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    Reds vs Waratahs

    Super Rugby, 2 June, 2018

    Suncorp Stadium
    Fulltime - Reds 41, Waratahs 52
    Reds   Waratahs
    41 FINAL SCORE 52
    7 TRIES 8
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Angus Gardner
    Touch judges: Jordan Way & James Leckie
    TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

    Match result:

    Bernard Foley pulled the strings and Israel Folau scored twice for the NSW Waratahs in a record 52-41 defeat of Queensland featuring 15 tries.

    » Click here to read the full match report

    Final score
    Reds 41
    Waratahs 52

    Match preview:

    The Reds hosts the Waratahs Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEST.

    After a solid performance last week at Suncorp Stadium, Brad Thorn, the Tongan Thor and company are back!

    A couple of months ago, Daryl Gibson’s boys dished a four-try shellacking to the Queenslanders, whose defence was exposed.

    That game was also the emergence of the Waratahs’ deadly and diverse mix of speed and power in their backs and backrow.

    That game spurred the rise of Taqele Naiyaravoro and Curtis Rona as prominent weapons, along with the point scoring ability of “no-name backrows” in Will Miller and “the other Michael” Wells.

    This is supplemented by a top-shelf scrum and lineout, the importance of which cannot be understated.

    This is the second time this year the two coaches, both former Crusaders, will face each other. Last week they both narrowly lost to a Kiwi team. This week both will be hungry and desperate to win.

    The Reds have not won against the Waratahs for a good part of the past decade. Brad Thorn also wants his flyhalf in the making, Hamish Stewart, to continue the winning streak. The last time Hamish started at flyhalf, they beat South Africa conference leader – the Lions.

    The “Tahs” want to bounce back from a bitter loss last week and consolidate their run to the finals. They will aim to play well enough to beat the Crusaders or the Chiefs or the Hurricanes during eliminations. They will see this game as part of this journey.

    It will be a re-run of their last match. While the Reds dominate in size, the Waratahs have been the better attackers – and latest rules of Rugby will reward the faster/better attackers.

    Both sides have improved since their last matchup. This should be a closer match, with a New South Wales win, as the bookies have predicted.

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    • 11:07am
      Stu B said | 11:07am | ! Report

      Totally agree RobC, Kearns contributes absolutely nothing to the game of rugby, the silly old bugger thinks he is still playing for the Tahs and drones on boorishly, comes across as a half pissed Waratah fan high up in the stand. Just a shocker as a commentator.

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      RobC said | 10:16am | ! Report

      Just watched the match, again, with replays slomo etc. Great game for fans. Terrible for defence coaches. Anyway, so many great highlights.

      There’s only one thing I want to say. But I can help it.

      GET RID OF KEARNS!!!! Hes just awful, He makes watching Rugby a terrible experience. Anyone agree?

    • 10:38pm
      Steve F said | 10:38pm | ! Report

      A game that keeps my interest in Oz rugby. Congrats to both teams.

      What was the Lang Park crowd.? A game like that would have attracted -50k 10 years ago.

      As a rusted on reds ( maroons) supporter one promising game does not remove the sins and pain of past seasons. Rugby in Oz needs a level playing field and until it does Oz rugby will continue to be a joke

      The WesternRebels and the Tahs currently have had too many deals done in their favour and the QRU have a nasty habit of backing the wrong horse in every race:. Simmons, Genia, Thorn.

      • 7:24am
        Drongo said | 7:24am | ! Report

        The crowd was small by Reds standards, about 13-14,000. But the atmosphere was almost like the old days. And the defence was quite brutal, despite the score line.

    • 10:20pm
      riddler said | 10:20pm | ! Report

      14k at the ground tonight they are saying..

      this effort will bring some more through the turnstiles..

      well done lads..

      great to be an ozzie rugby fan..

      • 10:24pm
        enoughisenough said | 10:24pm | ! Report

        What effort, the effort that let in 50 points? Where is Thorn’s much vaunted defence? Does anyone except Thorn really believe Stewart is a better 10 than Cooper? I was at the game and I can tell you, “efforts like that” are not going to bring in more fans. the numbers this week were boosted significantly by a Courier Mail promotion with free tickets.

        • 11:10pm
          riddler said | 11:10pm | ! Report


          why do you bother..

          go and watch cooper down at the nest when he turns up mate..

          that is what you obviously want..

          • 11:37pm
            Daniel Lambert said | 11:37pm | ! Report

            All good and well to vent at Cooper fans – but that doesn’t disprove his point. Having said that, Thorn is right to persist with Hamish Stewart. He needs game time and more game time.Iif Thorn persists with Stewart and he has a good preseason, he will come good for next year. I think Cooper would have been a better 5/8th for him to learn from than Jono Lance.

          • 12:18am
            Mungbean said | 12:18am | ! Report

            Why Riddler? What’s wrong with voicing with what the majority of QLD fans want! Cooper! I used to respect Thorn as a player! He definitely hasn’t earned that as a coach yet!

        • 12:10am
          Mungbean said | 12:10am | ! Report

          I agree totally enoughisenough! Watching Stewart’s terrible kicking and very green performance, makes me sick as a Reds fan. Even the Reds fans gave a Bronx cheer when Stewart had been relieved of goal kicking duties and Lucas slotted the kick.
          Brad Thorn showing immaturity as a young coach!

    • 10:09pm
      Harry said | 10:09pm | ! Report

      Foley better kick like that for the next 3 weeks.

      • 10:18pm
        riddler said | 10:18pm | ! Report

        he has been 85% this season.. and so many form the sidelines.. before the usual people start saying he selects kicks.. you can’t select conversions..

        i think we have had an 85% kicker bout as often as i have married a supermodel.

        • 10:23pm
          Cynical Play said | 10:23pm | ! Report

          He’s the greatest Oz goal kicker for years.

    • 9:55pm
      WinkyBill said | 9:55pm | ! Report

      Kearns is a terrible commentator. His dig at Gardner in support of a player back chatting was one of numerous terrible calls tonight. I thought the ref did a reasonable job tonight. But I’m not a tahs diehard so maybe I’m not the best judge

      • 9:55pm
        riddler said | 9:55pm | ! Report

        i didn’t mind gardner at all tonight.. and i am no fan of his that is for sure..

      • 10:21pm
        Cynical Play said | 10:21pm | ! Report

        Gardiner showed again he is readily influenced by crowd reaction. Two classic examples.

        Gardiner has balls of jelly and just wants to be liked. Doesn’t make for holding your nerve when you’ve awarded a try but the crowd doesn’t like it. Can’t belidve he overturned that a Tahs try.

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      ThugbyFan said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      What a GREAT game of basketball, 15 bleeding tries. LoL

      A very enjoyable game, the Reds are building a nice team but need someone at the back to keep their heads. Losing the fullback Koke Hunt has really cost them. Hunt’s experience and guiding hand has really been missed with the Reds’ novice backline. Reds will lose K.Douglas, perhaps Higgers and likely G.Smith next year but still a formidable piggie pack. If the Reds folks have any money in the piggie bank, I would be putting out offers to the HP sauce brothers, DHP for fb and brother Ross as a hard #6/lock backrower.

      Tahs need a brutal powerful 2nd rower like K.Douglas or perhaps M.Philip from Rebels and a tall tough backrower somewhere and they will be a real force next year.

      After the Rebels win in Auckland, the Tahs had to win to stay on top of the Oz conference.

      • 9:51pm
        riddler said | 9:51pm | ! Report

        we need a fullback.. that is where the investment should be.. if folau comes.. wow!!

        pity about hunt… he would have been a great addition to that backline and i am sure thorn knows it..

        people on here saying sean mac coming back from japan and to the reds.. that would be great for 7

        timu at 8 and asy at 6..

        one of the best if not best backrows in oz i would hazard a guess..

        thorn is building a very solid nucleus ..

        so much to like about the qld team this year..

      • 9:59pm
        Peter said | 9:59pm | ! Report

        So clever, your “Koke Hunt” shot, especially putting it in italics. Could have just written “(Geddit? Geddit?)” while elbowing your audience in the ribs. Putting the thug back in ThugbyFan.

        • 10:06pm
          Harry said | 10:06pm | ! Report

          That would be the guy who was very generously given a second chance, paid big money and led a life of privilege. His problems are entirely of his own making.
          Its only a game but committed Reds fans who pay plenty of money to support their team have a right to denigrate Hunt. Not a word of contrition from him I note.

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      RobC said | 9:41pm | ! Report

      thanks for joining guys! Dinner time for me!

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      The Neutral View From Sweden said | 9:40pm | ! Report

      It is hard to have more fun than this without taking the clothes off.
      This was the best advert for Aussie rugby I have seen in a very long time.
      Okay okay, there are question marks about defense et al, but let us forget about that tonight and just be happy that Aussie rugby can put on a show.
      One player that really surprised me was Phipps, have never seen him this good before.
      And Israel Folau… What to say really? He is a phenomenon.

      • 10:22pm
        Christopher said | 10:22pm | ! Report

        Also very impressed with the much-maligned Phipps. If he could consistently be this good, I’d stop wishing that White returned to Oz from Exeter.

      • 10:34pm
        Laurence King said | 10:34pm | ! Report

        Do you watch rugby with your clothes off, so that’s fun is it?

        • 2:49am
          Pistol Pete said | 2:49am | ! Report

          laurence, are you the poor man’s jerry seinfeld?

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