A massive effort form the Waratahs almost upset the Brumbies in Sydney but just manage to hold on for a 24-22 win.
The Waratahs in some way deserved the win but loss opportunities was their biggest enemy. Overall this was the best we have seen the Tahs played in most properly two years.
They had the Brumbies in the set pieces and their defence was a massive effort to keep the dangerous champions out fro scoring more tries.
At the end a miss conversion prevent them from going to extra time for a change to cause an upset.
The Waratahs had a good start to the match but mistakes gave the Brumbies the opportunities and they took full advantage of that.
It was the brilliance of Banks beating several Waratahs defenders to score the first try of the match and the lead of 5-0 to start off with.
The Waratahs had two great chances but just could not finish and again the Brumbies took their limited chances to send Tom Wright over in the corner.
This extended the visitors lead to 10-0.
With the Waratahs keeping the pressure on the champions they finally got on the board with a penalty. That soon followed by their first try of the match by Max Douglas to even things up at 10-all.
The Brumbies looked dangerous every time they got into the Waratahs half and seemed to score every time as well when they were there.
It was Folau Fainga’a that powered over for the visitors 4th try of the match and a 24-10 lead.
The Brumbies did not had their own way in the second half and after a warning form the referee he send Tom Cusack off with a yellow card for repeated offences.
The Brumbies turned defence into attack and almost had Tom Wright over in the corner but after TMO came in it was judged that he had a knee on the line before grounding the ball.
Although the Tahs had the better with ball in hand and territory, they just could not hit that killer blow and came up short every time they got close to the Brumbies line.
The reward finally came for the home side after sustain pressure on the Brumbies with Harrison getting over after a charged down. This reduced the Brumbies lead to only 24-17.
The Waratahs started to dominate set pieces and with more pressure on the Brumbies they saw the referee send another Brumbies off with a yellow card.
The drama did not stop and in injury time the referee went back to the TMO to look at foul play. After the review it was judges that Tom Cusack committed a cynical foul slapping the ball down and he was shown his second yellow card which resulted in a red card.
With only thirteen men in the Brumbies side the Tahs went for the scrum and they manage to score the try in the corner. The conversion was not over which gave the Brumbies the win 24-22.
What a great effort from the home side and hopefully we saw the turnaround match for them to get back to the quality side they suppose to be.
Waratahs: Tries – Harry Johnson-Holmes, Will Harrison, James Ramm Conversions – Will Harrison(2) Penalties – Will Harrison
Brumbies: Tries – Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Andy Muirhead, Folau Fainga’a Conversions – Noah Lolesio(3)