Waratahs keep season alive after win
1 May, 2017, 12:00 am
ALL Daryl Gibson wanted to see from his team last night was commitment to the cause and he got stacks of that plus plenty more in a season saving win over the Reds.
Gibson cut a relieved figure post match but he also spoke like a coach that knew the kind of rugby the Tahs played last night had been there all along, waiting to be uncovered.
It appeared to be well below the surface last week in a horrific loss to the Kings but it was there from the opening minute last night.
While the individual performances of Bernard Foley and Michael Hooper have deservedly drawn the headlines, it was the Waratahs’ defensive attitude at the death which told the tale.
The Reds had the ball in the Tahs half for 25 phases and while there wasn’t a great deal of attacking initiative in that set to negotiate, there were two Samu Kerevi runs and a Karmichael Hunt burst which threatened to break the Waratahs line.
Last gasp tackles stopped them from breaking the game open and eventually, a tired Kerevi could not beat Will Skelton to a loose ball – the reserve second rower claiming the 50-50 pill which sealed the match.
Highlanders 57 – 14 Stormers
Chiefs 27 vs 20 Sunwolves
Reds 26 vs 29 Waratahs
Force 15 vs 24 Lions
Cheetahs 21 vs 48 Crusaders
Kings 44 vs 3 Rebels
Jaguares 25 vs 33 Sharks
* WORLD RUGBY