After suggesting last week’s qualifying final was one of the best Australian derby games in years, it’s only fair to note that Saturday night’s final topped it in exactly the way you would hope.
The nomadic NSW Waratahs are poised to play a home Super Rugby match outside Sydney for the first time, with a “historic announcement” scheduled for Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday morning.
With their Allianz Stadium base being rebuilt, the Waratahs will play eight Super home games at several different venues next year.
It was announced on Monday NSW would head back to Sydney’s Brookvale Oval for their opening 2019 competition match against the Hurricanes on February 16.
Brookvale hosted a Super Rugby game against the Blues in 2018 and a Waratahs pre-season trial in each of the past two seasons.
The NSW Rugby Union last week announced the Waratahs would play three home fixtures at the new Western Sydney Stadium
That venue will stage matches involving the Sharks, Jaguares and Brumbies.
Sites still have to be announced for four fixtures .
Attractive and larger drawing games against defending champions the Crusaders and domestic rivals the Reds and Rebels still have to be placed, with some, if not all of those likely to land at the SCG.
If Newcastle doesn’t get any of those games it would host the March 29 clash with Japan’s Sunwolves..