Super Rugby 2019: Waratahs beat sloppy Crusaders

Israel Falou.
Israel Falou. Photo credit: Image: Getty

The Crusaders have suffered their first Super Rugby defeat in nearly a year, going down 20-12 to the Waratahs in Sydney. 

The hosts certainly came out determined, scoring two tries in the first 11 minutes.

The first came within the first five minutes after lock Jed Holloway burst through the tackle of Whetu Douglas to go over to score the opener.

A bit of Israel Falou magic set up the second try - the former NRL star lept above everyone to secure a Bernard Foley high ball, he got the one-handed offload away to Cam Clark who relished in the opportunity scoring in the corner.

The Crusaders hit back before the break scoring a quality try through George Bridge after a great inside ball from Codie Taylor.

Foley kicked a penalty before half-time to send the teams into the sheds at 15-7 up.

The rain came down throughout the match which made holding onto the ball tough at all times. 

The score stayed at 15-7 throughout the majority of the second half - until A Bernard Foley bomb fell the way of Israel Falou who scored his first try of the night to seal the win for the hosts.

The try took his tally to 59 tries in Super Rugby - which brings him level with Doug Howlett at the top.

Everyone watching the game expected a comeback from the back-to-back champions, but it didn't eventuate - the Waratahs getting the better of them in a clinical performance at the SCG.

Will Jordan go the last laugh for the visitors, scoring as the full-time hooter sounded.

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