A great fightback from a determined Waratahs outfit that are starting to play like they believe in their title crudentials. Berrick Barnes' impact was immense as was Michael Hooper. A terrible injury to Tatafu Polota-Nau who has fractured his forearm that should rule him out of the Lions tour depending on the injury's severity.
For the Brumbies, they couldn't put the match to sleep and didn't control the Tahs backs at critical points in the match. Henry Speight and George Smith were their best on pitch. George Smith looks set for a stint on the sideline with a knee injury.
Brumbies captain Ben Mowen after the match: "The game just needed someone to grab tit by the scruff of the neck. Berrick did that perfectly for the Waratahs tonight. He controlled things and put them on the front foot. When the game's in the balance you've got to take it and run with it"
Waratahs captain Dave Dennis after the match: "That was a really pleasing win. We were probably off in a few areas... The Brumbies are a good side and were always going to defend well. To get that win it's a really good result for our club and the supporters."
Lineout Brumbies who secure the ball and drive for the line. They panic drive beyond the ball carrier. Scrum Waratahs. That should do it.
FULLTIME: Waratahs 28 Brumbies 22
What an upset here. The Waratahs remarkable run continues after what was a match that Berrick Barnes had a huge influence on.
Remarkably, this is the first scrum of the half - coming four minutes from fulltime.Back to top
73rd minute: Peter Beetham scores his fourth try of the season. Beetham ran onto a flat cut-out pass from Foley and streaks over the line. Berrick Barnes converts.
Waratahs 28 Brumbies 22.
Try Waratahs. Berrick Barnes loops around Hooper throws a dummy and rolls over the line under pressure from Mogg. Good determination to drive for the line rather than offloading to Mitchell.
Waratahs 21 Brumbies 22
Henry Speight has been dominant for the Brumbies in defence. He's been immense today. Shame he isn't eligable to play for the Wallabies against the Lions.
Penalty Brumbies as Henry Henry Speight tackles Folau and follows through with an expert drive. Mogg converts fro the sideline as poor discipline is exploited by the Brumbies. The Waratahs need to regain some composure and get some possession.
Waratahs 16 Brumbies 22
George Smith goes off with what looks like a knee injury. Colby Faingaa comes on in his stead.
Penalty Brumbies as Tahs attempt to enter the ruck from the side. Poor penalty to concede. Jesse Mogg converts with a great kick from 48 metres as Tevita Kuridrani returns to the field. Brumbies retain the lead.
Waratahs 16 Brumboes 19.
Confirmed - Polota-Nau has a fractured forearm. He should miss at least 6 weeks. Terrible news for Polota-Nau, Waratahs and the Wallabies.
54th min: Berrick Barnes with a beautifully shaped banana kick to gain ground in the kicking battle with the Brumbies. Barnes gets better by the minute.
50th min: Penalty Brumbies. Great rummaging from the veteran George Smith who won the ball expertly and milked the penalty. Great second half of football.
Waratahs 16 Brumbies 16
Penalty Waratahs. Tevita Kuridrani sin binned for 10 minutes for hands in the ruck. Berrick Barnes converts.
Waratahs 16 Brumbies 13.
All Brumbies in the second half. THey are a differnet side playing with conviction and purpose. THe Brumbies are content to slow the play the ball down.
Surely Berrick Barnes should be starting. He gives the Waratahs that extra flair they need in attack. Should he be a Wallaby? That's another question. What do you think?
43rd minute: Try Waratahs. Great cut-out ball from Berrick Barnes to Hooper who scores in the corner. Quick ball with pace through the hands. THe Waratahs are dangerous As long as they have good field position. Barnes converts.
Waratahs 13 Brumbies 13.
Another penalty for the Waratahs at the breakdown. Surely the Brumbies will get a card soon. Penalty attempt comes back off the post into a ruching Adam Ashley-Cooper's arms. Great intensity by the outside centre.
Tough, tough going for the Waratahs at ANZ tonight. NSW lost three of its starting side before the halftime break, hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau walking off late with what looked scarily akin to a broken arm. The home side isn't helping themselves with poor restarts and shaky decision making under pressure. And the pressure is fierce, the Brumbies smothering their opponents to great effect. Anyone seen Izzy?
He's out the back somewhere but the Brumbies haven't given him anything to take, while his opposite number Jesse Mogg has been able to crack into the game much more. The Tahs need to clean up their line out quick smart but with their best thrower and jumper (Kane Douglas)
off the field don't expect miracles. Gulp.
Team news for the second half: Matt Lucas and Berrick Barnes have entered the fray as has Pat McCabe for the Brumbies.Back to top