Waratahs win Melbourne derby

2012-03-02 12:20

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.

The 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 penalty.

"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 penalty.

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 Huxley

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


  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-02 12:30

    "The Force were awarded a penalty try, while centre James O'Connor was on target with the conversion and four penalties" Huh the Force wasn't playing

      Izell - 2012-03-02 12:50

      O'Connor moved to the Rebels.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-03-02 12:32

    Dani Cipriani must learn to tackle! Geez this oke is really bad.. send him back to the UK!

  • Jason - 2012-03-02 12:32

    Tim Carter is a good player! thanks for the SuperBru points Tahs...........I was out by only 1

      S - 2012-03-02 12:41

      Likewise! Two from two makes a great start to the weekend - I'm just waiting for the Cheetahs to down the Bulls by 3 tomorrow, to make it absolutely pur-r-r-r-r-rfect!

      Henri - 2012-03-02 13:11

      freaking hell i dropped 9.65% on this game

  • Henri - 2012-03-02 12:34

    kom nou asb, ek wil die pienk koeie kyk !!!!!!!! die naweek gaan regte ruby he LIONS GO LIONS !!!!! en dan die main event, The Pienk Koeie live in Bloem Cabaret show, siesdingetjie gaan op hul aalie kry !!!!

  • Paul - 2012-03-02 12:53

    Just watching Sarel Pretorius play today and comparing his consistent form to others' over the past two years, makes me want to slap the Springbok selectors upside the head all over again.

  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-02 12:55

    1 from 2. Bloody penalty try screwed up my margin

  • garethallison - 2012-03-02 13:58

    It wasn't a Melbourne derby - the Waratahs are based in Sydney. An Australian derby, yes, but not Melbourne.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-02 15:44

      Reporting standards are very bad.

  • Byron - 2012-03-02 15:23

    Lions by 5 PLEASE!!!!!!

  • Juan-Carlos - 2012-03-02 16:29

    Watching the Waratahs is ..........snorefest..........zzzzzzzz

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