Waratahs, Crusaders to contest final

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iol spt july26 Waratahs-Brumbies Getty Images New South Wales Waratahs reached their third Super Rugby final, beating the ACT Brumbies in a semi-final dog fight. Photo by Matt King/Getty Images

Sydney - Flyhalf Bernard Foley scored a brilliant late try and kicked 11 points to fire the New South Wales Waratahs into their third Super Rugby final, beating the ACT Brumbies 28-6 in a semi-final dog fight on Saturday.

Foley finished off a breakaway move that started deep inside the Waratahs own half four minutes from time to seal a home final next weekend against the Canterbury Crusaders, who beat South Africa's Sharks 38-6 in the earlier semi-final.

The Waratahs, who lost both their previous finals to the Crusaders in 2005 and 2008, had been set on the path to victory by opportunistic tries from winger Alofa Alofa and centre Kurtley Beale at the start of each half.

The Brumbies, beaten finalists last year, played a full part in a hugely physical contest but were only able to cross once through winger Henry Speight in the 31st minute and failed to score after the break despite dominating possession. – Reuters

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