Eight-try Waratahs outscore Queensland Reds 41-52

Israel Folau scored a double for Waratahs
Israel Folau scored a double for Waratahs

Reds 41-52 Waratahs, Suncorp Stadium

Waratahs ran a seven-try riot as they reclaimed their position at the top of Australian Conference with a 41-52 win over Queensland Reds in their Super Rugby face-off at Suncorp Stadium.

Winger Izaia Perese (2'), number eight Scott Higginbotham (14') and Taniela Tupou (32') scored tries for Reds in the first half with fly-half Hamish Stewart converting two of it as the home side scored 19 points.

However, Waratahs bounced back with Curtis Rona (5'), Michael Wells (18'), Taqele Naiyaravoro (29') and Israel Folau (39') all crossed over for the visitors and Bernard Foley slotted all four conversions as they headed into the break with a nine point lead.

The visitors continued their momentum in the second half as well with Nick Phipps (43') and Folau (51') scoring further tries. The try from Folau came after Reds lost Kane Douglas to sin-bin for a cynical defensive foul inside the Waratahs’ half.

Despite the setback, Alex Mafi (55') and Caleb Timu (59') dotted down for Reds but Stewart missed out on the conversion as the gap between the two teams remained at 11 points.

However, Jake Gordon (63') and Cameron Clark (70') ensured the game was pretty much sealed for Waratahs and despite late heroics from Jordan Petaia (72') and Sef Fa'agase (77'), Reds succumbed to a 11 point defeat as they remain at fourth place in Australian Conference.