Reds vs Waratahs: Super Rugby AU as it happened

Friday morning rugby action is back. Super Rugby AU kicks off with a southern rivalry between the Reds and the Waratahs. Catch live updates and scores here as it happens.

The inaugural Super Rugby AU competition will start with the code’s oldest domestic rivalry on Friday with the Reds hosting the Waratahs. It’s a welcome return to the mid-morning gap on Fridays. Follow the first match of the Super Rugby AU competition live as it happens with our blog.

Super Rugby AU as it happened: Reds vs Waratahs

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Cheers then    

That snaps an 11-match losing streak for the Reds vs their southern rivals. Not a bad way to start Super Rugby AU. Catch you tomorrow.


  Reds win a penalty for the Waratahs player not rolling away…. they go for the three points, hooter’s gone already…. kick’s over and it’s all over Reds rovers.

Just 15 seconds left….    

Reds have the ball and advancing….


O’Connor converts a penalty for the Reds, tight kick… four minutes left and the hosts are ahead but only just…they still have a man in the bin, too.

What a kick!  

Harrison converts a penalty from very deep after Tupou was pinged and sent to the bin. All level, and Reds are a man down….. well then…


Sheesh, that was hard work for the Reds. Took a good old slugfest ruck for the Reds to inch ahead again. But Wilson was there waiting and waiting and pinged through when the ball popped out. Conversion is over too.

TRY! Maddocks!   

Lovely stuff.He put in that try-saving tackle earlier and now he’s engineered the try of the night so far. Great line, great balance, and the Waratahs edge ahead.

First points     It’s the visitors who score first in the second half… penalties everywhere now. Things are going to get tetchy.

We’re back     

Well, the players are. We’re just here watching them

Half-time: Useful three points added

The visitors squeeze three more points from a penalty right on the stroke of half-time. Well then…

Another no try      

McDermott had made a run for the tryline, hot footing his way through hapless defenders…Maddocks pounces and looks like he’s forced the knock… sent upstairs to confirm.

Useful points…     

With a man in the bin… Tahs manage to to squeeze three points from a penalty. The Reds are looking pretty well drilled here. Tahs just clinging on.

TRY! McDermott!

Not overturning this one. Smart. Reds have set up camp in the corner of the Tah’s 5m line for the last…. oh… five minutes or whenever that try was overturned. Three penalties and three scrums later, smart, fast thinking by McDermot finally brings some reward. Conversion is good too.

But also…       

NO TRY!        

   Reds think they have their third through  Tupou – who somehow looked like Cheslin Kolbe sneaking through a gap for a brief second. The on-field decision of try is overturned

What just happened?     

  We know we’re the ones supposed to tell you…. but just… hang on. TMO time.

TRY! Daugunu!    

  Oooh, that was nice. O’Connor whirls a pass from pretty much mid-field out to Daugunu patrolling the wing. He’s got a bit of a squeeze to get through and over the line, but sneaks through for the Reds’ second.

Harry Johnson-Holmes!

That didn’t take long. Waratahs go through 11 phases from a line-out staying cool, calm and well-behaved. The big man forces his way over the line… conversion is good and it’s back to all square.


        Ugh, it was cute in the end with the Reds luring the Waratahs defenders into waiting for a dummy that never came. Started with a mountainous maul, but quick hands to Wright and he just plops over.Conversion is booted over, too.

On the very important matter of haircuts 

     Looks like the players from both teams have been to their barbers. Bit of a sluggish start so far… the Tahs kick for territory after a scrum went awry and the ref decided he had enough of that nonsense. Still no score, though.

We’re off!       

Good day, mates.

Right… how does this work again?   

   Oh right… not quite the same… because there are a bunch of laws being trialled here. We won’t bore you with all the details here – but you can read all about it

Tick tock     

     Err, not that thing the kids have been making videos on. The clock. Like the actual one. Kick off isn’t far away now – about 15 minutes to go.

First things first, teams 

Queensland Reds: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Harry Hoopert.Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Angus Scott Young, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 23 Josh Flook.Waratahs: 15 Jack Maddocks, 14 James Ramm, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Joey Walton, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Will Harris, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell.Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Tiaan Tauakipulu, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Michael McDonald, 22 Ben Donaldson, 23 Tepai Moeroa.

Well howzit  

   Aaaah, Friday morning fun! How we’ve missed this.


    This all kicks off at 11:05 on Friday morning – South African time, that is. We’ll be with you just before then.

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