NSW Waratahs may have fired off with two three-point goals. When the Queensland Reds were hit with early penalties. But bounced back after 12 of play. Thanks to half-back Tate McDermott who scored the first big score of the night.
Then the Reds followed up with a 2nd patient score. McDermott involved again this time with the assist. Where Lukhan Salakaia-Loto touched down via the inside short pass. As the Waratahs began to fall off the cliff. Such as the lost penalties via the ill-discipline. In which limited their chances in the attack.
The last five minutes before the break saw both sides add three-pointers. But it is Queensland who led comfortably in front at half-time. Having just added the 3rd touchdown. Thanks to a wonderful cross kick from skipper James O’Connor on the far left. And Filipo Daugunu chased it well that forced his way inside the touch line.
Waratahs 9-22 Queensland Reds
Reds continued to extend their lead from Taniela Tupou in the tighthead. While the Waratahs added a touchdown themselves with the patient run this time. Where Lalakai Foketi offloaded well to Will Harris past the Reds danger area. Score still remains to Reds 27-14 after 55 mins.
Then followed up with a Alex Mafi double touchdown. Even coming from the bench for Brandon Paenga-Amosa in the hooker role. Got the ball rolling immediately with excellent care. Both via the throw-in & driving maul. And that is how he completes an attacking masterclass. Reds now 39-14 Waratahs with ten mins left.
And Alex Mafi capped off a wonderful performance of his own tonight. Where he was able to convert a hat-trick of touchdowns. Before the Reds held off so easily in the end. Having finally ended their eight year drought against the Tahs in Sydney. As well as remain undefeated in the 2021 Super Rugby AU. So the Grand Final potential berth is theirs for the time being. The final scoreline at ANZ Stadium is 14-46.