Flyhalf Robert du Preez scored 18 points as the Sharks returned to winning ways following back-to-back defeats with victory over the Melbourne Rebels in Durban.
The Crusaders were emotionally wounded but the Waratahs' defence shined bright on a big night at the SCG, writes Sam Bruce.
The Waratahs have snapped the Crusaders' 19-game winning streak with a stirring 20-12 victory at the SCG.
Australian Super Rugby franchises have expressed concern that the sounding of the death knell on the Sunwolves could lead to less matches and a further downturn in interest in the game.
They're two of Australia's in-form players and Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani will face off at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, but can they be Wallabies midfield teammates? Meanwhile, an emotional night at the SCG awaits.
Super Rugby Round 6 is highlighted by a rare Sunday afternoon fixture while the SCG surface will again take centre stage in Sydney. Follow the team lists as they're announced here.
The NSW Waratahs are pressing ahead with plans to play defending Super Rugby champions the Crusaders on the patch-up Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday night.
Veteran Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau's loan stint with the NSW Waratahs is over, with his English club Leicester recalling him.
Can the Reds and Chiefs finally get a win in Super Rugby? They have tough assignments in Round 5 while the Southern Derby looms large on Saturday. Full squad lists here.
Goodness gracious, Will Genia's still got it. After a poor finish to 2018, the Rebels halfback is seemingly back to his best. Meanwhile, are the All Blacks inching closer to a Ngani Laumape-Jack Goodhue midfield combination?
The SCG is an iconic venue in Australian sport. But the Waratahs must take their game against the Crusaders to a proper rugby ground, one where the surface won't collapse and the contest is played within the atmosphere in deserves.
The only thing patchier than the attack from both sides was the SCG surface, which broke up at every scrum or maul, but the NSW Waratahs ran out eventual winners over the Queensland Reds in a gritty affair.
The NSW Waratahs have retained interstate bragging rights with a 10th-straight Super Rugby triumph over the Queensland Reds.
Round 4 kicks off in Wellington and continues with the undefeated Rebels and Crusaders hosting the next games, against the Brumbies and the Chiefs respectively, but the best might just be coming last with the Bulls hosting the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.
Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will bolster the Waratahs front row stocks and stiffen their scrum for Saturday's Super Rugby examination by the Reds, after signing a short-term loan deal.
Three big trans-Tasman clashes headline Round 3 of Super Rugby, including a double-header to get us started on Friday evening. Read on for all of this week's team lists.
NSW Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu has copped a six-week suspension after he pleaded guilty to a SANZAAR charge of foul play.
The NSW Waratahs have survived an enormous Super Rugby fright from the Sunwolves, scraping home 31-30 thanks to a record-breaking double from Israel Folau.
In Super Rugby round two we see two trans-Tasman clashes as well as a New Zealand derby. Read for all of this week's team lists.
Round 1 of Super Rugby is in the books and there were already some interesting takeaways for each team and the big question mark hanging over their heads in 2019. We address the key execution, or personnel issues, here.
Kurtley Beale would like to reclaim the NSW Waratahs' inside centre role in Super Rugby but recognises he face stiff competition from Karmichael Hunt.
Israel Folau has declared he's more than happy to move from his preferred position of fullback, if it means the Waratahs can squeeze all of their attacking weapons into their starting backline.
NSW Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley will back himself to make the next kick he takes that's identical to the crucial one he missed in his side's opening round Super Rugby home loss to the Hurricanes.
The Waratahs returned to their old mixed bag of tricks, producing some moments of brilliance alongside their usual set piece issues to fall 19-20 in the dying minutes of their season opener against the Hurricanes.
Wallabies front row stalwart Sekope Kepu predicts up to eight nations can have a decent crack at this year's World Cup.
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- NSW11thTRIES SCORED 1st Crusaders : 25 Tries ScoredCRUS1st1425
- NSW5thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Crusaders : 49 Points DifferenceCRUS1st1349