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Waratahs to host the Crusaders in Super Rugby Final

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Kurtley Beale scores for the Waratahs against the Brumboies
Kurtley Beale scores for the Waratahs against the Brumboies.

The Waratahs will host the Crusaders in the 2014 final of Super Rugby after both sides registered comprehensive wins over their semi-final opponents on Saturday.

Waratahs beat Brumbies

The regular season table toppers, the Waratahs, were firm favourites to advance through to a home final following a 39-8 thrashing of the Brumbies barely four weeks earlier, however it did take a disciplined defensive effort to hold off the Brumbies before the home side could showcase their attacking flair and eventually win 26-8.

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The Sydney based franchise has been the tournaments leading attacking team this season and against the Brumbies on Saturday they underlined that quality with a further three-tries courtesy of Alofa Alofa, Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley, to see them through to their third Super Rugby final.

The Waratahs were losing finalists to the Crusaders in both the 2005 and 2008 finals, a memory they will want to put right on their third attempt come Saturday.

Crusaders rout Sharks

In Christchurch, the Crusaders romped to a one-sided 38-6 win over the Sharks, sweet revenge for their loss at the hands of the same opponents earlier in the season.

The men from Durban who spent most of the season at the top of the Super Rugby log, simply didn't turn up against an almost faultless Crusaders.

The hosts dominated their opponents in all facets of the game scoring five-tries and in the process prevented the visitors from crossing the whitewash themselves.

Great Super Rugby tries 2014

IRB World Player of the Year, Kieran Read, Nemani Nodolo, Willi Heinz, Johnny McNicholl and Matt Todd were the try-scorers for the seven-times Super Rugby Champions, in a performance that would have sent an ominous warning to their Australian final opponents.

The Waratahs have not only lost to the Crusaders in the last two finals they played in, they have also lost their last 11-matches against the Kiwi side, suggesting that despite home advantage, the Sydney franchise could be staring down the barrel once again come Saturday.

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