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Super Rugby | Canberra
09:40 (GMT) | 01-05-2015
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They form the drive but it goes to ground. Brumbies have to keep the ball alive and as they spread it wide. They are 5m out but Alaalatoa is penalised for holding on. Foley kicks to touch to bring the game to FULL-TIME.
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Last throw of the dice for the Brumbies as they will need to make 40m to the try-line. They get a penalty from the scrum in a kick-able position for the draw but Lealiifano kicks for the corner.
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Line-out on the Waratahs 10m and it has been stolen by the Waratahs. They form a maul but the Brumbies hold it up for a scrum.
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Phipps feeds the scrum and he goes himself. Foley clears deep again as Mogg replies with an up-and-under but Folau is safe under the high ball. Brumbies now with the ball as they run it from their half. Powell plays Speight on the short-side and the 'Tahs give a penalty away as Lealiifano kicks for touch.
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Dowsett feeds and plays Lealiifano who gives a short ball to a crashing Kurindrani. Brumbies keep it close for a few phases before Dowsett plays left as Kurindrani breaks the line again and off-loads to Coleman who runs towards the line but his pass can't find Mogg and the 'Tahs have a scrum deep in their 22m.
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Foley clears down field as Mogg runs it back but his met with a solid tackle, the 'Tahs manage turnover and but produce an error to award the Brumbies a scrum on the Waratahs 10m.
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Waratahs secure the line-out and play wide but Pocock is all over the ball to win the penalty for the Brumbies. Lealiifano kicks for touch and takes play 30m out from the 'Tahs try-line. This time they spread the ball from the line-out as Kurindrani busts a couple of tackles. Dowsett goes left and Tomane has a run down the touchline and flings it back inside but Pocock gets a finger on it as it goes forward. Scrum to the Waratahs on their 22m.
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Brumbies will try the same line-out drive from the penalty but the Waratahs defend it well. The Brumbies throw a loose pass and Phipps intercepts and runs 30m, but the Brumbies infringe at the ruck and are penalised. Foley kicks for touch.
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They secure the ball and are attacking out wide as Dowsett keeps it close to the forwards thereafter. The Waratahs are penalised and the Brumbies kick for the corner.The home-side set the maul as Pocock controls at the back. Rob Horne is penalised for coming in the side of the maul and is shown the yellow card.
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the ball pops out and Hooper collects and runs forward but he is isolated and the Brumbies win a penalty for holding on. Lealiifano puts it in the corner and the Brumbies will set for a line-out 22m out.
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Waratahs kick into the Brumbies 22m and Mogg makes a touch-finding kick for a 'Tahs line-out on the 50m line. Foley plays Folau who takes it to the line and Lealiifano knocks-on slightly for a Waratahs scrum.
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Foley will have a shot at goal from 30m out, and it is a good strike as he takes the lead for the Waratahs.
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Dowsett feeds the scrum and and plays Lealiifano. Mogg gets the kick away and takes play to their 10m line for a Waratahs throw. Potgieter carries hard as Skelton does the same. Waratahs are finding no way through the Brumbies defence as hooper tires to bust some tackles. 12 phases now for the 'Tahs and the Brumbies are penalised for a ruck infringement.
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Waratahs pinch the ball from the line-out and receive a penalty as Fardy is off his feet at the ruck. Foley kicks for touch and the Waratahs have a line-out on the Brumbies 22m. Waratahs butcher the line-out and the Brumbies are awarded a scrum on their 22m.
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Waratahs set for a scrum in their own half. Foley puts it to boot and Mogg replies with a kick into touch. The Waratahs take a quick line-out but its poorly executed and Rob Horne has to tidy up and kick to touch for a Brumbies line-out.
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Beale has taken over the kicking duties as he raises the flags to bring the Waratahs level in Canberra.
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Latu hits Dennis at the back of the line-out and Foley clears but doesn't find touch. Mogg puts a kick onto Folau. Waratahs take a quick throw but the Brumbies have stolen it on the ground but they knock-on and the Waratahs have the ball back. Alexander is penalised as he puts illegal hands in.
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Brumbies with the ball in inside the Waratahs half, but Dowsett throws a loose pass and Hooper pounces on it. Beale puts a kick in for Folau to chase but Mogg is back to doit it down for a 22m restart. Lealiifano kicks deep and Folau begins a counter. Skelton makes a good off-load in the tackle after he crashed the ball forward. The Brumbies recieve a penalty and they kick for touch and secure the line-out. Mogg stabs a grubber through pinning the waratahs back in their 22m for a line-out.
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SECOND-HALF: Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley gets the half underway.

Half Time

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A forward pass from the Foley brings us to HALF-TIME.
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Waratahs attacking from the restart but are looking sloppy with no direction and Foley rushes a pass losing it forward. Brumbies have a scrum on their own 10m. The ball spews out and Phipps pounces on it. Foley takes it to the line but the Brumbies are penalised for a high tackle on Hooper.Foley finds touch just outside the Brumbies 22m. Waratahs secure the line-out and Foley plays Hooper in midfield as he busts through a half-gap looking for support. The ball isn't coming out and the Waratahs have a centre scrum on the 22m of the Brumbies.
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Waratahs attacking from the restart but are looking sloppy with no direction and Foley rushes a pass losing it forward. Brumbies have a scrum on their own 10m.
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Waratash secure the line-out and play the second channel in the backline. Pocock penalised for not supporting his body-weight. Foley lines up a shot for goal but he misses to the right.
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Dowsett feeds the scrum and the Brumbies are penalised for collapsing. Foley punts to touch and the Waratahs set for a line-out on the Brumbies 10m.
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Foley restarts deep and Mogg clears under pressure for a Waratahs line-out on the Brumbies 10m. It was stolen at front by Smiler but he throws it into touch. this time Potgieter wins the line-out. Waratahs are losing ground, and Phibbs is sloppy at the breakdown handing a scrum to the Brumbies.
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Lealiifano this time converts the penalty to take the Brumbies into the lead.
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Brumbies earn a penalty from the scrum and Lealiffano will have another shot at goal.
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Waratahs restart from the 22m and the Brumbies begin another attack. A good off-load from Speight puts Lealiifano in space but he kicks possession away. Waratahs return the favour and Mogg collects and puts a high up-and-under in. 'Tahs knock it forward and the Brumbies have an attacking scrum on the Waratahs 22m.
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Lealiifano can't raise the flags as the scores remain level.
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Brumbies on the offense as they string 7 phases together making meters, again the 'Tahs are penalised again and Lealiifano will kick for poles this time.
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Lealiifano kicks for touch and they win the line-out on the 22m. Brumbies attacking in the Waratahs 22m, and the 'Tahs are penalised for being off-side. Lealiifano kicks for the corner from a kick-able position for poles. They lose the line-out this time and the 'Tahs kick deep.
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Beale can't find touch after the restart and Dowsett pumps one down-field but it is over-cooked and out on the full. Play comes back to the Brumbies 10m as Potgieter secures the line-out. Pocock steals the ball on the ground and wins the penalty after the 'Tahs went wide. Penalty to the Brumbies.
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Foley adds the extra 2 points.
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Waratahs begin an attack from deep through Foley and Skelton. The away-side have their way to the Brumbies 22m as Folau finds a gap. Hooper is 5m short and Phibbs throws a loopy pass over to Ashley-Cooper who runs over uncontested for a try.
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Mogg clears from deep with a big left boot. The 'Tahs have a line-out on halfway. They secure the ball and are attacking in midfield. Foley puts a kick in deep but it rolls over the try-line and Mogg dots down for a 22m restart.
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Lealiifano curls it in from the corner as he converts the kick.
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Dowsett plays Lealiifano who passes short to Vaea bursting through the gap. Brumbies 5m out now and Dowsett keeps it with the forwards. Coleman through a skip pass to Tomane cutting out 3 defenders as Tomane trots over for a try.
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The Waratahs come away with the ball as Palu carries to contact. The Brumbies turn it over again as they look to attack. Waratahs players are off-side and the Brumbies have a penalty in goal-kicking range but they opt for touch. Moore feeds the line-out and the Brumbies move it wide but the Waratahs steal the ball. Foley spreads wide and Beale looses the ball forward as he loops around. Scrum to the Brumbies.
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Waratahs spread the ball early as they attempt to run the ball from their own line. Betham loses it forward and the Brumbies have a scrum just outside the 22m of the Waratahs. Alexander penalised for collapsing and Foley kicks for touch.
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KICK-OFF: Brumbies flyhalf Lealiifano gets the game underway.
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The Waratahs have had the better of the Brumbies in the previous 3 encounters between the sides. There will be a massive battle at the breakdown with the clash between Hooper and Pocock.
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Welcome to live coverage of Super Rugby with the Waratahs taking on the Brumbies in Canberra.
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  • 15 Jesse Mogg
  • 14 Henry Speight
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 12 Robbie Coleman
  • 11 Joe Tomane
  • 10 Christian Lealiifano
  • 9 Michael Dowsett
  • 8 Ita Vaea
  • 7 David Pocock
  • 6 Scott Fardy
  • 5 Sam Carter
  • 4 Jordan Smiler
  • 3 Ben Alexander
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 1 Jean-Pierre Smith
  • 23 Nigel Ah Wong
  • 22 James Dargaville
  • 21 Joe Powell
  • 20 Jarrad Butler
  • 19 Blake Enever
  • 18 Ruan Smith
  • 17 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 16 Josh Mann-Rea
  • 15 Israel Folau
  • 14 Peter Betham
  • 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
  • 12 Kurtley Beale
  • 11 Rob Horne
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 9 Nick Phipps
  • 8 Wycliff Palu
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 6 Jacques Potgieter
  • 5 Dave Dennis
  • 4 Will Skelton
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 1 Benn Robinson
  • 24 Matt Carraro
  • 23 Taqele . Naiyaravoro
  • 22 Brendan McKibbin
  • 21 Pat McCutcheon
  • 20 Stephen Hoiles
  • 19 Mitchell Chapman
  • 18 Paddy Ryan
  • 17 Jeremy Tilse
  • 16 Tola Latu
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Preview: S15 Round 12, Part One

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:28

The opening day of Super Rugby's round 12 is divided between winners and losers. Jan de Koning looks at Friday's matches.

The opening day of Super Rugby's round 12 is divided between winners and losers.

First up is two teams desperate to stay in the play-off race after defeats in their last outings.

The sixth-placed Highlanders host the 10th-placed Sharks in Dunedin.

The Sharks, with just five matches remaining after this week, are coming off their first bye of the season. However, they lost their last three matches. The Highlanders, who lost to the Brumbies last week, have followed up each defeat this season with three consecutive victories.

We then head across the Tasman Sea for the all-Australia derby between two teams that recorded impressive wins last week - the Brumbies hosting the Waratahs in Canberra.

The Brumbies showed some real championship potential in their demolition of the Highlanders, while the Waratahs were less convincing in their victory over the Rebels.

We look at Friday's matches!

Friday, May 1

Highlanders v Sharks
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off 19.35; 09.35 SAST; 07.35 GMT)

Personnel movements have formed a crucial part of the build-up of both teams this week.

The Highlanders, who have stacked up the injuries and are without 11 squad members,  lost lock Joe Wheeler this week.

His season appears to be over after he injured his medial knee ligament against the Brumbies last week and is set to go under the surgeon's knife.

Having been a key part of the team in the past two or three seasons and having played every game for the Highlanders this season, his absence is a huge blow.

The Sharks, in contrast, welcomed back three internationals - hooker Bismarck du Plessis, having served a four-match ban, lock Stephan Lewies and utility back JP Pietersen, the latter two returning from injury.

The return of Du Plessis and Lewies gives the Sharks a physical edge the Highlanders are very wary of.

''They're a pretty physical team, from what we've seen," centre Richard Buckman told the Otago Daily Times.

"They will look at our last game and attack with the rolling maul.

"But if we stick to our game plan and keep them away from line-outs and penalties and get it out the back, then we should be right.''

Buckman admitted the next few games will be vital to the Highlanders' cause, as they look to cement their place in the play-off zone.

''The boys have done the job in the first half of the season and we just have to bring on the second half of the season," he said.

"Just keep on bringing those performances together.''

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold also spoke of the importance of starting the four-match Australasian tour with a win.

"I'm not into predictions, but at the end of the day we realise that, mathematically, we still have a chance to resurrect this season and give ourselves a chance to get into play-off contention," he said, adding that their focus though is on this game ahead.

"We've prepared well for Friday, we have some very tough games on tour, we know this."

He said the return of the Bok trio is a huge boost for the team.

"It's a boost in strength and depth to have people like Bismarck [du Plessis] and Stefan Lewies back with us.

"It will be a tough contest in Dunedin, but if we play well on the weekend we can pick up a good result and get a nice head of steam and have a good, successful tour; that's the goal."

Recent results:
2014: Sharks won 31-27, Durban (preliminary play-off match)
2014: Highlanders won 34-18, Durban
2013: Highlanders won 25-22, Dunedin
2012: Sharks won 28-16, Durban
2010: Sharks won 30-16, Dunedin
2009: Sharks won 23-15, Durban
2008: Sharks won 19-17, Dunedin

Prediction:  The Highlanders have won their last four at home against South African sides, but three of those wins via a margin of a converted try or less. Twelve of the Highlanders' last 14 home games have been settled by losing bonus point margins (they won 10 and lost four) and just one of these matches has seen a final points difference hit double figures. The Sharks have won four of their last five away games against the Highlanders, but the blemish in this run came in their last visit. The Sharks are coming off three consecutive defeats; their worst run of form since losing five on the trot in April and May 2013. Only the Sharks (21.8) and Cheetahs (21.5) have averaged more missed tackles than the Highlanders (21.2). The Sharks have a very realistic chance of winning. They certainly have the personnel to do so. However, the lack of cohesion shown so far this season by the Sharks suggest the Highlanders will have just too much in the tank and win by seven points.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Brendon Edmonds, 18 Pingi Tala’apitaga, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery.

Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 Mouritz Botha, 20 Etienne Oosthuizen, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Lionel Cronje, 23 Waylon Murray.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Kane McBride, Mike Lash
TMO: Vinny Munro

Brumbies v Waratahs
(GIO Stadium, Canberra - Kick-off: 19.40; 09.40 GMT)

Both the Brumbies and Waratahs this week spoke of the need to dominate "physically" in this vitally important conference derby.

It was just six-weeks ago that the Waratahs knocked the Brumbies from the top of the Super Rugby standings in Sydney and since that point in time the Brumbies have ridden a bumpy road, winning just two from four matches.

On that sunny afternoon in March the Waratahs won by 15 points and while the eventual scoreline didn't reflect the tightness in the match, what was clear was that the Waratahs were physically superior to the Brumbies.

With that in mind, Brumbies forward Jordan Smiler said that the team's training throughout the week would be centred on physicality.

"We definitely need to front up physically, because that's where they beat us last time so that's our big area of focus this week in training," Smiler said in an interview on the Brumbies' website.

Test prop Ben Alexander also said that the team needed to come out firing so that they could reduce the impact of the Waratahs' outside backs.

"Yeah they definitely won the collisions last time," Alexander said.

"We'll obviously take lessons from that and look at why that was and work on areas to make sure that we up it because they definitely got the ascendency which then gave guys like Izzy [Israel] Folau good ball and we saw he eventually  got man of the match.  

"Their backs definitely rely on good front foot ball and their forwards did a good job of doing that last time."

The Waratahs identified the importance of dominating the set pieces.
 Last Friday, against the Highlanders, the Brumbies scored three first-half tries from rolling mauls.
And while the Waratahs' Michael Hooper also scored a try from the rolling maul against the Rebels, Waratahs second row forward Mitch Chapman said that his side would need to nullify and be proactive against his former side's set-piece pet play.
 "Yeah obviously their rolling maul is going to be a big point - they scored three tries from it over the weekend - and that's definitely a point that we'll have to nullify," Chapman said on the Waratahs' website.
 "I think once the maul is set up really well it's hard to stop.  Either defending it in the air or stopping it before it gets going is very crucial.  They've got a very technically good maul so once they get set-up we'll be in a bit of trouble so we'll have to look at getting stuck in early."
Chapman's teammate Paddy Ryan also commented about the importance of winning the set pieces and said that with the injury to Scott Sio, the Waratahs would look to exploit his absence in the scrum.
"Yeah they'd be up there [with the best scrums in the competition]," Ryan said.  

"But I think they'll be missing Sio, who's obviously been scrummaging very well this year and I think in terms of penalties this year, he's been one of the best."

Recent results:
2015: Waratahs won 28-13, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 26-8, Sydney (semifinal)
2014: Waratahs won 39-8, Sydney
2014: Brumbies won 28-23, Canberra
2013: Waratahs won 28-22, Sydney
2013: Brumbies won 35-6, Canberra
2012: Brumbies won 19-15, Sydney
2012: Brumbies won 23-6, Canberra

Prediction: The Waratahs have won the last three meetings between these sides, each by margins greater than two converted tries. The Tahs restricted the Brumbies to an aggregate of 29 points scored in this run. The Brumbies have won their last three home games against the ‘Tahs and have lost just twice at home to the NSW outfit in Super Rugby. The Brumbies have won 12 of their last 13 home games, however their last two defeats in Canberra both came at the hands of fellow Australian Conference opposition. The Waratahs have won six of their last seven away from home, with five of these wins coming by margins of at least 10 points. The reigning champions have won two in a row but have not won three straight in 2015. The Brumbies are the only side yet to score a try from a possession that originated within their own half but have scored the most (18) when starting out with the ball in the opposition 22. The Tahs have scored 13 tries when starting with the ball in the attacking half, but more than 22-metre from the try line, a competition high. The Brumbies have looked vulnerable against teams that take them on physically and the Waratahs are one of the most physical outfits in the competition. They may well repeat their dominance of earlier in the season and win by 15 points.


Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Jordan Smiler, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 JP Smith.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Joe Powell, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Dave Dennis (captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements - from: Tolu Latu, Jeremy Tilse, Paddy Ryan, Mitch Chapman, Stephen Hoiles, Pat McCutcheon, Brendan McKibbin, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Matt Carraro.

Compiled by Jan de Koning

Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Waratahs edge Brumbies in derby

Fri, 01 May 2015 11:34

REPORT: The Waratahs scored a crucial 13-10 win over the Brumbies in a brutal Australian derby in Canberra on Friday.

The Waratahs scored a crucial 13-10 win over the Brumbies in a brutal Australian derby in Canberra on Friday.

The win, in which the teams scored one try each, allowed the Waratahs to close the gap on the Brumbies in the Australian derby to just one point - the losing  bonus point keeping them in top spot on the conference standings and second on the overall log.

It is a result - the Tahs' first victory in the national capital since 2011 - that has put the Sydney outfit's Super Rugby title defence firmly back on track.

The Waratahs trailed 7-10 at the break, but second-half penalty goals to Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley clinched a hard-earned and bruising victory.

Apart from ending a four-year winning drought in Canberra, the Waratahs have now beaten the Brumbies four times in a row for the first time in 20 seasons of Super Rugby.

"A classic Brumbies versus game, I think," said Waratahs captain Dave Dennis.

"We didn't get much flow, but we defended really well, even with a man down. That's where we probably won the

"Really pleasing to come down here and get the result."

Foley, the incumbent Wallabies flyhalf, did not have his best match. He was steamrolled in defence, missing a shot at goal from in front and at times lacking composure in attack.

Despite also missing a sitter, Foley's opposite, Christian Lealiifano was clearly superior as he took on - and beat the Waratahs' defence on numerous occasions and generally looked more settled in the playmaker role.

Israel Folau was again the Waratahs' most threatening player, while Adam Ashley-Cooper was strong and heavily involved in attack and defence, narrowly outplaying Tevita Kuridrani in their outside centre duel.

The Waratahs lost Tatafu Polota-Nau inside three minutes and it must be becoming a concern for Wallaby coach Michael Cheika that Australia's incumbent Test hooker continues to fight being concussed.

Polota-Nau has a history of head-related injuries and has already missed two games this year after being knocked out.

The opening score was classic Brumbies - a great break by Ita Vaea from a short pass by Christian Lealiifano gave them the momentum, while quick recycling created the space. A floating pass from Robbie Coleman found Joe Tomane on the left wing and his pace was too much for the cover. Lealiifano added the extras - 7-0 in as many minutes.

The Waratahs hit back pretty quickly - an attack from deep through Bernard Foley and Will Skelton providing good support. Then Israel Folau found a gap inside the Brumbies 22, with Michael Hooper carrying the ball to within five metres. Nick Phibbs threw a loopy pass over to Adam Ashley-Cooper, who cut inside for the try. Foley added the extras - 7-all after 14 minutes.

Just short of the half-hour mark Lealiifano gave the Brumbies a 10-7 lead with a penalty, an advantage they held onto till the half-time break.

Eight minutes into the second half Kurtley Beale levelled it up again, at 10-all, with a penalty and then Foley put them into the lead (13-10) going into the final quarter.

The Waratahs were down a man when wing Rob Horne was sin-binned for a professional foul 15 minutes from time - illegally collapsing a maul that moved dangerously close to his team's tryline.

However, they held out and claimed a crucial win - 13-10.

Man of the match: Will Skelton showed he is more than just a big lad, with a few neat touches, while Jacques Potgieter was again the brute force of the Waratahs pack. Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale had their moments, but for the best part of the game was well marked. Bernard Foley was the man that gave the direction at the back for the Waratahs. Joe Tomane showed how dangerous he can be with ball in hand and some space, while Christian Lealiifano was effective as the playmaker. Ita Vaea was strong, while other forwards like Stephen Moore, Jean-Pierre Smith, Scott Fardy and Sam carter all worked hard. However, this match was all about the openside battle between David Pocock and Michael Hooper - with Hooper just edging the battle and winning our award.

The scorers:

For the Brumbies:
Con: Lealiifano
Pen: Lealiifano

For the Waratahs:
Con: Foley
Pens: Beale, Foley

Yellow card: Rob Horne (Waratahs, 65 - professional foul, illegally collapsing a maul)


Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Michael Dowsett, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Jordan Smiler, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Jean-Pierre Smith.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Joe Powell, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Dave Dennis (captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitch Chapman, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Matt Carraro, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant referees: Matt O'Brien, Frederico Anselmi
TMO: George Ayoub

Joe Tomane (7min)
Adam Ashley-Cooper (13min)
Christian Lealiifano (8min)
Bernard Foley (14min)
Christian Lealiifano (27min)
Kurtley Beale (48min) and Bernard Foley (57min)
Rob Horne (64min)
VENUE Canberra
REFEREE Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)