4 May 2014

Waratahs stop Hurricanes in Sydney thriller

7:55 am on 4 May 2014

The New South Wales Waratahs brought a shuddering halt to the Hurricanes' Super Rugby revival and boosted their own playoff aspirations with a thrilling come from behind 39-30 victory in Sydney.

The Hurricanes had won their last four matches to move to the top of the New Zealand conference but were outscored five tries to three by the hosts, who moved to within a point of the ACT Brumbies at the top of the Australian standings.

In a breathless first half rich with attacking rugby, the Waratahs scored the first try in the second minute then gave up three tries and a penalty to trail 24-7 before battling back to even up the scores at 24-24.

The second half proved to be a tighter affair and Waratahs tries from winger Matt Carraro, making his first Super Rugby start in five years, and loose forward Stephen Hoiles proved enough for the bonus point victory.