Waratahs 31-8 Bulls, Allianz Stadium
Waratahs dominating 31-8 win over Bulls at Allianz Stadium on Saturday was dampened by Kurtley Beale's knee injury which could possibly end his season.
Only 40 seconds after kick-off, Beale was stretchered off the field after landing awkwardly on his left knee on the newly laid surface.
In what could be a potentially major set-back for Waratahs' title crusades and also for the Wallabies ahead of their next month's three-Test series against England - the utility centre was taken to the hospital for additional scans.
Beale has recently signed a $2.9 million two-year deal to join Wasps making the 27-year-old highest paid player in the English Premiership.
Beale’s injury overshadowed Waratahs’ bonus-point triumph over the Bulls. Scrum-half Nick Phipps (34, 69) scored two of the four tries for Waratahs with flanker Dean Mumm (43) and Prop Angus Taavao-Matau (78) scoring a try each.
Fly-half Bernard Foley was at his usual exceptional best as he successfully kicked 11 points which comprised of four conversions and a penalty.
Replacement Dries Swanepoel who was brought in by Bulls at the 66th minute in place of fullback SP Marais, scored a late 73rd minute try. Fly-half Tiaan Schoeman was the only other points scorer for Bulls as he successfully kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time.
This bonus-point result has now placed Waratahs at the top of the Australian conference table.