Waratahs rumble past Rebels
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Waratahs, thanks to a vastly improved second half performance, have beaten the Rebels in their all-Australian Super Rugby clash in Sydney on Friday.
The Waratahs won 31-26 after trailling 16-6 at half-time.
The Waratahs scored three tries through flyhalf Bernard Foley, flank Michael Hooper and replacement lock Paddy Ryan. Scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin was on target with two conversions as well as four penalties for a personal haul of 16 points.
The Rebels replied with tries by hooker Ged Robinson and flyhalf Kurtley Beale. Fullback James O'Connor was successful with both conversions as well as four penalties.
The Waratahs picked up four points for their first victory of the season, having enjoyed a bye in Round 1 before losing to the Reds in Brisbane last weekend.
The Rebels picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, and their record now reads: played three, won one, lost two.
In next weekend's Round 4 action, the Waratahs travel to Canberra to face the Australian Conference table-topping Brumbies, while the Rebels host the Reds in Melbourne.Teams:
15 Israel Folau, 14 Tom Kingston, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis (captain), 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Ben VolavolaRebels:
15 James O'Connor (captain), 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Richard Kingi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson
Substitutes: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Jordy Reid, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Angus Roberts, 22 Tom English