Alex Mafi of the Reds celebrates with staff mates after scoring. (Picture by Albert Perez/Getty Photos)
The unbeaten Queensland Reds continued their domination of this season’s Tremendous Rugby AU with a 46-14 thrashing of conventional rivals New South Wales Waratahs at Stadium Australia on Saturday.
The Reds overcame an error-strewn begin to rating seven-to-one tries and transfer atop the five-team desk after six rounds.
Final yr’s runners-up proceed to torment opponents with a high-octane fashion, which has yielded an ideal 5-0 report because the 10-round competitors enters its pointy finish.
The bonus level victory, nonetheless, was barely soured by a hamstring harm to star recruit Suliasi Vunivalu.
“We wish to stick with our buildings and sport plan each match,” Reds stand-in captain James O’Connor stated.
“We caught within the battle and received factors late.”
The hapless Waratahs stay winless and anchored on the backside of the ladder, with their finals goals all however over.
“We had been up for the battle however weren’t medical sufficient and made fundamental errors,” Waratahs stand-in captain Alex Newsome stated.
Though it has been a depressing marketing campaign up to now, the Waratahs had aimed for a rosier second half of the season to emulate final yr’s exceptional late resurrection the place they nearly reached the finals.
The underdogs began quick and capitalised on an undisciplined Reds aspect, with Will Harrison nailing two penalties within the opening six minutes.
However it wasn’t lengthy till the league leaders clicked into gear, with the explosive Tate McDermott spectacularly weaving previous a number of defenders to cross over for the sport’s first attempt.
The Waratahs, nonetheless, displayed a tenacity missing within the first half of the season as they repelled a slew of menacing assaults from the Reds.
The house aspect’s bid to remain afloat was dealt a blow when lock Sam Wykes exited with a hand harm.
The Reds took benefit and began dominating possession, however had been undone by unforced errors till Lukhan Salakaia-Loto crashed over in the precise nook for a attempt within the twenty ninth minute.
Their unrelenting strain was additional rewarded when Filipo Daugunu’s terrific first half was capped with a attempt moments earlier than the lengthy break.
The Waratahs tried to stymie the anticipated second half onslaught and eventually scored a attempt within the 53rd minute by way of Harrison, earlier than the Reds put the foot down with substitute Alex Mafi scoring a hat-trick of tries in a late flurry.
Regardless of its high billing, the rivalry has been utterly one-sided this season with the Reds destroying their arch-nemesis 41-7 in a report thumping in spherical one.
The Reds as soon as once more claimed the bragging rights and earned their first win in Sydney since 2013.
Waratahs – Tries: Will Harris. Penalties: Will Harrison (3). Yellow playing cards: Hugh Sinclair.
Reds – Tries: Tate McDermott, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Filipo Daugunu, Taniela Tupou, Alex Mafi (3). Conversions: James O’Connor (2), Bryce Hegarty (2). Penalties: James O’Connor. Yellow playing cards: Zane Nonggorr.
NSW Waratahs: 15 Jack Maddocks, 14 Alex Newsome (captain), 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Izaia Perese, 11 James Ramm, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jack Grant, 8 Will Harris, 7 Carlo Tizzano, 6 Hugh Sinclair, 5 Sam Caird, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Te Tera Faulkner, 2 David Porecki, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes
Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Darcy Breen, 19 Jeremy Williams, 20 Max Douglas, 21 Henry Robertson, 22 Tane Edmed, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase
Queensland Reds: 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Seru Uru, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Younger, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Dane Zander
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Harry Wilson, 20 Sam Wallis, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Bryce Hegarty