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Blues beat Highlanders in Auckland

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Article Published: Friday 28 March 2014|

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Somewhat surprisingly out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Auckland-based Blues and the Highlanders the Auckland side have won one and lost four.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

2.00: The Highlanders make a strong start to the match with some attacking play in the Blues half. However the Blues sustain the pressure and turn the ball over and kick it out.

3.00: Penalty to the Blues for a high tackle so they kick for touch.

5.00: The Highlanders win a line out and they kick and chase. They regain the ball and send it out to Ben Smith who attacks in the corner but passes to Richard Buckman who gets pushed into touch.

6.00: The Highlanders continue to play the game in the Blues half. The Blues are doing well at the breakdown though and they win a penalty. They kick for touch.

9.00: The Blues get the ball down into the Highlanders half and go through a couple of phases before the Highlanders knock on. Blues scrum. 

10.00: The Blues win the scrum, kick ahead, it hits a Highlanders players but the bounce goes to George Moala who gets the ball and races to the line. TRY!

11.00: Simon Hickey takes the conversion kick and slots it.

13.00:Penalty to the Highlanders after the restart. Lima Sopoaga takes the kick and slots it. The Highlanders are on the board.

16.00: Penalty to the Blues. Simon Hickey takes the kick but slips and misses. Big slip. The Highlanders kick the ball out.

18.00: The Highlanders get some good quick attacking ball and Ben Smith gets through but his pass to Buckman is forward so they are called back.

19.00: The Blues win a penalty from the scrum and Bryn Hall takes it quickly. He makes a little ground, the ball is turned over a couple of times and then the Blues kick up and the Highlanders get the ball and Aaron Smith kicks for the corner and sets up a lineout in the Blues 22.

21.00: The Blues win the lineout and kick for touch. The Highlanders win the line out and gradually work the ball back into the Blues 22.

22.00: Penalty to the Highlanders. Ref Steve Walsh got in the way and copped a ball straight to the head. Sopoaga slots the penalty.

26.00: The Highlanders win a line out and send the ball wide. Osborne almost gets through but is caught and then the Blues concede a penalty at the breakdown. Sopoaga will kick for posts.

27.00: Sopoaga takes the penalty shot and nails it. The Highlanders lead.

31.00: The Blues work the ball into the Highlanders 22, they chip ahead but there is obstruction so we have a penalty in front for the Blues. Hickey takes the shot and nails it. The Blues lead again.

34.00: The Blues have taken a step up. They have the ball in the Highlanders 22. They chip ahead and Sopoaga has to take the ball out.

35.00: The Blues win the line out about 10m out. The Blues go through a couple of phases edging the ball to the middle of the field. However the Highlanders turn the ball over and Aaron Smith clears the ball. He slices the ball so the Blues have a line out on the 22.

36.00: The Blues win the line out and Bryn Hall slices through and races for the line. He is stopped just short and the Blues recycle and Ma'a Nonu goes over for the second TRY!

36.00: Hickey adds the conversion.

38.00: The Blues knock the ball on at the restart so we have a scrum just inside the Blues half. Highlanders put in.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time as the ball is kicked into touch. It is half time.

The half time score was Blues 17 Highlanders 9

The Blues kick off and we are underway for the second half.

41.00: The Blues make a solid start to the second half and they set up a line out in the Highlanders half. The Highlanders win the line out and Aaron Smith boots the ball high.

42.00: The Blues catch the ball and they kick for the corner and set up a line out near the 5m line.

43.00: The Highlanders win the line out but lose the ball so the Blues attack on the 5m line. They win a penalty. In front.

44.00: Hickey takes the penalty kick and nails it.

45.00: The Blues leave their feet so the Highlanders win a penalty back. It's just inside the Blues half so it will be a big kick for Sopoaga.

46.00: Sopoaga just makes it with the penalty.

48.00: The Blues work the ball into the Highlanders 22. They go wide and Charles Piutau gets the ball off Nonu and slips through for the TRY! They go to the TMO to check. The try is awarded.

49.00: Hickey slots the conversion.

51.00: Benji Marshall comes on for Frank Halai. Joe Wheeler comes on for Brad Thorn.

53.00: Ofa Tu'ungafasi comes on for Tony Woodcock. Lots of action off the benches.

55.00: Penalty to the Highlanders as the Blues scrum too low. Sopoaga kicks for touch. The Highlanders win the line out and attack on the Blues 22.  Jackson Willison intercepts a pass and kicks upfield to chase. The Highlanders get back and kick the ball out.

56.00: The Blues win the line out and set up the maul. They make some ground and then go wide. The Blues win a penalty.

58.00: Hickey takes the penalty shot and nails it. The Blues lead by 18.

60.00: There is a big collision in centrefield so we have a break while the players get some attention. The players carry one.

63.00: The Highlanders win a line out in the Blues half. They attack but then the Blues turn the ball over, they try to kick upfield but the kick is charged down. The Blues retain the ball and then kick upfield again.

66.00: Penalty to the Blues. Hickey takes the shot from the sideline but misses.

67.00: The Highlanders have brought on all of their replacements so they have no one left on the bench.

69.00: The Highlanders try to attack but the Blues keep them in their half and then the Blues win a penalty on the half way line. They kick for touch.

72.00: The Blues win a scrum and attack in the Highlanders half. They work the ball into the Highlanders 22 and they win a penalty. As they want the bonus point they kick for the corner.

74.00: The Blues win the line out but lose the ball so the Highlanders kick upfield. They don't find touch so the Blues start their attack all over again.

76.00: The Highlanders get some attacking ball in the Blues half. They kick for the corner and Buckman chases and possibly scores. We go to the TMO to check for a knock on and then the try. There is a knock on so no try.

78.00: The Highlanders look to be finishing the stronger team as they are playing the game in the Blues half.

79.00: The Blues win the ball from a ruck and instead of running the ball for the bonus point they kick for touch.

80.00: The siren sounds as the Highlanders attack. The Highlanders knock on.

That's it.

The full time score is Blues 30 (17) Highlanders 12 (9)

Scorers

Blues
Tries - G.Moala, M.Nonu, C.Piutau
Pen - S.Hickey 3
Con - S.Hickey 3
Drop -
Cards -

Highlanders
Tries -
Pen - L.Sopoaga 4
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee
: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: Shane McDermott
TMO: Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Jackson Willison,12. Ma'a Nonu,11. George Moala,10. Simon Hickey,9. Bryn Hall,8. Steven Luatua,7. Luke Braid,6. Jerome Kaino,5. Hayden Triggs,4. Liaki Moli,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Tom McCartney,1. Tony Woodcock

Replacements :16. James Parsons,17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi,18. Angus Ta'avao,19. Tom Donnelly,20. Peter Saili,21. Sonatane Takulua,22. Pita Ahki,23. Benji Marshall

Highlanders

1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Ged Robinson , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Brad Thorn , 5 . Jarrad Hoeata , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne , 12 . Phil Burleigh , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Liam Coltman , 17 . Craig Millar , 18 . Ma'afu Fia , 19 . Joe Wheeler , 20 . TJ Ioane , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Hayden Parker , 23 . Shaun Treeby

 
 
 
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