Looking back at the Waratahs’ terrific upset victory v Crusaders at Leichardt Oval in RD11 of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific

Wow!! What a game that is at Leichhardt Oval when the Waratahs upsurge a brilliant upset v Crusaders in front of their home supporters. Well, it’s the home ground they’re playing right now for the rest of this season before they move back to the brand new Allianz Stadium next year. They fired off really well with a 17-0 lead in the first-half. Although, the Crusaders began to rebound, but a series of ill-discipline saw the Tahs slip past them towards the homestretch with the win they deserve. The final score is a three-point margin, 24-21.

Hats off to the Tahs when they’re able to get away early off the back of the Saders mistakes, thanks to their fierce attacking shape. Now they may have experienced a couple of lost penalties after half-time when the Saders began to bite back with a couple of tries. However, they have to credit the opposition’s 14 men towards full-time thanks to the late Hamish Dalzell’s red card; when the Tahs were able to extend their lead before they held the Saders off in the end.

And the Crusaders are unlucky with a tough narrow loss away from home in Sydney. They made up so much lost time after a scoreless run from the opening 40 minutes. A couple of changes from the bench helped them sniff around the radar in a late bid to overtake the Tahs. But a couple of ill-discipline errors and lost penalties held them back, especially with the red card from Hamish Dalzell in the 67th minute. And the Saders being forced to play 14 men right until full-time ultimately paid the price where the Tahs exposed this huge weakness via the penalty try. It just wasn’t their night when the Saders weren’t functioning at the start before they left it too late despite scoring back in the last 40 minutes.

Author: Sports Benches

Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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