Waratahs Run Reds Ragged

The Waratahs crushed the Reds 31-5 in the Australian derby in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday at the Allianz Stadium, Sydney.  Possession was shared in the opening minutes of the match as both teams cancelled each other’s advances into the danger zones.  It took 18 minutes for the first points to be registered after Bernard Foley slotted over a penalty.

The first half was tightly contested as the half ended with the home team leading 3-0.  After 10 second half minutes Adam Thomson received a yellow card after he committed a professional foul on defence just short of his try line.  The resulting scrum saw a Tahs player make a break and dash for the try line.
He was tackled by three defenders, however the attacking team managed to recycle possession.  This allowed Dave Dennis space to exploit a gap in defence.  This move saw him crash over the try line to score and Foley converted.

Four minutes later Israel Folau ran past four defenders before being brought down metres from the try line.  Possession was kept alive and passed out wide.  The ball got to Jacques Potgieter who went over the try line.
Foley converted.  Then in the 68th minute while camping outside their opponents’ 22m line, Foley made a break before he offloaded to Brendan McKibbin who dashed away from the covering defence to fall over the try line under the posts.  Again Foley converted. 

In the 73rd minute from five metres out Dean Mumm got over the try line after lashing onto McKibbin’s pass for the bonus point.  Foley extended the lead with the conversion.  Two minutes from time Quade Cooper broke the away team’s duck when he got over the try line after a poor attempted clearance by Matt Carraro.