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Tahs down battling Blues

The Waratahs earned their fourth win of the Super Rugby campaign with a hard-fought 23-11 success against the Blues in Sydney.

Tries from Nick Phipps and Peter Betham as well as 13 points from the boot of Bernard Foley eventually secured the spoils for the home side, but not before they had to overcome a spirited performance from their struggling opponents.

Francis Saili crossed for the Blues while Dan Bowden added a couple of penalties but it was a late yellow card for Jerome Kaino which ultimately proved their undoing, as the Tahs made their man advantage count.

Defending champions the Waratahs were quicker off the mark and went ahead after seven minutes, winning a Blues lineout and feeding the ball to Michael Hooper who set up Phipps to dart over.

Foley added the extras to open up a 7-0 lead but that was soon cut back to a single point by a couple of Bowden penalties.

Bowden missed another attempt before half-time as the Tahs stayed 7-6 in front but a strong start from the Blues after the interval resulted in Saili dotting down after 53 minutes.

Bowden was unable to add the conversion and the Tahs took full advantage with two penalties from Foley to nudge 12-11 ahead on the hour.

Another three points followed from the fly-half but the Blues remained within touching distance until Kaino was sent to the sin bin eight minutes from time for an unnecessary foul.

And the Waratahs took full advantage with a decisive try from Betham two minutes later, converted by Foley, to leave the Blues still waiting for their first win of the campaign.

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