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Crusaders, Waratahs advance to Super Rugby semifinals

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) The New South Wales Waratahs scored three tries in seven minutes in a spectacular second-half comeback to beat the Dunedin-based Highlanders 30-23 Saturday and join defending champions the Crusaders and the Wellington-based Hurricanes in Super Rugby's semifinals.

Flyhalf Bernard Foley scored two of those tries and tallied 25 points as the Waratahs rallied after trailing 23-6 at halftime by scoring 24 unanswered points in the second half.

All three tries came while the Highlanders were reduced to 14 men by the sin-binning of winger Waisake Naholo and propelled the Waratahs into a semifinal against the winner of the last quarterfinal between the Johannesburg-based Lions and Argentina's Jaguares. The Crusaders will play the Hurricanes in the other, all-New Zealand semifinal.