On a sticky, soggy night at Lang Park, the Reds gave an example of what they have been building over the past four years under Brad Thorn, dismantling a young Waratahs team 41-7 — a record score in Super Rugby for this rivalry.
Super Rugby AU’s rule changes were designed to create more action, more tries and more fun.
Twenty minutes into the season opener at Lang Park between the Reds and Waratahs, you’d have had to look pretty hard to find someone who would disagree.
The 12,213-strong crowd were on their feet. Rugby’s new broadcasters Channel 9 and Stan, beaming footage out to what Rugby Australia will hope is its burgeoning new audience, were likely exulting in the free-flowing action they were being treated to.
Despite the conditions, it was immediately obvious that both sides wanted to play and play quickly.
Lineouts, restarts, penalties: In the opening quarter of the contest, all were taken without a moment’s hesitation. Super Rugby is back. Blink and you’ll miss it.
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