2020 Super Rugby AU, Week 4: Waratahs v Rebels Debrief


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Most of the first half went the Waratahs way before the Rebels led by nine points at the break at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Rebels forwards pack did a great job in the defense and adding patience in the attacking build-up where the Waratahs looked lopsided.

That’s where at each opportunity closer to their danger zone, Matt Toomua’s kicking between the sticks is spotless.

The Waratahs did take advantage of the Rebels weaknesses with the lack of finishing or support from the backline thanks to the Alex Newsome big score.

Newsome’s pace on the wing proved too difficult to arrest the home team.

But the continued poor discipline from the Waratahs combined with the Michael Hooper sin bin eventually saw Ryan Lowrens sort things out with the scrum.

Lowrens guided perfectly, having kept that scrum straight before Pone Fa’amausili held down with that little gap.

At the right time, Lowrens chased immediately with the Rebels’ first big score.

The Waratahs defensive blocks continued to deny the Rebels’ opportunity to continue with their finishing having stuffed up their build-up attack.

But it’s the continued ill-discipline including another sin bin punishment from Jed Holloway eventually cost them the game and to replicate more of Alex Newsome’s earlier displays.

In return, Andrew Deegan cost the Waratahs another three points via the penalty goal.

With less than 10 to go, the forwards’ brilliant work with the build-up play, at last, assisted left-winger Marika Koroibete with the finish.

Koroibete’s pace through some of the opposition space blindsided the Waratahs that signaled the Rebels’ fantastic night with the win.

FULL-TIME: Melbourne Rebels 29-10 Waratahs

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