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Week 16 of 2018 Super Rugby Season: Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs Match Review

It’s been a very intense night by the two biggest teams across Queensland v New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

It’s Week 16 of the 2018 Super Rugby Season where we have the final week of games played across Australia and New Zealand.

That’s because the first of the three-week International games commence next weekend.

1st Half

Bernard Foley tried to look some assistance with the offload to Michael Wells at Number 8.

But, what a stunning intercept from Scott Higginbotham who found some ground before easily fed to Izaia Perese.

How much did Perese run?

Over 50 meters as none of the Waratahs defensive halves can stop Perese’s first try of the night.

That’s excellent team-work to kick off the scoreboard from the Queensland Reds.

Though, just a short time later, the Waratahs built a significant amount of phases against the home side.

Jed Holloway first opened up the pass to Kurtley Beale then to Taquele Naiyaravoro.

Naiyaravoro found a gap with the help of Curtis Rona who steered past the Reds defense for a try.

The intent from both sides has the scoreboards tied up towards the tenth minute

Look at Hamish Stewart at Fly-Half; he has that attacking finesse who threw a threat towards the Waratahs’ defensive line.

It’s still four meters short of the try line.

However, the work from Scott Higginbotham has proved that he can play a significant impact despite playing a limited amount of games this season.

No one from the Waratahs defensive half couldn’t stop Higginbotham as it’s TRY Number Two from the Queensland Reds.

Jake Gordon built up a solid pass towards Michael Wells who straight bullets past the Reds gap for another Waratahs score.

Then, the Men in blue found another opportunity that the Reds couldn’t protect towards the right-hand side.

And Taquele Naiyaravoro smashed every bit of Reds players before touching down for the third Waratahs score.

Taniela Tupou fought back for the Reds try closer towards the ruck on the 31st minute.

But, the brilliant work of Bernard Foley’s kick towards Israel Folau on the Reds right-hand side has made it easy for Folau to touch one down for the Waratahs.

Half-Time: Queensland Reds 19-28 NSW Waratahs

2nd Half

A nice throw from Damien Fitzpatrick has got the Waratahs move forward with the maul.

The away side did terrific work to maintain the drive before Nick Phipps squared one with the ball & gone over for another Waratahs score.

What about the short kick from Duncan Paia’aua?

It gave Samu Kerevi a chance to pick up the ball.

However, Israel Folau hijacked the Reds possession by going all the way & touched down for the Waratahs try.

Though, Alex Mafi fought back with a close try against the Waratahs front row in the 54th minute.

Then Samu Kerevi gave Caleb Timu the one hand offload for another Reds score past the right-hand corner.

What about the superior pass from Michael Wells to Jake Gordon who just came on from the bench?

Gordon too added another Waratahs score which created fresh energy in the 62nd minute.

Same goes for the attacking line of play from the Waratahs.

That’s where Michael Hooper finds one to Israel Folau before Cam Clark has gone past the try line for the night.

The Reds fought back hard, but the Waratahs got one over at their home soil

With nine minutes left in play, Jordan Petaia gets one over the try line on the left-hand corner.

It gave the Reds some much-needed encouragement to fight back.

However, it’s too little, too late from the home team as Jake Gordon kicks the ball into touch.

Full-Time: NSW Waratahs 52-41 Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium.

There are joint highest of 93 points scored between the two teams & 15 tries composed in an Australian derby.

Apart from that, the NSW Waratahs retains the Templeton Cup for 2018.

So we have one more match in Australia this afternoon.

It’s taking place at GIO Stadium in Canberra between the ACT Brumbies and Sunwolves from Japan.

Don’t forget today afternoon’s match will commence at 4.05 PM AEST LIVE on FOX Sports.

Then, All of Australia will look forward to seeing their Qantas Wallabies face off against Ireland next weekend.

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