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Waratahs vs Blues: Super Rugby live scores, blog

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5th May, 2018

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Waratahs vs Blues

Super Rugby, 5 May, 2018

Brookvale Oval
Fulltime - Waratahs 21, Blues 24
Waratahs   Blues
21 FINAL SCORE 24
3 TRIES 2
3 CONVERSION KICKS 1
0 PENALTY GOALS 4
0 DROP GOALS 0
 
 
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Touch judges: Angus Gardner & Will Houston
TMO: George Ayoub
When: 7:45pm AEST
Where: Brookvale Oval
TV: Fox Footy

Waratahs
1. Tom Robertson
2. Damien Fitzpatrick
3. Sekope Kepu
4. Ned Hanigan
5. Rob Simmons
6. Will Miller
7. Michael Hooper
8. Michael Wells
9. Jake Gordon
10. Bernard Foley
11. Taqele Naiyaravoro
12. Kurtley Beale
13. Lalakai Foketi
14. Cameron Clark
15. Israel Folau
16. Hugh Roach
17. Harry Johnson-Holmes
18. Paddy Ryan
19. Thomas Staniforth
20. Jed Holloway
21. Nick Phipps
22. Curtis Rona
23. Bryce Hegarty

Blues
1. Ross Wright
2. James Parsons
3. Sione Mafileo
4. Patrick Tuipulotu
5. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
6. Jerome Kaino
7. Dalton Papali'i
8. Akira Ioane
9. Augustine Pulu
10. Stephen Perofeta
11. Caleb Clarke
12. Rieko Ioane
13. Orbyn Leger
14. Tumua Manu
15. Matt Duffie
16. Matt Moulds
17. Pauliasi Manu
18. Mike Tamoaieta
19. Ben Nee Nee
20. Murphy Taramai
21. Jonathan Ruru
22. Daniel Kirkpatrick
23. Terrence Hepetema
Israel Folau of the Waratahs and Kurtley Beale of the Waratahs celebrate victory in the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Cheetahs at Allianz Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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Match Result:

Australia’s super rugby rut against New Zealand teams continues, with the Blues beating the Waratahs away from home by three points at Brookvale.

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Final score:
Waratahs 21
Blues 24

Match preview:

The Waratahs host the Lions Saturday night at Brookvale Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEST.

This is a battle of the underdogs. Since the start of the year, the fans of New South Wales and Auckland Rugby have resigned themselves to another lacklustre performance from their respective coaches.

Tana Umaga took over from an unsuccessful Sir John Kirwan with the promise of a fresh new start from an outsider.

However, the Blues continue to flounder. Their win-loss record is only slightly better than the Sunwolves.

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Daryl Gibson is first Kiwi Waratah coach. Everyone expected him to sprinkle his magic Kiwi dust on the New South Welshmen after taking over from trophy winning Michael Cheika. In the first two years he delivered bulldust.

This year, he introduced a swath of new players, instilled a simple and effective playing model backed by a superb set piece.

Do not let their disastrous results against the Lions deceived you. They are playing well and continue to improve.

Today, the Blues has a chance to defeat the Waratahs. Whilst they have lost many games, they lose by small margins. In one case, they beat the Lions in Ellis Park by three points. They can do it again today.

A Blues win in Brookvale will be vote of confidence for Tana Umaga. A bad loss may the first nail the coffin of his coaching tenture.

Likewise, Gibson is also under the microscope and is desperate to be the first Aussie team to beat a New Zealand opponent.

Prediction
This match will be close. In the end, Waratahs to win. For Blues to triumph, they need to maintain possession and use an array of attacking options. The Lions showed the way.