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Reds beat Waratahs in Sydney

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Article Published: Saturday 25 February 2012

The second match in Super Rugby on Saturday is arguably the big one in Australian Rugby as it between Rugby Union's version of the State of Origin - the Waratahs vs the Reds.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The match is underway.
2.00: The Waratahs get a good start as they win an early penalty. Daniel Halangahu takes the shot from 49m out and nails it.
5.00: The Reds win a penalty in the Waratahs half after some pressure. Mike Harris will take the shot.
6.00: Harris takes the penalty kick and slots it.
10.00: It's tough stuff in Sydney. Both teams still feeling out each other's defence.
13.00: Wycliff Palu is lucky to get away with just conceding a penalty after treading on a Reds player. Reds kick downfield.
17.00: Its all close range stuff. Both teams making little ground as the defences are tight.
20.00: Penalty to the Reds. Mike Harris takes the kick and nails it from about 44m out.
24.00: The Reds break out and try to run the ball but handling lets them down.
27.00: Reds starting to gain some momentum. Little breaks are starting to become bigger breaks.
30.00: Reds testing at the Waratahs defence. They cant get into the Waratahs 25 though. The pressure pays off as they win a penalty.
32.00: Mike Harris takes the kick and nails it. Great kick from almost 51m out.
34.00: Adam Ashley-Cooper boots the ball downfield and the chasers follow up. They put the Reds under pressure and they have to dot the ball down behind the try line. Tahs 5m scrum.
36.00:Scrum penalty to the Waratahs so they call a scrum again. Itr gets reset.
38.00: Well, well, well. Genia fumbles the ball at the back of a scrum. Palu scoops up the the ball and scores. TRY!! You don't expect Genia to fumble the ball.
39.00: Halangahu takes the conversion and it just shaves the post. Miss.
40.06: The siren goes but the Reds have the ball and are on attack. They get a penalty 23m out.
42.00: Mike Harris takes the penalty and nails it. Its half time.
The half time score is Waratahs 8 Reds 12
The second half is underway.
42.00: The Waratahs earn an early penalty so Halangahu takes the kick and slots it.
46.00:Another penalty to the Reds. Mike Harries takes the kick and nails it. That's five from five.
51.00: Penalty to the Waratahs after Dom Shipperley comes around the side of the ruck. Halangahu will kick.
52.00: Halangahu takes the penalty kick but misses.
54.00: The Reds kick high and Tatafu Polota-Nau gathers the ball off a Waratahs player and races for the line. He scores......but is called back as the ball was forward. Scrum.
56.00: Ouch Rob Horne has the ball on attack for the Waratahs and Digby Ioane flattens him in the tackle. His shoulder took a hammering. He carries on though.
57.00: The crowd figure is 32,171 and the Waratahs are 15 metres out on attack.
60.00: Penalty to the Waratahs. Halangahu takes the kick and nails it. Tatafu Polota-Nau is replaced by Damien Fitzpatrick.
65.00: The Waratahs are gaining momentum now. As the match wears on they look stronger.
67.00 :The Waratahs are all over the Reds. Wave after wave on attack and then Sarel Pretorius reaches for the line and scores. TRY!!
69.00: Pretorius' reward is that he is replaced  as Halangahu adds the conversion.
72.00: The Reds win a penalty but they need a try. They go for the kick anyway.
73.00: Mike Harris takes the kick and nails it.
77.00: Waratahs now forcing the Red to play the game in their own half and 25.
79.00: Genia sparks a run for the Reds but the Waratahs defence is too strong.
80.00: WOW.Like a thief in the night Dom Shipperley slips off a tackle as the siren sounds and races away 75m -  he beats another defender and scores - stealing the result!! TRY!!
81.00: Mike Harris adds the conversion and the Reds pull off a shock victory that looked completely unlikely just two minutes ago.
The full time score is Waratahs 21 Reds 25


Tries - W Palu, S Pretorius
Pen - D Halangahu 3
Con - D Halangahu
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - D Shipperley.
Pen - M Harris 6
Con - M Harris
Drop -
Cards -

Referee: Jaco Peyper
AR1: :Ian Smith
AR2 : Angus Gardner
TMO :George Ayoub



15. Adam Ashley-Cooper ,14. Tom Kingston ,13. Rob Horne ,12. Tom Carter ,11. Brackin Karauria-Henry ,10. Daniel Halangahu (C), 9. Sarel Pretorius ,8. Wycliff Palu ,7. Chris Alcock ,6. Dave Dennis ,5. Dean Mumm ,4. Kane Douglas ,3. Sekope Kepu , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau ,1. Benn Robinson (VC)

Replacements:16. Damien Fitzpatrick ,17. Paddy Ryan ,18. Lopeti Timani ,19. Jono Jenkins ,20. Brendan McKibbin ,21. Bernard Foley ,22. Nathan Trist


1. Ben Daley , 2. James Hanson , 3. James Slipper , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (c) , 6. Scott Higginbotham , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia (vc) , 10. Mike Harris , 11. Digby Ioane , 12. Ben Tapuai , 13. Anthony Faingaa , 14. Dom Shipperley , 15. Luke Morahan

Replacements : 16. Albert Anae , 17. Greg Holmes , 18. Van Humphries , 19. Liam Gill , 20. Radike Samo , 21. Ben Lucas , 22. Jono Lance , 23rd man - Chris F'Sautia

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