Super Rugby LIVE: Waratahs face huge task against champion Crusaders

Super Rugby LIVE: Waratahs face huge task against champion Crusaders


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Key Points: Victory for the ages for heroic Tahs


The Waratahs celebrate against the Crusaders

The Waratahs celebrate against the CrusadersCredit: Getty


EDMED COMES OF AGE: What a performance from the five-eighth, finishing with 17 points, in an incredible all-round performance. He hit the line flat, he was 100% from the tee and at the end heroically dislodged the ball from Crusader’s captain Scott Barrett. He definitely has silenced the doubters from the defeat against the Reds in Round One.

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE: Even against such dangerous opponents like the Crusaders, the cool, collected captaincy of Gordon was on display. He knew when to go for the posts, or when to have a go and run the ball. The captain also enjoyed a brilliant game in his own right getting a crucial intercept try. Hannigan also made a huge impact off the bench with bruising and crucial tackles and proving a nuisance in the pack.

COLEMAN HANDLES PRESSURE: What a way to respond to the pressure that has surrounded the coach, with a crucial victory against the Crusaders in Melbourne. A lot of the talk before the game revolved around Coleman’s need to get the Waratahs firing, and he certainly did that tonight. He can return to Sydney against the Highlanders with confidence.

The Tahs do it! Winning 37-24

The Tahs have done it. What a victory.

Incredible result in Melbourne.

Gordon blasts the ball out of the stadium.

Coach Coleman deserves the plaudits, he was under huge pressure coming into this game and delivered in spades.

Crusaders 17 Waratahs 30

Gleeson tackles for the Waratahs

Gleeson tackles for the WaratahsCredit: Getty

Crusaders skipper drops it on the line

The Tahs are absolutely out on their feet, they are completely exhausted. They know that the Crusaders will keep coming at them.

Crusaders skipper and All Black Scott Barrett goes over but somehow Edmed dislodges the ball from him. Heroic stuff.

Edmed makes an absolutely huge touch finder, giving his forwards a split second to breathe.

Crusaders 24 Waratahs 37

Edmed goes over for a try

Edmed goes over for a tryCredit: Getty

Crusaders fire back

Replacement Lio-Wilie squeezes over after a forward drive from the Crusaders.

Kemara converts.

The Waratahs are feeling the heat here, can they hang on?! The Crusaders are really starting to turn the screw with five minutes left.

They need two more converted tries and the clock is ticking. The Tahs are tiring.

Crusaders 24 Waratahs 37

The danger man Reece goes over for Crusaders but no try.

Reece is always so dangerous. He chips, chases, nearly collects and knocking on over the line.

No try after review from refs.

This is going to be a serious test of this replacement Waratahs front row. There are twenty points in this and ten minutes to do it.

Hannigan is having a serious impact for the Waratahs off the bench, bringing every single bit of his experience onto the field.

Crusaders 17 Waratahs 37

Waratahs combine in defence

Waratahs combine in defenceCredit: Getty

Waratahs score!

Amazing stuff, the captain Gordon goes over!

Hannigan has had a big impact off the bench, ripping the ball from the Crusaders in the maul, and the half back runs nearly half the field to score.

Edmed converts another- he’s kicking 100%.

Twenty points- surely this is enough!?

Crusaders 17 Waratahs 37

Costly handling error again from Gleeson

Gleeson misses a pop pass and the Crusaders snaffle it up and very nearly go over for a try.

Edmed wins the foot race, but he carries the ball over to save the try, and gives up a five metre try to the Crusaders.

A knock on from the Crusaders allows the Waratahs a stay of executio

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