The Waratahs came out winners when they beat the Reds on Saturday 28-17.
It was not pretty but at the end they all count, specially if you keep on winning.
Always a special game when the Waratahs and the Reds meet with the Waratahs as clear favorites, bit that means nothing on the day.
The Waratahs got twice in the Reds red zone and got six points for their effort to take the early lead in the match.
The Waratahs had much of the ball to play with and enjoyed enough field position as well and it was just a matter of time before they got their first try of the match through Ned Hanigan and a lead of 13-0.
The Reds did hit back with their first try when Samu Kerevi got over the line. This reduced the lead to 13-7 after 29 minutes.
The Waratahs putting pressure on Reds in red zone forced a penalty which extended the lead to 16-7 but the Reds had the last say in the match with a great try by Chris Feauai-Sautia to reduce the lead at the break to 16-12.
The Waratahs had the perfect start to the second half when they scored from a bad exit by the Reds to send Curtis Rona over in the corner.
It was a bit of a “ge-tjommel” until the Reds got a kick through to score their first of the second half and reducing the lead to 21-17 with 13 minutes to go.
The Waratahs hit back immediately with Alex Newsome hitting a great gab to score their third try.
This gave the Waratahs a lead of 28-17 with 8 minutes to go.
Tries – Alex Newsome(70′) Curtis Rona(41′) Ned Hanigan(20′)
Penalties – Bernard Foley(36′) Bernard Foley(9′) Bernard Foley(7′)
Cons – Bernard Foley(71′) Bernard Foley(21′)
Tries – Sefanaia Naivalu(66′) Chris Feauai-Sautia(38′) Samu Kerevi(27′)
Penalties – None
Cons – Bryce Hegarty(28′)