Waratahs secure home win in tough tussle against the Reds
Cape Town - The Waratahs have been the Reds 28-17 in an all-Australian Super Rugby derby in Sydney.
Coming off a bye week, the Tahs' Bernard Foley kicked two early penalties before Ned Hanigan got the first try from a lineout setpiece soon after Queensland's JP Smith was sin-binned for an infringement.
Reds skipper Samu Kerevi kept his team in the hunt, picking up a loose ball to catch the Waratahs napping as he powered over the line and Chris Feauai-Sautia got another try soon before half-time, to go into the break 16-12 behind.
But a long-range try by Curtis Rona, who ran almost from his own half, a minute after the restart extended the Waratahs lead.
Sefanaia Naivalu pulled one back to narrow the score to 21-17 with 14 minutes left before Tahs' substitute Alex Newsome burst through soon after coming on to put the game beyond doubt.
"We haven't really hit our straps yet in attack but we ran some really good plays tonight out of our own end," said Waratahs captain Michael Hooper.
"I was pleased how we kept playing right to the end. That was testament to our work rate."
Tries: Ned Hanigan, Curtis Rona, Alex Newsome
Conversions: Bernard Foley (2)
Penalties: Bernard Foley (3)
Tries: Samu Kerevi, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Chris Feauai-Sautia
Conversion: Bryce Hegarty
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes
Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Lachlan Swinton, 20 Will Miller, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Mack Mason, 23 Alex Newsome
15 Isaac Lucas, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Moses Sorovi, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith
Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hooper, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Jack Hardy.