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Rugby union: Waratahs beat Crusaders for first Super Rugby title win

Published on Aug 2, 2014 10:03 PM
 
New South Wales Waratahs centre Adam Ashley-Cooper makes a break through Canterbury Crusaders defence in the Super 15 rugby union final in Sydney on Aug 2, 2014. Bernard Foley kicked a long-range penalty goal in the last minute to clinch the New South Wales Waratahs' first Super Rugby title against the Canterbury Crusaders in Sydney on Saturday, Aug 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Bernard Foley kicked a long-range penalty goal in the last minute to clinch the New South Wales Waratahs' first Super Rugby title against the Canterbury Crusaders in Sydney on Saturday.

The fly-half landed the pressure 45-metre penalty to deliver the Waratahs a fighting 33-32 win over the seven-time champions and end a 19-year wait for a southern hemisphere provincial title.

It was the Waratahs' first Super Rugby title after losing both their previous finals to the Crusaders in 2005 and 2008.

It culminated a sensational finish to the season for the Waratahs, winning their last nine matches and going through the season unbeaten at home.

 
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