Super Rugby

Barrett brothers help Hurricanes blow away Blues




The Hurricanes survived a fierce onslaught to beat the Blues 12-22 in an entertaining New Zealand derby at Eden Park, Auckland.

The Barrett brothers were sensational, scoring a try apiece and kicking goals to see off a fired up Blues team, who dominated every facet of the game except the scoreboard.

Jordie Barrett kicked a 75th-minute penalty after Beauden’s intercept, to extend the Hurricanes‘ lead to 10 points.

The game was played inside the Canes’ 22.

The Blues, however, could only cross twice despite enjoying two-thirds possession and territory.

Leon Macdonald’s side butchered a dozen scoring chances, scoring five points while the visitors were down to 14 men.

Tempers flared as the intensity ratcheted up.

Super Rugby Video Highlights: Blues versus Hurricanes, Round 13, Eden Park, Auckland

The home team’s scrum demolished their opponents, but they fluffed their lines as the Canes defence kept them out.

Beauden and Jordie made several try-scoring tackles to go with their combined 17 points, including the knock-out blows.

Beaden Barrett also grabbed an assist for his brother’s score.

Sam Nock opened the scoring with an early try, but the visitors hit back twice in nine minutes through Ben Lam and Jordie Barrett.

Dalton Papalii finished off a sweeping counter-attack after Jeff To’omaga-Allen’s yellow card, to reduce the deficit to two with 20 minutes to play.

It was all the Blues could muster as they folded.

Augustine Pulu threw away the game with a gift to Beauden Barrett, and Jordie sealed the deal.

I guess that’s why they call it the blues.

It’s back to the drawing board for the Auckland franchise, who will wonder how they did not win this game.

Blues dominate, but trail at the break

The Blues dominated the opening exchanges, on several occasions they went through sustained series of attacks that went into double digits.

Leon MacDonald’s side had 66% possession and 70% territory in the first half, but they only had seven points to show for their efforts.

Ofa Tu’ungafasi broke the line and charged into the Canes’ 22, after a nine-phase attack, before knocking on looking for an offload.

Jordie and Beauden Barrett’s defence was immense, twice bringing down the big runners; however, a big one often trumps a small one.

Nock’s 10th-minute score was set-up by Patrick Tuipulotu’s bulldozing run.

It came from an attacking lineout. The ball recycled to Tuipulotu, who ran over Beauden Barrett and bursts towards the line.

He is eventually brought down by Isaia Walker-Leawere, but not before offloading to Nock, who scored under the posts.

Harry Plummer added the extras before leaving the field after failing an HIA. Otere Black replaced the first-five.

A 12-phase attack came to nought for the hosts. Blake Gibson and Ma’a Nonu both went close before the attack broke down.

The Blues kept the pressure going, but could not cross the line. They were held-up after a powerful driving maul.

Ngani Laumape won the turnover at the breakdown after Rieko Iaone was brought down.

Laumape went to the blindside and played Lam.

With his first touch of the game, he cut inside Gibson, Plummer and Melani Nanai and races away to score.

Beauden levelled. Plummer left the field.

The Hurricanes struck with eight minutes remaining before the interval. An attacking lineout led to Beauden feeding Jordie, who slipped through a gap and gave his side the lead.

Beauden added the extras, and the visitors led by seven.

The Blues had a chance with an attacking 5m lineout after the hooter, but they ruined the opportunity.

Hurricanes hold on despite Blues onslaught

Turnovers killed the Blues.

They shipped 18 to 11, which ultimately, proved costly because most of them were inside the opposition’s 22.

MacDonald’s side continued to dominate after the break, but they could not make their numerical advantage count.

To’omaga-Allen was yellow-carded for a third scrum infringement in five plays as the Blues cranked up the pressure.

The Blues spent six minutes and four seconds inside the Hurricanes’ 22 up to the 54th-minute — the Canes only 2m 34s.

TJ Perenara, who was caught offsides for one of the five penalties during the attack, was instrumental in winning possession following To’omaga-Allen’s sin-binning.

The home team continued to attack; the Hurricanes continued to repel them.

Another attack inside the visitors’ 22 ended with no points. But it was all Blues.

Tempers boiled over as both teams became frustrated with their inadequacies.

Then, on 60 minutes, Ioane started a counter-attack from inside his half that ended with Papalii’s expert finish in the corner after a sweeping counter.

Papalii bounced Beauden Barrett and held off Matt Proctor’s attempt to tackle him into touch.

Otere Black could not convert the touchline kick, but it was a two-point ball game going into the final quarter.

Barrett brothers rescue Hurricanes – again

Against all the odds, the Hurricanes found a way.

Pulu, on for Nock, threw a poor pass into the hands of Beauden Barrett. The great man does it again.

The All Blacks first-five raced 40 metres to score near the posts.

Barrett, did, however, miss the easy conversion, allowing the Blues an opportunity to level if they could find a way over the white-wash.

Hands in the ruck from Du’Plessis Kirifi led to an attacking lineout for the hosts.

They went through the phases before winning another penalty.

Perenara was called over because his side had shipped 16 penalties to seven.

Then, somehow, the Blues fluffed their lines, knocking on after a 5m scrum next to the posts.

The Hurricanes’ defence was immense; they had only missed 12 tackles in the game despite being camped inside their 22.

Then, with five minutes to play, Beauden Barrett won a vital turnover that led to a penalty, a few phases later.

Jordie Barrett stepped up and landed the goal to make it a two-score game.

By now, the Blues had run out of ideas, and steam, surrendering rather meekly.

Final Score: Blues 12 (7) Hurricanes 22 (14)


Tries – Nock, Papalii
Pen –
Con – Plummer
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Lam, J. Barrett, B. Barrett
Pen – J. Barrett
Con – B. Barrett (2)
Drop –
Cards – To’omaga-Allen (Yellow, 53′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Ben Skeen



15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele’a, 13 Thomas Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Harry Plummer, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson (captain), 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Otere Black, 23 Matt Duffie.


15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Toby Smith.

Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Chase Tiatia.

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