Waratahs win Crusaders in nail-biter


Waratahs won the Super Rugby Championship over the Crusaders in Sydney.

Champions 2014
Champions 2014

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.

Try scorers:

For the Waratahs:

Tries: Adam Ashley-Cooper 2

Cons:  Foley

Pens: Foley 7


For the Crusaders:

Tries: Todd, Nadolo

Cons: Carter, Slade

Pens: Slade 6

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  1. “The man kicked a goal from just a touch outside his range under pressure, under the guidance of Andrew” – Warratahs coach Cheika’s comment on the irony of ex Crusader kicking guru Andrew Mehrtens who has coached an average kicker in Foley to become a good one. His 7th successful kick won the game for the Warratahs in the last minute. Gut wrenching loss for the Crusaders but as their coaching staff pointed out, the Tahs were the number one attacking and defensive side in S15 and deserved the win. The Crusaders on the night lacked composure under pressure at times, Slade not getting his penalty kick into touch and Willie Heinz kicking directly into touch in the last 5 minutes.

    The Aussies as they should be, will be bouyed by the victory. Roll on the Bledisloe cup game between Oz and the AB’s at the same venue in 2 weeks.