 11:40), while the Rebels host the Chiefs in Melbourne (Saturday, May 2 at 11:40).
15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Mitchell Chapman, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu-Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes: (one to be omitted): 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Wycliff Palu, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Pat McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Matt Carraro, 24 Taqele Naiyaravoro
15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Sefanaia Naivalu, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Jordy Reid, 23 Bryce Hegarty