Thursday 19 October 2017 / 04:40 PM

Flashback Friday: Reds v Waratahs Top 5

Australian rugby union’s greatest rivalry began in 1882, when New South Wales defeated Queensland 26-4 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The code’s two state powers competed ferociously for 114 years before the 15-a-side game went professional, pitting the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs against each other in the Super Rugby competition.

The Reds head the match tally 13-9-1 since 1996 – including an 8-4 record at home – but that only tells part of the story of an intriguing Super Rugby rivalry. The Reds went unbeaten in the first nine derbies from 1996-2004, before the Waratahs hit back with a seven-match winning streak. The Reds won the ensuing five encounters from 2011-13, and the Waratahs prevailed in both matches last year – 32-5 in Sydney and 34-3 in Brisbane.

Ahead of tonight’s important showdown at Suncorp Stadium, Flashback Friday is letting the boys from Rugby HQ do the work for us as they count down the Top 5 Reds v Waratahs moments – featuring a blistering Dom Shipperley try, a long-range five-pointer to Wendell Sailor, Wycliff Palu’s last-minute match-winner, Damian Smith clobbering David Campese, and a bloodied Phil Waugh and David Croft patching things up.

[YouTube – FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA]

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