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Super Rugby: Defending champion Waratahs beat Brumbies

Super Rugby: Defending champion New South Wales beat ACT Brumbies 28-13

Super Rugby: Defending champion Waratahs beat Brumbies

SYDNEY (AP) -- The defending champion New South Wales Waratahs scored the only points of the second half to defeat Australian conference leaders the ACT Brumbies 28-13 in the only Super Rugby match Sunday.

Fullback Israel Folau ended his four-game try-scoring drought and set up the other New South Wales tries for flyhalf Bernard Foley and hooker Tolu Latu. Foley also kicked two conversions and two penalties for a personal tally of 15 points.

A 48-meter penalty goal from Kurtley Beale in the 47th minute gave the Waratahs a 10-point buffer and Folau sealed the match when he put Latu over seven minutes from fulltime.

Weekend results left the New Zealand conference-leading Hurricanes, who beat the Highlanders 20-13 on Friday, in first place overall, two points ahead of the Brumbies.


Weekend summaries:

New South Wales 28 (Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Tolu Latu tries; Foley 2 conversions, Foley 2, Kurtley Beale penalties), ACT 13 (Matt Toomua try; Christian Leali'ifano conversion, 2 penalties). HT: 20-13.

Crusaders 57 (Daniel Carter 2, Jordan Taufua 2, Israel Dagg, David Havili, Nemani Nadolo tries; penalty try; Carter 7 conversions, penalty), Cheetahs 14 (Johann Sadie, Francois Venter tries; Joe Pietersen 2 conversions). HT: 10-14.

Bulls 25 (Marcel van der Merwe try; Handre Pollard conversion, 6 penalties), Western Force 24 (Adam Coleman, Sam Wykes, Kyle Godwin tries; Sias Ebersohn 2 conversions, penalty, Luke Burton conversion). HT: 9-7.

Sharks 12 (Pat Lambie 4 penalties), Chiefs 11 (Sam Cane try; Aaron Cruden 2 penalties). HT: 9-11.

Hurricanes 20 (Reg Goodes, T.J. Perenara tries; Beauden Barrett 2 conversions, 2 penalties), Highlanders 13 (Lima Sopoaga try, conversion, 2 penalties). HT: 3-3.

Lions 20 (Marnitz Boshoff, Lionel Mapoe tries; Elton Jantjies 2 conversions, 2 penalties,) Melbourne 16 (Mitch Inman, Jonah Placid tries; Mike Harris 2 penalties). HT 3-13.

Byes: Blues, Queensland, Stormers.