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'Tahs lay foundation for future success

02nd August 2014 15:29

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Michael Hooper L of the Waratahs and coach Michael Cheika

2014 Champions: Michael Hooper and Michael Cheika

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika hopes that his team's winning Super Rugby campaign will be the launchpad for future titles.

Bernard Foley 's late penalty saw the Waratahs claim their first Super Rugby championship with a one-point win over the Crusaders in Saturday's final in Sydney.

Cheika was elated with the character of his side, and was quick to praise the record 61,823 fans that packed into ANZ Stadium and were vocal throughout the game.

"Hearing the NSW chant definitely made a huge difference... the team obviously feeds off that energy and certainly at the end there that's what got us over the line... We weren't scared to take responsibility. I liked that," said Cheika.

And although the win caps off a remarkable 2014 season, Cheika was keen to carry his side's irresistible form and strong work ethic into their 2015 campaign.

"We want to play our way, lay this identity down and let our supporters enjoy that. We want to lay the foundation. I'm looking for honesty; honesty every week, year upon year," Cheika said.

Captain Michael Hooper heaped praise on all members of his squad, past and present, for their contribution to an historic win built on multiple seasons of hard work.

"It's a weird feeling," said Hooper.

"There are a lot of things gone into that; a lot of people who have toiled in the Waratahs jersey for years. I'm really proud they were able to be part of that tonight."

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