Waratahs too good for Reds in dreary derby

 27 Feb 2016 - 14:51

Waratahs too good for Reds in dreary derby
Matt Lucas of the Waratahs is tackled by Sam Talaki of the Reds during the Super Rugby match between Australian teams NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia, 27 February 2016.


Sydney: The New South Wales Waratahs grounded out a bonus point 30-10 over the Queensland Reds in an ugly Australian Super Rugby derby in Sydney on Saturday.

The Waratahs looked superior for large tracts of a poor spectacle scoring four tries to one, but failed to build on their 20-0 half-time lead and were held 10-10 by the limited Reds in a dour second half.

The Waratahs, under new coach Daryl Gibson following the departure of Wallabies mentor Michael Cheika, looked lively particularly when fly-half Kurtley Beale, fullback Israel Folau and new All Blacks winger Zac Guildford got involved.

But alarmingly the Waratahs failed to match the Reds in the set pieces, with the Queensland scrum dominating, even with seven forwards after a yellow card in the final stages of a frustrating contest for the fans.

Beale was eye-catching in the first half with a great pass in the lead up to winger Matt Carraro's 22nd minute try while pulling off a ball-and-all try-saving tackle on winger Chris Feauai-Sautia midway through the opening term.

Wallaby flanker Michael Hooper scored a try off the back of a driving maul and promising newcomer David Horwitz scored off a Hooper break sparked by an inside ball from scrum-half Nick Phipps.

Japanese World Cup star Ayumu Goromaru came on as a 28th-minute replacement for the Reds but saw little of the ball at outside centre, and kicked a long-range penalty and a conversion.

The Reds, on the back of their set piece, wore away in the second half and worked their way back to trail 20-10 after a try by fly-half Jake McIntyre, but Beale finished them off after 62 minutes.

Beale broke clear and kicked ahead for Phipps to win the chase and score under the crossbar to make the game safe for the Waratahs and continue their derby dominance over the Reds.

"The Reds threw a lot at us, particularly in the second half and credit to the guys for sticking in there through a lot of penalties and we managed to stay in the game," Waratahs skipper Hooper said.

"We were comfortably controlling them in the first half, but then some really good one-on-ones from them in the second half caught us off guard and we had to get back in the game and we did that well."

The Waratahs will have to improve for next week's game against the ACT Brumbies, who put 50 points past the Wellington Hurricanes in their second opener on Friday.