Waratahs beat Chiefs 33-17 in Super Rugby

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis clinched the win with a try in the 72nd minute after the Chiefs had rallied from 13-3 down at half-time to take a 17-16 lead with two second half tries to replacement Bundee Aki.

Flyhalf Bernard Foley added the gloss with a try on full-time and maintained a perfect kicking record, finishing with three conversions and three penalties for a personal total of 20 points.

The win lifted the Waratahs to second place on the championships table, leaving them atop the Australian conference, while the Chiefs remained anchored in eighth place.

The Waratahs had lost their last eight games in New Zealand – a streak spanning four years – but turned that around on Saturday with a win which kept them strongly in contention for a home semifinal.

“It’s been a couple of years since we had a win over here but we were really keen to put in a strong performance tonight,” Waratahs captain Dave Dennis said. “We’re really pleased with the performance.

“They’re a consistent team, we knew they’d keep fighting for the full 80 minutes and I thought we just stuck to our game well. Our discipline was probably a bit off there but we kept playing, attacking with ball in hand and we got some good tries there in the end.”

The Chiefs had the first lead of the match at 3-0 with a penalty to returning All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden but Foley tied the scores with his first penalty only seven minutes later.

The Waratahs had a try disallowed when winger Alofa Alofa combined with scrumhalf Nick Phipps on the blindside but the referees detected an earlier obstruction.

Folau’s try in the 15th minute was also submitted to the scrutiny of the video referee before being confirmed. The Wallabies fullback’s 11th try of the season surpassed the Waratahs record previously held by winger Peter Hewat.

The Waratahs led 13-3 at half-time but the Chiefs rushed back into the match with tries to Aki in the 55th and 62nd minutes, both from kick chases. On the first occasion, Cruden put the kick-through that Aki contested in-goal with teammate Tim Nanai Williams. On the second, the kick was provided by fullback Tom Marshall.

The Waratahs continued to hold the ball through a long sequence of phases and they were rewarded with Dennis’s dashing try in the 72nd minute. Foley then completed the rare cross-Tasman win by scoring and converting his own try on the full-time siren. – Sapa-AP

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