14-man Sunwolves no match for Waratahs

Rex Christensen
July 11, 2018

A season-best crowd of 18,059 braved Saturday night's cold, gusty conditions to witness a slick Tahs performance as they annihilated the Sunwolves; they ran in eight second-half tries after the visitors were reduced to 14 men after what appeared a tough red card to winger Semesi Masirewa.

"I think it was Steve Hansen said that just put players on report like they do in [rugby] league and play on".

Waratahs coach Gibson said: "I certainly support that, the effect that it [the red card] has on the game it takes away the contest".

Sunwolves winger Semisi Masirewa has been suspended for three weeks by a SANZAAR foul play review committee for his lifting tackle on Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley.

"In that instance [with Masirewa] the referee has no option".

Hot off a franchise-record 12-try, 77-25 blitz of the Sunwolves, the Waratahs have clinched the Australian conference and will be guaranteed second spot if they can beat the Brumbies at home on Saturday night during a fascinating final round.

Brown says a law change would mean future games won't be affected as much as theirs was. "Having an intermediary step that's not quite a red card, give him some options - sensible".

The Tahs scored 12 tries, their most in a Super Rugby game.

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Naiyaravoro crossed in the 52nd minute to eclipse Folau's 2014 NSW season record of 12 five-pointers.

Leading 60-25 with 11 minutes remaining, Sunwolves replacement halfback Fumiaki Tanaka was sin-binned for a unsafe tackle on rival Jake Gordon that looked worse than Masirewa's effort, locking Gordon's neck and pulling his head down onto the turf as the Tah flipped over.

He added another late in the game as Folau and replacement outside back Alex Newsome also bagged try doubles.

Folau sprinted 60 metes for a try, but Sunwolves blindside flanker Michael Leitch brushed off opposite number Ned Hanigan.

But they were devastating when they executed well, especially after the Sunwolves were undermanned.

From that point NSW dominated, leading 24-18 at the break.

But within that was the scintillating attack of Folau, Beale and Foley, who combined for tries to the fullback in the 25th and 39th minute, and one to Beale in the 34th.

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