Contrasting fortunes for No 10s Foley, Carter

15:01, Aug 02 2014
Richie McCaw and Sam Whitelock
The weight of defeat hits Crusaders Richie McCaw (left) and Sam Whitelock as the Waratahs get presented with the Super Rugby trophy.
Waratahs celebrate
Waratahs players Wycliff Palu, Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale celebrate at the final whistle.
Waratahs celebrate
Rob Horne (left) and Israel Folau take the Super Rugby trophy on a lap of honour around ANZ Stadium.
Waratahs celebrate
Celebrating their first Super Rugby title, the NSW Waratahs squad.
Waratahs celebrate
Waratahs players celebrate a try by centre Adam Ashley-Cooper (top).
Nemani Nadolo
Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo sprints away to score.
Nemani Nadolo
Crusaders wing Nemani Nadolo attempts to bump off Waratah Stephen Hoiles.
Sam Whitelock
A dejected Sam Whitelock leaves the field.
Sam Whitelock
Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock (right) mixes it up with Will Skelton after a high tackle on Alofa Alofa.
Adam Ashley-Cooper
Adam Ashley-Cooper dives over for one of his two tries in the final.
Adam Ashley-Cooper
Waratahs centre Adam Ashley-Cooper is tackled by Ryan Crotty.
Kieran Read
Crusaders captain Kieran Read goes high for a lineout take early in the final.
Ryan Crotty
Blood pours from a head cut for Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty.
Disconsolate Crusaders players wait for the trophy presentations to start.
Bernard Foley
Bernard Foley lines up his match-winning last-minute penalty attempt.

He used to idolise record breaking five-eighth Dan Carter, but NSW pivot Bernard Foley is setting records of his own after steering the Waratahs to their first Super Rugby title.

The 2014 Super Rugby final delivered contrasting fortunes for the two men.

Foley finished with 23 points, landing eight of his 10 attempts at goal.

He landed a crucial sideline conversion of Adam Ashley-Cooper's second try late in the game and then kicked the decisive last-minute penalty to deliver the Waratahs the title.

In the process, Foley passed Peter Hewat's franchise record of 243 points in a year from the 2005 season.

All Blacks icon Carter, who was playing at inside centre, cut a forlorn figure as he limped out of the game after half-an-hour.

It was another savage injury blow following the tournament-ending groin injury he suffered in the All Blacks' march to their drought-breaking 2011 World Cup win.

The 32-year-old back has amassed records seemingly for fun throughout his glittering career, setting Test and Super Rugby all-time scoring marks along the way.

Foley's stocks continue to soar less than a year after reversing a decision to join the Melbourne Rebels in 2014.

Suggestions he might lose the Waratahs No.10 jersey to the returning Kurtley Beale proved wide of the mark.

Not only has the 24-year-old pivot cemented the Waratahs' No.10 shirt, he occupied that position for the Wallabies for all three Tests of their recent series against France.

For a moment in the second half at ANZ Stadium, another five-eighth threatened to steal the show in the final.

Crusaders starting pivot Colin Slade, who was dumped from the All Blacks' squad earlier in the week to make way for Carter, kicked 20 points, landing all seven of his attempts after assuming the goalkicking duties and briefly nudging them into a second-half lead.


Bernard Foley
MATCH-WINNER: Bernard Foley, who had a 23-point haul in the Super Rugby final, lines up his match-winning last-minute penalty attempt.