Updated: Saturday, 02 August 2014 20:13 | By Agence France-Presse

Waratahs beat Crusaders for first Super Rugby title win

The New South Wales Waratahs beat the Canterbury Crusaders 33-32 to win their first Super Rugby final in Sydney on Saturday.


Waratahs beat Crusaders for first Super Rugby title win

Canterbury Crusaders centre Daniel Carter (C) is tackled by New South Wales Waratahs flanker Michael Hooper (R) and hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau (L) during the Super Rugby final in Sydney on August 2, 2014 - by WILLIAM WEST

Fly-half Bernard Foley kicked a long-range penalty in the final minute to clinch victory over the seven-time champion Crusaders.

It was the Waratahs' first Super Rugby title after losing both their previous finals to the Crusaders in 2005 and 2008.

The Crusaders looked headed for their eighth Super Rugby crown when fly-half Colin Slade put them in front with a penalty goal in the 76th minute.

But the never-say-die Waratahs fought their way into the Crusaders' half and earned their winning kick at goal when All Black skipper Richie McCaw was penalised in a maul.

Foley's kick from 45 metres out just cleared the crossbar to put the Waratahs back in front in the final minute, much to the delight of the record crowd for a Super Rugby final of 61,823.

Foley finished with 23 points from a conversion and seven penalties with Wallaby back Adam Ashley-Cooper scoring a try double for the Waratahs.

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