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Michael Hooper's early try set the Waratahs on course for victory over the Reds

Michael Hooper's early try set the Waratahs on course for victory over the Reds

Michael Hooper's early try set the Waratahs on course for victory over the Reds

The Waratahs got their 2016 Super Rugby campaign up and running with a bonus-point 30-10 victory over the Reds in Sydney.

The Waratahs, the 2014 champions who reached the semi-finals last season, did most of the hard work in the first half as tries from captain Michael Hooper, Matt Carraro and David Horwitz helped them into a 20-0 interval lead at Allianz Stadium.

The second half was a much more even affair with both teams scoring 10 points apiece - Jake McIntyre's 59th-minute score giving the Reds' their first try of the season with Nick Phipps running in the Waratahs' fourth try soon after - but the home side had done enough to hold on for the victory.