A late comeback by the Crusaders wasn’t enough to overcome a determined Waratahs side as they won 32-22 at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia on Saturday. The visitors had a dream start as they scored the first try of the match through Nemani Nadolo in the first minute but Daniel Carter couldn’t add the extras.
The Tahs struck back with a try of their own through Taqele Naiyaravoro in the sixth minute. Bernard Foley raised both flags to hand them the lead. Carter slotted over a penalty in the 12th minute to snatch the lead.
A dangerous tackle by Silatolu Latu saw him being sent to the bin. Thereafter, Foley slotted over a penalty of his own to retake the lead. Rob Horne picked up a loose ball to score their second try of the match before Foley added the extras.
Both teams threw everything at each other towards the closing stages of the first half as the stanza ended 17-8 in favour of the hosts. After the interval, Foley scored the first points of the second half to extend their lead to 20-8. Slick hands by Folau saw Naiyaravoro score his second try of the match.
The Saders hit back with a try by Richie McCaw putting the visitors right back into the contest before Carter slotted over the conversation. The men from New Zealand scored a much-needed try from a maul as Carter converted to bring them within three points. McCaw’s yellow card in the 70th minute proved to be costly as Foley scored and converted his own try to snatch a 32-22 win for the New South Welshmen.