Who Will Stand In The Sun?

Dan Carter and Israel Falou
It's the best against the best, when Falou and Carter clash on Saturday.

Warratahs Super Rugby Logo

Waratahs v Crusaders

ANZ Stadium

Saturday August 2 – 7:40 PM (AEST)




Crusaders Super Rugby Logo

The NSW Waratahs are ready to climb the top of the mountain. Since their inception in 1996, they have made it to the Grand Final twice before, but have failed to lift the trophy at the end. Coincidently, both times they have lost it's been to the Crusaders. But this will be the first time they have played in front of their home crowd and on this occasion they have more representative players than any other Australian team. This should be the first time they are the pinnacle of Super Rugby.

In 2014, the Waratahs have been the best. They have played with such tenacity, unmatched by others. Saturday's Semi-Final win against the Brumbies was their eighth in a row, and nothing seems to be stopping them. They may have been slow out of the blocks at the start of the season, but they came home strong. It’s no coincidence they have been so dominant since Israel Falou joined the ranks. His transition from AFL to Rugby was seamless, and Izzy has become a superstar of 'the game they play in heaven'. His combination with Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper out wide has flourished throughout the season. Bernard Foley is another player who has found his feet this year. The young fly-half has always had the potential to be a great player, but only recently realised his full potential. His partnership with scrum-half Nick Phipps has become the cornerstone for the Tahs' attack.

Any team which boasts Dan Carter will always have the upper hand. Since making his debut for the Crusaders back in 2003, Carter has been one of, if not the, best fly-halves in the game. Here's another coincidence for Tahs to consider - Carter was pushed to first five-eighth in 2005 when the Crusaders beat the them in the Final. Since returning from his sabbatical last month, Carter has been instrumental in the Crusaders' run to the finals. While Carter's been playing inside centre to accommodate for the in-form Colin Slade, he continues to have a hand in almost everything, and his kicking game is still on fire. Add skipper Kieran Reed and Richie McCaw leading the pack, the Crusaders can definitely stake a claim for an eighth Super Rugby Title.

The Tah’s may be the form team of the competition, but the Crusaders know what it takes to win a Final. They are seven-time champions and still boast a team full of international players. If the Waratahs hope to break their drought on Saturday, they need all hands on deck and total commitment from all.

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TattsBet is getting revved up for the Final and offering $3  for either the Waratahs or the Crusaders to win by 7 points or less!

Toby's Tip: Waratahs 1-12

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