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Reds vs Waratahs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

18th May, 2019
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Reds

32

Match Complete

NSW Waratahs

40

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Reds

32

Match Complete

NSW Waratahs

40

80B. Foley
76B. Foley
67B. Foley
A. Mafi64
59B. Foley
54B. Foley
53M. Wells
B. Hegarty48
45B. Foley
44A. Newsome
B. Hegarty42
B. Hegarty40
S. Naivalu27
21B. Foley
20M. Wells
J. Campbell13
A. Blyth9
5B. Foley
3B. Foley

6
Tries
4
1
Conversions
4
0
Penalty Goals
4
0
Field Goals
0

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The Reds and Waratahs will hopefully give Australian rugby fans something to cheer about after the off-field distractions of the past few weeks when they go head to head in Round 14 in Brisbane. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of this exciting match starting from 7:45pm AEST on Saturday.

At this stage in the season, games start to mean a lot more and both these sides know they are running out of chances to make the finals.

Neither of them have had great seasons but with five rounds left they both can still make the knockout stages if they start to win, and keep winning.

For the Waratahs it’s been a challenging few weeks on and off the field.

With the fallout from Israel Folau and Rugby Australia’s legal battles never far from the newspapers, no one will want to draw a line underneath everything more than the Tahs.

Perhaps this game, this classic State of Origin derby, could provide a turning point for the men from NSW.

They have a pretty stable side which could be seen as both a good thing and a bad thing considering they’ve only won one game in the past five rounds.

As further motivation, the Tahs will be celebrating Adam Ashley-Cooper’s 150th Super Rugby game on Saturday and he’ll be hoping to mark the game with a win.

In other positive news the Tahs welcome back Tom Robertson after a long time out as he had his knee reconstructed.

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For the Queenslanders this season could yet still deliver Finals rugby. They’re six points off the first placed Brumbies in the Australian conference and a win on Saturday will be very useful.

The challenge for Brad Thorn’s men got a little bit harder when Thorn had to drop Hamish Stewart because of injury and bring in debutant Matt McGahan to fill the full back spot.

Isaac Lucas is also missing – he is on Junior Wallabies duty.

Thorn has also put Scott Higginbotham on the bench and has another potential debutant – Seb Wileman – sitting alongside Higginbotham.

One point of note – seven of the starting eight players for the Reds pack come from the team’s U20 side.

Now that means little if the team lose but it could be a sign that good things are to come in the future years in Queensland.

Prediction
This is going to be a close one. Both sides have had discipline issues and both have struggled for consistent form. The Reds are at home and that’s going to help but in the end it feels like the Tahs are just going to sneak by.

Waratahs to win by 3.

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Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:45pm AEST on Saturday.

Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Date: Saturday 18th May 2019
When: 7:45pm AEST
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Reds $1.99, Waratahs $1.82

Reds
15 Matt McGahan
14 Jock Campbell
13 Chris Feauai-Sautia
12 Samu Kerevi (c)
11 Sefa Naivalu
10 Bryce Hegarty
9 Tate McDermott
8 Angus Scott-Young
7 Liam Wright
6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
5 Angus Blyth
4 Izack Rodda
3 Taniela Tupou
2 Alex Mafi
1 JP Smith

Replacements
16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa
17 Harry Hoopert
18 Ruan Smith
19 Scott Higginbotham
20 Caleb Timu
21 Moses Sorovi
22 Duncan Paia’aua
23 Seb Wileman

Waratahs
15 Kurtley Beale
14 Alex Newsome
13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
12 Karmichael Hunt
11 Cam Clark
10 Bernard Foley
9 Nick Phipps
8 Michael Wells
7 Michael Hooper (c)
6 Lachlan Swinton
5 Rob Simmons
4 Ned Hanigan
3 Sekope Kepu
2 Damien Fitzpatrick
1 Tom Robertson

Replacements
16 Tolu Latu
17 Harry Johnson-Holmes
18 Chris Talakai
19 Tom Staniforth
20 Will Miller
21 Jake Gordon
22 Lalakai Foketi
23 Curtis Rona

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref: Angus Gardner and Damon Murphy
TMO: James Leckie

2019 Form (last 5 games)
Reds – LWBWL
Waratahs – BWLLL

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Played 31
Reds won 13
Waratahs won 17
Drawn 1

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