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Hooper : Waratahs are 'stoked' to be in the final

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper says they are in new territory

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Article Published: Saturday 26 July 2014|

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper says that they are "stoked" to have secured a home Super Rugby final having beaten the Brumbies in Sydney.

The Waratahs will host the 2014 Super Rugby final against the Crusaders after they beat the Brumbies 26-8 on Saturday.

The Waratahs have met the Crusaders twice in Super Rugby finals already and both matches the Crusaders had home advantage and won on both occassions.

Sydney Super Rugby franchise the Waratahs have now won their last eight matches against all teams but against the Crusaders they have lost their last eleven matches.

The last time that the Waratahs beat the Crusaders was in February 2004 when Super Rugby was made up of 12 teams and known as the Super12.

Hooper says that their hosting of the Super Rugby final was long overdue and "new territory for us but exciting territory."

"We talked before the game about taking opportunities but we had to make them tonight," said Hooper after the match.

"We came up with a few, I won't say lucky tries but tries we built under pressure and we take that ... we're in the final and we're stoked.

"Defence wins you games and it was really good tonight, really good to see the big boys doing the hard work."

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika said that he was pleased with the way they played as they have become known for their attack but the victory came as a result of their defence.

"It was a good win, built on the opposite of what we’re known for, but what we know we need to do - defend strong and produce a big physical effort," said Cheika.

"We hammered each other for 65 minutes and we started getting a few cracks in the opposition’s armour and we were able to get at them.

"The defensive effort throughout the whole game was A1. It was physical, we made good tackles, a lot of dominant tackles and the only breaks they made were on the edges."

"It was a really good defensive effort and shows where the character of the team is at."

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