Super Rugby Notebook, May 14: Beale injury sours Waratahs win


Waratahs' 31-8 Super Rugby hammering of Bulls on Saturday was overshadowed by a serious injury to Wasps-bound utility back Kurtley Beale. 

The ambitious Wasps on Friday confirmed that Beale will move to the Premiership ahead of the 2016-17 in a deal reportedly worth £1.5million.

However, the 27-year-old could be facing an extended period on the sidelines after being carried off with what was described as a "significant" injury. 

Waratahs were still comfortable winners, sealing a fourth-straight win to go top of the Australian Conference, equal on 29 points with Brumbies.

Coach Daryl Gibson said it was "unlikely" Beale would play for the club again in 2016, adding:  "At this part of the year, particularly with the sparkling form he's in, he's certainly a big part of our attack and to have that taken away [is hard].

"In terms of the effort, very proud of the guys. I'd thought we'd let the bonus point slip, but to come back strongly in the last five minutes and finish that off is really pleasing."


Hurricanes 29-14 Reds

Wes Goosen and Jason Woodward starred as a depleted Hurricanes kept their play-off hopes alive with a five-tries-to-one victory over Reds in Wellington. Hurricanes were missing All Blacks Cory Jane, Julian Savea and Victor Vito, as well as Ardie Savea and Chris Eves, after they were dropped for breaking a curfew last week in South Africa. However, they were still able to secure victory, with Woodward's second try in first-half stoppage time proving crucial.

Waratahs 31-8 Bulls

Waratahs' intensity proved too much for Bulls as they secured a 23-point win in Sydney on Saturday. Nick Phipps scored two tries while he also laid on the final pass for another try by Dean Mumm, before Angus Taavao-Matau sealed the fourth try and a bonus point. Bernard Foley contributed with four conversions and a penalty from six attempts. 

Sunwolves 17-17 Stormers

Tokyo-based Sunwolves were on track for just their second ever Super Rugby win but some late drama in Singapore saw Stormers snatch a draw. Vincent Koch trundled over with two seconds remaining before Brandon Thomson held his nerve to kick the conversion ensuring the game finished all-square. The draw moved Stormers into second in the two Africa conferences, while the Sunwolves remain second bottom.

Cheetahs 34-20 Kings

Cheetahs secured just their third win of the campaign against the struggling Kings but narrowly missed out on the bonus point in Bloemfontein. Raymond Rhule, Uzair Cassiem, Michael van der Spuy and Sergeal Petersen crossed for Cheetas as they led 34-13, but a late try from Kings right-wing Lukhanyo Am denied their opponents a bonus point. 

Lions 43-5 Blues

After being humiliated on home soil by Hurricanes, Lions took out their frustrations on a hapless Blues in Johannesburg. Three of their seven tries came within 11 minutes of the kick-off, giving the hosts a 19-0 advantage at half-time. Another four scores in the second half extended their advantage and moved Lions to the top of the Africa group standings, one point above the Stormers. 

Jaguares 22-25 Sharks

Pat Lambie was the hero for Sharks, kicking a late penalty to help the South Africans edge Jaguares by three points in Buenos Aires. Sharks led for most of the match through penalty kicks but Jaguares drew level on 22 points with nine minutes remaining, before Lambie popped up to break Argentinean hearts. 


Hurricanes managed to secure a 15-point victory over Reds but it could have been a lot closer had it not been for Woodward's crucial try.

The fullback's score on the stroke of half-time was a kick in the teeth for Reds, with Hurricanes going on to control the match in the second half at Westpac Stadium. 


"It's a very disappointing result, not the one we wanted but we must give credit to the Sunwolves because they put us under a lot of pressure and made it very difficult for us," Stormers captain Juan de Jongh said after their draw with Sunwolves.

"I am very proud of our performance," said Lions skipper Warren Whiteley. "We were hurting after conceding 50 points against the Hurricanes "We spoke openly among ourselves after that devastating loss and vowed to get back on the winning trail against the Blues."


Hurricanes' win over Reds moved them to 36 points in the New Zealand Conference - a point behind Crusaders, Chiefs and Highlanders.