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Blues v Brumbies - Live
Full time Blues 13 Brumbies 20
80 White gathers the ball at the base of a scrum and when the hooter goes he boots it into touch! That's the game's final act and the Brumbies have secured another crucial win on the road! This result is thanks largely to their first half effort. The Blues tried to get back into the game after the break but despite dominating that period, the Brumbies did enough to hold on.
77 Piutau carries strongly again! He is eventually tackled by White but manages to offload to Braid who sets up a ruck.
75 Piutau takes on the Brumbies defence but knocks on after taking a big hit from Lealiifano!
73 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 13-20. Leallifano punishes a Blues infringement at a ruck and puts more daylight between his side and their hosts!
70 The Brumbies try to launch a drive from a line-out but Anthony Boric and Ali Williams do well to halt their progress. When the maul becomes static the Blues get the put-in at the scrum.
67 PENALTY, BLUES, KERR! 13-17. Baden Kerr gets his first points after the Brumbies front row is penalised for wheeling a scrum.
65 The Brumbies are dominant in the scrums. They put more pressure on the Blues at a set-piece but Ben Mowen knocks on when he tries to pick up and go.
62 The Blues are camped, just outside the Brumbies' 22, and set up a couple of phases with their forwards before Weepu commits the cardinal sin of knocking on while his side is on attack.
59 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 10-17. Lealiifano succeeds with another three-pointer after Angus Ta'avao drops his bind at a scrum.
56 Toomua spots a gap behind the Blues' defence and launches a cross-field kick which rolls into touch five metres from the Blues' try-line! Advantage Brumbies.
54 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 10-14. Noakes slots a difficult place-kick, from close to the touchline, to narrow the gap to four points!
53 TRY, BLUES, RANGER! 8-14. Piri Weepu beats a couple of defenders and offloads to Ranger, who breaks through three tackles before scoring in the right-hand corner!
52 There's been a momentum shift in this game as the Blues are in control of proceedings at the moment. George Moala, Francis Saili and Piutau are all prominent and carrying the ball strongly deep inside the Brumbies ' half.
49 Weepu tries a clearance kick but his effort is charged down by Peter Kimlin who is tries to dive onto the ball but can only watch as it rolls over the dead-ball line!
47 Charles Piutau does well when he fields a ball under tremendous pressure from Toomua close to his try-line. He beats a couple of defenders and sets up a ruck on the edge of his 22.
45 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES! 3-14. Chris Noakes gets the Blues' first points after the Brumbies are penalised for going offside.
43 The Blues attack from a line-out and the ball comes out to Francis Saili who breaks through two tackles. His progress is eventually halted but after a couple of phases Weepu throws a long pass which Joe Tomane tries to intercept. He knocks on and the referee rules that it was deliberate and awards a scrum to the hosts.
40 Chris Noakes gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Jesse Mogg who boots it into touch close to the halfway mark.
BLUES 0 - 14 BRUMBIES
40 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 0-14. Lealiifano adds another three-pointer after the Blues front row capitulates in a scrum. That's the final act of the half and the teams head into the sheds. The Brumbies have played with a strong wind at their backs and are holding a deserved lead. It will be interesting to see how the conditions affect proceedings in the second half.
39 The Brumbies attack inside the Blues' half. Toomua kicks ahead but it's a poor effort which rolls over the Blues' try-line and Halai dots down.
36 The Brumbies waste a golden opportunity to add to their lead after Culum Retallick is pinned for being offside. The ball comes out to Toomua, who puts it into touch inside the Blues' 22.
33 With the conditions being as it is there are plenty of handling errors. The Blues launch an attack, on the edge of the Brumbies' 22 but knock on again and the visitors get out of jail!
30 After Moala's indiscretion, Jesse Mogg takes a shot at goal from about 52 metres out. His kick is just wide of the uprights. Great effort!
29 Weepu launches a bomb and White fumbles inside his 22. The Brumbies gain a reprieve, however, when Moala is pinned for being in front of Weepu's kick.
26 Luke Braid picks up and goes, at a ruck close to the Brumbies' try-line and powers his way over! The referee checks with his TMO on the grounding and the official rules that it's inconclusive whether a try's been scored!
24 Francis Saili juggles a pass but manages to hold on. It puts his team under pressure though as they are immediately on the back-foot. At the ensuing ruck, Ranger knocks on.
22 TRY, BRUMBIES, WHITE! 0-11. Nic White reacts quickest after George Moala spills an up-and-under and kicks the ball ahead! He beats Frank Halai in a race to the ball and slides over the try-line from about seven metres out!
19 Francis Saili slips a tackle from Toomua and is through a gap! He tries to offload to Rene Ranger but his pass is knocked into touch by Henry Speight.
17 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 0-6. Lealiifano succeeds with another three-pointer after Keven Mealamu is penalised for being offside at a ruck.
14 The Brumbies attack with their forwards close to the Blues" try-line. They become over-eager and Scott Fardy fumbles. The Blues recover and Piri Weepu puts the ball out just outside his 22.
12 The Brumbies forwards set up a driving maul and gain about 15 metres before the ball goes out to their backs. Lealiifano offloads to Toomua who knocks on at the critical moment!
9 Matt Toomua benefits from a charged down kick from Chris Noakes and kicks the ball ahead before dotting down behind the Blues' try-line! His effort is ruled out, however, as the TMO rules that he was in front of the ball after it was charged down. Lucky escape for the home side!
6 Lealiifano has another shot at goal, after the Blues are pinned for being offside. His effort has the distance but not the direction.
5 The Brumbies take the ball through several phases and the ball comes out wide to Joe Tomane. The speedster has little space to move and is kept in check by Frank Halai and Charles Piutau.
2 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, LEALIIFANO! 0-3. CHRISTIAN Lealiifano gets the game's first points from the kicking tee after the home side infringe at a ruck.
Kick-off Jesse Mogg gets us underway in wet and windy conditions! The Blues forwards fumble the ball and the visitors are immediately on the attack just outside the Blues' 22.
Team news Brumbies boss Jake White has made just one change to his starting line-up. With veteran flanker George Smith ruled out with medial ligament damage, Colby Faingaa will wear the number seven jersey in this clash.
Team news The Blues suffered a setback, earlier this week, when flanker Steven Luatua was sidelined through injury. As a result Brendon O'Connor is promoted from the bench to start at blindside flanker. Tighthead prop Angus Ta'avao tweaked his knee during training on Tuesday and has been bracketed with Sam Prattley. The only change to the back-line comes at inside centre where Francis Saili starts ahead of Jackson Willison.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Eden Park Stadium in Auckland for this Super Rugby clash between, our hosts, the Blues and the Brumbies. Don't go away! We'll return soon with team news.
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