The Waratahs won for the first time in 10 Super Rugby starts to kick start their 2013 campaign.
The home team beat the Rebels 31-26 but for the first 40 minutes it looked miserable for the Tahs, who trailed 16-6.
The Rebels enjoyed possession and field position advantage in the first 40 minutes as the Tahs battled to get into the game.
The second half proved a different story as the Tahs upped the tempo of the game, played with greater conviction and cohesion and scored two tries to Kurtely Beale’s injury time final score of the match.
Beale’s try earned the Rebels a bonus point but the four points deservedly went to the home team for whom flanker Michael Hooper was the outstanding player.
James O’Connor kicked well for the Rebels, but was powerless to influence the outcome because of a lack of ball in the second half.
By Mark Keohane