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Drew Mitchell

Drew Mitchell

Drew Mitchell

The Waratahs stormed to the top of the Australian conference with an emphatic 30-6 bonus point victory over the Queensland Reds at ANZ Stadium.

It was an impressive performance from the hosts who mixed brutal defence with clinical attack to overcome a disjointed Reds side.

Drew Mitchell and Dave Dennis scored first-half tries to put the Waratahs a 10-point half-time lead with Lachie Turner and Benn Robinson crossing after the break to complete an impressive victory in front of a crowd of 33,846.

The 24-point drubbing is the largest victory margin in a Super 15 fixture between the two sides, but it could have been even more comprehensive had Berrick Barnes managed to kick more than two from six.

However, victory may well have come at a price for the Waratahs, with Barnes (concussion), captain Phil Waugh (bicep) and man of the match Tatafu Polota-Nau (concussion/shoulder) all failing to finish the match.

The Reds also have a number of players in doubt for next week's clash against the Brumbies, with skipper James Horwill (ankle), Rod Davies (cheekbone), Peter Hynes (knee) and Ed Quirk (ribs) all sustaining injuries.

PA