Two tries from winger Peter Playford saw the Waratahs beat the Reds 17-5 in their opening pre-season match in Toowoomba.
Flyhalf Kurtley Beale was instrumental in the Tahs’ first score, putting Playford across for the opening try of the game.
Another experienced campaigner in Sam Norton-Knight created the Waratahs next try with a line-beating show-and-go and sidestep creating space for Playford to cross for his second.
With lightning peppering the ground throughout the match, the heavens finally opened in the final 20 minutes making conditions difficult for both sides.
The Reds scored a consolation try through replacement halfback Will Genia inside the last 10 minutes.
Waratahs – Tries: Peter Playford (2), Mitch Inman. Conversion: Kurtley Beale
Reds – Try: Will Genia.