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Blues 28 Hurricanes 6
80 Baden Kerr gets a chance to knock the final nail in the 'Canes' coffin, after another infringement at a ruck by the visitors. The replacement pivot fails with his spot kick and the 'Canes try one final attack. It comes to nothing though as Andre Taylor knocks on a pass from Smith. The final whistle goes and that's the end of the match! It was an entertaining affair and the hosts are deserved winners as they dominated in most facets of play!
77 Luatua throws a loose pass, close to the touchline, and Julian Savea intercepts and runs 55 metres before dotting down under the Blues' posts! His effort is ruled out, however, as the TMO rules that Luatua had a foot in touch when throwing his pass!
76 Jackson Willison launches a bomb close to the halfway mark and Ranger does well when he manages to knock it back on the Blues' side! This guy can't do anything wrong!
73 The Hurrcanes are hammering away at the Blues' try-line but are met by a wall of defenders! They eventually lose possession when Ranger wins a valuable turnover for the hosts!
70 The 'Canes attack close to the Blues' try-line and Chris Smylie makes a dash for the line! He loses the ball in the process and Ranger hoofs the ball upfield!
67 Noakes gets a chance to knock over his first penalty, after the 'Canes are pinned for a ruck infringement. His effort is just wide of the mark, however!
65 Julian breaks through a couple of defenders but is brought to ground, inside the Blues' 22, by a text-book tackle from Piutau!
63 The 'Canes launch an attack inside the Blues' 22 and Julian Savea offloads to Reynold Lee-Lo, who goes over the line but is held up by Luatua!
61 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 28-6. Noakes adds another two-pointer to extend his side's lead!
60 TRY, BLUES, MCCARTNEY! 26-6. The Blues forwards go on the attack close to the 'Canes' try-line with pick ups and goes. Peter Saili and Ali Williams are both stopped just short of the line and when Tom McCartney spots an opening he burrows his way over the try-line!
58 Francis Saili puts a grubber kick through and Putau gives chase! Hedives on the ball behind the 'Canes' try-line but after consultation with the TMO, the referee rules that he did not ground the ball properly!
56 The Blues are camped inside the 'Canes' 22 and take the ball through several phases with their forwards. They're looking for an opening here!
52 It's the Blues who are in control at the moment and Aride Savea tries to break the shackles when picks up and goes, at a scrum. He makes little progress, however as Peter Saili knocks him back in the tackle!
49 The blues launch a scintillating counter-attack, and Ranger, Piutau and Francis Saili are all prominent! They gain about forty metres but lose possession when Halai knocks on!
47 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 21-6. Noakes makes no mistake from the kicking tee and the hosts are putting daylight between them and their opponents now!
46 TRY, BLUES, PARSONS! 19-6. The Blues attack deep inside the 'Canes' 22 and Noakes throws a perfectly-weighted inside pass to the on-rushing James Parsons, who crashes over in the corner!
42 Rene Ranger finds the ball in space but can't make good use of this attacking opportunity as Conrad Smith is quick to close down his space and tackles him into touch!
40 Chris Noakes gets the second half underway! His kick is deep and Brad Shields collects and immediately sets up a ruck inside his 22.
Half Time Blues 14 Hurricanes 6
40 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 14-6. Noakes succeeds with the spot-kick to extend the home side's lead! That's the final act of this half as the hooter goes to signal half-time. The Blues have been dominant and certainly deserve their lead. It hasn't been one-way traffic, however, as the Hurricanes have gradually upped the ante. It set the stage for an interesting second half!
40 TRY, BLUES, PIUTAU! 12-6. From the scrum the ball comes out to Francis Saili who throws an inside pass to Piutau who gets in for the Blues' second try!
39 Steven Luatua does brilliantly when he powers his legs through four tackles and heads over the try-line! Referee Jaco Peyper consults his TMO, who rules that TJ Perenara has held him up while he tried to dot the ball down!
38 The Blues play the ball wide to Halai, who bumps off Barrett and Jason Eaton! He's heading towards the try-line when, out of the blue, Ben Franks appears and tackles him just short of the try-line!
37 Noakes puts a cross kick in which Rene Ranger gathers! He goes to ground but the 'Canes' forwards do well when they counter-ruck their opponents off the ball.
34 PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 7-6. Barrett narrows the gap after Francis Saili is pinned for going offside.
32 The Blues are penalised when Tom McCartney drops his bind at a scrum. Barrett puts the ball out 10 metres from the Blues' 22-metre line.
30 There's some concern in the Blues ranks as Francis Saili stays down after coming off second best in a 50/50 challenge with TJ Perenara. After receiving some medical attention he limps back to his position.
28 DROP GOAL, HURRICANES, PISI! 7-3. The Canes attack inside the Blues' 22 and when referee Jaco Peyper plays advantage after offside play by the home side, Tusi Pisi drops into the pocket and calmly lands his snap shot!
26 The 'Canes attack, just outside the Blues' 22, but Steven Luatua does well when he spots the ball rolling out at a ruck and steals a crucial turnover!
24 Julian Savea tries to attack down the left wing but makes little headway and puts a foot in touch after a tackle by Weepu.
22 Piutau goes on an attacking run and shrugs off a lame challenge from Julian Savea! He is soon in the clear but throws a poor pass to Halai, which rolls into touch!
20 The blues are dominating at the moment. They're on the attack outside the 'Canes 22 but soon lose possession when Culum Retallick is pinned for side-entry at a ruck.
18 Francis Saili is penalised for a hogh tackle on Conrad Smith. Beauden Barrett has a chance to score the 'Canes' first points, from the kicking tee, but is effort is wide of the mark.
16 The Blues go on the attack inside the 'Canes' 22 but miss a golden opportunity to score more points when Francis Saili's pass to Piutau is knocked on by the full-back!
13 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 7-0. Noakes adds the extras to extend the hosts' lead!
12 TRY, BLUES, HALAI! 5-0. Frank Halai scores under the posts after Piri Weepu, Piutau and Chris Noakes do well in the build-up to tear the Hurricanes defence to shreds!
11 Tusi Pisi takes the ball up and beats a couple of defenders. He goes to ground and Faifili Levave picks up and goes. He loses possession however and the blues gain a reprieve.
8 The 'Canes have a great attacking opportunity at a scrum, just outside the Blues' 22, after Charles Piutau knocks on a Tusi Pisi up-and-under.
6 The Blues win a turnover in midfield and they take the ball out to their backs. Frank Halai is soon in possession but finds little space to move as Julian Savea keeps him in check!
3 Steven Luatua does well when he poaches a ball, on the Hurricanes' throw-in, at a line-out.
1 The Blues receive a penalty when Ben Franks shoves Luke Braid in his face, off the ball. Chris Noakes kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the halfway mark.
Kick off Beauden Barrett gets us underway! Ali Williams ranks highest to gather his kick and the Blues go on the drive just outside their 22 when he hits the ground.
Team news Samoan international fly-half Tusi Pisi will get his first start for the Hurricanes. Beauden Barrett shifts from 10 to full-back in the place of Andre Taylor, who drops to the bench. Ben Franks has been bracketed at loosehead prop after missing last week's win over the Waratahs due to a lower back strain. On the bench, Dane Coles has been bracketed with Ash Dixon for the reserve hooker jersey.
Team news Blues boss Sir John Kirwan has made two changes to his starting XV. With George Moala suspended for a week, Rene Ranger shifts out to cover the left wing as Francis Saili is promoted from the bench to start at outside centre. The only other change comes at loosehead prop where Tom McCartney replaces Tim Perry.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Eden Park in Auckland for this Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Blues, and the Hurricanes. This is the second time that these sides face each other this year. Earlier, in the season opener, the Blues triumphed, 34-20, in Wellington. We'll return soon with team news.
|Friday 18th April|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Leicester|
|Saturday 19th April|
|15:00||Bath vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:15||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Worcester|
|15:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|Saturday 10th May|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|15:15||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:15||Worcester vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:15||London Irish vs Sale|
|Sunday 13th April|
|London Irish 40 - 12 Newcastle|
|Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton|
|Saturday 12th April|
|Gloucester 17 - 18 Bath|
|Worcester 33 - 38 Exeter|
|Leicester 27 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 11th April|
|Sale Sharks 12 - 27 Harlequins|
|Sunday 30th March|
|Newcastle 12 - 17 Worcester|
|Saturday 29th March|
|Northampton 16 - 22 Leicester|
|Wasps 20 - 32 Saracens|
|Exeter 13 - 14 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 23 - 9 London Irish|
|Friday 28th March|
|Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|Leicester 45 - 15 Exeter|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|London Irish 23 - 44 Bath|
|Saracens 39 - 17 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 40 - 33 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton|
|Friday 21st March|
|Worcester 11 - 13 Wasps|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
|Harlequins 21 - 20 Worcester|
|Wasps 17 - 21 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 28th February|
|Bath 10 - 23 Saracens|
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