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    Waratahs vs Sunwolves

    Super Rugby, 7 July, 2018

    Allianz Stadium
    Fulltime - Waratahs 77, Sunwolves 25
    Waratahs   Sunwolves
    77 FINAL SCORE 25
    12 TRIES 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Federico Anselmi
    Touch judges: Will Houston & James Leckie
    TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

    The Waratahs host the Sunwolves Saturday night at Allianz Stadium, Sydney. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEST.

    Heading towards the end of the season, Daryl Gibson’s Waratahs have surprised most pundits by skyrocketing to the top of the Australian conference.

    Last week, they won a hotly contested match against an enterprising Rebels despite missing Michael Hooper and Israel Folau.

    Folau is back today and will want to make up for lost time due to a one game ban. The Sunwolves are having yet another unsuccessful season, emulating the fortunes of the Western Force of old.

    Japanese national coach Jamie Joseph is also at the help of the Sunwolves, has delivered noticeable improvements, winning three games so far this season.

    The good news coming into this one for the Waratahs is that the result doesn’t really matter a great deal. The Rebels’ loss last night means they’re a certainty to finish on top of the conference.

    The only way they could botch it from here is if the Tahs were to fall woefully short of the win in both remaining matches while the Rebels get a bonus-point win in the final week.

    They’re the only team in the Australian conference with a positive points difference – up 69 – so it’s fair to say they deserve to be top dogs.

    The Sunwolves, meanwhile, are the lowest-ranked team in the Australian conference and have the least wins of any side in the Super Rugby competition.

    Things are set up well for the Tahs to get a win and put the conference victory beyond doubt.

    The Sunwolves have not won an away game yet. It is unlikely to change today, especially against an in-form Waratahs.

    Waratahs by at 13

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    • 10:19pm
      Boonzie said | 10:19pm | ! Report

      Most ridiculous red card of the year. Had to apologise to some sun wolves fans sitting in front who had their first trip to Australia to watch the match….

      • 10:40pm
        Brian said | 10:40pm | ! Report

        That’s a huge overstatement. As a die-hard Waratahs fan I really felt for the Sunwolves with that call and would have been happy with a yellow, but by the letter of the law that’s a red every day of the week.

        • 10:48pm
          Boonzie said | 10:48pm | ! Report

          I’ll watch it again without the beer googles on tomorrow… But right now it still felt like Foley’s momentum caused most of it. Regardless, it ruined the game (for wrong or right).

          • 10:59pm
            Brian said | 10:59pm | ! Report

            Agreed, definitely ruined the spectacle. Happy about the win, not particularly happy about how it happened.

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

              seriously… foley’s momentum???

              try again as u say without beer googles..

              lifetd above horizontal and lands on head.. red every day of the week and sunday with the law as it and has been for ten years..

              why players keep lifting players up in tackles amazes me..

              we never ever do it training.. so why do players do it a game??

      • 2:35am
        MH01 said | 2:35am | ! Report

        While it ruined the game, and myself I over reacted – it met the threshold from the rules point of view

        • 1:55pm
          Katipo said | 1:55pm | ! Report

          Too many games are being ruined by these red cards.

          World Rugby has to fix this urgently or else more fans will choose to watch some other sport.

          Here’s an idea. Maybe the offending player can not return to the field, but let the team return to fifteen players so we can have a spectacle.

    • 9:49pm
      MH01 said | 9:49pm | ! Report

      Congratulations to the Tahs and fans for winning the conference.

      Good to have a competitive oz team this year in the finals .

      Sunwolves fans – your team is a pleasure to watch each week . Love their style

      • 10:13pm
        double agent said | 10:13pm | ! Report

        The red card was a bit harsh. The Tanake yellow was worse.

        • Roar Rookie

          Blinky Bill said | 10:33pm | ! Report

          I only saw the video that was attached to this articles and for the life of me I wondered why they were showing Izzy’s try over and over again. So for me, at least on that angle, I didn’t see anything too bad with the tackle on Foley. One would think a red card would stick out like dogs balls. Was it the late tackle or the lift that was deemed serious enough for a red? 🤷

          • 10:40pm
            Reverse Wheel said | 10:40pm | ! Report

            Lift above horizontal = yellow. Landing on head or neck = red. I’m really confused why people are questioning this, the guidelines on it for referees are really clear.

            For comparison, Folau have received an off field red instead of a yellow had O’Mahony not broken his fall with his hand. The citing officer said as much.

            • Roar Pro

              Melburnian said | 10:48pm | ! Report

              TBH i thought Foley landed on his shoulder first and therefore thought YC at worst. Maybe even just let the try stand restart with a PK to the Tahs. TMO and referee seemed convinced though so who am I to argue. Highly entertaining first half.

            • 11:12pm
              riddler said | 11:12pm | ! Report

              spot on wheel..

              don’t see why there is a discussion.. the law is clear.

              if they don’t like the law then talk about the law.. but the tmo, touchie and ref did their job as per the law book

            • 12:22am
              double agent said | 12:22am | ! Report

              Well why wasn’t the other one a red as well? Tanake .Gordon got lifted – hands on legs – upended to land on head. Looked slow and calculated. The first one happened in a split second I doubt the tackler had any intention of doing an illegal tackle.

              • 12:27am
                riddler said | 12:27am | ! Report

                didn’t see it.. stopped at half time..

                thought the yellow though was for a neck roll from what i read here on the blog.

                i could well be very wrong..

                and apologies if i am..

              • 12:30am
                riddler said | 12:30am | ! Report

                just to clairfy.. of course u never want to do intential damage.. unless u r a complete an utter culo..

                but to lift a player up and twist and turn and push down.. we never ever train..

                hence my point.. why do players still do it..

                like a mate we all have who has a few beers too many and sees the red mist..

                just don’t do it.. keep going forward.. don’t stop and lift and twist and push down.. easy solution..

              • 1:20am
                carnivean said | 1:20am | ! Report

                Tanaka’s wasn’t a lifting tackle, so was considered under the rules of a neck roll instead.

    • 9:38pm
      Worlds Biggest said | 9:38pm | ! Report

      Congrats to the Tahs on winning the conference. The S’wolves were very committed in the first half, thought the red card was a bit harsh. Tahs were sloppy for a good part of the first half. Tidied things up in second half and went on with it. 2nd spot up for grabs overall.

      • 9:42pm
        Reverse Wheel said | 9:42pm | ! Report

        I know it ruined the game, but I’m not sure how that could ever not have been a red given the focus on protecting players necks.

    • 9:36pm
      Mike said | 9:36pm | ! Report

      Combined score of 102 points speaks for itself. The issue of a red made the outcome a forgone conclusion followed by a yellow which resulted in a rout, allowing the full squad to share game time and enjoy the spoils. On the plus side there were no injuries.

      • 9:38pm
        Reverse Wheel said | 9:38pm | ! Report

        On the minus side i froze my tits off. Wish I had Drew Mitchell’s gloves….

    • 9:31pm
      Daveski said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      Look Tahs were excellent. And the dogs were poor in the second half…if they’d played like that with 15 they’d still have lost by 20-30.

      But. Red cards for careless offences. That do 9 times out of 10 kill the contest. At the pro level, rugby is entertainment. The powers that be can’t keep allowing the contest to be killed.

      Red cards need to be only for totally flagrant acts. Or should be only ten minutes a man-down then after ten the team can replace the red-carded player.

    • 9:30pm
      Bodger said | 9:30pm | ! Report

      Well that was close. Well done Tahs. Pity they let in 3 tries but great they stuck the knife in when Sunwolves went down a man.

      • 9:33pm
        Reverse Wheel said | 9:33pm | ! Report

        You can only play what’s in front of you I guess. They got the job done.

        • 9:40pm
          Bodger said | 9:40pm | ! Report

          For sure. But even down to 14 players having 12 tries scored against you would be tough on the confidence.

    • 9:30pm
      Cynical Play said | 9:30pm | ! Report

      All of this without Hooper.

      Sunwolves outclassed despite being outnumbered. Dempsey must be in the mix for WB bench. He’s back big time. There’s organisation in the backline with the Tahs that I don’t see in the Rebels or Reds. It’s having a 10 and 12 who know how to run the show.

      What just happened? Is that the 5th try set up by Foley? Where are you MHO1? Where are you a Foley haters. ……. tumbleweeds and shrinking violets.

      • 9:34pm
        Reverse Wheel said | 9:34pm | ! Report

        Holloway? Dempsey did cheer well though.

        • 9:47pm
          big steve said | 9:47pm | ! Report

          maybe meant miller or wells. both ok tonight.

      • 9:34pm
        ajg said | 9:34pm | ! Report

        tbf, they are playing the bottom team in the comp who are down to 14 players. so, I’m not sure how much we can draw from this

      • 9:37pm
        Bodger said | 9:37pm | ! Report

        I don’t think there is any doubt that Foley and Beale are the form 10 and 12 out of any of the Oz Super Rugby teams. Based on Super Rugby form they have to be the Wallaby 10 and 12 until someone can at least be consistently better at Super Rugby level, until then they are our first choice.

      • 10:33pm
        Boonzie said | 10:33pm | ! Report

        Dempsey looked sharp in his suit on the side line… Is that what you meant ?!

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        Ken Catchpole's Other Leg said | 4:09am | ! Report

        Haters, CP?
        I, for one, love Bernard Foley. He is one of the best utility backs in the world. Committed, brave, and talented to a point. And he kicks a lot of goals.
        There just happens to be someone else in Australia with more skills aa a 10.

        On this game, Bernard did some great things. And some not so great things.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 9:29pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      80‘ – MATCH RESULT: The Waratahs have scored their most ever points in a single game, courtesy of a 77-25 demolition job of a 14-man Sunwolves outfit on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium.

      Waratahs: 77
      Sunwolves: 25

      • 9:40pm
        Riddler said | 9:40pm | ! Report

        14 man for half the game.. For something that still baffles me players doing..

        Qld did it for 60 against the rebels earlier in the season.. Which was their captain and 8.. This was the winger.. Big difference..

        And we were said to be have been thrashed by the rebels..

        Let’s not make it about the 14 man and celebrate some good work by the tahs..

        Congrats ej cp chook and all tahs fans.. Great to have a big l win..

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 9:28pm | ! Report


      Fill your boots time for Alex Newsome. Midfield scrum, and the scrum wheels right – Gordon changes the point of attack and Foley finds Newsome untouched who dots down.

      That is the Tahs 12th, and the highest score in their franchise’s history. Records tumbling everywhere.

      Foley misses the conversion.

      Waratahs: 77
      Sunwolves: 25

    • 9:26pm
      terrence said | 9:26pm | ! Report

      a game that started very promisingly has turned into a complete farce..world rugby has to fix this card problem before next year’s world cup or the fans will start walking..

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