21st July 06:05 PM
Crusaders defeat the Waratahs to produce the biggest comeback in Super Rugby history
By Semi Turaga
Sunday 13/05/2018
Crusaders wing Seta Tamanivalu barges over for the Crusaders third try. [Photo: Stuff]

The Crusaders have produced the biggest comeback in Super Rugby history to beat the NSW Waratahs 31‑29.

The Waratahs led 29‑0 after as many minutes following a dream start only to concede five unanswered tries to fall painfully short in their bold bid to end a 14‑year winless drought in Christchurch.

The Crusaders' epic escape also extended New Zealand teams' winning streak over Australian opposition to 39 matches since the Waratahs beat the Chiefs in Sydney in May of 2016.

Waratahs five‑eighth Bernard Foley had the chance to snatch victory late but missed a second long‑range penalty attempt from 40 metres out.

Ultimately, the Waratahs paid the price for their ill‑discipline with yellow cards for halfback Nick Phipps and winger Taqele Naiyaravoro either side of halftime leaving the visitors a man down for 20 minutes of the dramatic match.

In other Super Rugby results, the Hurricanes beat the Blues 36-15, the Sunwolves thrashed the Reds 63-28, Highlanders defeated the Lions 39-27, Rebels beat the Brumbies 27-24, Chiefs beat the Stormers 15-9 and the Bulls defeated the Sharks 39-33.

Source: RadioNZ

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