NSW Waratahs
23 - 20
Rebels
2019-04-20 | 11:45 |  Super Rugby | Sydney Cricket Ground |  Full Time
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NSW Waratahs Rebels
  • 17' Adam Ashley-Cooper
    57' Bernard Foley
    2 Tries 2 23' Bill Meakes
    38' Reece Hodge
  • 18' Bernard Foley
    58' Bernard Foley
    2 Conversions 2 24' Quade Cooper
    38' Quade Cooper
  • 48' Bernard Foley
    52' Bernard Foley
    64' Bernard Foley
    3 Penalties 2 12' Quade Cooper
    40' Reece Hodge
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • Yellow Cards 1 71' Sam Talakai
  • Red Cards
Commentary
  • 82'

    FULL-TIME: WARATAHS 23-20 REBELS. The Waratahs have beaten the Rebels 23-20 thanks to 16 unanswered second half points. Foley's try proved decisive in the end. Daryl Gibson's men are in a brilliant position in the race for top spot in the Aussie Conference while Dave Wessels' men will be looking over their shoulders.

  • 80'

    The Rebels are looking to mount one last attack at the SCG as they work the ball through the phases.

  • 77'

    Speaking of missed opportunities, the throw from the Rebels lineout is not straight. The Waratahs are very much still in pole position.

  • 76'

    The Waratahs concede a penalty from their own attacking scrum for collapsing. A missed opportunity against a depleted side. Hodge puts the ball into touch.

  • 72'

    YELLOW CARD, REBELS, TALAKAI! Talakai is sent to the sin bin, probably for the rest of the game. That could be the killer blow.

  • 71'

    Hodge's kick bounces off the upright! The Waratahs keep their lead. Nothing is going right for Dave Wessels' men at the moment.

  • 70'

    The Rebels have won themselves a penalty and it looks like Hodge is going to go for another long-range shot at goal.

  • 68'

    Ashley-Cooper does really well to get on the end of a cross-kick from Beale ahead of Genia, but he can''t quite ground the ball in the Waratahs'' right-hand corner. He''s in touch.

  • 67'

    Foley puts a clever kick into touch just outside the Rebels 22. Although the visitors win their lineout, it's worth noting how much the Waratahs flyhalf has improved in this half after a nervy start to the game.

  • 65'

    PENALTY, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 23-20: Foley does it! It has been a game of two halves at the SCG and the Tahs are in front.

  • 64'

    The Rebels are penalised for playing the man in the air at the lineout and the Waratahs have a chance to take the lead.

  • 62'

    Hooper is really up for this at the moment. Cooper gathers a kick and the flanker is onto him in a flash, dragging him into touch.

  • 59'

    CONVERSION, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 20-20: Foley levels the scores at the SCG. All the Rebels' hard work has been undone and they'll have to start from scratch!

  • 58'

    TRY, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 18-20: This has been coming for some time! An overthrown Rangi lineout is pounced upon by Foley, who beats Cooper to the ball. The Waratahs flyhalf goes all the way for the try!

  • 57'

    The Rebels survive the spell of pressure and boot the ball clear. Rona kicks it right back at them.

  • 55'

    The Rebels are penalised for not releasing the ball. Great work from Hooper to win the penalty. His team-mates congratulate him. The Tahs are all over the Rebels at the moment.

  • 55'

    The ensuing lineout is overthrown but the Waratahs still have possession. They're inside the Rebels 22.

  • 53'

    PENALTY, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 13-20: The Tahs earn themselves another penalty and Foley puts them back within touching distance at the SCG.

  • 51'

    Cooper is fortunate as assistant referee Nic Berry misses him stepping over the 22 before putting the ball directly into touch.

  • 49'

    PENALTY, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 10-20: Foley puts the first second half points on the board. The Rebels will be kicking themselves for conceding that unnecessary penalty. They had several players offside there.

  • 48'

    The Waratahs are on the offence at the moment. The Rebels have been penalised for offside. Dave Wessels will have heart in mouth.

  • 47'

    NO TRY! The Waratahs think they've driven the ball over the try line via Johnson-Holmes. Murphy goes upstairs with an on-field decision of no try. That's upheld! Great work from the Rebels to prevent that.

  • 44'

    The second half has got off to a slow start, as the first did. The onus is on Daryl Gibson's side to recover from a difficult position now.

  • 41'

    PENALTY, REBELS, HODGE! 7-20: The Rebels win a penalty as the clock ticks into the red. They go for a long-range goal kick and Hodge slots it over!

  • 41'

    HALF-TIME: WARATAHS 7-20 REBELS. The visitors go into the break deservedly in front. They have been very disciplined, avoiding chances to go out wide and sticking to the game plan instead. Ashley-Cooper scored a try for the Tahs but Meakes and Hodge hit back for the Rebels.

  • 41'

    Foley gets the second half underway. The Waratahs have a lot of work to do after an underwhelming first 40 minutes.

  • 40'

    CONVERSION, REBELS, COOPER! 7-17: Cooper has added the extras for the visitors. No mistake this time.

  • 39'

    TRY, REBELS, HODGE! 7-15: Hodge spots a gap in the Tahs defence and bursts through it with ease! Fantastic play from the Rebels fullback. Damon Murphy goes upstairs to look for a potential infringement from Koroibete but the try is awarded!

  • 35'

    This kick from Cooper goes just wide of the target. A rare error from the Rebels flyhalf.

  • 34'

    The Waratahs are penalised at the scrum for not pushing straight and Cooper is going to take another shot at goal for the visitors.

  • 33'

    This game pits Quade Cooper and Bernard Foley against each other and Wallaby selectors are surely watching with interest. Cooper is winning the battle so far.

  • 30'

    Cooper puts a clever kick into touch, putting pressure on the Waratahs. The visitors steal the lineout inside the hosts' 22. However, a knock-on halts the Rebels in their tracks.

  • 26'

    A scare for the Rebels as Hodge's kick is charged down by Holloway and rolls beyond their try line, but there's no chasing Waratahs player that can get there in time.

  • 25'

    CONVERSION, REBELS, COOPER! 7-10: Cooper adds the extras for the Rebels with ease.

  • 24'

    TRY, REBELS, MEAKES! 7-8: The Rebels win their lineout and work the ball through the phases. Newsome fails to pick up a loose pass and it rolls into the hands of Meakes, who has the try line at his mercy and goes over!

  • 22'

    Penalty, Rebels, player leaving feet. The visitors set up an attacking lineout inside the Tahs' 22.

  • 21'

    What a break from Beale as he catches the Rebels defence out with a marauding run. He gives the ball to Newsome out wide, whose pass inside from the right goes astray. The Rebels win a penalty at the ruck and survive another spell of pressure.

  • 19'

    CONVERSION, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 7-3: Foley hasn't had his best game with the boot when kicking for touch but he makes no mistake off the tee. The Tahs take the lead. It was Rob Simmons' fine offload that created the try.

  • 18'

    TRY, WARATAHS, ASHLEY-COOPER! 5-3: The Waratahs win their lineout and Foley's up and under puts them on the front foot. Great hands from the hosts as a fantastic series of passes leads to Ashley-Cooper going over!

  • 16'

    The Waratahs win a scrum deep inside their own territory. After passing back into the 22, they clear long through Foley. It doesn't quite go into touch. The Rebels set up another Waratahs lineout but this one is closer to halfway.

  • 13'

    PENALTY, REBELS, COOPER! 0-3: Cooper puts the first points on the board and the Rebels take the lead at the SCG.

  • 12'

    The Rebels have a chance to take the lead now after what is ruled a high tackle from the Waratahs. Cooper is going for posts.

  • 11'

    The Rebels win their lineout and go on the attack inside Waratahs territory. It doesn't take long for them to lose the ball though. The Tahs have been the better side so far but haven't taken their chances.

  • 8'

    The Rebels have been penalised for offside again. This is a very kickable penalty but the Waratahs have gone for touch again. Foley kicks it dead from there. Poor start to the game from the flyhalf.

  • 7'

    The Waratahs win the advantage, and after a knock-on, Damon Murphy brings play back, affording the hosts another opportunity to find touch. No mistake this time, and they win the lineout.

  • 4'

    The Waratahs fail to find touch and we are as we were. Neither team has properly taken the ascendancy.

  • 3'

    There have been plenty of kicks back and forth in the opening three minutes. Both teams attempt to get the upper hand before Adam Coleman is penalised for offside. The Tahs can set up an attacking lineout.

  • 1'

    Damon Murphy blows his whistle and the Rebels kick off at the SCG. Foley kicks the ball back at them.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Rebels at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The winner of today's game will be in a fantastic position in the race for top spot in the Australian conference.

  • 0'

    Kurtley Beale starts at fullback for the Waratahs with Israel Folau out due to controversy caused by his homophobic social media posts. Karmichael Hunt and Adam Ashley-Cooper are the centre pair with Cam Clark and Alex Newsome on the wings.

  • 0'

    WARATAHS (15-1): Kurtley Beale, Cam Clark, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Karmichael Hunt, Alex Newsome, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Michael Wells, Michael Hooper (c), Jack Dempsey, Rob Simmons, Jed Holloway, Sekope Kepu, Damien Fitzpatrick, Harry Johnson-Holmes. Reserves: Andrew Tuala, Rory O’Connor, Chris Talakai, Tom Staniforth, Will Miller, Nick Phipps, Lalakai Foketi, Curtis Rona

  • 0'

    The Rebels have been boosted by the returns of winger Jack Maddocks, hooker Anaru Rangi and lock Matt Philip from injury. However, captain Angus Cottrell is unavailable after suffering a concussion in training. His place in the side is taken by Richard Hardwick with Tom English assuming captaincy duties.

  • 0'

    REBELS (15-1): Reece Hodge, Jack Maddocks, Tom English (c), Billy Meakes, Marika Koroibete, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Isi Naisarani, Richard Hardwick, Luke Jones, Adam Coleman, Matt Philip, Jermaine Ainsley, Anaru Rangi, Matt Gibbon. Reserves: Hugh Roach, Tetera Faulkner, Sam Talakai, Ross Haylett-Petty, Rob Leota, Michael Ruru, Campbell Magnay, Sione Tuipulotu

  • 0'

    The teams make their way out onto the field at the SCG. The Rebels head into this game with 23 points from eight games while the Tahs have 16 from seven.

Team Line-ups
NSW Waratahs Rebels
  • Harry Johnson-Holmes
  • Damien Fitzpatrick
  • Sekope Kepu
  • Jed Holloway
  • Rob Simmons
  • Jack Dempsey
  • Michael Hooper
  • Michael Wells
  • Jake Gordon
  • Bernard Foley
  • Alex Newsome
  • Karmichael Hunt
  • Adam Ashley-Cooper
  • Cameron Clark
  • Kurtley Beale
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Matt Gibbon
  • Anaru Rangi
  • Jermaine Ainsley
  • Matt Philip
  • Adam Coleman
  • Luke Jones
  • Richard Hardwick
  • Isi Naisarani
  • Will Genia
  • Quade Cooper
  • Marika Koroibete
  • Bill Meakes
  • Tom English
  • Jack Maddocks
  • Reece Hodge
Substitutions
  • Andrew Tuala
  • Rory O'Connor
  • Chris Talakai
  • Thomas Staniforth
  • Will Miller
  • Nick Phipps
  • Lalakai Foketi
  • Curtis Rona
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Hugh Roach
  • Tetera Faulkner
  • Sam Talakai
  • Ross Haylett-Petty
  • Robert Leota
  • Michael Ruru
  • Campbell Magnay
  • Sione Tuipulotu

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