The Waratahs consolidated their pre-tournament status as one of the favourites with a thumping win against a Blues team that called on 10 All Blacks.
Blues coach David Nucifora introduced most of his winning Grand Slam All Blacks in the second half, but it was not enough time to overcome a strong Waratahs start as the home team triumphed 28-21. The margin of victory was easier than a seven pointer with Luke McAlister’s injury time try and conversion creating the illusion that this match was close.
The Blues have given very little away in their warm-ups, playing two vastly different combinations in losing to the Reds and the Waratahs.
The Waratahs, in taking a different approach, have settled into combinations early and have used the warm-up matches to build momentum into the tournament proper.
Waratahs: Tries: Turinui, Elsom, Hoiles
Cons: Hewat, Donnelly
Pens: Hewat 2, Donnelly
For the Blues: Tries: Senio, Rokocoko, McAlister
Pens: McAlister 2