A Robbie Fruean double helped the Crusaders to a 37-33 victory over the fast-finishing Waratahs in an entertaining Super Rugby clash at Allianz Stadium.
The home side trailed by a point at the interval but hit the front in the 46th minute when Wycliff Palu crashed over from close range. That stung the Crusaders into action, with Adam Whitelock and Fruean both scoring five-pointers to secure the four-try bonus point and open up an 11-point buffer on the hour.
With their finals hopes already hanging by a thread, the Waratahs hit back with a late try from Sarel Pretorius to close within four points with six minutes on the clock. Michael Foley's men had their chances to steal victory in the dying minutes but the visitors held firm to post their 10th consecutive victory over the Waratahs in front of 30,663 fans.
Tom Taylor had a good night with the boot for the Crusaders, slotting three penalties and four conversions from eight attempts, while Brendan McKibbin kicked a perfect six-from-six including four penalties and two conversions for the hosts.