The Waratahs beat the Hurricanes 32-16 after leading 18-9 at halftime to secure their semi-final spot in the Super 14. The Crusaders also sent out a warning to fellow semi-finalists by comprehensively beating the Brumbies 40-22 in Christchurch on Friday
The Waratahs scored four tries through fullback Kurtley Beale (2) and wing Drew Mitchell (2). Flyhalf Berrick Barnes landed three conversions and two penalties.
The Hurricanes replied with a try by replacement wing David Smith. Scrumhalf Piri Weepu kicked a conversion and three penalties.
The Waratahs picked up a full-house of five points for their efforts and moved into second position in the standings, confirming their playoff spot no matter the results of the remaining Round 14 fixtures. The Hurricanes left empty-handed and remain in sixth spot – and out of the semi-final race.
In the Crusaders game the scoreline would underline their dominance, but the game was played in driving rain, and the most impressive aspect was not just their clinical finishing but their impressive handling in the wet weather.
Tries – Sean Maitland, Kieran Read, Owen Franks, Richie McCaw, Zac Guildford. Conversions – Dan Carter (3). Penalties – Carter (3).
Tries – Tyrone Smith, Ben Alexander, Huia Edmonds. Conversions – Matt Giteau (2). Penalty – Giteau