NSW Waratahs 13
4 min – Tahs camped in saders 22. Last passes not sticking but ball being given width
7 min – Tahs scrum in own 22 smashes saders and Burgess forces turn over. Top kick from Beale
Tahs looking to get ball to Tuqiri whenever possible
10 min – Tahs scrum very dominant but saders forcing turnovers at breakdown
13 min – Palu puts “high” (bullshit) hit on faceless Sader. Pinged. Saders go to corner
Lineout on 22, LT puts McDonald into touch, but somehow they get lineout.
Tahs turn ball over, Burgess goes for run, shit clearance from SNK
17 min – Burgess has a rocket up him tonight
18 min – beautiful Tah rolling maul. LT manages to shepherd 2 saders into touch.Good D
Neither team able to complete moves
SNK orchestrates good touch in goal by waiting for ball to stop rolling.
Possession and territory nudging Saders way
24th min – TRY to Saders. Classic through the hands out wide, kick and chase. Almost bombed it but long pass to Keiren Read from Andy Ellis puts him unmarked under the sticks 0-7
25 min – saders making yards with every touch. Penalty for holding player back against Tahs. Brett misses
28 min – Nice move from Tahs off a long lineout but pass to Horne from Beale bombed
31 min – Centurion Baxter off with calf strain. Palmer on.
Yet another turnover from Tahs in good field position
36 min – Not a pretty game, both sides stuffing up at the wrong times
38 min – Tahs in own 22. Will they let in try at wrong time?
Tahs force turn over and Burgess hacks downfield
Beale kick pass to Mumm who makes a great take but no one to capitalise on it.
HALF TIME – Pretty ordinary game. Burgess and Tuqiri seem to be the only guys playing for the Tahs. Saders looking dangerous out wide as ever. Tahs need to find some continuity in second half if not going to get stuffed.
41 – Benn forces good turnover in tahs 22. Saders winning kicking duel
44 – Wide pass and good forward interplay puts Benn into space! They take it down to the Saders try line but lazy running from saders puts Isaac Ross in the bin. YELLOW CARD
Tahs looking for try
46 – TRY! – Palu takes a run off the back of the scrum comes up inches short. Benn picks, drives and scores! Beale converts 7 – 7
Saders number 7 George Whitelock off injured.
50 min – PENALTY Tahs offside, Slade slots. 7 – 10
54 min – Tahs run from own line, make 70 metres but SNKs final pass behind Turner. Tahs have scrum in Saders 22.
56 min – Tahs stuff up yet another set piece in the mid-field in great attacking possy
57 min – TRY – classic saders end to end try with support players everywhere that Leon McDonald scores. 7 – 17
60 min – Scrum penalty against the Saders on their 22. Beale slots. 10 – 17
Helengahu on for Beale.
61 min – Tahs make another break but Tuqiri dragged down with 5 metres left by Slade! Tahs keep it tight but eventually knock it on.
Brad Thorn (who me?) pulled back for a late tackle. Penalty to tahs. Hangers slots. 13 – 17
Tahu on for Horne
65 min – Saders looking dangerous, camped in tahs territory
67 min – Saders scrum 15 out. Go through hands but knock on.
69 min – Great pressure from saders through kick chase. SNK has to take it back over.
72 min – Saders 5m scrum on tahs line. Fantastic tahs defence drives them back to the 22 and then turns them over
73 – Hangers put great kick into touch saders 22
76 min – Tahs lose own lineout but knocked on by Saders
Everyone knackered. Doherty on for Thompson. Fitzpatrick on for TPN. Ages in Tahs front row are 19, 20 and 24
77 min – Waldrom (my Fantasy captain!) gives away penalty. Tahs down to Saders half but can’t do anything with pill
78 min – Saders running clock down with ball.
80 min – Tahs get free kick on the donger, but Palu coughs it up. GAME OVER
Big questions for the Tahs. No reason why they shouldn’t have won this one. Mid field is just not working.