2 Mar 2013

Waratahs beat Rebels

11:56 am on 2 March 2013

The New South Wales Waratahs mounted a stirring second-half comeback to end their nine-game Super Rugby losing streak with a 31-26 win over the Melbourne Rebels in Sydney.

The Rebels had looked on course for a first win over their fellow Australians when Ged Robinson's try helped them to take a 16-6 half-time lead.

However, Bernard Foley, Michael Hooper and Paddy Ryan scored second-half tries to give the Waratahs their first Super Rugby win since a 30-21 victory over the same opponents in April last year.

Kurtley Beale touched down in the final minute to earn the Rebels a losing bonus point and his fellow Wallabies back James O'Connor converted to complete a personal haul of 16 points.

The Rebels have lost two of three matches this season but the Waratahs look to be heading the right way after two games.