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Hurricanes beat Blues in Wellington

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Article Published: Thursday 17 April 2014|


The tenth round of the 2014 Super Rugby season starts in New Zealand's capital when the Hurricanes host the Blues at Westpac Stadium on Friday.

Match detail

The Blues have lost Ma’a Nonu for this match against the Hurricanes through injury.

The All Black midfielder had been experiencing some tightness in his left calf during the week, and while he travelled with team to Wellington yesterday, he was reassessed by the medical team this morning and they have decided not to risk him.

Jackson Willison will replace him in the number 12 jersey.

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Blues kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The Blues turn the ball over after the kick off and put the Hurricanes under some pressure in their 22. The pressure pays off as the Blues win a penalty.

2.00: Chris Noakes takes the penalty kick and nails it. The Blues are on the board.

4.00: The Hurricanes work the ball into the Blues 22. Andre Taylor makes a break but loses the ball and Luke Braid gets to it and the Blues kick the ball out.

6.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes just outside the Blues 22. Beauden Barrett takes the kick and slots it. The scores are level.

9.00: Francis Saili is caught offside the Hurricanes have another penalty shot.

10.00:Beauden Barrett takes the kick and slots it from well out. The Hurricanes lead.

14.00: The Hurricanes have the ball on the attack in the Blues 22. They get to the 5m line and then change sides and Alapati Leiua slips straight through and scores the first TRY of the match.

15.00: Beauden Barrett adds the conversion.

18.00: The Hurricanes enjoy some good continuity with the ball as they work the ball from their 22 to just into the Blues half. The Blues infringe and the Canes win another penalty. Barrett will kick.

19.00: Barrett takes the kick from some distance out but misses.  

21.00: The Hurricanes almost get in for another try as Leiua passes to  Julian Savea who dives over to score. However the TMO review rules that the final pass was forward so no try.

24.00: The Blues concede a penalty (Luke Braid) for jersey pulling in a scrum just outside the Hurricanes 5m line. That was arguably their best attacking opportunity yet. Barrett kicks for touch.

26.00: The Hurricanes win a line out on the half way line. It's slow but eventually the ball comes out. As they recycle the ball the Blues win a penalty - still on the half way line. The Blues kick for touch and the line out.

28.00: The Blues win the line out and then as they get to the other side TJ Perenara concedes a penalty. The Blues again kick for touch as they win that line out.

29.00: The Blues win the line out and George Moala scores in the same corner.

30.00: Chris Noakes takes the conversion kick from almost the touchline and nails it.

32.00: The Blues win a free kick in their half so they kick for touch. The Hurricanes win the line out and they kick upfield but the ball goes out 10m inside their half.

33.00: The Blues win the line out but then they lose the ball and Beauden Barrett kicks upfield and chases. The Blues then concede a penalty so Barrett will have a kick for posts.

35.00: Barrett takes the kick but misses.

37.00: The Hurricanes break down the touchline and Dane Coles leaps for the line. As he leaps he changes hands but his hand touches the base of post as the ball hits the line. No try and a 22 drop out.

37.00: The Blues have made a big change. Benji Marshall has replaced Chris Noakes.

40.00: The Blues have the ball as the siren sounds. They almost get through the Hurricanes - Benji Marshall is brought down at the posts. The Blues then win a penalty in front of the posts as Marshall was not released. The Blues choose the scrum. Dane Coles has been sent to the sin bin

42.00: The Blues try for a pushover try but they are awarded a penalty TRY! The try is converted and its half time.

The half time score was Hurricanes 13 Blues 17 

The Hurricanes kick off and we are underway with the second half.

42.00: The Hurricanes have the put in at a scrum just inside the Blues half - they knock on so the Blues get the put in.

43.00: The Blues then knock on after the scrum so we have another scrum. All of this is helping the Hurricanes who are still a man down.

45.00: The Hurricanes chip the ball to the touchline and George Moala goes for it but knocks it on.

47.00: The Hurricanes work the ball to the Blues 5m line. They edge closer to the line with the pick and go.

48.00: The Hurricanes use the pick and go a couple of times and then Julian Savea comes in a bashes his way over to score. TRY !

49.00: Barrett takes the conversion kick and nails it. The Hurricanes lead and they are back to 15 men.

50.00: The Hurricanes break out again. Cory Jane makes huge ground but runs out of space so he passes inside, the ball goes to ground in a mess but TJ Perenara gets the ball and races away to score. TRY! The TMO will check. All good.

51.00: Barrett takes the conversion kick and nails it.

56.00: Penalty to the Blues. Benji Marshall takes the penalty shot and nails it. The Hurricanes lead by 7

60.00: Both teams have gone to the bench for replacements. Ardie Savea comes on for the Hurricanes while Keven Mealamu goes off for the Blues.

62.00: The Hurricanes concede a penalty as they go forward for a hand in the ruck. The Blues kick for touch and the line out.

63.00: The Hurricanes chip the ball ahead (J.Savea) and he chases. Conrad Smith gets to the ball first and scores. TRY ! Bonus point TRY!

64.00: Beauden Barrett takes the kick and nails it.

69.00: The Hurricanes are all over the Blues in their 22. They almost go over for another try but they knock on.

74.00: The Blues continue to try and attack the Hurricanes but their handling skills let them down.

76.00: The Hurricanes play a man without the ball so they concede a penalty. The Blues kick for touch.

79.00: The Blues have the ball on the half way line but then the Hurricanes turn the ball over and chase. They get to the 5m line and the Blues win the ball and kick it upfield.

80.00: The Hurricanes run the ball back at the Blues and as the siren sounds Motu Matu’u slides over for the fifth Hurricanes TRY!

81.00: Barrett takes the conversion kick but misses. That's it. Hurricanes win.

The full time score is Hurricanes 39 (13) Blues 20 (17)


Tries - A. Leiua, J.Savea, T.J.Perenara, C.Smith, M. Matu’u
Pen - B.Barrett 2
Con - B.Barrett 4
Drop -
Cards - D.Coles (41st min yellow)

Tries - G. Moala, Penalty Try
Pen - C.Noakes, B.Marshall
Con - C.Noakes, B.Marshall
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Chris Wratt



1. Reggie Goodes,2. Dane Coles,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Alapati Leiua,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor

Replacements : 16. Motu Matu’u,17. Chris Eves,18. John Schwalger,19. Blade Thomson,20. Ardie Savea,21. Chris Smylie,22. Tim Bateman,23. Matt Proctor


15. Charles Piutau,14. George Moala,13. Francis Saili,12. Jackson Willison ,11. Lolagi Visinia,10. Chris Noakes,9. Bryn Hall,8. Jerome Kaino,7. Luke Braid (C),6. Steven Luatua,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Patrick Tuipulotu,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Keven Mealamu,1. Tony Woodcock

Replacements :16. James Parsons,17. Sam Prattley,18. Angus Ta'avao,19. Liaki Moli,20. Brendon O'Connor,21. Jamison Gibson-Park,22. Benji Marshall,23. Frank Halai

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