The final score is Waratahs 28 (16) Reds 17 (12)
The Waratahs beat the Reds 28-17 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.
Both teams scored three tries apiece but it was the boot of the reliable Bernard Foley that made the difference in the derby, while Bryce Hegarty missed three of his four shots at goal.
Sefa Naivalu’s 66th-minute score had brought the score back to within four points, but it was not enough.
Alex Newsome’s late try killed any hope of the Reds breaking their long-standing inter-state losing streak.
The Reds have now lost eight matches in a row away from home and a tenth on the trot to the Waratahs.
Tahs led 13-nil in the 22nd-minute after Ned Hanigan’s try and the boot of Foley. Hanigan crossed after JP Smith was sent to the sin-bin.
The Reds fought back, scoring when Samu Kerevi crashed over near the posts.
Chris Feauai-Sautia scored before the break after Foley’s penalty had stretched the Tahs’ lead.
Curtis Rona extended the home team’s lead after some good work by Kurtley Beale. Brad Thorn’s men never really threatened the Waratahs, who held on to win the Australian derby.
Tries – Hanigan, Rona Newsome
Pen – Foley (2)
Con – Foley (3)
Tries – Kerevi, Feauai-Sautia, Naivalu
Con – Hegarty
Cards – Smith (Yellow, 20′)
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
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Amy Perrett
TMO :James Leckie