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Tahs leave Reds feeling blue

The Waratahs flexed their muscles to secure their biggest ever victory over the Reds as they ran out comfortable 32-5 winners at the ANZ Stadium.

Israel Folau crossed for the opening try with less than four minutes gone to get the Tahs off to a perfect start and grabbed his double soon after as play swept upfield through eight sets of hands.

When old schoolmates Kurtley Beale and Peter Betham combined for the latter to score just after the half-hour mark the hosts led 19-0.

The Reds pinched a try through Lachie Turner right on the break, with Folau in the sin-bin, to bridge the gap to 14 points ,b ut that was as close as they would get.

Folau got the hosts off to great start when collecting an offload from Bernard Foley to score his fourth try in two weeks.

Although Foley missed the conversion from right in front of the posts, Folau got the home fans cheering again when the ball was worked forward and popped inside for the 24-year-old to dot down on 25 minutes.

A much better kick from Tahs pivot Foley followed and he kicked another conversion to push his side 19 points clear after Betham ran in an easy try thanks to Beale, who helped open a wide gap in the Reds' 22.

In the 40th minute, Quade Cooper sucked in a couple of Tahs defenders before freeing up Turner to cross for the Reds first points.

A spell of pressure following the restart saw NSW win a penalty and Beale took it before barging over to secure the bonus point.

Foley converted and extended the hosts' lead further with a penalty in the 61st minute.

He stretched the lead to 27 points two minutes from time as his second penalty heaped more misery on Queensland.


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