Waratahs defeat Brumbies
Friday April 23, 2010
The NSW Waratahs’ second largest regular season crowd in Super Rugby history turned out at ANZ Stadium tonight to see the Tahs record a 19-12 victory over the Brumbies.
A crowd of 40,271 witnessed the important win, with captain Phil Waugh continuing his great form to be awarded Man of the Match in a game where NSW never trailed on the scoreboard.
A deluge 90 minutes before kick-off did nothing to help the handling of either team, with greasy conditions ensuring this local derby would be a typically hard-fought affair.
The Tahs took an early lead when a charge down soon after kick-off was followed by back-to-back penalties, the second of which Daniel Halangahu potted from in front.
Giteau missed a chance to even it up soon after, and Halangahu doubled the lead in the 17th minute after Steve Walsh marched the Brumbies 10m from a penalty to take bring the mark into kicking range.
Halangahu kicked a third penalty in the 24th minute before Giteau put the Brumbies on the board three minutes later.
The visitors were denied what looked to be a first phase try to Adam Ashley-Cooper in the 29th minute with the winger penalised for crawling to the line after he was ruled to be tackled. Territory remained in the Brumbies favour, however, and Giteau slotted a second penalty in the 32nd minute.
The Brumbies added another after the half-time siren, and on resumption had the opportunity to put the visitors in front for the first time but the attempt drifted wide. Halangahu then had an attempt of his own shortly after from 40m out, 5m in from touch and was successful in restoring a three-point lead to the home team.
A breakout from Kurtley Beale in the 49th minute saw the fullback kick ahead twice but Adam Ashley-Cooper raced from the far side of the field to win the race to the ball.
It was not long however before the Tahs were back on the attack, and after pushing the defensive line back for a few phases, Berrick Barnes kicked for space behind the line with Lachie Turner pulling the ball in just inside the touchline then improving the position to score under the posts. Halangahu’s conversion – his fifth successful kick from as many attempts – opened up a 19-9 lead.
Giteau brought the margin back within a converted try with his fourth penalty of the night in the 62nd minute, however while both teams continued to enjoy periods of dominance in the final quarter the scorers weren’t troubled again.
The victory moves the Tahs to within one competition point of the top four on 33 competition points, while the Brumbies earned a bonus point in the seven-point loss.
The Waratahs will travel to Invercargill on Wednesday ahead of Friday night’s clash with the Highlanders.
2010 Rugby Super 14 Season - Round 11:
NSW Waratahs - 19
Tries: Lachie Turner
Conversions: Daniel Halangahu 1/1
Penalty Goals: Daniel Halangahu 4/4
Drop Goals: Nil
Brumbies - 12
Penalty Goals: Matt Giteau 4/6
Drop Goals: Nil
Crowd: 40,271 @ ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park
Referee: Steve Walsh (AUS)
Half Time: 9-all
Man of the Match: Phil Waugh (Waratahs).
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