NSW Waratahs go down to Lions in ANZAC Round clash


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

Credit: Adrian Koch/Rising Sun Photography Sydney

The NSW Waratahs have gone down 0-29 to South African conference leaders, the Lions in an ANZAC Round clash at Allianz Stadium.

While only seven points separated the two sides heading into the break, the visitors went on to score 22 unanswered points in the second 40.

The set piece proved to be a telling part of the game, the Lions winning 19 lineouts and eight scrums to the NSW Waratahs’ eight scrums and 10 lineouts.

The first points of the match came in the 22nd minute, the 2017 finalists scoring the only try of the first half through winger Michael Tambwe, which Elton Jantjies converted.

NSW winger Alex Newsome threatened, coming within metres of the line before spilling the ball over the sideline.

The second forty began with a try by the hand of flanker Kwagga Smith, the play pushing the Johannesburg outfit’s lead to 0-12 after 43 minutes.

The visitors used this momentum to score again at the 50-minute mark, this time through centre Harold Vorster; Jantjies’ extras pushing the deficit to 0-19.

It would be another 20 minutes before another point was scored; flyhalf Jantjies hitting a penalty goal in the 70th.

Sitting at 0-22, the Lions topped off their evening with a 77th minute try through replacement backrower, Marnus Schoeman.

The NSW Waratahs now enter a bye week, returning in round 12 to face the Auckland-based Blues at Brookvale Oval on Saturday 5 May.

Earlier in the evening, the NSW Women made rugby history when they claimed the inaugural Buildcorp Super W title, defeating the Queensland Women's XV 16-13 with a clutch penalty conversion after the second period of golden point had ended. Match re-cap right this way.






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