Sydney’s Waratahs earned their first victory over the Crusaders with a 20-12 Super rugby victory at the SCG in Sydney.
The Waratahs outscored the Crusaders by three tries to two in a match they led throughout the contest.
The victory ends a three match losing streak to the Super rugby champions from Christchurch. The Crusaders had won 14 of the last 16 matches between the sides.
The result ends the Crusaders unbeaten run of 19 matches which is the new record of consecutive wins in Super rugby.
Conditions played a role in the result as rain fell before and during the contest in parts which led to numerous uncharacteristic handling errors for the Crusaders.
The Waratahs also struggled with holding on to the slippery ball but not nearly as much as the Crusaders who also passed several balls out into touch on attack.
Next week the Crusaders travel to Wellington where they will face the Hurricanes while the Waratahs host the Sunwolves in Newcastle.
More to follow.
Final Score Waratahs 20 (15) Crusaders 12 (7)
Waratahs – 20
Tries: Folau 73′ , Clark 10′, Holloway 3′
Conv: Foley 4′
Pen: Foley 38′
Crusaders – 12
Tries: Jordan 80′ , Bridge 28′
Conv: Cameron 28′
15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes
Replacements 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Lachlan Swinton, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Mack Mason, 23 Karmichael Hunt
1. George Bower , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Quinten Strange, 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Jordan Taufua , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Whetukamokamo Douglas , 9. Bryn Hall 23. Will Jordan, 10. Brett Cameron , 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Braydon Ennor , 15. David Havili
Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio ,17. Harry Allan , 18. Michael Alaalatoa , 19. Luke Romano, 20. Tom Sanders ,21. Ereatara Enari ,22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. Will Jordan
Match Officials and details
Date : Saturday 23 March
Venue : Sydney Cricket Ground
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2:Egon Seconds
TMO : Ian Smith