NSW Waratahs claim historic win at SCG 14/04/2018 By NSW Waratahs Media unit The NSW Waratahs have claimed the top spot in the Australian conference after defeating traditional rivals, the Queensland Reds 37-16 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The home team’s 45% and 94 tackles proved more than enough to keep the Templeton Cup in NSW’s hands for the eighth consecutive time. To add to the occasion, home grown prop Paddy Ryan reached his 100th cap for NSW, coming onto the field in the 66th minute to play in front of his friends, family and home crowd at the SCG. The boot of Bernard Foley ticked the scoreboard over with NSW gaining an early 3-0 lead in the second minute. While both sides continued to threaten, handling errors proved costly with NSW Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyarovoro spilling a certain try over the line 11 minutes in. Four minutes later NSW found themselves deep in their own territory courtesy of some formidable Queensland pressure. Enter Curtis Rona, who sparked a NSW counter attack that laid the platform for a second Foley penalty conversion: 6-0. It didn’t take long for the visitors to hit back, a penalty conversion by Queensland halfback James Tuttle in the 25th minute closing the gap to 6-3. With less the 10 minutes on the clock, a second NSW try went begging as Kurtley Beale’s created opportunity fell out of the hands of Foley who had no one in front. Come to the 36th minute and amends were made as Michael Wells broke his way down the wing to put Jake Gordon in for the first try of the night. Foley added the extra two for a 13-3 lead. Tuttle and Queensland were to have the final say of the half, the No 9 knocking his second penalty conversion over right on the hooter to end the opening period 13-6 in favour of the home side. The second 40 began with the visiting halfback knocking over his third penalty in the 44th minute, closing in on the NSW lead 13-9. As pressure mounted against the Tahs’ defence, Taqele Naiyaravoro struck back by intercepting Jono Lance’s pass, the runaway try pushing NSW’s lead to 20-3 in the 48th minute. While Foley hit his third penalty of the night, Reds flyer Filipo Daugunu kept his team’s hopes alive with a try to bring the visitors within 13 points of the NSW Waratahs, the scores 23-14 with only one quarter remaining. Eight minutes left on the clock and deep in enemy territory, Naiyaravoro called for ball before bashing his way over the line for third double for NSW in 2018. Hungry to finish strong, NSW took a penalty tap right on the final hooter through replacement prop Harry Johnson-Holmes, who scored his first ever NSW points to seal a bonus point victory. The NSW Waratahs will face 2017 finalists, the Lions at Allianz Stadium on Friday 20 April in an ANZAC Round special. Check out the full match re-cap right here!