Waratahs win Melbourne derby
Cape Town -The Waratahs
produced a controlled performance to secure a bonus point and overcome
an error-prone Melbourne Rebels 35-19 in a niggly Super Rugby clash that
resulted in several off the ball scuffles on Friday.
Waratahs dominated the first 55 minutes to establish a 23-point lead
then seemed to lower their intensity, allowing the Rebels to gain some
momentum that was halted once Daniel Halangahu kicked a 70th minute
"The first 50 minutes everything went to plan and we
executed well but getting involved in that niggly stuff let them back in
the game," Halangahu said.
"It was really on out there and there was a lot of feeling... but I'm happy with the win."
Inside centre Tom Carter scored two tries and tighthead prop Sekope
Kepu notched his first Super Rugby try for the Waratahs, while flyhalf
Halangahu added two conversions and fullback Bernard Foley slotted a
Wallabies utility back James O'Connor, who moved to the
Rebels in a controversial transfer from the Force at the end of
last season, kicked two penalties in the first spell as the Waratahs
went into the break with a handy 22-6 lead.
Foley secured the
Waratahs bonus point when he crossed after another sustained build-up
from the Waratahs side, who then seemed to switch off after
establishing the 29-6 lead.
O'Connor added two more penalties
and the Rebels forwards milked a penalty try, which also resulted in
Waratahs' hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau being yellow carded, to make the
scoreline closer than it should have been.
Halangahu, who had
kicked an earlier second half penalty before the Rebels' try, slotted
another with 10 minutes remaining to make the victory safe.
15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 James O'Connor, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Tom Chamberlain, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Adam Byrnes, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Adam Freier, 1 Nic Henderson
Substitutes: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Rodney Blake, 18 Alister Campbell, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 Lloyd Johansson, 22 Julian HuxleyWaratahs:
15. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14. Tom Kingston, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Tom Carter, 11. Brackin Karauria-Henry, 10. Daniel Halangahu (captain), 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Wycliff Palu, 7. Chris Alcock, 6. Dave Dennis, 5. Kane Douglas, 4. Dean Mumm, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Benn Robinson
Substitutes: 16. Damian Fitzpatrick, 17. Paddy Ryan, 18. Lopeti Timani, 19. Jono Jenkins, 20. Brendan McKibbin, 21. Bernard Foley, 22. Nathan Trist