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  • Mitchell, Folau, Foley,
    Penalty goals: McKibbin, Foley (2),
    Conversions: McKibbin, Foley (2),
30 - 27

Blues

  • Noakes, Parsons, Piutau,
    Penalty goals: Noakes (2),
    Conversions: Noakes (3),
  • Super Rugby
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  • 24th Mar 2013
  • KO 05:05
  • Ground: Allianz Stadium

Waratahs v Blues - Live

Last updated: 24th March 2013  

Full time: Waratahs 30 - 27 Blues

Penalty80 PENALTY, WARATAHS, FOLEY. 30-27. The Blues are offside at the breakdwon. Foley lands a penalty from 30m out and Waratahs win it! What a comeback! That's change the atmosphere in Sydney. Thanks for joining us, cheers!

78 Foley is back is back in the pocket...here comes the drop to win it...no! Foley sends his effort wide!

76 Israel Folau has butchered a try! The full-back is clear after Mitchell's break. He hangs on to log as he tries to beat Piutau about 8m short of the line when a offload could have won it for the Tahs!

74 The Waratahs are their own worst enemies. The pressure is getting to them. Kingston drops it so the Blues will attack from a scrum on half way. It's anyone's game!

Penalty71 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES. 27-27. Back to square one! The Waratahs are overdoing their intention to attack and are pinged for hands in the ruck.

Penalty69 PENALTY, WARATAHS, FOLEY. 27-24. The Waratahs are in front for the first time since the 6th minute!

68 The momentum has completely swung in the Waratahs favour and Tom Kingston breaks on the edge of the Blues 22. Charlie Piutau has brain fade and coughs up a penalty for offside.

Conversion66 CONVERSION, FOLEY. 24-24. We're all square!!! What a comeback from the Waratahs!

TRY63 TRY, WARATAHS, FOLEY. 22-24. Rob Horne does very well to straighten after a long sequence of attacking phases from the Tahs. Foley does well to spot a gap and sneak through 2 defenders to score!

60 The Waratahs have a great chance to attack with a scrum 7m from the Blues line after a long build up. This is a crucial time in the match, a score now could level matters.

58 Stupid mistake from Foley who misses touch by a mile from a penalty. George Moala takes it in and the Blues launch the counter and run it back into Tahs territory. Piutau spills it tough, a let off for the Tahs.

56 A worry now for the Blues as Noakes is struggling with a shoulder injury. He'll soldier on. The Blues cough it up at an attacking line-out so Foley can clear.

54 Ranger is unreal. He bumps off Foley again and then steamrolls over Mitchell! He must get an All Black call up in June!

52 Frustrating for the Waratahs. A few silly errors with poor passing and miscommunication is hampering their progress.

Conversion50 CONVERSION, FOLEY. 17-24. The Waratahs are back in this game!

TRY48 TRY, WARATAHS, FOLAU. 15-24. Bernard Foley makes the initial break, Brendan McKibbin is up in support and gives a perfect pass to Israel Folau, who flies home to score uner the sticks!

46 Series of reset scrums and knocks ons has made for a slow start to the second half. Play has not moved from the same 10 metres in four metres.

42 Kane Douglas immediately concedes a penalty and Noakes can send play into the home half. Piutau knocks on though so the Tahs have a scrum just outside their 22.

Here we go for round two! A lack of intensity at the end of the first half cost the Waratahs badly. Can they turn it around?

Half Time: WARATAHS 10 - 24 BLUES

40 Foley is off his feet so Noakes can send play back to the halfway line. The Blues keep it tight until Noakes thumps it into touch. That's half time! We'll be back in ten!

38 A series of scrum resets slows things down. Eventually the Tahs get it out and send it wide to Ashley-Cooper, but he spills it in contact.

35 The Waratahs have lost momentum since McKibbin was forced off holding his shoulder. They look to bounce back before the break however as they probe on the Blues' 22.

Conversion32 CONVERSION, NOAKES. 10-24. The Tahs have coughed up 14 points in ten minutes...

TRY31 TRY, BLUES, PIUTAU. 10-22. Ranger turns it over for the Blues. Weepu sees no one at home at the back and hoofs it upfield. Matt Lucas is slow in getting back and then fumbles! George Moala pounces and feeds Charles Piutau, who coasts home for the easiest try he'll ever score!

Conversion30 CONVERSION, NOAKES. 10-17. Easy extras.

TRY29 TRY, BLUES, NOAKES. 10-15. The Tahs stand off the Blues fly-half, who doesn't need a second invitation as he splits Timani and Ashley-Cooper to score!

27 The Blues build on attack up to the Tahs 22. Ranger and Luke Braid doing well to get over the gainline. The Tahs defence solids firm though, for now.

25 Kane Douglas and Ali Williams swing a few handbags but there's nothing in it really. The Tahs give away a silly penalty at the breakdown so Noakes will have a shot from long range...but it's wide.

Penalty22 PENALTY, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN.10-10. The Blues are caught offside but McKibbin splits the uprights. We're all square!

20 Whoa! Huge break from Mitchell, who is mixing the sublime with the mediocre. Great opportunity for the Tahs but Ranger smashes Foley, who coughs up the ball!

18 Adam Ashley-Cooper chips over the top for Mitchell to chase into the end-zone but it goes too far so possession is turned over cheaply.

17 It's been a good game so far. The warm sunshine is contributing to an exciting clash as both teams seem keen to have go with ball in hand.

16 The line-out is stolen! Renre Ranger busts clear and an opportunity is lost for the Tahs.

15 The Tahs come firing straight back and are camped on the Blues' 22. Charlie Faumuina charges into a ruck and is penalised. The Tahs go for touch!

Conversion13 CONVERSION, NOAKES. 7-10. Good kick from Noakes to add the extras.

TRY12 TRY, BLUES, PARSONS. 7-8. What? Soft try! Kane Douglas slaps a line-out down on the Tahs side, Drew Mitchell fumbles the ball as it comes down though and Blues hooker James Parsons pounces on it before turning on the gas and racing home!

10 The Tahs are back on the attack looking to land another blow but they overdo it as Paddy Ryann is pinged for a side entry.

Conversion8 CONVERSION, MCKIBBIN. 7-3. Perfect reply from the hosts!

TRY6 TRY, WARATAHS, MITCHELL. 5-3. Brilliantly executed move off the back of a line-out as McKibbin wraps around, Israel Folau joins the line and feeds the flying Drew Mitchell out wide and the Wallaby wing finds his way to the corner!

4 The Waratahs have their first opportunity to attack and build up well in the Blues 22. But patient defence from the visitors pays off as Brendan McKibbin is put under pressure and the turnover is forced. Penalty to the Blues as McKibbin won't let go. Noakes clears.

Penalty2 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES. 0-3. Waratahs hooker John Ulugia coughs up a silly early penalty for competing for the ball off his feet.

Here we go! The Blues kick us off. Mitchell kicks it back so the Blues will have the first chance to attack.

Team News: Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has restored his successful combinations. After rolling the changes and losing to the Bulls before the bye, Kirwan has reverted to the tried and tested formula that saw the Blues defeat the Hurricanes and Crusaders. Chris Noakes takes the reigns at fly-half, while George Moala, Peter Saili, Culum Retallick, James Parsons and Tom McCartney all return to the starting XV. On the bench, Anthony Boric is poised to make his first appearance in more than a year.

Team News: Wallaby winger Drew Mitchell has been recalled to the Waratahs starting line-up. Coach Michael Cheika opted to retain impressive newcomer Peter Betham on the other wing, dropping Lachie Turner from the match squad. n the only other change to the starting XV, Rob Horne will start at inside centre in place of injured playmaker Berrick Barnes who dislocated his thumb in last Friday's loss to the Cheetahs.

Hello and welcome to Allianz Stadium in Sydney! The Waratahs have had a poor start to the season and face another tough examination against the high flying-Blues.

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