SYDNEY – Bernard Foley scored two of the Waratahs’ three tries as they overturned a 17-point deficit while they had a man advantage to beat the Highlanders 30-23 in their Super Rugby quarter-final on Saturday.
The Waratahs had been trailing 23-6 until Waisake Naholo was yellow-carded for two successive high tackles, as the Highlanders scrambled back in defence following an intercept on his own tryline by Waratahs wing Taqele Naiyaravoro.
Foley, who ended with 25 points, and Israel Folau crossed as the home side turned their deficit into a 27-23 lead they managed to extend.
They held on despite being reduced to 14 men for the final eight minutes after replacement prop Paddy Ryan was sin-binned.
Naholo and Rob Thompson scored tries for the Highlanders, who had been looking odds-on favourites for a semi-final against either the Lions or Jaguares next week, before the All Blacks wing was sin-binned.