22 May 2017

Tahs keep playoff hopes alive

7:00 am on 22 May 2017

The New South Wales Waratahs kept their playoffs hopes alive with an emphatic 50-23 bonus-point win over the Melbourne Rebels in Sydney.

Michael Hooper on the burst against the Rebels, 2015.

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Waratahs fullback Israel Folau was back to his dominant best, scoring a try in each half, with Nick Phipps, Dean Mumm, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Damien Fitzpatrick and Bryce Hegarty also crossing for the home side.

Replacement back Jonah Placid scored a brace of tries in the second half for the Rebels, who battled hard but were over-run in the final quarter and slumped to a ninth loss of the season.

The Waratahs' fourth win put them within four points of the ACT Brumbies, giving the Sydney side hope of dislodging their Canberra rivals from the top of the Australian conference and winning a playoff berth.