Vodacom SR: Waratahs 32, Rebels 8

March 21, 2014
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imagesThese all-Aussie derbies can be bore-fests at times, but this season the Waratahs and Rebels have been anything but boring.

Both have produced some spirited performances – albeit the Rebels doing so more in their first match, against the Cheetahs, than the last couple of weeks. The Waratahs dropped their first match when they were upstaged by the Brumbies last week and know they are up against another team with the potential to derail their campaign. And the Rebels are in a confident mood, with assistant coach Matt Cockbain making reference to their pre-season win over the Tahs when asked for reasons why the visitors can win. “It was good to get the win against them in Albury during pre-season,” Cockbain said in his coaches blog on the Rebels’ website.

“We had a number of players who hadn’t suited up against the Waratahs before, and they’ll draw confidence from that, but it’s a completely different level and scenario now that we are facing off for competition points.” The Rebels mentor pointed out that the Waratahs rested a few players in Albury. Among those who watched from the stands in the pre-season outing were Israel Folau and Michael Hooper. “With a full compliment now available to them, it will certainly be a stern test,” Cockbain said.

“They have seventeen Wallabies in their squad, which is a testament to their quality, depth and ability to play good rugby. “We will need to be at our best to beat them this week.” He added that the Rebels have remained upbeat, despite the two recent defeats. “We speak about consistency a lot,” he said, adding: “About being able to turn up every day at work and perform your role for the team.” Waratahs scrumhalf Nick Phipps takes on his old franchise for the first time in Super Rugby, since joining the Waratahs at the start of this season.

“I’ve got a lot of friends down there [in Melbourne], but it won’t be any different to playing any other Australian franchise,” he said. The Rebels have a strong recent record against the Waratahs, having won back the Weary Dunlop Shield last season in a 24-22 thriller in Melbourne. New coach Tony McGahan has overhauled the squad to produce the beginnings of an abrasive and successful new style characterised by tough back-rowers Scott Higginbotham and Sean McMahon and powerful backs such as Tamati Ellison and Tom English.

“Their backs are running a lot more direct lines, trying to run blind and keep the breakdown on the ball and they’re always attacking, playing quick taps and quick line-outs,” Phipps told the Sydney Morning Herald. “They had a good game [first up against the Cheetahs], then lost to the Force pretty convincingly, then last week [against the Crusaders] they were in it until about the 60th or 70th minute, so they’ll be looking forward to travelling to Sydney.

“They’ll be confident and stinging to have a crack at us.”

Recent results:
2013: Rebels won 24-22, Melbourne
2013: Waratahs won 31-26, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 30-21, Sydney
2012: Waratahs won 35-19, Melbourne
2011: Waratahs won 28-9, Sydney
2011: Waratahs won 43-0, Melbourne

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Replacements – from: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Benn Robinson, 19 Wycliff Palu, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Rob Horne, 23 Matt Carraro, 24 Pat McCutcheon, 25 Jonno Lance.

Rebels: 15 Angus Roberts, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Max Lahiff, 18 Cruze Ah-Nau, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Male Sa’u, 23 Tom Kingston.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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16 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 10:47 am

    TRY!!!!Waratahs score!!!

    Alofa Alofa the try scorer

    Score: Waratahs lead 5-0 5 min gone

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 10:48 am

    It can be a very long afternoon for the Rebels today

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 10:50 am

    7 min gone and Rebels get a kickable penalty….

    Rebels miss kick

    Score: Waratahs 5 Rebels 0

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Score still 5-0 to Waratahs after 25 min

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:16 am

    TRY!!! Higginbotham

    Rebels get level

    5-5 after 28 min

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Penalty Goal B.Foley as Waratahs take lead again 8-5 after 31 min

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Rebels get a penalty over to make the scores all level again just to give away a kickable penalty

    Score: 11-8 to Waratahs after 36 min

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Halftime and the Waratahs lead the Rebels with 11-8.

    Not much to talk about in the first half from both teams

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Second Half starts, this is me hoping to see better from both teams :)

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:43 am

    TRY !!!!! Waratahs !!!!

    The spark comes from a Beale inside pass to send Peter Betham over in the corner.

    Score: Waratahs 18 Rebels 8 after 43 min

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Waratahs break from own 22 and gets down for attacking lineout 5 meters out of Rebels line….

    They try the drive but get nowhere….

    TRY!!!! Ben Robertson

    Referee wants to go to TMO for possible knock-on

    Knock on NO Try!!! :)

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 11:50 am

    TRY!!!

    Folau score after another perfect offload from Beale.

    Score: Waratahs lead 25 – 8 after 49 min

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    TRY!!! Waratahs!!!

    Folau gets another perfect pass after Beale break the defence once more.

    Score: Waratahs 32, Rebels 8 after 74 min

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Just too many handling errors by Rebels to get them moving on and get momentum in the game

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Game over in Sydney with the Waratahs winning the game 32-8

    A few sparks from Beale made this game from being just dead boring. Thank god it is over.

    Mistakes ruled this game and both teams will have to step it up for the rest of the tournament.

    Knock-ons from both teams are at 11 each
    Handling errors by both teams 12 each
    Combined meters run from both teams was 602

    Waratahs will take the points and move on the SA next week.

  16. avatar Aldo says:
    March 21st, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thank goodness, got the first game wrong on superbru. I got the winner right here, but wow did I mistake the scoreline.

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