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Blues beat Brumbies in Auckland



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The penultimate round of the Super Rugby regular season kicks off in Auckland where the Blues host Australian Conference leaders the Brumbies.

Match detail

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The teams are out on the field.

The Blues kick off and we are underway.

0.30: An early knock on gives the Blues a scrum. They win the scrum and attack the Brumbies in their 22.

1.00: The Blues run the ball from side to side and then chip the ball behind the Brumbies but it goes into touch.

2.00: The Brumbies take a quick line out and kick for touch. The Blues win the line out and kick upfield which sets up a line out on the Brumbies 22.

4.00: The Blues are all over the Brumbies in their 22 after a line out. They go wide and then West kicks wide to the wing and Jerome Kaino is there and he catches the ball and runs in the opening TRY,.

5.00: Piers Francis adds the conversion.

6.00: The Blues win a line out in the Brumbies 22 after the restart. The Brumbies were expecting the line out drive and maul but James Parsons slips through and scores. TRY!

7.00: Francis adds the conversion.

10.00 : The Brumbies work the ball to the Blues tryline with a rolling maul that is almost running across the line. They drive over and are awarded a penalty try as Jerome Kaino pulls it down. Kaino is also yellow carded – the score is 14-7.

11.00: Lealiifano adds the conversion from in front.

13.00: The Blues get the ball from the breakdown and run at the Brumbies. They look dangerous but get shoved into touch near the 5m line.

16.00: The Blues keep the Brumbies on the backfoot as they press forward. The Blues go through the phases at speed and Sam Prattley goes for the line and reaches over and scores. TRY! Blues are still down a man.

17.00: Francis adds the conversion.

20.00: Oh wow, the Brumbies are slipping off tackles. The Blues move the ball down the line and Steven Luatua offloads on the wing to Matt Duffie who runs in the Blues fourth TRY! Blues are still a man down !

21.00: Francis takes the conversion and nails it from out wide.

22.00: Kaino comes back on and the Blues have scored 14 points while he was off. The Brumbies win a line out but the ball goes dead and there is no advantage. There will be a scrum.

25.00: The Blues penalised for offside, Brumbies find touch just inside the Blues 22.

26.00: The Brumbies win the line out and slowly get around to using the maul. After a short time they go to the backs and then kick to the corner. The Blues get the ball but earlier the Blues had joined the ruck incorrectly so the Brumbies have a penalty. The Brumbies kick to the corner.

28.00: The Brumbies win the line out but there is a double knock on. Blues scrum.

30.00: The Blues kick upfield and the Brumbies kick it back. The Blues kick for touch. Scott Fardy looks really groggy after an earlier knock.  Christian Lealiifano comes off for blood and is replaced by Andrew Smith. Piers Francis also off for blood.

32.00: Rain is starting to come down. The Brumbies get held up in the tackle. The ball becomes unplayable about 10m inside the Brumbies half. The Blues will have a scrum.

33.00: Free kick to the Brumbies from the scrum. The Brumbies choose another scrum.

35.00: The Brumbies win a penalty after a strong scrum. They kick for touch. The Brumbies win the line out and again they win a penalty. They kick to the corner for the line out.

36.00; The Brumbies win the line out and use the maul. They get to 2m out. Cubelli gets the ball to Matt Toomua who slips over in the corner. TRY!

37.00: Toomua takes the conversion kick as Lealiifano is still off. He misses.

39.00: After the restart the Blues win the ball but James Parsons takes his eye off the ball and knocks it on. The Brumbies will have a scrum near the half way line. The Blues front row angles in and concedes a penalty. The Brumbies kick to the corner.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. The Brumbies win the line out. They use the maul and Stephen Moore breaks off the side but he is caught and there is a knock on. Penalty though to the Brumbies for not releasing. Moore says they will take the points.

41.00: Toomua takes the penalty kick and nails it.

The half time score was Blues 28 Brumbies 15

The Brumbies kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: A long period of play in which both teams run the ball as well as kick it. West kicks for the Blues and they chase. The Blues win a penalty for offside. West kicks for touch.

43.00: Fardy has taken another knock and gets some help to a gash in his head. The Blues win the line out and drive to the line. They slip the ball out to Jerome Kaino who powers over the line and scores – TRY!

44.00: Francis adds the conversion.

47.00: The Blues win a penalty as Nigel Ah Wong is offside. West kicks for touch and the line out.

50.00: The Blues set up a line out about 7m out from the Brumbies tryline. The Blues win the line out and send wave after wave at the line. They go wide to Duffie but he is tackled into touch. The Blues are called back for an earlier advantage.

53.00: Blake Gibson is on for Kara Pryor. The Blues kick to the corner for the penalty. The Brumbies come away with the ball after the line out. It goes dead but the Brumbies get the scrum put in.

54.00: The Brumbies kick for touch after the scrum but the ball goes to the Blues backs who attack. The Blues go through a number of phases but the whistle goes as Scott Fardy has connected with Jarrad Butler in a tackle on Jerome Kaino. He will be stretchered off. Blake Enever is on as his replacement.

55.00: The Blues restart the match with a scrum. They go through 8 phases and Francis gets them to the 5m line with a sniping run. He is stopped but the Blues recycle and continue the attack until the ball comes back to Francis who knocks the ball on.

59.00: The Brumbies get the scrum put in on the half way line. The ball comes out – slowly – and Cubelli runs it.

60.00: The Brumbies start going through the phases until the concede a penalty for playing the ball on the ground.

63.00: The The Brumbies attack the Blues on their 22m line. They work the ball slowly forward. They go wide and the ball goes into touch.

65.00: The Brumbies handling lets them down as they knock on.

66.00: The Blues win a scrum and run – at pace – at the Brumbies. They get to the 5m line and the ball goes into touch. The Blues take it quickly and attack on the other side and Matt Vaega scores in the corner – TRY! Hold on. Before the conversion can be taken the TMO s called in to check. No try as there was a foot in touch. Brumbies 5m line out.

68.00: The Brumbies win the line out but after a couple of phases they concede penalty for not releasing. West kicks for touch.

70.00; The Brumbies come away with the ball at the line out but when they try to run the ball out of their 22 there is a knock on. The Brumbies will have a scrum.

72.00; The Brumbies win the scrum but the Blues turn the ball over. The Blues work the ball up to the Brumbies 22 and kick. The ball is lost by both sides in the scramble to get it. The Brumbies manage to get control and kick. The Blues get the ball and move it down the line and the Brumbies run out of defenders and Duffie scores his second. TRY!

74.00: West takes the conversion but misses.

76.00: The Blues are still on the attack with a break from Ihaia West. They get the ball up to the Brumbies 22 and West chips to the corner but it goes out on the full.

78.00: The Blues get on the front foot again as they attack in the corner, Melani Nanai offloads in the tackle but the ball goes into touch.

80.00: The siren sounds. There is time for a scrum from the Brumbies.

81.00; The Brumbies win the scrum and run at the Blues. They get into the Blues half. They go through six phases and the Blues turn the ball over and kick it out.

The Blues have won.

The full time score is Blues 40 (28)  Brumbies 15 (15) 


Tries – J.Kaino 2 , J.Parsons, S. Prattley, M.Duffie 2
Pen –
Con – P.Francis 5
Drop –
Cards – J.Kaino (yellow 11thmin)

Tries – Penalty try, M.Toomua
Pen – M.Toomua
Con – C.Lealiifano
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Jamie Nutbrown
TMO : Shame McDermott



Sam Prattley, James Parsons ( C ), Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Josh Bekhuis or Scott Scrafton, Jerome Kaino, Kara Pryor, Steven Luatua; Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Tevita Li, Piers Francis, Male Sa’u , Matt Duffie, Melani Nanai.

Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Nic Mayhew, Sione Mafileo, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Blake Gibson, Billy Guyton, Matt Vaega , Lolagi Visinia.


1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore (c), 3. Ben Alexander, 4. Rory Arnold, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. Jarrad Butler, 8. Michael Wells, 9. Tomás Cubelli , 10. Christian Lealiifano (c), 11.James Dargaville, 12. Matt Toomua, 13.Tevita Kuridrani, 14.Nigel Ah Wong, 15.Aidan Toua

Replacements : Josh Mann-Rea, Allan Alaalatoa, Ruan Smith, Blake Enever, Tom Staniforth, Joe Powell, Andrew Smith, Lausii Taliauli

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