Waratahs edge past Hurricanes
Wellington - The Waratahs have beaten the Hurricanes 29-24 in their Super Rugby encounter at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.
Fullback Israel Folau scored a bonus point try in the 51st minute
which broke a 19-19 half-time deadlock and set the Waratahs on the way to
their fifth win in eight matches this season.
The Hurricanes took a
consolation bonus point which returned them to the top of the table
after they had conceded first place to the Chiefs.
Wing Peter Betham scored a double,
including a crucial intercept try on the tick of halftime to help the
Waratahs revive their shaky title defense.Scorers
Hurricanes - Tries: Conrad Smith, Beauden Barrett, Brad Shields, TJ Perenara. Conversions: Barrett (2)
Waratahs - Tries: Peter Betham (2), Will Skelton, Israel Folau. Conversions: Bernard Foley (3). Penalty: Foley
Referee: Glen Jackson (NZL)
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Callum Gibbins, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes
Substitutes: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Frae Wilson, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 James Marshall
Waratahs15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Pat McCutcheon, 5 Dave Dennis (c), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes: (two to be omitted): 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Mitchell Chapman, 21 Stephen Hoiles, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Matt Carraro, 24 David Horwitz, 25 Jed Holloway