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10 Things You Need To Know About Waratahs v. Crusaders

10 Things You Need To Know About Waratahs v. Crusaders

In the lead up to this weekend’s Super Rugby final, here are 10 things you need to know about the Waratahs v. Crusaders.

1. The Crusaders and the Waratahs have played each other 18 times.  The Crusaders have won 16 times whilst the Waratahs have won just twice.  The last time the Waratahs defeated the Crusaders was when they won 19-43 back in 2004.

2. The Waratahs have met the Crusaders in a Super Rugby grand final on two previous occasions.  The Crusaders defeated the Waratahs 35-25 in 2005 and then defeated them again 20-13 in 2008.

3. The Crusaders are currently on an 11 match winning streak against the Waratahs.

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4. The largest win by the Crusaders against the Waratahs was in 2002 when they defeated them 96-19.  This remains the Waratahs largest ever defeat.

5. The Waratahs have never won a Super Rugby title whilst the Crusaders have won 7 (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2008).

6. The Crusaders team consists of 8 current All Blacks whilst the Waratahs team consists of 11 current Wallabies.

7. Craig Joubert will referee this weekend’s match.  This weekend will be his third Super Rugby final, his first was in 2010 when he refereed the final between the Bulls and the Stormers.  Steve Walsh and James Leckie have been named as the assistant referees for the match.


8. The Crusaders are the only team to have won a Super Rugby grand final outside their home country when they defeated the Brumbies 20-19 in Canberra in 2000.

9. This weekend’s crowd is expected to exceed 50 000 and challenge the Super Rugby highest attendance record of 55 000 when the Bulls played the Sharks in the final in 2007.

10. In the competition’s 18 year history the home team has won 14 times.


Source: http://www.rugbydata.com/superrugby/crusaders/waratahs/gamesplayed/

  • Cam

    The past is history, this is the year of the Waratah. UP THE TAHS!!!!

  • Bay35Pablo

    Irresistible statistic (16 from 18 wins to Crusaders H2H) meets immovable statistic (home team wins GF 14 from 18).

    • Patrick

      The scary one is that two or even three of those away winners are the crusaders.

      I’d have preferred to play the Sharks

      • BiginHK

        Three of those away wins were from 2000 or before …

        In 1996 the Blues defeated the Reds who were the minor premiers.
        In 1998 the Crusaders defeated the Blues (minor premiers) – arguably less travel factor here (still home ground advantage).
        In 1999 the Crusaders beat the Reds (minor premiers) again
        In 2000 the Crusaders beat the Brumbies (minor premiers)
        In 2007 the Bulls defeated the Sharks (minor premiers) – less travel

        From 2012 with the conference system, not all teams will play each other so the minor premier tag is meaningless.

        However since then the only time the mathematical minor premier did not win was in 2012 when the Sharks beat the Reds in Brisbane then the Stormers (minor premiers) in Cape Town, but couldn’t do it again flying to Hamilton the following week.

        The Chiefs meanwhile were spared flying to South Africa and got to play an exhausted Sharks team.

        • BiginHK

          So in effect, the only times a team has travelled to beat a minor premier successfully was the saders in 1999 and 2000.

          Bottom-line it’s all irrelevant. Minor premiers at home are GOING TO WIN.

  • Waz_dog

    Read history all you want – time for the tahs to MAKE HISTORY!

    Bring home the bacon sky blue – it’s been a while coming.

  • On the beach getting a tan

    Last time the Crusaders crossed the ditch for a final it didn’t end well for them ( I was lucky enough to be there and as a Queensland Reds fan it was totally awesome). Here’s hoping the Tahs can do the same for their supporters on Sat. I’ll be backing them all the way from up here in Godsowncountry…

    • RugbyStu

      Me to I was there in 2011 and I am really pumped for the tahs good luck you flowerloving, cockroaches give them hell.

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    I think we all know that it’s going to come down to which team out-plays the other. I’ve been super impressed with the Tahs and expect them to be on fire against the Saders. I’m well aware of the Crusaders pedigree and will be interested to see if this helps them enough on match day.

    I feel that, if the Tahs can hit their straps & get on a roll, they will be too good for the Crusaders. Regardless it should be one hell of a game.

    • Ed

      further to your point, i will go out on a limb and say the team that scores more points than their opposition is definitely in the driver’s seat to win. controversial i know.

      • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

        As amusing as you are attempting to be (and it wasn’t a bad effort ;-), my point is to simply try to move people away from history & stats and focus instead on the here & now and what will happen on the paddock.

  • Older I Get

    One way we can beat them is with the crowd. Great crowd last week. Let’s do it again. Get loud!

  • The Cheat

    Really hope the Tahs smash the Crusaders

  • Zeedok

    You forgot:

    11. The Tahs will win.

  • #Believe2104

    • mikeylives

      I reckon a 90 year plan is a bit of a knee-jerk, over-reaction to the infamous 3 year plan. Anyway – I think we can win on Sat night.

  • Al sylvester

    Prediction. Pottiger gets a yellow for a typical saffa cheap shot on a defenceless guy in a ruck like he’s been doing all season and saders put on enough then to get thru.

    • HK Red

      I’m not certain Joubert is the guy to give that yellow card. On the big occasions he likes to ignore infractions, rather than send people to the bin for constant infringing (RWC Final 2011, as an example). That said, Steve Walsh is running one of the lines and he’ll do anything to get his mug on the big screen. If Jackpot does something in front of him, you can be sure the flag’s going up!

  • GC

    11th thing I need to know… Is there a pub up here on the Gold Coast that will draw a big rugby crowd and have atmosphere and sound on?

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