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Waratahs are strong in second half

The NSW Waratahs recorded a comprehensive 32-8 win over the Melbourne Rebels at Allianz Stadium in Friday's Super Rugby clash.

The hosts led 11-8 at the turnaround but put on an attacking masterclass in the second period, scoring three unanswered tries to seal their third win of the season and pick up their fourth bonus point.

The Rebels have never won at Allianz Stadium and that trend looked set to continue after just three minutes when the Waratahs crossed for their first try of the night thanks to Angus Roberts, who finished off what was an impressive build-up.

However, the visitors responded in the 28th minute with a try of their own from captain Scott Higginbotham, before the sides traded penalties.

However, Michael Cheika's men were a tougher proposition in the second half.

Peter Betham scored a memorable 40-metre try to get the ball rolling in the 43rd minute before Israel Falou crossed for his seventh of the season - Bernard Foley kicking the extras to see the Waratahs leap to a 25-8 lead.

Melbourne's problems were compounded when Roberts was sent to the sin-bin after being shown a yellow card for preventing a quick throw into the line-out.

Falou capped a good night for the home side with six minutes to go, crossing once more after a clinical break by Kurtley Beale. Foley converted to complete the scoring.

The win will give the Waratahs plenty of confidence ahead of their tough two-game run against the Sharks in Durban and the Stormers in Cape Town.


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