Blues get their first win of the Super 14




The Blues got their their first win of the Super 14 season with a 21-20 victory over the Reds which is also their first ever in Brisbane. The Blues kicking was not on target so backup kicker Isa Nacewa replaced Tasesa Lavea for the last two kicks to seal a one-point victory for the Blues.

The match started at 150 miles an hour with both teams scoring tries in the first five minutes. The Blues managed to get three tries and it looked like both teams would get the 4 try bonus point by half time.

Instead the match turned into a tight battle as both teams went in search of their first win in 2006.

The Blues first try was a rare gift from Chris Latham as he dropped the ball and it bounced into the arms of Blues Rua Tipoki who was given a clear run of 35 metres for the try.

The Reds never say die attitude was alive and kicking and the Reds quickly struck back three minutes later when the Reds got over. Elton Flatley then missed an easy conversion.

The fast paced first five minutes was not over because a minute later the Blues turned the ball over and spread the ball wide to Howlett who got over in the corner for his 50th Super 12/14 try.

At that point he became only the fourth player to score 50 tries the others being Joe Roff, Christian Cullen and Caleb Ralph. Lavea’s boot was misfiring and he missed the conversion but the Blues were ahead 12-5.

The match then turned into a tussle between the two teams and it was only in the 72nd minute did the Reds take the lead 20-18 when Flatley kicked his fourth penalty. Two minutes later the Blues took the lead back with a Nacewa penalty.

That penalty won the match for the Blues and sealed their first ever win against the Reds in Brisbane. Next week the Blues take on the Crusaders.

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