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Bonus point Hurricanes brush Blues aside

Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes is double tackled by the Blues

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Article Published: Friday 18 April 2014|

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The Hurricanes extended their winning streak to three straight Super Rugby victories when they beat the Blues 39-20 with a bonus point in Wellington.

The result provisionally moved up to second place in the New Zealand Conference as they could be overtaken later in the round if the Crusaders beat the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The result extends the Blues away losing streak to 12 matches as they last won away from home in February 2013 - ironically when they beat the Hurricanes 34-20 in Wellington.

The Hurricanes, who had two tries disallowed in the first half, outscored the Blues by five tries to two with one of the Blues tries coming through a penalty try on the stroke of half time.

The Wellington-based Hurricanes squandered an early 13-3 lead to trail 13-17 at halftime but recovered with four second-half tries - to All Blacks Julian Savea, TJ Perenara and Conrad Smith and to replacement hooker Motu Matu'u - to post their fourth win from eight games.

The Hurricanes breathed further momentum into their revived Super Rugby campaign by overcoming a mid-match hiccup.

They did it by overcoming the double blow just out from halftime of having hooker Dane Coles yellow-carded for a professional foul and then conceding a penalty try as the opposition went for a pushover.

Defeat for the Blues kept them bottom of the New Zealand conference.

The momentum appeared to be theirs when they went into the interval up 13-17.

But, with Coles in the bin, the Hurricanes held onto possession, ate up the clock and then sent winger Julian Savea over to go back in front.

Back to 15 players, they went further ahead through halfback TJ Perenara after a big breakout in which impressive inside centre Alapati Leiua was prominent.

They effectively sealed victory in the 64th minute when Savea's kick ahead was pounced on by skipper Conrad Smith.

Replacement hooker Motu Matu'u added their fifth try on the hooter.

In the opening half, the Hurricanes jumped out to a 13-3 advantage in the 14th minute after Leiua brushed past a couple of defenders to touch down.

The Blues hit back through winger George Moala from a lineout drive after they turned down a penalty shot at goal.

The Hurricanes had earlier had what would have been a brilliant try ruled out, when Leuia was called back for a forward pass.

They were again denied late in the opening half after lock James Broadhurst's great round-the-corner offload set up Coles, who was tackled just into touch when producing a spectacular winger's dive.

Minutes later, Coles was sinbinned for holding down replacement five-eighth Benji Marshall, who had come on for the injured Chris Noakes.

Marshall had almost scored but was pulled down by Coles in the shadow of the posts.

The Blues again opted against a shot at goal, a decision that brought the dividends of the penalty try.

Final Score Hurricanes 39 (13) Blues 20 (17)

Scorers

Hurricanes
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)

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

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

Teams

Hurricanes

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

Blues

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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