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Match Review: Round 3 - Waratahs V Reds

  • Match Review: Round 3 - Waratahs V Reds

Matches between New South Wales and Queensland are meant to be tough, close and physical encounters. Fortunately for the Waratahs, Queensland didn't get the memo.

The Waratahs flogged the Reds 32-5, in a performance that was much more impressive than last weeks drubbing of the Western Force. 

First Half

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The Tahs continued their trend of starting quickly with Izzy Folau crossing for a try in the 3rd minute. Further tries to Folau and Peter Betham left the Reds shell shocked with the score at 19-0 after 34 minutes. 

Whilst the backline was impressive in the first 30 minutes, credit has to go to the forward pack for setting an unbelievable platform.

Newly promoted starter Jacques Potgeiter played like a man possessed, willing blue jerseys to the breakdown and constantly driving Queensland backwards. Wycliff Palu, Paddy Ryan and stand in skipper Michael Hooper made themselves impossible to contain.

Only a professional foul which resulted in Folau being yellow carded, allowed the Reds to finally score from an easy overlap right on the half time siren. 

The half time score of 19-5 didn't truly reflect the Waratahs dominance.

Second Half

With the Waratahs facing 8 more minutes of being a man down, the seasoned Waratahs fan inside me expected a collapse. For NSW to throw all the good work out the window and to hand Queensland a way back into the contest.

I was wrong.

Kurtley Beale secured a bonus point with his try in the 6th minute of the second half. A conversion and two penalty goals lead to the final score of 32-5. 

The second half was a scrappier affair, the substitution of Potgeiter lead to a slightly less rampaging Waratahs pack. Whilst the Reds showed no ambition or creativity with the little possession that they accrued. Will Genia and Quade Cooper both had very quiet nights and that can be highly accredited to the constant pressure that NSW applied.

Five Pointers

The five key points from the game:

1. The Lineout: The one negative from the game was how poor the NSW lineout was. If the Waratahs were playing someone like the Chiefs they would have felt it on the scoreboard.

2. The Halves: I was critical of Phipps and Foley last week but they both impressed me this week. Phipps outplayed Genia and was strong in defence. Foley threw some decent passes and constantly breaks too many tackles for a man of his size.

3. Potgeiter: Quickly becoming a fan favourite, his presence on the field was noticeable right from the first whistle.  His drive and willingness for contact makes him the kind of player champion teams need. I'm really impressed.

4. Kurtley: I thought he played well last week and this week he was even better. He had a hand in nearly all of the tries and is starting to throw some very dangerous passes. If this is what he is producing now, I can't wait to see what he is doing once he has some more chemistry.

5. The Reds: Seriously, I have never seen a Queensland team get this humiliated in my memory. They showed little passion, execution or mental fortitude. It tells you a lot when Genia gets pulled out a game. Liam Gill was their best forward, but at least 4 Waratah forwards were better than him.

Their only really shining light was Aidan Toua. But he still has a lot to work on.

 

So how great was the game? What did you think of it?

 

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