There are only two teams left in Super 15 Rugby 2014 with the Waratahs hosting the Crusaders at the bigger ANZ Stadium in Sydney. It is great to see the best teams in the competition in the final what makes this final great is that it is hard to separate these teams at the bookies. The Waratahs are slight favourites at most agencies, although the Crusaders have had more money put on them which shows that this match could go either way and is tougher to pick than a broken nose.
Both the Waratahs and Crusaders posted convincing wins in their semi-finals, eliminating the Brumbies and Sharks respectively. The margins of victory made it obvious that the best two teams are in the final.
A win for the Waratahs at home, will not only give the Waratahs their first Super Rugby title, but it will also give their Wallabies team confidence. The Wallabies are stacked with Waratahs and this could give them the belief to beat the All Blacks in 2014.
For managers of www.testrugby.com Super Rugby teams, you may have to chance your arm if you are to catch your rivals. It is therefore important to take some risks, although there are some obvious selections like the two goal kickers, Bernard Foley and Dan Carter, while in most other positions there are established high points scoring players. Who are you picking as your outside backs? Nemani Nadolo, Alofa Alofa, Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau are all options.
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Waratahs vs Crusaders
The Waratahs have the home advantage for this match, although it will be interesting to see if the shift of ground affects their home advantage. They have been sensational this season and have won all nine home games this season and could set a record of winning all ten home games in a season and ten matches in a row, which is what they would do with victory here.
The Waratahs have discovered the offensive game to support their defence in 2014 under coach Michael Chieka, but they haven’t play the Crusaders this season. They have scored 41 tries this season and secured nine bonus points for scoring four tries in nine matches.
What a final this is going to be. The Crusaders have the best away record in Super Rugby 2014, only losing two regular season games away from home and have actually lost more at home than away in 2014. They have experienced international stars like Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock. The Crusaders have won their last 11 matches against the Waratahs, including four times in Sydney and they have beaten the Waratahs in a Super Rugby final in 2008, but I like to think that the Waratahs have improved this season, so it is hard to know how much to read into past results between these teams.
My pick: Waratahs by 3 points
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