BRISBANE, Australia - Queensland centre Ben Tapuai crossed for his second try of the match five minutes from fulltime to give the Reds a 25-17 win over arch rivals the News South Wales Waratahs in the second round of Super 15 rugby Saturday.
Winger Dom Shipperley scored Queensland's first try in the sixth minute and Tapuai capitalized on a break by Ed Quirk to touch down four minutes later as the Reds took a 17-3 lead into halftime.
Former rugby league international Israel Folau, who also made a brief foray into Australian rules football, scored his first Super 15 try for the Waratahs two minutes into the second half, and substitute Ben Volavola levelled the scores at 17-17 in the 59th minute.
Michael Harris kicked two conversions and two penalties for the Reds, who lost their opening match last week to the ACT Brumbies.
The Waratah's were playing their first match of the Super 15 season after having a bye in last week's Australian-only first round. Bernard Foley made both conversions for NSW, while Brendan McKibbin kicked a penalty.
Queensland Reds 25 (Ben Tapuai 2, Dom Shipperley tries; Michael Harris 2 conversions; 2 penalties), NSW Waratahs 17 (Israel Folau, Ben Volavola tries; Bernard Foley 2 conversions; Brendan McKibbin penalty). HT: 17-3.
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