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Waratahs beat Crusaders in Sydney

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Article Published: Friday 1 August 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Waratahs and the Crusaders the Christchurch based Crusaders have won all five.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. The Crusaders are out. Michael Hooper leads the Waratahs out. Here we go !!

0.01: Bernard Foley kicks off and we are underway !

The ball goes straight to the Crusaders who kick it out. The Waratahs win the line out get the ball straight into the Crusaders 22.

2.00: The Waratahs win a penalty so Foley will kick for posts.

2.26: Foley slots the penalty and the Waratahs lead.

The Waratahs go on the attack. They use the cut out pass and Foley is out on the wing and open. He is caught but he recycles the ball and the Waratahs get the ball out on the other side and Adam Ashley-Cooper slices through the Crusaders at pace and goes over for the opening TRY!

5.00: Foley misses the conversion. The Waratahs speed and width has shocked the Crusaders. 87% Possession to the Waratahs.

7.00:The Waratahs are running everything. The Crusaders can only defend until the Tahs knock on.

8.00: The Crusaders win a scrum and make a little ground but they too knock on. The Waratahs play on but then the Crusaders infringe and the Waratahs have another penalty.

10.00: Foley takes the penalty shot , slots and also passes Christian Lealiffano's points record for a season.

11.00: The Crusaders get some rare attacking ball but the ball gets taken into touch. The Waratahs win the line out and kick for touch. The ball goes out and Nadolo takes the quick line out. Penalty to the Crusaders for an early tackle. Slade kicks for touch.

13.00: The Crusaders win the line out but lose the ball. The Waratahs scramble to get the ball but the Crusaders give a penalty away trying to get control of the ball back.

14.00: Bernard Foley lines up for his third penalty. He nails it. A point a minute so far.

16.00: Time in opposition half.  Waratahs 61%. The Crusaders have a run but get pushed into touch. The Waratahs win the line out but then the Crusaders turn the ball over. They get the ball wide to Nadolo but Rob Horne stops him.

17.00: The Crusaders keep the ball alive and Kieran Read slips a  pass out to Matt Todd who runs half the field beats one and scores. TRY!

19.00: Dan Carter slots the conversion. Palu goes off for a concussion test.

21.00: Penalty to the Waratahs for a player leaving his feet. Kieran Read has a word with Craig Joubert. Foley will take the shot. He nails it.

23.00: Penalty to the Crusaders near the half way line. They kick for touch.

24.00: The Crusaders win the line out and use the maul. They get almost to the 22m line and go to the backs. At the first tackle Michael Hooper concedes a penalty almost in front of the posts. Slade takes the penalty kick as Carter just took a knock in the tackle.

25.00: Slade takes the kick and nails it.

28.00: Alofa Alofa has a run down the wing but is caught and taken out. Andy Ellis has taken a knock and Dan Carter is limping. Ellis gets some help from the medics which pauses the game.

29.00: The Waratahs win the line out and attack. They lose the ball and Nadolo chips it into touch. We go back for the knock on.

30.00: Huge moment. Dan Carter limps off and Tom Taylor comes on.

31.00: The Waratahs continue with their rolling forward attack. As they get to the 22m line they go over and concede a penalty. The Crusaders kick for touch.

34.00: The Crusaders win two quick penalties and the second is in front of the posts and was for Dominic Bird being taken out in the air. Slade takes the shot and nails it. The Crusaders are growing.

36.00: The Waratahs win a penalty back. Foley lines up and takes the shot. He nails it.

39.00: There is some kicking, rucking and counter rucking from both sides. The Waratahs win a penalty for joining the ruck incorrectly. They kick for touch and the line out.

40.00: George Whitelock steals the ball and goes to ground. It's half time.

The  half time score is Waratahs 20 Crusaders 13

The Crusaders kick off and we are underway with the second half.

42.00: The Crusaders go through the motions on attack and then Richie McCaw slips a pass out to Nemani Nadolo who races for the corner and takes two over with him. TRY! The TMO checks and says the try should be awarded but Nadolo's foot could have been in touch.

43.00: Slade levels the scores with the conversion. Tahs coach Michael Cheika is not happy with the TMO decision.

45.00: The Crusaders move the ball down the line but they pass the ball forward. The Waratahs get the scrum and then they concede a penalty. Slade kicks for the corner.

46.00: The Crusaders win the line out but they lose the ball forward. Waratahs scrum.

48.00: Another penalty to the Crusaders as Sekope Kepu is angling in. Slade will go for posts.

49.00: Slade slots the penalty and the Crusaders lead for the first time. Will Skelton comes on for Jacques Potgieter.

51.00: Penalty to the Waratahs for a high tackle on Skelton. Foley lines up and misses the chance to level the scores.

53.00: Another penalty to the Waratahs. Foley slots it and this time levels the scores.

55.00: A let off for the Waratahs as Andy Ellis charges down a clearance kick by Bernard Foley - Beale gets back to save the try.

55.00: Penalty for a high tackle on Tom Taylor. Slade will take the shot at posts.

56.00: Slade nails it and the Crusaders lead again. The Crusaders are winning the second half 3-13.

57.00: Michael Hooper slips straight through the Crusaders but is then isolated and stopped. Phipps makes a little more ground but is then shoved into touch 5m out.

59.00: The Waratahs lose the ball forward on the Crusaders 22. Crusaders 22m scrum. 20 minutes to go.

62.00: The Waratahs go through the phases (10) and eventually they stretch the Crusaders and Adam Ashley-Cooper slips over and scores his second TRY!

63.00: Bernard Foley takes the conversion and nails it. Crusaders now need to score twice in kicks or a try.

66.00: Penalty to the Crusaders. They might have preferred to keep the ball alive as they were set with an overlap. Slade slots the penalty.

69.00:The Crusaders win a line out and they kick deep into Waratahs territory. The Tahs line out is wobbling.

70.00: Penalty to the Waratahs for lazy runners. Foley kicks for touch.

71.00: The Waratahs win a line out and Foley breaks through. His pass to Folau goes to ground and then goes out. Attendance is a new Super Rugby record at 61,823.

72.00: The Waratahs are holding on to the ball and going through the phases on attack. 10 phases.

74.00: The Crusaders win a penalty so they kick for touch. They don't find it so the Tahs kick it out.

75.00: The Crusaders get the ball out to Nadolo who gets into space on the wing. Phipps stops him and the Crusaders win a penalty for offside.

76.00: Slade slots the penalty and the Crusaders lead again.

78.00: Penalty to the Waratahs. 45m out. Foley will kick for posts. It's at his limit in length.

79.00: Foley nails it and the Waratahs lead!

80.00: The Waratahs kick the ball into touch after the siren and the crowd goes NUTS !!!

The Waratahs have won the Super Rugby title. 2014 Champions!

The full time score is Waratahs 33 (20) Crusaders 32 (13)


Tries - A.Ashley-Cooper 2
Pen - B.Foley 7
Con - B.Foley
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - M.Todd, N.Nadolo
Pen- C.Slade 6
Con - D.Carter, C.Slade
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Craig Joubert
AR 1: Steve Walsh
AR 2: James Leckie
TMO: George Ayoub



1. Benn Robinson , 2.Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Jacques Potgieter , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Stephen Hoiles , 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15. Israel Folau .

Replacements (two to be omitted): 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Will Skelton , 20. Mitchell Chapman , 21. Pat McCutcheon , 22. Brendan McKibbin , 23. Taqele Naiyaravoro 24. Matt Carraro , 25. Peter Betham


1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn, 3. Owen Franks ,4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock 6. Richie McCaw ,7. Matt Todd ,8. Kieran Read (C), 9. Andy Ellis ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Nemani Nadolo ,12. Dan Carter ,13. Ryan Crotty (VC) ,14. Kieron Fonotia ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody ,18. Nepo Laulala ,19. Jimmy Tupou ,20. Jordan Taufua ,21. Willi Heinz ,22. Tom Taylor ,23. Johnny McNicholl

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