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Super Rugby Preview: Waratahs v Reds (09/03/19)

The Waratahs have played the Reds 30 times in Super rugby and they have won 16 matches and drawn one.

That means the Waratahs have lost 13 matches. The Waratahs have won 53% of their matches against the Reds.

This weekend the match will be played in Sydney where the teams have met 14 times before. The Waratahs have won 8 of these matches or 57% of the clashes.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Reds in Sydney is : Waratahs 24 Reds 16.

The Waratahs have won their last four matches in Sydney against the Reds who have not won in the city since 2013.

NSW Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson has named a powerful back line ahead of their Aussie derby for Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash against the Queensland Reds at the SCG.

With Adam Ashley-Cooper back to full fitness after coming off the bench in round two, he’ll once again join Karmichael Hunt in the centres, a combination that delivered for the team in round one.

The major shift will see a versatile Kurtley Beale move to fullback, with Israel Folau shifting to the wing and Alex Newsome set to come off the bench.

Coming off a bye week, the NSW Waratahs will be looking for their second win of the year against a fierce rival in the Reds, as they prepare for their first game of 2019 at the iconic SCG.

Gibson said his side had plenty to work on after their narrow one-point win in round two with his team eager to deliver a strong performance in front of a passionate New South Wales crowd.

“We are facing our oldest rival this week and we want to put out the strongest team we can.

“The Reds are a very competitive unit, we saw that last weekend and saw that in their first game. We know what we’re in for.

“We know how important these derbies are from a conference standing, so there is plenty to play for,” he said.

The Waratahs take on the Reds at the SCG at 7.45pm on Saturday night.

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In 2019 the New South Wales Waratahs will again be wearing the Heritage Jersey against the Queensland Reds. The jersey is a throwback to the good old days of rugby union in New South Wales, with the classic sky blue jersey sporting an old-school collar complete with authentically retro Canterbury Loop collar placket.

Average score: Waratahs 22 Reds 19

Last five results
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 Reds 41-52 Waratahs @Brisbane
Sat, 14 Apr 2018 Waratahs 37-16 Reds @Sydney
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 Reds 26-29 Waratahs@Brisbane
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 Reds 13-15 Waratahs @Brisbane
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 Waratahs 30-10 Reds @Sydney

Waratahs overall record against the Reds
Played 30,Wins 16, Losses 13,Draws 1

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Lachlan Swinton, 20 Will Miller, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Mack Mason, 23 Alex Newsome

15 Isaac Lucas, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi (c), 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Moses Sorovi, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hooper, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Jack Hardy.

Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 9 March
Venue : Sydney Cricket Ground
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Amy Perrett
TMO :James Leckie

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