Super Rugby Pacific: Waratahs win over Crusaders is a gift of hard work

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Waratahs fly-half Tane Edmed’s emotional post-match interview after their shock win over the Crusaders underlines how hard the side has been working this season.

The Sydney-based side toppled the Crusaders 24-21 in their thrilling first win against New Zealand opposition in Super Rugby Pacific.

Massive victory

Edmed broke down after the game in the post-match interview, and the playmaker explained how important it was for him.

“I have obviously grown up here my whole life, in this area,” he told Stuff.

“My father played a lot of footy here and I played all my junior rugby league just down the road at Blackmore Oval. I probably kicked thousands of balls down at Leichhardt No.2. It was just a really good feeling driving up here and I had 30 friends and family in the stands, and to get a win like that with these boys… we had such a tough year last year. It was a bit too much emotion for me to handle.

“It has been such a tough road for these boys, and to get a win – and then for me to get a win like that in front of my friends and family, and on the field I have grown up playing on – it was just amazing. I was just a bit lost for words.”

Waratahs coach Darren Coleman says the hard work from his side made the victory emotional, and it was not only Edmed struggling to contain the flood of emotions.

“But we were all fighting them [tears] back. You just don’t know when the emotional victories are going to come,” he said.

“And that euphoria that you get straight after a final whistle in a game that you’re not sure you’re going to win or not, and you’ve worked bloody hard to win it, you should show emotion.”

Coleman commended his team’s character and is pleased with how the team has progressed this season and how the fans are showing so much support.

“We may not be perfect but we’ll keep fighting until the end… it was cool, even in the warm-up, just watching the crowd, I talk to these boys about it regularly, when people are lined up to come and watch you, it’s a good feeling,” Coleman said.

“Especially after the year they had last year. For them to be rolling in in those numbers, I am just so glad we could put in a good performance for them,” he said.

Edmed praised the changing room atmosphere as his side has worked hard and stayed together through tricky times, and finally, the rewards are being felt.

“It’s a good change room to be in at the moment,” he said.

“Last year wasn’t overly fun but I have heard it said many times, we stuck by each other. There wasn’t boys turning on each other. We stayed really, really tight. We all get along extremely well. We stayed extremely tight and it’s nice to see us get some results and the boys are really enjoying it.”

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