Waratahs score top spot thanks to Bernard Foley
A DOMINANT performance from five-eighth Bernard Foley has seen the Waratahs secure top spot and a home final in stunning fashion, thrashing the Highlanders 44-16 at Allianz Stadium yesterday.
Foley was at the forefront of most attacking raids as the Tahs took some brilliant form into the business end of the year - winning their sixth-successive game with just one regular-season fixture remaining.
Sekope Kepu, Jacques Potgieter, Nick Phipps, Rob Horne and Israel Folau all scored tries for New South Wales, with Kepu in menacing form up front.
Meanwhile, the Western Force and Chiefs kept their finals hopes alive after victories over the weekend. The Force (7th) can sneak into the top six with a win against the Brumbies (6th), while the Chiefs need to beat the Blues on Friday night to earn a finals berth at the expense of the Hurricanes who have a bye.
CHIEFS 24 (J Mackintosh, B Retallick tries; A Cruden 4 pens, con) HURRICANES 16 (H Parkes try; B Barrett 3 pens, con) in Hamilton on Friday night
CRUSADERS 21 (N Nadolo 2 tries; C Slade 2 pens; D Carter pen, con) BLUES 13 (F Halai try; I West 2 pens, con) in Christchurch on Saturday night
WESTERN FORCE 30 (N Cummins, B McCalman, N Charles tries; J Hayward 3 pens, 3 cons) REDS 20 (S Kerevi, A Anae tries; M Harris 2 pens, 2 cons) in Perth on Saturday night
LIONS 34 (A Volmink, W Tecklenburg, W Whiteley tries; M Boshoff 5 pens, 2 cons) REBELS 17 (T English, C Fainga'a tries; J Debreczeni pen, 2 cons) in Johannesburg on Saturday night
STORMERS 16 (J Taute try; K Coleman 3 pens, con) BULLS 0 in Cape Town on Saturday night
CHEETAHS 27 (T van Jaarsveld, P van der Walt, L de Jager tries; J Goosen 2 pens, 3 cons) SHARKS 20 (C Reinach, B du Plessis tries; T Swiel 2 pens, 2 cons) in Bloemfontein on Saturday night.
WARATAHS 44 (R Horne, I Folau, S Kepu, N Phipps, J Potgieter, T Naiyaravoro tries; B Foley 4 cons; B Foley 2 pens) HIGHLANDERS 16 (P Burleigh try; H Parker con; L Sopoaga 3 pens) in Sydney on Sunday afternoon