Hooper sings 'Tahs' praises
Waratahs flanker and stand-in skipper Michael Hooper hailed his team's effort after their 34-3 victory over the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.
Hooper said although they managed to prevent their hosts from scoring, they had to work hard for the win. The Waratahs - who had already qualified for the semi-finals - posted a franchise record seventh-straight win which clinched first place in the Australian Conference, and cemented first place on the overall table.
"We're happy with the win," he said.
"It was good to put a few tries on and keep them tryless.
"It was a tough game. They came out really tough and ripping into us at the start. We had to weather that but I'm happy with the boys' effort."
The Reds tested the Waratahs at line-outs, exposing one of their few weaknesses, but they weren't able to establish any fluency on attack and their defence, which has conceded almost 500 points this season, was leaky again.
They finish a disappointing season - their first under head coach Richard Graham - in fourth place in the Australian conference and 12th overall.
The Waratahs also scored more points against the Reds in this match than in any previous meeting between the teams in Super Rugby.
"We did a lot of good things tonight and then just stupid little errors let us down," Reds captain James Horwill said. "They hurt us from long range a lot of the time and they hurt us from our errors."