Beale injured in Waratahs' win
Sydney - The Waratahs overcame the
first-minute loss of England-bound centre Kurtley Beale to beat the Bulls 31-8
in Super Rugby on Saturday.
A day after signing a multi-million-dollar,
two-year deal to join Wasps - reportedly making him the richest player in
English rugby - Beale landed awkwardly on his left knee on the newly laid
surface at Sydney Football Stadium and was taken off the field on a stretcher.
Initial reports suggested he sustained a
The Waratahs picked up a bonus point with a
try to replacement prop Angus Ta'avao with 90 seconds remaining, moving them
into first place in the Australian conference, a point ahead of the Brumbies.
It was the third consecutive home win by the Waratahs over a South African
Even without five senior players because of
disciplinary suspension, the Wellington-based Hurricanes beat the Reds 29-14
with a bonus point.
The Hurricanes didn't have All Blacks Cory
Jane, Julian Savea and Victor Vito, backrower Ardie Savea and prop Chris Eves,
who were stood down for one match for breaching team curfew during a recent
tour to South Africa.
Wes Goosen and Jason Woodward, who replaced
Jane and Julian Savea on the wings, shared three tries as the Hurricanes kept
their playoff hopes alive with a five-tries-to-one home victory. They remain
only a point behind the Crusaders, Chiefs and Highlanders, who are atop the New
While a crumbling scrum and the goalkicking
of flyhalf Beauden Barrett remained a concern, the Hurricanes were able to prey
on mistakes from the Reds.
They conceded six penalties in the first
half, two of which were converted into points by Reds fullback Ayumu Gorumaru,
but a late try to Coles gave the Hurricanes a 12-6 lead at halftime.
Gorumaru cut the lead to 12-9 while the
Reds were down to 14 men immediately after the break but Woodward's first try
made it 17-9 soon after.
Wing Chris Feauai-Sautia scored to put the
Reds within five points before Laumape's try and Woodward's second in stoppage
time boosted the Hurricanes' margin
Reds captain James Slipper said Coles' try
immediately before halftime was costly.
"Conceding that try really hurt
us," he said. "But we were pretty confident with the way we were
playing. We probably just didn't execute at the right times, and it's a pretty
powerful Hurricanes outfit so they just executed off their opportunities."