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Waratahs book place in Super W Final after shutting out Reds

Thu, 14/04/2022, 9:51 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Waratahs have cruised to victory over the Reds to book their spot in the Super W Final. Photo: Getty Images
The Waratahs have cruised to victory over the Reds to book their spot in the Super W Final. Photo: Getty Images

The NSW Waratahs will get a chance to avenge their first-ever loss in the Super W Final after defeating the Reds 36-0 in Sydney.

The defending champions will play the Fijiana Drua on April 23 after overcoming a strong Reds start to record a dominant victory.

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Waratahs flyhalf Arabella McKenzie’s prediction of a ‘storming’ Reds side came to fruition as the visitors dominated the opening proceedings of the match.

Simon Craig’s side controlled possession and territory to start the game, camped in the Waratahs’ 22 as Liz Patu’s dive from close was denied.

After 15 minutes of defence, the defending champions pushed their attack and nearly found a way through if not for some great counter-rucking from young gun Malaela Su’a.

With the game evenly posted, Wallaroos and Waratahs skipper Grace Hamilton took it upon herself to open the game up, barging over after taking it from the back of the scrum for the first try of the game.

The hosts were boosted by the return of Mahalia Murphy and she made a major impact minutes later, putting Tatum Bird into space before finishing the move after a nice offload from Emily Chancellor.

Murphy found Bird once again before the break, with the scrum-half turned winger darting over to give the Waratahs a 17-0 lead at the break.

The Waratahs continued the momentum heading into the second half with Piper Duck getting the turnover from the kick-off, with Natalie Delamare saluting at the back of the maul two minutes later.

Play would then be delayed for a considerable period after Waratahs flyhalf Arabella McKenzie was stretched from the field.

McKenzie was injured in the 55th minute attempting to dive over for a try, with play stopped for several minutes to deal with the Wallaroo.

Penelope Leiataua followed her off on the stretcher minutes later with a reported ankle injury, dampening any celebrations.

As play resumed, Margot Vella put the game out of question after finishing off a nice backline move, with Kaitlan Leaney capping the performance off with a try on the siren.

The victory once again secures the Waratahs' place in the Super W, setting up a blockbuster with the Fijiana Drua as part of Super Round

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