But a team containing Sam Whitelock, Codie Taylor, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue and Matt Todd came unstuck 20-12 in Sydney, with the Waratahs
' uncompromising tackling seen as the key to their win.
<B Steve Tandy speaking at a Waratahs
press conference this week in Sydney
Only one other side in the competition, the Sharks, have conceded few tries this season and the Waratahs
head their conference after five rounds of matches.
It was the third game in a row that the Lions looked to be sleepwalking at the start, as Hanigan scored a fourth-minute try for the Waratahs
and Folau repeated the feat just four minutes later.
But the Waratahs
' attacking flair has come to the fore as the season has worn on and they look powerful up front too, with Dean Mumm again moving from the second row to flanker to provide extra bulk in the back five.
might have looked a little out of place watching Beethoven's 1st, 7th and 8th symphonies being conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy - more so when the same principles were applied to their own training.
"I have had an unbelievable time with the Waratahs
, and I owe them so much for what I've done in terms of my career," Dennis said.
The Highlanders took their chances ruthlessly to dethrone the Waratahs
with a 35-17 victory.
"He is a big man at 6ft 4ins a powerful runner with good pace, and he has been playing some good rugby for the Waratahs
as well as reaching Test status with Australia."
The Aussies have ten Waratahs
on the roster including seven on the starting lineup as they face New Zealand to start the games in Sydney on Saturday.
Leinster-bound Douglas played his last game for the Michael Cheika led Waratahs
in Saturday's epic one-point Super Rugby final win over the Canterbury Crusaders in Sydney.
dreams of a first title in their third final were hanging by a thread when the Wallabies flyhalf calmly slotted his seventh penalty of the night from 44 metres to send the record crowd of 61,823 at the Olympic Stadium into raptures.