Stormers vs Waratahs: Five things we learned

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by Beth Newman

What can we take from the Waratahs' win? 

1. Omens

The Waratahs have been talking about critical wins for weeks and they’re finally starting to chalk some up. A last-minute win over the Stormers in Newlands could be the spark they need to get their season back on track. In 2014, a Newlands victory handed them a championship-winning run. This time around it at least get things back on the rails and beyond.

2. Sounding the Horne

Rob Horne was a critical defensive force for the Waratahs in Newlands but he also reminded everyone of his lethal attacking skills. In two weeks back from an injury, Horne has reclaimed his spot as one of the Waratahs vital players. Another try tonight and an incredible defensive effort was a boost for his side.

3. Attacking freaks

Kurtley Beale and Israel Folau snatched tries tonight as the Waratahs reminded everyone of their depth in attacking stocks. With these two firing it’s hard to believe the Waratahs won’t be embarking on a super resurgence as finals approach. Beale and Folau are both adapting after a rollercoaster start but the damaging duo will only grow in influence in the coming weeks.

4. Hooper with a point to prove?

Michael Hooper has been under pressure in recent weeks and played like a man possessed on Sunday morning. Hooper was man of the match in the tight contest, scoring the winning try. The 24-year-old throws everything at matches and all and sundry have defended him in the face of criticism in recent weeks. This Wallabies seven contest is set to be a cracker.Michael Hooper played like a man possessed. Photo: Getty Images

5. Clutch plays

This is a relatively new Waratahs side, with so many fresh faces but they showed their ice cold composure in Newlands. The NSW team never gave up the fight against the Stormers. They chanced their arm and took opportunities when they presented.