NSW Waratahs moved to the top of the Australian positions with a 37-16 victory over traditional rivals Queensland Reds on the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In their first clash on the iconic place for 35 years, Warataherne kicked in a 13-6 half-time lead to winning bonus points winners and retaining the Bob Templeton Cup.
The big wings Taqele Naiyaravoro was the star of Waratah, scoring twice in the second half and causing Reds sorrow all night down the left hand.
The big win was Waratah's fourth straight win, and along with hurricanes they are the only two sides who have suffered a defeat all year long.
And after rebels beat down to return to Back Defeat for the first time in 2018 after a heartbreaking 25-22 loss for Jaguares at home, the Warataherne crossed their domestic rivals (21) at the Australian conference holdings of 24 points. While Reds third round defeat left them in fourth place at 13 points.
"We had not seen any results," said Waratah's captain Michael Hooper after hearing that they were at the top of the Australian conference.
"It's a thing that lasts on Saturday night, you do not know what's happening. It's comfortable to hear."
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Reds captain James Slipper praised his efforts to stay in the competition for much of the game before two delays, including a full-time battle, so the last margin blows.
"It was quite disappointing," said Slipper.
"I thought we started really well."
"We did not play football in the first half and Tahs, they came out."
"We came out in the other half (and) played quite well, I thought they put pressure on certain areas of the game, but When giving a team like the quality of football, they are hard to
Waratahs dominated much of the first half, but for their entire possession and territory they only led Reds 6-3 after 30 minutes.
The Warata army bombed a series of chances in the first half.
] Naiyaravoro hit the ball before Bernard Foley could not hold a long ball by Bryce Hegarty with a try beckoning.
Finally, Jake Gordon scored first attempt at the match, dived over three minutes before half past halfback, backed by Michael Wells and backback Bryce Hegarty.
Reds closed within four points early in the second half when halfback James Tuttle landed his third penalty of the night after 45 minutes.
But three minutes later, Naiyaravoro scored his first attempt, a telegraphed Jono Lance canceled a passport and drove 60 meters on the way to the line.
Foley's third penalty shootout extended Waratahs to 24-9 after 55 minutes.
However, the Reds refused to leave, and Filpo Daugunu, not for the first time in 2018, pounced on an Alex Newsome bug halfway and sprinted away to cut margin to a converted attempt.
But Naiyaravoro's second try in the 72th minute was the crucial attempt in the match before replacement Harry Johnson-Holmes sealed Waratah's bonus point. 9659003] Hooper regretted his inability to end their breaks, but praised their defensive lines – a tower on the backside of Waratah for the last two years.
"It's frustrating (inability to complete trials)", Hooper said.
"We showed a lot of variation tonight. Got good through them and the last passing – Heart in the mouths of things – It goes to the ground and they get it and they start running."
"It can kill you a bit a few times. "
" A really comfortable facet, the boys got up, made their tackles and came back in the line and closed it down.
"This is something we probably have not been good at times over the last couple of years."
The Warata army faces their biggest test of the year next Friday evening, hosting the Lions, leading the 25-point South Africa conference.
While the red will play their first match in Brisbane for more than a month when they take on the managers at the Suncorp Stadium.