Flyhalf Kurtley Beale scored the decisive try in the Waratahs’ 24-14 victory over the Crusaders in Sydney.
The Tahs’ trailed the Crusaders 7-14 at half-time, with All Blacks pivot Dan Carter orchestrating both of the visitors’ tries. However, the Aussie franchise scored 17 unanswered points to complete an unbeaten run in the pre-season.
Carter put centres Casey Laulala and Tim Bateman away in the first half before Robbie Deans took him off. The Tahs proved to be the stronger side in terms of depth, scoring two tries through Beale and Alfi Mafi in the second stanza.
Meanwhile, Matt Giteau dominated proceedings in the Western Force’s 39-15 win over the Reds in Perth.