Waratahs Edge Brumbies

The Waratahs edged the Brumbies 13-10 in their Super Rugby clash on Friday at the GIO Stadium in Canberra, Australia.  Stephen Larkham’s men had possession and control of the ball throughout the first half.  Seven minutes in the game, the hosts scored the first try.

Robbie Coleman spotted Joe Tomone in space out wide and sent the ball over three men to put him into the corner.  Christian Leali’ifano scored the conversion to put his team in a 7-0 lead.  In the 13th minute Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a try after taking the ball from Coleman’s hands.

A minute later, Bernard Foley scored the conversion to level the score.  After 28 minutes referee Glen Jackson gave a penalty to Larkham’s lads after the visiting scrum collapsed.  Leali’ifano took the penalty and restored the hosts’ advantage as they went into half-time 10-7 up.

The second half started at a slow pace for the leading team.  They allowed the New South Welshmen to take control of the ball.  In the 43rd minute Michael Cheika’s men were awarded a penalty which was taken by Kurtley Beale, who landed the three-pointer from 42 metres out after Ben Alexander was pinged for a ruck infringement and it was 10-10.

In the 57th minute Cheika’s charges had another penalty.  Foley put the visitors in front for the first time after Ita Vaea was blown up for offside play at a ruck.  They took the lead and maintained it until the final whistle to run out narrow winners 13-10.