Heartbreaking loss seals NSW's finals fate

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Another week, different clutch driblet extremity from the Blues who broke a nine grounds with a gripping 20-17 triumph implicit the Waratahs astatine Leichhardt Oval.

Last week it was Beauden Barrett sinking the Brumbies successful Canberra and this clip it was Zarn Sullivan's near footwear from heavy that broke the hearts of NSW fans connected Saturday night.

The Blues had already locked up apical spot connected the ladder heading into the quarterfinals and manager Leon MacDonald made 14 changes to his starting lineup.

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"13 games successful a row, a nine grounds (for consecutive wins), and there's your hero," Sean Maloney said connected Nine and Stan Sport.

"Extraordinary turnover of players and it was 14-3 (to the Waratahs) astatine 1 stage."

The upset nonaccomplishment means the sixth-placed Waratahs volition person to question to Hamilton to play the third-placed Chiefs adjacent Saturday.

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The Super Rugby playoff picture. (Stan)

The fourth-placed Brumbies volition beryllium the lone Australian squad to big a quarterfinal, against the fifth-placed Hurricanes successful Canberra adjacent Saturday.

The Force indispensable bushed the Hurricanes successful their last round-robin lucifer to support their quarterfinal hopes alive.

Regardless, the Blues are intelligibly the squad to beat.

Zarn Sullivan of the Blues kicks the winning driblet goal. (Getty)

"We signifier for these moments astatine training," Sullivan said.

"It conscionable comes down to repetition and being successful the moment."

Blues skipper Luke Romano - who scored a important precocious effort to acceptable up the grandstand decorativeness - said his young squad had been motivated by outer noise.

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"There was a batch of speech astir bringing a B squad implicit but we didn't look astatine it similar that," Romano said.

After a dour archetypal half, the Waratahs roared the beingness successful the 2nd and were odds-on to assertion triumph aft 2 slick tries to breakout winger Mark Nawaqanitawase.

But the babe Blues kept grinding distant and yet things swung successful their favour.

Zarn Sullivan of the Blues celebrates kicking the winning extremity aft the siren. (Getty)

"A disappointing decorativeness for us," Waratahs skipper Jake Gordon said.

The Chiefs bushed the Waratahs 51-27 successful Hamilton successful circular 10 but NSW volition instrumentality assurance from wins implicit the Crusaders and Highlanders this season.

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