Waratahs won the Super Rugby Championship over the Crusaders in Sydney.
Waratahs started the game with speed and power and took an early lead with a penalty from Foley after Joubert penalized the Crusaders at the first ruck.
It was not long before the Waratahs found their way over the try line with Cooper going over for his first of the game. The Waratahs just was that much better in the first 10 minutes of the game and pulled away with a 14-0 lead.
The Crusaders did hit back with a try of their own and who else than Read that started it from his own half. Even with the first try of the Crusaders the Waratahs was still in control of the game and hit back straight away with another penalty which took the score to 17-7.
Carter got what looked like an ankle injury and left the field in the first half, but not before he kicked a penalty over for his team to take the score to 17-10.
The Crusaders would have been very happy to go into the break with a score of 17-13 after being down 14-0 at one stage of the game, but the Waratahs had the last say in the first half with a penalty from Foley to take the half time score to 20-13.
The Crusaders start the second half the better of the two teams and score a controversial try to level the scores at 20 all. The TMO decided that the try can be given by some heavy disagreement from Waratahs coach and the crowd, as it looked like Nadolo’s foot were touching the touchline and a question on him grounding the ball.
Luckily the TMO who made this call is Australian referee George Ayoub so no finger pointing.
The Crusaders were getting some penalties from Joubert as the Waratahs made allot of errors in the scrums and rucks. This gave the Crusaders the opportunity to take the lead for the first time in the match with a penalty.
With the score at 23-20 the Waratahs got a penalty of their own and scores were level again at 23 all. With 20 min left the Waratahs send Cooper over for his second try in the match and the Waratahs looked like they would have done enough to take it all the way, but Crusaders came back with a few penalties.
With 10 min to go the Waratahs lead was only 30-27. The Crusaders kept the pressure on the Waratahs and got rewarded with two more penalties which first took them level and then with 5 min to go to a lead of 32-30.
For the Waratahs the fat lady started to sing with one and a half minutes to go when they got a penalty 40 meters out.
Foley was kicking brilliant the whole game and did not miss this important kick and took the Waratahs all the way.
All the Waratahs had to do in the final 30 seconds was to take the kick-off is keep it for 10 second and kick it out.
Well-deserved win for the team that ended on top of the log and arguably played the best rugby throughout the season.
For the Waratahs:
Tries: Adam Ashley-Cooper 2
Pens: Foley 7
For the Crusaders:
Tries: Todd, Nadolo
Cons: Carter, Slade
Pens: Slade 6