NSW Waratahs narrowly lose to the Blues


5/05/2018



By NSW Waratahs Media unit

Credit: Adrian Koch/Rising Sun Photography Sydney

 

The NSW Waratahs lost 24-21 to the Blues in a gritty Charity Round clash at Brookvale in round 12 of the Vodafone Super Rugby on Saturday night.


The first points of the match came from Blues centre Reiko Ioane in the seventh minute after regaining a kick from captain and scrumhalf Augustine Pulu. A conversion by flyhalf Stephen Perofeta put the Blues 0-7 ahead.

While Israel Folau continued to dominate in the air, it was winger Cam Clark who stole the show, chasing down a flying Reiko Ioane with a courageous try-saving tackle just metres from the NSW Waratahs’ line.

While the Blues extended their lead to 10 points after Stephen Perofeta penalty in the 17th, the NSW Waratahs found themselves deep in opposition territory before Cam Clark was taken high just outside the try line.

Offender Dalton Papali’i was issued a yellow card for his troubles, gifting the NSW Waratahs a lineout within striking distance.

Enter hooker Damien Fitzpatrick, steering a rolling maul over the line for NSW’s first points of the night. Foley’s conversion closed the gap to 7-10 in the 25th minute.

The Blues struck back through a 30th minute with a try to Tumua Manu, the 7-15 scoreline not faltering the NSW intent as prop Sekope Kepu crashed over for the home team following another regained restart from Folau just 60 seconds later; NSW trailing 14-15.

The Blues went into halftime leading 14-18 following a second Perofeta penalty conversion.
It took more than 20 minutes of play in the second 40 before the next points came, the 14-21 lead delivered through the boot of Perofeta once again in the 63rd.

Six minutes later and Perofeta furthered the Blues’ lead to 14-24.

A try to captain Michael Hooper re-ignited his team to pave the way for an eventful end to the match, the NSW Waratahs chasing a 21-24 lead with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Strong go-forward from replacement forwards Jed Holloway and Hugh Roach continued to threaten the Blues’ defence, NSW coming within metres of the opposition line before Kurtley Beale’s cross-field kick to Folau just missed its mark.

The home team were given one last chance as the NSW forwards overturned the opposition lineout, but a handling error inside the Blues’ 22m sealed the win for the Blues.

The NSW Waratahs will face the Crusaders in Christchurch in round 13 of the Vodafone Super Rugby season on Saturday 12 May at 3:15pm (AEST).

Full match-recap of the round 12 clash can be found right here.

NSW Waratahs 21
Tries: Fitzpatrick, Kepu, Hooper
Conversions: Foley 3

Blues 24
Tries: R Ioane, Manu
Conversions: Perofeta
Penalties: Perofeta 4
Yellow Card: Papali’i


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