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Blues beat Hurricanes in Auckland

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Article Published: Friday 30 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Auckland based Blues and the Wellington based Hurricanes the Wellington side have won three and the Blues two.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Ihaia West kicks off and we are underway.

0.30: The Hurricanes win an early penalty so Beauden Barrett kicks for touch and the line out.

2.00: The Blues win the Hurricanes line out. They kick high and chase but then a maul forms and the Hurricanes get the put in for a scrum.

3.00: Peter Saili goes off his feet at the breakdown so the Hurricanes have another penalty. They kick for touch again.

4.00: Hurricanes win the line out but get pushed backwards. The Hurricanes win another penalty and this one Barrett will kick for posts.

5.00: Barrett misses the penalty and the Hurricanes miss the chance to lead.

9.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty from the scrum as Reggie Goodes gets one over Charlie Faumuina. Barrett kicks for touch and the line out.

10.00: the Hurricanes win the line out, they set up the maul and Faifili Levave is driven over and he scores. TRY!

11.00: Barrett slots the conversion. In off the posts.

13.00: The Blues get a penalty back so Ihaia West takes the shot and nails it.

14.00: The Blues break out down the wing. Ma'a Nonu's pass goes to ground off  Matt Proctor's hand. The TMO checks to see if a try would probably have been scored. Proctor is yellow carded and a penalty try I awarded. Very harsh on the Hurricanes. West slots the conversion.

15.00: The Blues look to continue the attack but they give away a penalty. The Hurricanes kick for touch but they don't find it so the Blues attack.

16.00: After several phases of play the Blues get the ball to Lolagi Visinia on the wing with a chip and chase and he gets to the ball and scores. TRY!

17.00: West takes the conversion kick but misses it.  

20.00; The Hurricanes work the ball into the Blues 22 by setting up a line out. They win the line out and send the ball to the backs. They get the ball to the 5m line.

21.00: The Hurricanes go through 11 phases but then concede a penalty.

23.00: The Blues kick upfield, Cory Jane kicks it back and Patrick Tuipulotu catches the ball and knocks on. The Hurricanes kick the ball upfield and the Blues then kick it into touch.

24.00: Tony Woodcock is injured. He is getting some help. He carries on. The Blues win the line out.

26.00: The Blues sustain some pressure from the Hurricanes but then they win a penalty and kick for touch.

29.00: Territory is at 72% for the Hurricanes and possession is at 61% so far.  Steven Luatua comes on for Peter Saili who is injured.

31.00: Barrett drops a pass from Cory Jane with space in front of him. The Blues win the scrum but then Ma'a Nonu passes the ball forward.

34.00:The Hurricanes enjoy some good attacking ball but then Julian Savea flip passes to Dan Coles and the ball goes to ground and knocks on.

36.00: The Blues win another penalty so they kick for touch.

37.00: The Blues win the line out and run the ball. However it goes out on the opposite side. The Hurricanes win the line out and TJ Perenara kicks upfield but Jane is offside and the Blues have a penalty.

38.00: West takes the penalty kick and misses.

39.00: Lolagi Visinia runs straight at the Hurricanes but is stopped. The Blues recycle and continue to bash away at the Hurricanes.

40.05: The siren sounds as the Hurricanes win a penalty. They run the ball.

41.00: The Blues lose the ball and then so do the Hurricanes as the ball is kicked out.

The half time score was Blues 15 Hurricanes 7

The Hurricanes kick off and we are underway.

42.00: The Blues make a powerful start and they work the ball up to the tryline and then Jerome Kaino drives over and scores.

43.00: West adds the conversion.

46.00: The Blues are on fire. The Blues pass the ball to George Moala in the middle of the field and he sells a weak dummy but races for the line and scores. TRY! Bonus point.

47.00: West misses the conversion.

49.00: The Hurricanes look to hit back. Cory Jane makes a dash for the line but is stopped short. The Hurricanes recycle and go again. Victor Vito comes close and is stopped but then driven over. The TMO checks and a knock on is called from when they recycled.

53.00: Beauden Barrett kicks for touch and it goes out on the full over the dead ball line. Piri Weepu comes on for the Blues.

56.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes. They take it quickly and get the ball to Julian Savea on the wing and races away to the line and scores. The try was created by a burst of speed from Beauden Barrett.

57.00: Barrett takes the conversion kick but misses. Savea may have injured himself as he is limping a little.

60.00: The Blues get into space on the wing, Lolagi Visinia chips ahead into a open field but Alapati Leiua gets a hand to it and the ball goes out and into touch saving a try.

61.00: The Hurricanes kick for touch and the ball goes out in the Blues 22. The Blues win the line out and try to run it out.

64.00: The Blues have the ball in the Hurricanes 22. They are going through the phases slowly but surely making ground. 13 phases.

65.00: Patrick Tuipulotu gets the ball and bashes over. We go to the TMO to check for obstruction. The try is awarded.

66.00: West takes the conversion and nails it.

67.00: Tim Bateman makes a break and Ardie Savea follows up and slides over the line for a TRY! We go to the TMO. Savea is awarded the try.

68.00: Barrett slots the conversion.

70.00: The Blues win a penalty from the scrum. Kaino says they will go for posts. West takes the kick and nails it.

74.00: The Blues are winding the match up now with kicks for territory pinning the Hurricanes back.

76.00: The Hurricanes win a scrim and kick upfield but Visinia makes the mark. The Hurricanes get the ball back and they are throwing everything at the Blues.

77.00: The Hurricanes suck the Blues defenders in and then  Faifili Levave drives over for his second and the bonus point for the Canes.

78.00: Barrett misses the conversion. The Blues walk slowly back for the restart.

79.00: The Hurricanes have the ball. They try to attack but get driven out.

80.15: The siren sounds. The ball is taken into touch.

That's it. The Blues win.

The  full time score is Blues 37 (15) Hurricanes 24 (7)


Tries - Penalty Try, L.Visinia, J.Kaino, G.Moala, P. Tuipulotu
Pen - I.West 2
Con - I.West 4
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - F.Levave 2, J.Savea, A.Savea
Pen -
Con - B.Barrett 2
Drop -
Cards -  M.Proctor (14th min yellow)

Match Officials
Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Lash
TMO: Glenn Newman



15. Lolagi Visinia,14. Frank Halai,13. Pita Ahki,12. Ma'a Nonu,11. George Moala,10. Ihaia West,9. Bryn Hall,8. Jerome Kaino,7. Luke Braid (C),6. Peter Saili,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Patrick Tuipulotu,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Keven Mealamu,1. Tony Woodcock

Replacements :16. James Parsons,17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi,18. Angus Ta'avao,19. Hayden Triggs,20. Steven Luatua,21. Piri Weepu,22. Simon Hickey,23. Albert Nikoro


1. Ben Franks/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. Matt Proctor

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon/Motu Matu'u/Goodes/Mike Kainga,17. Chris Eves,18. Reggie Goodes/Brendon Edmonds,19. Brad Shields,20. Ardie Savea,21. Chris Smylie,22. Tim Bateman,23. James Marshall

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