Foley: Rugby Gods were smiling on Waratahs

Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley has admitted that his 79th minute Super Rugby title winning penalty kick was right on the edge of his range and that the rugby gods were smiling when it went over. .

Foley kicked a penalty from 45m out which put the Waratahs into a one point lead at 33-32 with seconds remaining in the 2014 Super Rugby Grand final.

In the 76th minute the Crusaders looked set to win their eighth title after Colin Slade had kicked his sixth penalty to edge the Crusaders into a two point lead.

The Waratahs however fought their way into the Crusaders half where All Black captain Richie McCaw was penalised in a maul.

“The kick was right on my borderline, there wasn’t much left in it and I had to give it everything, the rugby Gods were smiling and it just snuck over,” Foley said about his title winning kick.

“We have been working on getting more distance in my kicking and normally Kurtley Beale takes the longer kicks but I was hitting them well and thought I just had to give it everything.

“To win it like that is a dream come true and it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Foley finished the match with 23 points from a conversion and seven penalties while Adam Ashley-Cooper scored a brace of tries in his first final.

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper said that they had to adapt their game plan in the match but his team mates put in an “awesome effort”.

“To get the Crusaders in a final it needed an awesome effort from the guys and I’m so proud of them,” Waratahs skipper Michael Hooper said.

“We had to adapt during the match and grind out that win and I thought Bernie’s (Foley) kick went under the bar, but it went over and we were ecstatic.”

The Waratahs victory ended an 11 match losing streak to the Crusaders dating back to 2004.

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