The second date of the Australian Super Rugby began on Friday with an agonizing draw between Rebels and Reds, who played the extra time for the first time, although they could not even take advantage of it. On Saturday, at 6.15 pm live on ESPN Play, the Waratahs-Western Force date closes.
REBELS 18-18 REDS (Friday)
The rain did not help in New South Wales, where Rebels played at home because of the Coronavirus that forced him to play outside Melbourne. A boring first half, with just two penalties from To’omua they left a 6-0 set. In the second stage, development improved and there were more emotions. 4 minutes into the match Filipo Daugunu scored the Reds’ try to discount, but Rebels responded with the conquests of Reece Hodge (54 ‘) and Bill Meakes (68′) after a great interception to O’Connor, who a minute earlier had missed a very simple penalty to temporarily equalize. When it seemed that the game was finished (partial 18-8 with 10 minutes to go), the visit reacted with a penalty from O’Connor and the try at the end by Alex Mafi plus the opening conversion. For the first time there was extra time to avoid the tie. Bryce Hegarty had the only chance to change the scorers’ luck with a penalty kick from midfield that went just wide. There was no change in both halves of five minutes and then yes, the game ended tied.
WARATAHS 23-14 WESTERN FORCE (Saturday)
The visiting team returned to Super Rugby after three years out of competition. And that anxiety and desire were reflected especially in the first forty minutes, when he managed to impose himself on the rival and take a 14-0 advantage, although in the last half of the first half he discounted Waratahs to start twisting the course. In addition, the experience of the local who knew how to put things in his favor was more valuable and with the power of his pack he managed to win an even duel. The winner’s tries were from Gus Bell (40 ‘) and Tom Staniforth (62’), while Will Harrison had two conversions and three penalties. For the visit, Byron Ralston’s will be marked as Force’s first try on his return to competition, and Ian Prior who scored three penalties.