The Waratahs have dedicated their first home grand final after beating the Brumbies on the weekend to the memory of die hard fan James Teague.
‘Tahs captain Michael Hooper told press after the game “it was a typical semi finals match” with big hits, lots of emotion and set plays from the textbook.
It was a nail biter up until midway through the second half when the Waratahs started to edge ahead. Alofa Alofa, Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley all crossed the line scoring tries for the Waratahs with Foley’s sealing the game off in the 76th minute.
Henry Speight, with a stand out performance, scored the only try on the night for the Brumbies.
The Waratahs will move on to this weekend where they will be hosting the Crusaders in the Super 15 grand final.
On a more sombre note, the Waratahs played in memory of a die-hard fan against the Brumbies. James Teague, 19, passed away this week after falling from a balcony in Queenstown, New Zealand. Mr Teague, a former Scots College student, was on life support over the weekend and was meant to be at the Waratahs game, instead he was fighting for his life in a Dunedin hospital. In support two Waratahs players, Kurtley Beale and Brendan McKibbin had given thoughtful messages telling Mr Teague to get well soon.
The pre-game announcer told a packed Allianz Stadium, “A big ‘Tahs fan, 19-year-old James Teague had been looking forward to being here tonight. Tragically, he was involved in an accident earlier this week and is now in a critical condition in hospital. Our thoughts are with the Teague family. We wish James all the very, very best for a full and speedy recovery.”
The Waratahs have showed tremendous support sending a jersey to the family with the teens favourite player, Michael Hooper, signing it three times. The Waratahs have joined the bandwagon with a trending hashtag for support #clapforjames. – Ashley Kearney
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Video courtesy of Georgie Brady.