Fiji Time: 10:25 AM on Monday 5 December

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Tahs lead Super Rugby table

Aap
Monday, June 30, 2014

SYDNEY - The NSW Waratahs have soared to the top of the Super Rugby ladder and won the Australian conference with an emphatic 39-8 bonus-point win over the Brumbies.

But the Waratahs' club-record-equalling fifth straight victory came at a heavy cost on Saturday night, with captain Dave Dennis suffering a suspected season-ending knee injury.

Dennis was helped off ANZ Stadium with a reported torn anterior cruciate ligament after falling awkwardly on his right knee following a tackle on Brumbies winger Henry Speight in the 35th minute.

The former Wallabies flanker has already had two knee reconstructions and it would be a cruel blow if the 28-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the Waratahs' campaign to have a third operation.

The Waratahs are leading the competition with two rounds remaining and are assured of their first finals appearance in three years after putting the injury-ravaged Brumbies to the sword and then seeing the Western Force thumped 40-14 by the Blues.

But stand-in skipper Michael Hooper admitted Dennis's injury soured celebrations.

"It's horrible. Denno's been our leader from the front this year. You never like to see that," Hooper said.

"But the boys carried on and put it out there for Denno in the second half.

"We said we wanted to be top two at the start of the year and we're on track to do that."

Needing to win to retain control of their own finals destiny, the Brumbies entered the pivotal derby with 11 players, including six Wallabies, unavailable.

Their woes were compounded in the opening minutes when Test centre Tevita Kuridrani was forced off following a head knock.

Injuries, though, weren't the Brumbies' only concern, with their lineout a shambles.

Fourth-choice hooker Ruaidhri Murphy — a specialist prop — had four throws stolen in the first half alone and another after the break before being hooked.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64410.6251
JPY 55.581352.5813
GBP 0.37970.3717
EUR 0.45440.4424
NZD 0.68650.6535
AUD 0.65390.6289
USD 0.48650.4695

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th December, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Best friends drown
  2. Tough start
  3. Man lives in fear
  4. Salary review plan for teachers, says Reddy
  5. A-G clears the air
  6. Seasonal workers still on the run in Australia
  7. Police yet to charge alleged drug suspect
  8. $20m for second phase
  9. Villagers raise $39k
  10. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM

Top Stories this Week

  1. Superstition or fact Sunday (04 Dec)
  2. Shes Dunn it again! Friday (02 Dec)
  3. Call to be prepared for cyclone season Friday (02 Dec)
  4. Report on Rosi Thursday (01 Dec)
  5. Black magic claim Saturday (03 Dec)
  6. Man gets 13 years for raping child Tuesday (29 Nov)
  7. Teachers raise concerns Thursday (01 Dec)
  8. Rotuma Bill opposed Thursday (01 Dec)
  9. Ryan: I do miss Fiji Tuesday (29 Nov)
  10. Website probe Wednesday (30 Nov)