Super Rugby 2014 Final - A One Point Ball Game

Adam Ashley-Cooper
Australia centre Adam Ashley-Cooper scored two tries as the Waratahs were crowned Super Rugby champions
©Press Association
 

In the end our serial tipster, Scott Donaldson got it right, he told us yesterday that it would be the Waratahs.

He explained it would be close but did we really think it would be a Foley kick for 3 points that would give them an extraordinary one point win? Rugby Union has a history of making kickers history men - just ask Jonny Wilkinson. Now it is Foley who is in the rugby history books and so too, his coach.

Bernard Foley’s late penalty will go down in the history books as winning the Waratahs their first Super Rugby title but for coach Michael Cheika, it was a culmination of analysing and reflecting on all those half per cents.

The Waratahs number 10's 79th minute kick from distance gave the Waratahs an extraordinary 33-32 victory over the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in front of an ecstatic crowd of 61,823.

The victory will be especially sweet for coach Cheika. It has taken him only two years to transform an underachieving team coming off its worst season into the 2014 Super Rugby Union.

After the London Olympics, Team Sky's Performance Director, Dave Brailsford told the world of sport about his attention to detail and finding those half per cent improvements. Clearly, Cheika listened and his emphasis on the detail has delivered a final winning team.

Cheika could be heard telling journalists, "We lost our way a bit in the second half and we had to get ourselves back on track. But we really persisted. And that persistence in the small things is the really good character in the team."

The victory gives Cheika a unique coaching double after he led Leinster to a Heineken Cup triumph in 2009. He clearly likes blue playing shirts and perhaps that is why he is being linked with the role of Argentina's Head Coach!

Time will tell but it is certain that winning this title at home will mean something special,

Super Rugby Points Table