Fiji Times Logo

Fiji Time: 8:17 AM on Tuesday 23 September

/ Front page / Sport

Waratahs win title

Aap
Monday, August 04, 2014

SYDNEY, - Michael Cheika hailed the courage and resilience of his charges after watching the NSW Waratahs finally claim their maiden Super Rugby championship with a heart-stopping 33-32 final triumph over the Crusaders on Saturday night.

A pressure-filled, 45-metre, last-minute penalty goal from five-eighth Bernard Foley snatched the Waratahs victory from the jaws of defeat in a drama-charged conclusion to a classic title decider.

The Crusaders paid the ultimate price for champion flanker Richie McCaw's ruck infringement that allowed the ice-cool Foley to slot the winning goal with just seconds remaining.

"I was hitting them well all night and it was probably right on my distance. I had to give it my all and the rugby gods were on our side," Foley said.

A record Super Rugby crowd of almost 62,000 the most for a NSW home game in more than 100 years witnessed the historic victory.

Jubilant captain Michael Hooper admitted his heart was in his mouth watching Foley's kick.

"I thought it went under, but it went over and I was ecstatic," he said.

Two more Slade penalties looked to have broken Waratahs hearts yet again until Foley stepped up to have the heroic final say.


Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. PM's 1st mission
  2. Bainimarama's promise: I will serve all
  3. Free air travel for locals
  4. Back from the dead
  5. Civil service reform
  6. Bainimarama to be sworn in as FijiPM
  7. Electoral Commission announces seat allocation
  8. Double winner to continue advocacy for the elderly
  9. NFP's win a breakthrough: Professor Biman
  10. Police probe incident

Top Stories this Week

  1. FijiFirst claims 60 per cent Thursday (18 Sep)
  2. Parties reject result Friday (19 Sep)
  3. Leader of the pack Thursday (18 Sep)
  4. No stop Friday (19 Sep)
  5. No $20m ransom Tuesday (16 Sep)
  6. Fiji First in strong lead: Fiji Elections Saturday (20 Sep)
  7. FijiFirst leads Thursday (18 Sep)
  8. PM's 1st mission Monday (22 Sep)
  9. Elections supervisor to announce final results Friday (19 Sep)
  10. Bainimarama's promise: I will serve all Monday (22 Sep)