Super 15: Waratahs' Bernard Foley finds his groove to leave Auckland feeling Blue

Matt Jones - Editor 08:39 29/03/2015
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On top: Australia international Bernard Foley.

Bernard Foley kicked defending champions New South Wales Waratahs back into Super Rugby’s top six in a 23-11 win over the Auckland Blues.

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Two second-half penalties from Foley and a late try from winger Peter Betham saved the Waratahs’ blushes in a drab victory over the last-placed Blues.

The Blues briefly snatched a four-point lead in the second half when powerful centre Francis Saili crashed over, but Foley had the final say, his two penalties and the conversion of Betham’s try was enough to secure NSW’s fourth win from six.

Also, the Waikato Chiefs enjoyed a 37-27 win over the Cheetahs. Michael Leitch, Liam Messam, Sam Cane and Andrew Horrell all crossed for the Chiefs, Aaron Cruden adding 17 points with the boot.

Heinrich Brussow helped himself to a brace of tries for the Cheetahs, with Boom Prinsloo also crossing. Meanwhile, the Highlanders ran in five tries in a 39-21 victory over the Stormers in Dunedin.

After the Stormers scored first, Otago replied with 31 unanswered points to have the game secure before the South Africans found the line again.

Waisake Naholo scored twice and his fellow Fijian wing Patrick Osborne also touched down along with Aaron Smith and Dan Pryor. Juan de Jongh scored two for the Stormers with one for Michael Rhodes.

Waisake Naholo was the star og the show for Otago.

The Bulls restricted Canterbury Crusaders to just a single second half point as they recorded a 31- 19 win in Pretoria. Francois Hougaard, Burger Odendaal and Grant Hattingh crossed for the South Africans.

Nemani Nadolo scored the Crusaders’ only try with 14 points from Dan Carter’s boot. SP Marais and Lwazi Mvovo tries settled an error strewn match as the Sharks beat Western Force 15- 9.

Fred Zeilinga converted a try and added a penalty. Sias Ebersohn and Luke Burton replied for the visitors.

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