Foley wary of Crusaders grudge

Date published: May 18 2015

Waratahs fly-half Bernard Foley expects the Crusaders to have 'a chip on their shoulder' when the two sides clash this weekend.

Foley was the match-winner for the 'Tahs in last year's Super Rugby Final, with the two sides meeting for the first time since then on Saturday.

And the Australia number ten expects last year's bitter loss to be heavily on the Crusaders' minds in Sydney.

"For sure they'll have a bit of a chip on their shoulder, it's the one that got away I suppose so that's how they'll be thinking," Foley told Stuff.

"We've got to go there with the same attitude… because they can't have the mortgage on the pride or the resentment, to come back and hurt us. We've got to match them there and out-play them that way."

Having not been quite at his best form for patches this season, Foley was excellent for the Waratahs in their win over the Sharks last weekend as they kept their play-off hopes alive.

Waratahs boss Michael Cheika put Foley's improved performance down to a slight change in tactics going into the clash.

"We changed a couple of little things in our game to get him into the game more and I think that he was getting the ball at the right depth and the right time," said Cheika. 

"He made many more runs himself, so he was threatening himself with the ball, and he also had good distribution. I was really happy with his match."