Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Super Douglas Faces Final; Kane Chases Fairytale Finish in Last Game on Australian Soil

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Super Douglas Faces Final; Kane Chases Fairytale Finish in Last Game on Australian Soil

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Byline: sports journalist sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

THE PROBLEM with fairytales is that people believe they are not true.

Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast - most people will say they never happened.

But the thing with fairytales is they can be interpreted as an imitation of reality, and they can be applied to almost any part of life.

Take tonight's Super Rugby final at ANZ Stadium for instance.

More than 50,000 tickets have been sold to the NSW Waratahs clash with the Crusaders to decide who will be crowned premiers.

Yamba's Kane Douglas will be at the forefront of the Waratahs' battle for Super Rugby supremacy.

It is Douglas' first grand final since he captained the under-17 Yamba Buccaneers to the 2006 premiership, and will be his last game in Australia before he links with Irish club Leinster.

"It is probably the biggest game of my life," Douglas said.

"Playing the Wallabies is awesome and in terms of those games, the British and Irish Lions was the biggest then.

"But this is different. You're with these guys for a full season rather than a few months in Wallabies camp.

"I started at the academy in 2007 and I've been playing with some of these guys since then.

"It's going to be massive.

"My last grand final was with the Buccs against Casino. I remember we won but not too much else."

The thousands of screaming fans packed into the Olympic Stadium will witness what could be the transformation of the Waratahs from a long-held dream held by NSW-based rugby fans to reality.

The Waratahs were as effective as the ugly stepsisters as they churned through multiple but ultimately unsuccessful halves combinations.

Bernard Foley has fit snugly in the No.10 jersey, and much like Cinderella has become the object of rugby royalty's affections

Man-giant Will Skelton and the dominant Jacques Potgeiter combined for one of the first times in their 39-8 preliminary final win over the Brumbies last week after Douglas was subbed off. …

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