The Waratahs defeated the Hurricanes on Saturday night, winning 39-30 in what could prove to be the most entertaining match of the season,
The game was full of highs and lows for both teams, with the Tahs crossing early (again), and then falling asleep whilst the Hurricanes quickly piled on 24 points. A late first half comeback saw scores locked at 24-24 at half-time, there was a sense of trepidation around Sydney as no fan knew what to expect in the second half.
Luckily it seemed as if the Waratahs had been read the riot act at half-time as there were no more major defensive lapses and they ultimately held on to grab a needed bonus point victory and remain unbeaten at home this season.
There were some very good individual performances and a few very average ones. Man of the match Michael Hooper deserved every accolade for his performance last night. I said at the start of the year he was the Waratahs best player and I stand by that.
As always we take a look at five key points from the game.
1. Nick Phipps: He should be dropped. It speaks volumes about a personal performance that a team can score 39 points and fans can be rightly critical of such a poor performance by a play maker. Average tackling, non-threatening balls and slowing the play down, there was nothing impressive about his performance.
2. Kane Douglas: The often forgotten forward put in a great performance yesterday. He signalled his intentions early with a massive tackle and kept at it all night. Huge fan.
3. Will Skelton: It's becoming more and more obvious who my favourites are and Skelton is one of them. Caused numerous headaches when he ran with the ball and showed a deft touch to put Hoiles through a gap. Could replace Phipps at halfback on form.
4. Steve Walsh: I'm not usually a fan of Steve Walsh as I feel like he can dominate games, but last night was a great refereeing performance. Kept the penalty count low and was articulate with his reasoning. Great uses of the TMO as well.
5. The Fans: It was good to see a relatively strong turnout with the cold snap Sydney endured. They got behind the team and definitely got their moneys worth.