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Waratahs down Reds

Defending champions NSW Waratahs recorded their second win of the new Super Rugby season as they saw off the Reds 23-5 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

Bernard Foley claimed 18 of his side's points with an impressive tally from a try, three penalties and two conversions, while Peter Betham added a try of his own for the visitors.

Benn Robinson became the most-capped Waratahs player of all time in the competition, overtaking Phil Waugh's record of 136 appearances in Brisbane.

For the hosts, Marco Kotze went over late on to get them on the scoreboard but it was too little too late as the Reds suffered their third defeat of the campaign.

The Reds lost former captain James Horwill to back spasms before kick-off and his withdrawal called for a number of changes in personnel for the Queensland side which may have counted toward their lack of scoring power.

Foley put the away side ahead with penalties after 12 minutes and again 10 minutes later.

The 25-year-old Australia fly-half added a try that he converted as well midway through the first half to put his side 13 points up at the break.

Nine minutes into the second half, Foley made no mistake as he claimed his third penalty with still no answer from the Reds.

Betham joined his team-mate on the scoresheet after 66 minutes following a successful line break from the Waratahs, with Foley adding the extras.

The Reds missed a penalty after 77 minutes but finally replied as Kotze went over with one minute remaining.


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