Waratahs brush Brumbies aside and go to the top

The Waratahs moved to the top of the Super Rugby standings when they beat the Brumbies 39-8 with a bonus point in Sydney on Saturday.

The result ensures that the Waratahs will feature in the Super Rugby play offs and the Force’s loss to the Blues makes the Waratahs Australia Super Rugby conference winners.

Only the Western Force can overtake the Waratahs in the Australian Conference but they would need to win their remaining matches and also hope that the Waratahs do not pick up any points in their final matches.

The Waratahs have now won their last five consecutive matches but they  finish the season in at home in Sydney against the Highlanders.

The Brumbies have a bye next week and they finish the season at home in Canberra with a match against the Western Force who are also still in contention.

The result is also first time that the Brumbies have conceded a four try bonus point on the road since 2011.

Waratahs prop Benn Robinson who was winning his 130th cap for NSW Rugby scored
the opening try of the match in the 15th minute.

Winger Alofa Alofa scored a breakaway try from an intercept pass and the Waratahs
looked to be running away with the match.

However the Brumbies didn’t let their heads go down and Christian Lealiifano
kicked a ball to the corner and Jesse Mogg beat Israel Folau to the ball and
score a spectacular try for the Brumbies.

After the Waratahs two tries and Mogg’s try for the Brumbies had the home side
leading 14-5 at half time.

In the second half the match opened up more as the Waratahs scored three further
tries.

Alofa got in for a second try which was set up by Foley who scored one of his
own before Waratahs stand in captain Michael Hooper made a weaving run which
led to Wycliff Palu scoring the Waratahs fifth and final try.

The Brumbies had played with a depleted team due to injuries but could only
add a penalty in the second half.

The Waratahs victory came at a price however as Dave Dennis suffered what looks
to be an anterior cruciate ligament strain which would be a season-ending injury.

“It’s horrible. (Dennis) has been our leader from the front this year
and you never like to see that,” said captain Hooper.

“I think we put it out there for (Dennis) in the second half.”

“I’m very proud, very proud to go the 80 minutes and keep putting points
on until the last minute.”

“It’s a feature that’s come into our game this year and one we need to
stick with if we want to be competitive in the finals.”

Final Score Waratahs 39 (14) Brumbies 8 (5)

Scorers

Waratahs
Tries – B.Robinson, A.Alofa 2, B.Foley, W.Palu
Pen – B.Foley, K.Beale
Con – B.Foley 4
Drop –
Cards –

Brumbies
Tries – J.Mogg
Pen – C.Lealiifano
Con –
Drop –
Cards – F.Auelua (59th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee:
Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2: Ian Smith
TMO: Peter Marshall

Teams

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2.Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Jacques Potgieter , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c), 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15 Israel Folau .

Replacements (one to be omitted): 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Will Ske

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