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Aug 2, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs title caps Cheika’s character revolution

SYDNEY, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Bernard Foley’s late penalty will go down in the record books as winning New South Waratahs their first Super Rugby title but for coach Michael Cheika, the triumph was built on getting all the little things right.

Flyhalf Foley’s 79th minute kick from range gave the Waratahs a thrilling 33-32 victory over the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in front of an ecstatic crowd of 61,823 at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Aug 2, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs win Sydney thriller for first Super Rugby title

SYDNEY, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Bernard Foley kicked a long-range penalty a minute from time to give the New South Wales Waratahs their maiden Super Rugby title with a 33-32 victory over the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in a thrilling final on Saturday.

The Waratahs dreams of a first title in their third final were hanging by a thread when the Wallabies flyhalf calmly slotted his seventh penalty of the night from 44 metres to send the record crowd of 61,823 at the Olympic Stadium into raptures.

Aug 1, 2014

Waratahs wary of Crusaders back row in Super final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs will not be able to unleash their trademark running game if they allow the Canterbury Crusaders to dominate them at breakdown in Saturday’s Super Rugby final, skipper Michael Hooper said on Friday.

Wallabies openside Hooper, still only 22, has been in brilliant form this season as the Waratahs finished top of the Super Rugby standings and beat the ACT Brumbies in a bruising semi-final last weekend.

Aug 1, 2014

Rugby-Waratahs wary of Crusaders back row in Super final

SYDNEY, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The New South Wales Waratahs will not be able to unleash their trademark running game if they allow the Canterbury Crusaders to dominate them at breakdown in Saturday’s Super Rugby final, skipper Michael Hooper said on Friday.

Wallabies openside Hooper, still only 22, has been in brilliant form this season as the Waratahs finished top of the Super Rugby standings and beat the ACT Brumbies in a bruising semi-final last weekend.

Aug 1, 2014

Crusaders have qualities to match former champions – Blackadder

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Todd Blackadder believes his team have all the necessary qualities to emulate the great Canterbury Crusaders teams of the past and bring the Super Rugby trophy back to Christchurch for the eighth time this weekend.

The former All Blacks lock captained the Crusaders to the first three of their seven Super Rugby titles from 1998 to 2000 but is still looking for his first as a coach in his sixth season in the job.

Aug 1, 2014

Rugby-Crusaders have qualities to match former champions-Blackadder

SYDNEY, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Todd Blackadder believes his team have all the necessary qualities to emulate the great Canterbury Crusaders teams of the past and bring the Super Rugby trophy back to Christchurch for the eighth time this weekend.

The former All Blacks lock captained the Crusaders to the first three of their seven Super Rugby titles from 1998 to 2000 but is still looking for his first as a coach in his sixth season in the job.

Aug 1, 2014

Wallabies fans go mobile in best seats in the house

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Seats on the halfway line have long been regarded as the best in the house but four Australia fans will have a glimpse of what might just be the future of prestige sports spectating in this month’s test against the All Blacks.

Wallabies sponsors Samsung have developed a mobile bank of seats, the Slideliner, which will run along the Sydney Olympic Stadium touchline on rails and offer the four occupants an unrivalled view of play.

Aug 1, 2014

Rugby-Wallabies fans go mobile in best seats in the house

SYDNEY, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Seats on the halfway line have long been regarded as the best in the house but four Australia fans will have a glimpse of what might just be the future of prestige sports spectating in this month’s test against the All Blacks.

Wallabies sponsors Samsung have developed a mobile bank of seats, the Slideliner, which will run along the Sydney Olympic Stadium touchline on rails and offer the four occupants an unrivalled view of play.

Jul 31, 2014

Form meets pedigree in blockbuster Super Rugby final

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Form collides head on with pedigree when the New South Wales Waratahs bid for a first Super Rugby title against the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in a blockbuster final at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

The often rampant Waratahs ran away with the regular season standings this year having swept the board in all the offensive categories – carries, tries, metres, passes, breaks, offloads and most importantly, points.

Jul 31, 2014

Rugby-Form meets pedigree in blockbuster Super Rugby final

SYDNEY, July 31 (Reuters) – Form collides head on with pedigree when the New South Wales Waratahs bid for a first Super Rugby title against the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in a blockbuster final at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

The often rampant Waratahs ran away with the regular season standings this year having swept the board in all the offensive categories – carries, tries, metres, passes, breaks, offloads and most importantly, points.

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