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full-time Blues 11 Reds 23
80 The Reds knock the ball on at a line-out and the Blues go on the attack close to their opponents' try-line. they make little headway, however, and soon lose possession. The siren to signal the end of the match has sounded and when the ball comes to Shipperley he kicks it into touch. It's another poor performance from the home side but the Reds are delighted to wrack up a valuable home win. On the balance of play they certainly deserve the result as they created far more opportunities than their opponents.
77 Lucas launches a high ball which Parkes does well to gather. The ball is recycled and the Blues are desperately trying to get more points on the board. They eventually get a penalty just inside the Reds' half and Anscombe puts it into touch close to his opponents' try-line.
74 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS! 11-23. Harris gives his team a twelve point lead after the Blues are pinned for collapsing a maul close to their try-line.
72 McCartney is penalised for entering a ruck from the side. Harris puts the ball into touch on the Blues' 22 metre line.
71 Weepu is taken off and replaced by fellow All Black Alby Mathewson.
68 Stanley slips through a gap in the Reds' defence and is stopped inside their 22! The ball comes out to Anscombe who puts in a cross kick for George Moala to chase but Genia gets there first and dots down behind his try-line.
67 The Blues win a penalty inside their half after several Reds players go off their feet at a ruck. Anscombe kicks for touch.
63 Scott Higginbotham does brilliant work when he wins a turnover inside his 22 by ripping the ball from Saili. He passes to Ben Lucas who hoofs the ball upfield.
61 Anscombe plays the territory game and puts in a good 40 metre clearance kick which goes into touch just outside the Reds' 22.
59 Anscombe gets a chance to cut the Reds lead to six points after Mike Harris fails to roll away after making a tackle on Benson Stanley. His shot is not on target though and sails just wide of the posts.
56 PENALTY, BLUES, ANSCOMBE! 11-20. Anscombe narrows the gap after the Reds are penalised for an infringement at a ruck.
55 The Blues bring on Benson Stanley for Nonu.
53 Anthony Faingaa comes on to replace Rod Davies which means Ioane shifts out to the wing.
52 The Blues win a turnover from a Reds scrum and are once again stopped short of the Reds line until McCartney is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.
49 The Blues are camped close to the Reds' try-line and set up several phases until Ali Williams knocks on at a critical moment.
46 Rudi Wulf is replaced by Michael Hobbs. This seess the Blues reshuffling their back-line with Hobbs slotting in at centre and Ranger moving to the wing.
44 TRY, REDS, SHIPPERLEY! 8-20. Dom Shipperley dots down in the corner after taking a finely timed long pass from Genia.
42 Peter Saili is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle on the halfway line. Harris kicks the ball out just inside the Blues' 22.
40 Anscombe gets the second half started! His kick is gathered by Rob Simmons and the Reds soon kick the ball upfield.
Half-time Blues 8 Reds 15
40 From a scrum inside the Reds' 22, the ball comes out to Genia who puts it into touch. The siren sounds and the players head off to the sheds. Although the Reds started the match brightly, the Blues have fought back well and are not out of this contest. It's still evenly poised and whoever takes their chances after half-time will be victorious.
38 Filo Paulo leaves the field with a blood injury and is replaced by Liaki Moli.
36 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS! 8-15. Harris extends his side's lead after Ma'a Nonu is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.
33 PENALTY, BLUES, ANSCOMBE! 8-12. Gareth Anscombe makes no mistake with a fairly easy spot kick from close range after the Reds infringe at a ruck on the Blues' try-line.
31 The Blues are on the attack close to the Reds try-line and Weepu and McCartney are both stopped short of the line by desperate defence from the visitors.
27 The Reds go on the attack and Will Genia does well to beat a couple of defenders before offloading to Liam Gill. The young flanker takes the ball into contact but is robbed of possession when Piri Weepu rips the ball from his grasp.
25 TRY, BLUES, L BRAID! 5-12. The Blues go on the drive from a line-out close to the Reds' try-line. Luke Braid breaks away from the maul and dots down under a mass of bodies.
23 The Reds go on the the drive from a line-out close to the Blues' 22 but the hosts do well to thwart their efforts by managing to hold them up. The drive goes static and the hosts can put the ball in at the resulting scrum. However, referee Craig Joubert soon changes his decision to a penalty when some of the Reds question his decision.
20 Rudi Wulf receives the ball in space after receiving a beautifully weighted pass from Ranger. Wulf is stopped inside the Reds' 22 and is soon penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground.
18 The Reds take the ball through 12 phases before taking the ball out wide. Ioane gets the ball but is soon knocked back by a massive hit from Ma'a Nonu!
15 The Blues try to attack from inside their half but lose momentum when Daniel Braid knocks on a pass from Charlie Faumuina.
12 The Blues are awarded a penalty after the Reds infringe at a ruck and Gareth Anscombe kicks to touch. However, they soon turnover possession when Tom McCartney's throw-in at the line-out is crooked.
10 The Reds are awarded penalty after Luke Braid infringes at a ruck and James Horwill calls Harris over to take a shot at goal. His shot sails wide of the uprights and the Blues gain a reprieve.
7 CONVERSION, REDS, HARRIS! 0-12. Mike Harris adds the extras to extend his side's lead.
6 TRY, REDS, MORAHAN! 0-10. Luke Morahan receives the ball in space inside the Blues' 22 and sells Hadley Parkes a neat dummy before crossing over!
4 The Blues string some phases together and are soon close to the halfway line. The ball is spun out wide but Rene Ranger spills a pass from Ali Williams and Dom Shipperley regains possession for the Reds.
1 TRY, REDS, IOANE! 0-5. Digby Ioane goes over from close range after Rob Simmons is stopped just short after taking a cross-kick from Ben Lucas close to the touchline! What a fantastic start!
Kick-off And we're off! Mike Harris gets us underway with a hanging kick which the Reds do well to regather.
Team news For the Blues, Piri Weepu gets a start at halfback in one of four changes made to the run-on side by coach Pat Lam. All Black prop Tony Woodcock has been ruled out, and is replaced by Tevita Mailau. Benson Stanley and Chris Lowrey have both played every game for the Blues this season and have been given a deserved reprieve on the bench, with Rudi Wulf overcoming a shoulder injury to slot in on the wing and Daniel Braid starting at openside flank.
Team news In a timely return from suspension, Wallabies winger Digby Ioane will gain his 50th Reds cap by lining up at outside centre in what looms as a blockbusting clash against Blues midfielders Ma'a Nonu and Rene Ranger. The 21-Test flyer replaces the injured Ben Tapuai (collarbone) while utility back Ben Lucas will start at 10 in place of Sam Lane (knee).
Hello and welcome to Auckland's Eden Park for this Round 10 hit-out between the Blues and the Reds! The last time these two teams met was in the Super Rugby semi-final, but things haven't quite gone according to plan this year with the Blues discovering new ways to lose on a weekly basis. The hosts are currently on a six-match losing streak and still only have one victory for the season, while the Reds haven't been at the top of their game this season either.
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