The Maitland Blacks season was ended on Saturday after they were blown away by The Waratahs at Marcellin Park.
The Blacks conceded three tries in the opening six minutes before eventually going down 47-26.
Maitland trailed 33-5 at half-time before they fought back after the break, winning the second half 21-5 until The Waratahs crossed again on the siren.
Blacks coach Bobby Tynan said the team was bitterly disappointed with the way they started the game.
“The boys were disappointed, but in saying that they (The Waratahs) really turned up,” he said.
“They were too smart and too powerful for us, I reckon they are the best team we’ve played this season.
“They blew us off the park early, that’s us gone now.”
Maitland is now no chance of making the finals in 2014.
Tynan said the loss to The Waratahs was a reality check for his team.
“I’ve got to be honest, they showed up some deficiencies we had,” he said.
“They are one of those teams who if you can hold the wave and stay in the game early you are some sort of chance but we didn’t do that.”
Maitland Pickers centre Elliott Jennings made a rare appearance for the Blacks and scored two tries after coming on for Tom Quinn who succumbed to a back injury.
In other round 16 results Hamilton edged out Wanders 17-14, Merewether Carlton downed Nelson Bay 42-35, Southern Beaches thrashed Easts 59-3 while University embarrassed Lake Macquarie in winning 92-22.