Waratahs vs Highlanders: Super Rugby quarter-finals live scores, blog

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    Waratahs vs Highlanders

    Super Rugby, 21 July, 2018

    Allianz Stadium
    Fulltime - Waratahs 30, Highlanders 23
    Waratahs   Highlanders
    30 FINAL SCORE 23
    3 TRIES 2
    3 CONVERSION KICKS 2
    3 PENALTY GOALS 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Angus Gardner
    Touch judges: Nic Berry & Will Houston
    TMO: George Ayoub

    Match result:

    NSW Waratahs captain Bernard Foley has spearheaded a remarkable comeback as his side overturned a 17-point halftime deficit and beat the Highlanders 30-23 in their Super Rugby quarter-final.

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    Final score
    Waratahs 30
    Highlanders 23

    Match preview:

    The Waratahs host the Highlanders on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium, Sydney in the Super Rugby quarter-finals. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 8:05pm (AEST).

    This is the first time the Waratahs have reached the eliminations rounds since 2015, which was when Michael Cheika moved on to coach the Walalabies on a full-time basis.

    Consequently, from Darryl Gibson’s takeover, the ‘Tahs have had a drastic fall from grace, failing to qualify in 2016. Last year, they finished a disgraceful third from the bottom, only above the Sunwolves and the Kings.

    But 2018 is a different story. Despite a 29-0 trashing by the Lions, the Waratahs have displayed an effective attacking approach that enables them to reach opposing redzone. Their set-piece has been reliable. Their defence has been solid โ€“ until recently while captain Michael Hooper has been injured.

    Without a doubt, the Highlanders will take full advantage of this. They will be out for revenge after being trashed by the Waratahs. Firsly, they are keeping the red carded Tevita Nabura away from the Waratahs, including and especially Cameron Clark.

    Another Tevita, Tevita Li, will be man the left wing. Last week, he broke through four defenders, ran 90 metres and scored a try. He will probably do this again, if not more, by attacking the less experienced Alex Newsome.

    On paper, the Highlanders back row, halves and reserves are deadlier than the Waratahs. Their speed, strength and experience are a key difference between the two teams. But it was a similar situation three months ago, and the New South Welshmen outplayed the Highlanders to win by 30 points.

    Prediction
    This is going to be a great game. These two teams who have opposing styles which should give the Waratahs a lot of possession. If the Waratahs defence and set-piece reverts to type, it’s their game. But their consistency in these areas over the past few weeks have been poor.

    Nevertheless, the Waratahs will throw everything into this match, as a point of pride.

    I think, again, they will win despite the odds against them.

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    • Roar Guru

      1:31am
      Corne Van Vuuren said | 1:31am | ! Report

      Congratulations to the Tahs, that was a very good match win.

    • Roar Rookie

      12:02am
      yasserwallaby said | 12:02am | ! Report

      And to think I almost switched off the TV at halftime. Glad I didn’t.

      • 7:43am
        Ruckin Oaf said | 7:43am | ! Report

        Yeah but I don’t think many people saw that second half coming

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

      Massive surprise. Nearly switched off at half time. Both teams have massive flaws but did not think NSW had that much character. Yellow card a big factor. Phipps showed tremendous character and then Beale, Foley and Folau started to fire. Hard to see NSW being able to stand up to the next pack they will face but I guess tonight shows you never know for sure… Congratulations NSW.

    • 10:17pm
      Worlds Biggest said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      WOW, what a second half by the Tahs, incredibly guttsy win ! It was all Highlanders for the first 55 minutes and then all Tahs afterwards, what a game. You beauty !!!

      • 10:26pm
        Boomeranga said | 10:26pm | ! Report

        A fair bit if credit needs to go to Phipps who I think was the player that bought some energy and passion to the team at the start of the second half.

        Apart from that though he had a shocker ๐Ÿ˜„

        • 10:29pm
          TomTom said | 10:29pm | ! Report

          Ahahaha classic!

    • Roar Guru

      10:06pm
      RobC said | 10:06pm | ! Report

      CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WARATAHS WHO DEFEATS THE HIGHLANDERS 30 TO 23

      THEY WILL PLAY AGAINST THE LIONS IN JOZI OR AGAINST THE JAGS IN SYDNEY

      WE WILL SOON FIND OUT!

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

      Well done Tahs, takes character to come back like they did which is great to see.

      How did Latu go? See he got the full second half and his stats look decent.

      • Roar Guru

        10:10pm
        RobC said | 10:10pm | ! Report

        Latu did alright. His LO started badly.But picked it up nicely.

    • Roar Guru

      10:04pm
      RobC said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      โ€˜71
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      Sopo restart long again
      Foley long again
      Landers to LO 40m out left. win

      โ€˜72
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      A few phases to 7 now

      โ€˜73
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      Danger! Sopo to the middle
      Quickly to the midleft
      Frizzel over the line. No try so far
      But will be checked by TMO!
      Tahs pinged, Paddy is going to the bin
      TMO calls it short

      โ€˜74
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      Tahs with an attacking scrum 5m out midleft
      And a one man advantage!! reset
      Scrum win. Li is tacked 10m out middle

      โ€˜75
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      Cycled to the middle
      KB goes for the intercept. Missed KO
      Scrum again Landers 10m out centre
      Danger again!
      Scrum win Landers. Nugget to Sopo.
      Sopo taken by Gordon. and Sopo KOs!
      Tahs Saved for now

      โ€˜76
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      Tahs scrum packed Newsome on the rightflank
      Rona tackled 5m out centre
      Foley kicks out 30m out for a Landers LO

      โ€˜77
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      LO Win! Kalolo 30m out midright
      Walden to the 25m midleft
      slow cycle

      โ€˜78
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      No. TOd!!
      Kicked back!
      Thompson working hard middle halfway
      Quickly to the right
      Ben Smith flicks on quickly. FORWARD!!
      Tahs scrum halfway midleft

      โ€˜79
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      time running. Scrum being setup

      โ€˜80
      WARATAHS 30
      HIGHLANDERS 23

      Tahs win the scrum
      Gordon with the pill and he kicks out for the win!

    • 10:04pm
      Clifto said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      Holy moly… how the hell did that happen?

      Naholo is a very naughty boy… two yellow card level high tackles in 30 seconds…

      And the Tahs then run riot while the Landers go to water…

      Couldn’t make it up!

      • Roar Guru

        10:11pm
        RobC said | 10:11pm | ! Report

        It the YC. Tahs took full advantage of it.

      • 10:31pm
        TomTom said | 10:31pm | ! Report

        It was more like two yellow card high tackles on the same player during the same place in the space of about 5 seconds. Kepu must be wondering what he did wrong to him! I also thought two consecutive high tackles could’ve resulted in a red.

    • 10:01pm
      Mike said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      Highlanders brought their game plan and for the next 60 minutes owned the Tahs right across the park. Then the light switch was turned on and the rest is history. There remain crucial elements of the Tahs game which need addressing before their game. Congrats Tahs on a very gutsy performance.

    • 10:01pm
      Bodger said | 10:01pm | ! Report

      Well done Tahs, takes character to come back like they did which is great to see.

    • 9:58pm
      Pinetree said | 9:58pm | ! Report

      Congratulations to the Tahs and fans, what a comeback of 24 unanswered points….great defence in the last 10 mins in particular…Foley and Beale played well..forwards showed up…will it be the Jags in Sydney next week, or the big travel over to the Lions den?…

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