Super Rugby: New South Waratahs race to victory over Melbourne Rebels
NSW Waratahs ran in six tries during a 41-19 win over Melbourne Rebels.
Last Updated: 23/05/14 1:47pm
Tries from Rob Horne, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Hooper, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau and Brendan McKibbin gained the Waratahs a bonus-point victory in Melbourne on Friday night and they now above the Brumbies for top spot in Super Rugby's Australian conference table - at least until the Brumbies play the Bulls later on Friday.
The Waratahs were dominant from the outset and controlled the majority of possession and territory throughout.
Missed kicks from Beale and Bernard Foley meant the victory margin was only 22 points as only one try was converted.
Horne crossed early after a 40-metre gallop, using good support play from Beale to his advantage. The winger powered through Jason Woodward after side-stepping Tom Kingston to cross the whitewash and make the score 8-0 after 11 minutes.
A long-range penalty from Woodward got the home sides tally going and they soon led after more three-pointers. Foley cancelled this lead out however, with a penalty of his own on the half-hour mark.
More good play from Beale opened a gap for Adam Ashley-Cooper to stride through and score the Waratahs second try making the score 16-9 and regaining the lead, despite another missed conversion from Foley.
The Rebels suffered a further blow just before the break with Leafa being binned after Folau broke through multiple tackles in the 22. Foley then missed one of the easier kicks of the day, meaning the 'Tah's went into the tunnel with just a seven-point lead.
First-blood in the second half went to the Rebels as the hosts were given hope with another Woodward penalty.
This was quickly cancelled out by the boot of Foley however, as he regained the seven-point lead in the 48th minute.
A clever bit of play from Hooper at the scrum followed, with the ball coming loose and the flanker being first to it to scoop it up and run in the try.
The Rebels dragged themselves back into the game against the run of play just five minutes later, after a poor pass from Falou missed all of his team-mates. Rebels winger Veaiu picked up and ran the length of the pitch to keep the Melbourne side in contention and within five points of their opponents.
It was not to last long however, as a fine try finished by Beale increased the margin to 12 points. Nick Phipps picked up another loose ball, made a break and released Foley, who was able to off-load to the centre to finish the move.
Folau was next to cross the line five minutes later after a break from Ashley-Cooper and McKibbin finished the rout in the 78th minute, Folau the provider this time after the sub scrum-half pounced on the edge of the ruck when the fullback was brought down short of the line.