Waratahs thrash Rebels 50-23 to claim second position

Israel Folau scored two tries for Waratahs
Israel Folau scored two tries for Waratahs

Waratahs 50-23 Rebels, Allianz Stadium

Waratahs ran a eight try riot as they completed a 50-23 victory against Rebels in the Super Rugby clash at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

The win has allowed Waratahs to reclaim the second position in Australian Conference with 19 points from 11 games while Rebels languish at the bottom of the table after losing nine games.

Scrum half Nick Phipps scored the opening try for Waratahs but a double penalty fullback Ben Volavola reduced the gap between the two teams to just one point.

Rebels gathered momentum as Amanaki Mafi capitalised on the sin-bin to Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu to claim a four point lead for the visitors.

However, Waratahs bounced with tries from Ned Hanigan, Dean Mumm and Israel Folau to ensure they ended the first half with a 24-11 lead.

The onslaught from Waratahs continued in the second half as Folau crossed over for the second time while Michael Hooper, Damien Fitzpatrick and Bryce Hegarty added further tries to take the score to 50 points as Rebels succumbed to a 27 point defeat despite a double from replacement Jonah Placid in the second half.