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  • Weepu (2), Ta'avao, Luatua,
    Penalty goals: Noakes,
    Conversions: Noakes (2), Kerr,
29 - 18

Highlanders

  • Smith, Burleigh,
    Penalty goals: Slade (2),
    Conversions: Slade,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 5th Apr 2013
  • KO 07:35
  • Ground: Eden Park, Auckland

Blues v Highlanders - Live

Last updated: 5th April 2013  

Full Time Blues 29 Highlanders 18

80 From a line-out on the Blues' try-line, the Highlanders go on the drive but when the maul becomes static, they lose possession. That's the last move of the match and referee Walsh blows his whistle to signal the end of the match. The Blues controlled proceedings in the second half and deserve this win while the Highlanders will have to return to the drawing board once again.

79 Chris King has a crack at the Blues' line and after consultation with the TMO the referee rules that no try was scored!

77 The Highlanders launch a driving maul from a line-out but make little progress as the Blues forwards defend their line with great resilience!

74 The Highlanders are battling away and trying desperately to secure a losing bonus point! Their efforts come to nothing when Liam Coltman knocks on just outside the Blues' 22.

Conversion71 CONVERSION, BLUES, KERR! 29-18. Baden Kerr adds the two-pointer and the Blues fans are starting the victory celebrations in the stands!

TRY70 TRY, BLUES, WEEPU! 27-18. Weepu dots down again after brilliant work from Ranger, in the build-up! The centre beats three defenders before offloading to Weepu!

Penalty67 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES! 22-18. Noakes succeeds with another penalty after the Highlanders are pinned for an infringement at a maul.

TRY63 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, BURLEIGH! 19-18. Phil Burleigh rounds off in the left-hand corner after running onto a pass from Fumiaki Tanaka, who catches the Blues' defence napping when he makes a break from close to the halfway line!

Conversion60 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 19-13. Noakes makes no mistake with his place-kick to extend the hosts' lead!

TRY59 TRY, BLUES, WEEPU! 17-13. Piri Weepu gets in for the Blues' third try, after Ali Williams and Rene Ranger combine well in the build-up!

57 Noakes takes a shot at goal, from 50 metres out. His effort has the direction but not the distance and falls just short of the cross-bar!

55 The Highlanders are on attack inside the Blues' 22 but it's a comedy of errors out there as they commit several handling errors! At least two are backwards but they lose possession when Aaron Smith knocks on!

52 The Highlanders attack with their backs, off a scrum, but Nonu knocks on a pass from Gear with the try-line beckoning!

49 The Blues scrum capitulate under enormous pressure, close to their try-line! They are penalised and Andrew Hore opts to take another scrum.

46 There's a long break in play as Popoalii receives medical attentions. He is eventually forced to leave the field on a stretcher.

Yellow Card45 YELLOW CARD, BLUES, MOALA! George Moala will spend the next 10 minutes on the sidelines after he is pinned for a high tackle on Buxton Popoalii!

44 The Blues attack deep inside the Highlanders' half and Noakes throws a no-look pass into no-man's-land! Brad Thorn pounces on the loose ball to secure possession for the visitors!

42 The Blues attack with their backs and the ball goes out wide to Frank Halai. He tries to go around Hosea Gear but the experienced winger has his number and bundles him into touch!

40 Chris Noakes gets the second half started with a deep kick which Mose Tuali'i gathers. He sets up a ruck just outside his 22.

Half Time Blues 12 Highlanders 13

40 The Highlanders have possession at a ruck but lose possession when Aaron Smith knocks on. The hooter sounds to signal half-time soon afterwards and referee Walsh calls a halt to proceedings. It's been an even contest but the Highlanders will have to improve their discipline if they want to secure their first win. They've committed too many penalties at the breakdown and Nonu's indiscretion, which landed him in the sin bin, has played a huge part in allowing the Blues to get back into this clash. Don't go away! We'll be back in 10 minutes with the second half.

Penalty38 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 12-13. Slade puts the visitors in front after Peter Saili is pinned for lazy running.

35 There's some concern in the Highlanders ranks as Jason Emery leaves the field with an injury. He is replaced by Phil Burleigh.

33 Hosea Gear shrugs off two defenders and tries to offload to Ben Smith, when he is tackled by Charles Piutau! The ball goes forward from Gear and the Blues get out of jail.

Conversion30 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 10-12. Chris Noakes adds the easy two-pointer to give the home side the lead for the first time. Nonu returns from the sin bin, but his time off the field has proved costly as the Blues are right back in this game!

TRY29 TRY, BLUES, TA'AVAO! 10-10. Angus Ta'avao gets in for the hosts' second try, after running onto a pass from Weepu, who takes a tap penalty close to the Highlanders' try-line!

26 The Highlanders are making a game of it, despite playing with 14 men, and are taking the game to the Blues! They lose momentum, however, when Tuali'i is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.

23 The Highlanders are on the attack close to the Blues' try-line and several players are held out by desperate defensive work from the home side! All the visitors' efforts are for nothing as they are called back by the assistant referee, who has his flag up, after Buxton Popuali'i puts a foot in touch in the build-up.

TRY21 TRY, BLUES, LUATUA! 5-10. Steven Luatua scores in the left-hand corner, after receiving a long pass from Jackson Willison inside the Highlanders' 22!

Yellow Card19 YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, NONU! Ma'a Nonu will spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin after he executes a shoulder charge on his good mate Piri Weepu!

18 Noakes takes a shot at goal, after the Highlanders backs are pinned for being offside, but his effort is off target!

15 The Blues shoe great patience and take the ball through several phases, with their forwards, until Rene Ranger makes a line break and it takes a desperate tackle from Tuaili'i to prevent him from scoring the Blues opening points!

12 Mose Tuaili'i goes off his feet at a ruck and referee Steve Walsh has no hesitation in blowing his whistle. The Blues put the ball out just outside the Highlanders' 22.

Conversion10 CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 0-10. Slade adds the extras to extend his side's lead!

TRY9 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, SMITH! 0-8. Ben Smith picks up the ball at a ruck close to the Blues' try-line and spins through three tackles before touching down!

7 Slade gets an opportunity to extend the visitors' lead, after James Parsons is penalised for being offside. The Highlanders pivot's effort is well wide of the uprights, however, and the Blues gain a reprieve

5 Slade puts the ball into touch, midway between the Blues' 22 and the halfway mark, after Ta'avao is pinned for an infringement at a scrum.

Penalty3 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE! 0-3. Colin Slade gets the first points of the match, from the kicking tee, after Angus Ta'avao is penalised for an early tackle on Ben Smith.

Kick-off And we're off! Colin Slade gets the match underway with a kick which Ali williams gathers. He set s up a ruck and the Blues immediately get the ball out wide with their backs.

Team news Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made two changes to his run-on side. Former All Black number eight Mose Tuiali'i, who has joined the Highlanders as injury cover, will start with Elliot Dixon returning to the replacements bench. And Jamie Mackintosh makes his first start for the season, at loosehead prop, replacing Tony Woodcock who has suffered a hamstring strain.

Team news Blues boss Sir John Kirwan has made two changes to his side that lost to the Chiefs last weekend. Prop Tim Perry will start at loosehead in place of Tom McCartney, while Jackson Willison replaces Francis Saili at inside centre. The Blues will be bolstered by World Cup-winning All Black hooker Keven Mealamu who is named on the bench and will make his first appearance of the season after taking an extended leave period

Welcome Good day and welcome to Eden Park in Auckland for this Super Rugby clash between our hosts, the Blues, and the Highlanders. Both sides are desperate for victory with the Highlanders winless in five previous games and the Blues on a three-match losing streak. We'll be back shortly with team news.

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