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Hurricanes beat Blues in Auckland

Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes will be hoping for their sixth win this season and their fifth consecutive victory over the Blues in this contest.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Hurricanes kick off and the match is underway.

1.40; The Hurricanes start well and win a penalty in the Blues 22. They take the scrum option.

3.00: The Hurricanes win the scrum and run the ball at the line. Beauden Barrett is stopped short but the Hurricanes recycle and Mark Abbot goes over and scores. TRY!

4.00: Jordie Barrett takes the conversion and nails it.

5.00: The Blues respond immediately. From the kick off the Blues turn the ball over and Melani Nanai offloads to Augustine Pulu who scores. TRY!

6.00: Piers Francis adds the conversion and the scores are level. This is Super Rugby!

9.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes against Sonny Bill Williams. Jordie Barrett takes the shot but misses.

10.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes against James Parsons. Leading into the ruck with the shoulder. The Hurricanes kick for touch and set up the line out.

12.00: The Blues go through the phases and gradually work the ball into the Hurricanes half.  Hurricanes player Michael Fatialofa  is down so the match is paused as the action is close to him.  Fatialofa is helped from the field. The game resumes with a scrum to the Blues.

15.00: Beauden Barrett makes a break and his speed gets the Blues on the backfoot. Eventually he is caught but he offloads to Ngani Laumape who brushes off a tackle and runs in to score. TRY!

16.00: J.Barrett adds the conversion.

19.00: Steven Luatua crashes through a tackle and offloads to right wing Melani Nanai on the left hand side who runs in the Blues second TRY!

20.00: Francis adds the conversion. Scores are level again.

24.00: Augustine Pulu has taken a knock. He stays down but then gets back up for the Blues. The Hurricanes continue to play until the ball is kicked into touch.

27.00: Beauden Barrett shows his incredible pace again as a pass from SBW goes to ground and is chipped ahead by Barrett who regathers the ball and runs in the TRY.

28.00: Jordie adds the conversion.

31.00: The Blues run the ball from a line out. The ball is knocked down by Beauden Barrett who is yellow carded for the second week running – and for the same offence.

31.00: The Blues take the scrum which they win and run the ball. The ball is lost forward and the Hurricanes clear it into touch.

34.00: Hurricanes penalty as the Blues were not scrumming straight. The Hurricanes kick for touch and set up the line out.

37.00: The Blues get the ball out wide to Matt Duffie who makes a quarter of the field as he runs back in. The Blues continue the attack and on the 7th phase Jerome Kaino makes a break and gets the Blues into the Hurricanes 22 but loses the ball so the Hurricanes clear the ball into touch.

39.00: It’s fast and loose from both sides in an extended period. The players look like they need a break. The ball is lost forward by the Blues so the half will end with a scrum.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. The scrum collapses twice.

42.00: The ball comes out of the scrum and goes into touch. It’s half time.

The half time score was Blues 14 Hurricanes 21

The Blues kick off and the second half is underway.

44.00: There is an extended period of play in which the ball changes hands several times and both sides enjoy some runs of 4plus phases. Beauden Barrett comes back on after the Hurricanes knock on.

49.00: After a couple of resets the Blues win a penalty from the scrum. They kick for touch and set up the line out.

51.00: The Blues replace Augustine Pulu while Bryn Gatland comes on for his Super Rugby debut. Cory Jane comes on for Wes Goosen.

54.00: Penalty to the Blues. Bryn Gatland takes the shot and nails it.

56.00: The Hurricanes chip and chase the ball after the Blues kicked it to them. Perenara makes huge ground, the Blues get back but they have to dot the ball down so the Hurricanes have a 5m scrum.

58.00: The Blues hold the Hurricanes scrum and then clear the ball. However the Hurricanes counter attack and get back to where the scrum was and there is a knock on.

60.00:The Blues win the scrum and pass the ball to SBW who is immediately shut down. The Blues recycle and clear the ball into touch.

62.00: Penalty to the Blues. They clear the ball into touch.

64.00: The Blues win the line out and work the ball to the Hurricanes tryline. They flirt with the line and then go over. There is a mass of bodies but the referee sees the ball going down and Scott Scrafton is awarded the TRY!

66.00: Gatland adds the conversion and the Blues are in front on the scoreboard.

69.00: The Blues work the ball through 8 phases and they get into the Hurricanes 22. On the 9th phase they get to the 5m line and win a penalty. The penalty is reversed due to the TJ and is against Luatua – in from the side.

71.00: The Hurricanes run the ball into the Blues 22. They go through 9 phases on attack. Although the attack slows the Hurricanes continue through the phases. Laumape is stopped short of the line. 12 phases.

73.00: 15 phases, B.Barrett kicks wide. The ball is caught and recycled. Mark Abbot goes around the blindside and scores. TRY! A double for Abbott. Hurricanes back in front.

74.00: Jordie Barrett takes the conversion and nails it.

76.00: The Hurricanes put the ball into touch giving the Blues a line out. the Hurricanes get up and trap the Blues in their 22 so they clear straight to the Canes backs who begin the counter attack. The Blues turn the ball over and kick deep into Canes territory.

79.00: The Hurricanes have the ball in the Blues half. It’s slow ball.

80.00: As the siren sounds Perenara kicks the ball into touch and ends the contest.

The Hurricanes have won.

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The full time score is Blues 24 (14) Hurricanes 28 (21)

Scorers

Blues
Tries – A.Pulu, M.Nanai, S.Scrafton,
Pen -B.Gatland
Con – P.Francis 2, B.Gatland
Drop –
Cards –

Hurricanes
Tries – M.Abbott 2, N.Laumape,B.Barrett
Pen –
Con – J.Barrett 4
Drop –
Cards – B.Barrett (yellow 30th min)

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 2:Paul Williams
TMO : Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

1 Pauliasi Manu, 2 James Parsons (c), 3 Charlie Faumuina, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5 Scott Scrafton, 6 Jerome Kaino, 7 Blake Gibson, 8 Steven Luatua; 9 Augustine Pulu, 10 Piers Francis, 11 Melani Nanai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14 Matt Duffie, 15 Michael Collins.

Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 George Moala.

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett , 14 Wes Goosen , 13 Vince Aso , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Julian Savea , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara (c) , 8 Ardie Savea , 7 Callum Gibbins , 6 Brad Shields , 5 Michael Fatialofa , 4 Mark Abbott , 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Ben May

Replacements : 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Cory Jane