Waratahs set to break Super Rugby record

The Waratahs expect to have the backing of a record Super Rugby crowd when they contest the Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

Having waited for 19 years New South Wales fans have leapt at the chance to be part of history and cheer their state to its first ever Super Rugby Title.

The 2014 Super Rugby Final is set to become one of the biggest sporting events in Sydney this year.

With over 50,000 tickets already taken and three days of sales remaining, the NSW Waratahs are confident of surpassing the previous record crowd of 55,000 set in the 2009 final in Pretoria, South Africa.

“I know that the importance of the crowd is infinite,” said Cheika.

“They can provide you with the energy, the extra motivation and extra encouragement when you’re down or when you’re up. It’s that type of unquantifiable support that is the magic of sport – when you’re at home and the crowd is cheering for you, anything is possible.”

Starting at 4pm, the pre-game party outside ANZ Stadium will include an outdoor bar, live entertainment, family friendly zones and an Eat Street with pop-up cafes. A free skills and drills clinic for kids is available in Cathy Freeman Park from 5.30pm with further information on the spectacular entertainment lineup due to be confirmed very soon.

With the match taking place just two weeks before the Wallabies host the All Blacks at the same venue, Australians are being urged to put state loyalties aside to get behind the Tahs and start the Bledisloe battle early!

Never before have the NSW Waratahs hosted or won a Super Rugby Final. With seven titles under their belts, the Crusaders will pose a formidable challenge.

The teams have twice contested the Super Rugby Final, with the kiwi side taking the honours in Christchurch both times.

Despite facing a Crusaders outfit dripping with talent like Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Kieran Read, the Tahs will be banking on the vociferous support of their loyal members and fans to help them make home advantage count and earn NSW its first ever Super Rugby title.

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