The emotional backstory to wild Waratahs scenes

Will Harrison’s golden point heroics on Friday night were enough to quicken the pulse and bring a smile to the face of even the most jaded rugby couch potato.

But two nerveless kicks to first level with, and then beat, the defending champion Crusaders in Sydney, carried extra meaning for proud Randwick men Morgan Turinui and Stephen Hoiles.

The ex-Wallabies turned Stan Sport pundits have been with the 24-year-old Waratahs pivot for both the highs and the lows as Harrison’s last two Super Rugby Pacific seasons were injury write offs.

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“So I said ‘mate, this is kind of looking alright, if you flip the coin, you’ve got to get surgery this year and you’re out anyway.’

“Or you can rehab and try and play this year and if you do it again, you’re going to have to get surgery anyway. His first game back at Randwick he did his ACL in non contact. It was torture.”

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