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Blues beat Brumbies in Auckland

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The Blues have won seven of their last nine Super Rugby games on home turf against the Brumbies (L2), including their last two on the bounce; four of their last five such encounters have been decided by a margin of seven points or fewer on the day.

The Brumbies have lost their opening two games of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman; only once in Super Rugby history, they have opened a single campaign with more than two straight defeats (L3 in 1999).

  • The Brumbies’ 97% lineout success rate in the 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman campaign is the highest of any team in the competition and 13 percentage points higher than that of the Blues (84%).
  • Bryce Heem has gained 16 metres per carry from his 17 carries this Super Rugby Trans-Tasman campaign, the most of any player to have made at least three carries this season.
  • Solomone Kata has beaten 15 defenders so far in this Super Rugby Trans-Tasman season, the most of any player in the competition and more than twice as many as any Blues player.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Eden Park, Auckland.

3.00: The Blues win a penalty on the halfway line.

4.00: MISS! Zarn Sullivan’s long-range kick is just wide. 0-0

7.00: The game is a little stop-start at the moment as both teams kick away possession.

10.00: The Blues have a defensive scrum on their 22.

12.00: The home team’s scrum wins its second scrum penalty in the early stages. It allows Otere Black to clear the danger.

15.00: The Brumbies steal a lineout, but concede a penalty in the maul. Black kicks to the corner.

16.00: TRY! Kurt Eklund crashes over after the driving maul breaks up. The hooker needed some help from Dalton Papalii to get over. 5-0

17.00: CONVERSION! Black splits the uprights. 7-0

20.00: The Brumbies go close, but they lose possession on the Blues’ try line.

22.00: Noah Lolesio calls for the tee.

23.00: PENALTY! Lolesio puts the visitors on the board. 7-3

26.00: The Blues have an attacking scrum on the Brumbies’ try line.

27.00: They win another scrum penalty; Tom Robinson opts for another scrum.

28.00: Damon Murphy awards the visitors a scrum penalty for wheeling, which is strange because the Brumbies’ front row came up first.

31.00: This is not a good game, both teams making too many errors, but the handling has not been great. The best part of the game is the TV highlights package of Brumbies and Wallabies legend Stephen Larkham.

32.00: The visitors win another scrum penalty: it’s 3-3 at the minute.

34.00: The Blues are leaking penalties inside their 22, the ref calls captain Robinson to warn him about the repeated infringements.

35.00: TRY! Connal McInerney crashes over from a driving maul – you love to see it! The Brumbies’ maul is back, baby! 7-8

36.00: CONVERSION! Lolesio adds the extras. 7-10

37.00: NO TRY! Bryce Heem gets the Blues on the front foot after the restart. The Blues crash over the chalk, but the TMO cannot find any angle to award a score. 7-10

38.00: PENALTY! Black levels from in front. 10-10

39.00: TRY! Finlay Christie scores a stunning solo after Rieko Ioane’s linebreak inside the blues’ half. Ioane drew the defender before sending the scrumhalf away. Christie still had lots to do before beating five defenders with a weaving 30 metre run to the line. 15-10

40.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 17-10

The halftime score was Blues 17 Brumbies 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in New Zealand.

43.00: Another penalty goes to the Australians, who win a ruck penalty after the scrum penalty.

46.00; Black kicks a penalty to the corner.

48.00: TRY! Bryce Heem, last week’s hat-trick hero, takes Black’s flick-pass and crashes over from close range. 22-10

49.00: CONVERSION! Black adds the extras. 24-10

52.00: The Brumbies carry the ball over their line – 5m scrum to the Blues.

54.00: Another scrum penalty goes against the hosts, the visitors clear to halfway.

59.00: TRY! The Blues have another try, the pressure was just too much for the Brumbies. AJ Lam crossed after TJ Faiane sucked in two defenders before sending the winger away. 29-10

60.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 31-10

64.00: It’s all blues at the moment, but the Brumbies’ mistakes are helping.

68.00: black is doing a lot of kicking as the Blues look to pin the Brumbies inside their half and force them into a mistake.

69.00: Ryan Lonergan gets a warning from the ref. Black kicks to the corner; this could be the game.

70.00: YELLOW CARD! Folau Fainga’a is off for collapsing. 31-10

71.00: TRY! TJ Faiane gets in on the act. 36-10

73.00: CONVERSION! Harry Plummer adds the extras. 38-10

77.00: The game is winding down, there is nothing the Brumbies can take from this chastening loss.

78.00: The penalties are mounting against Dan McKellar’s men. Plummer goes to the corner.

81.00: The Brumbies manage to win possession, they try to run out from their line, but the ball is lost forward.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Blues 38 (17) Brumbies 10 (10)

Scorers

Blues
Tries – Eklund, Christie, Heem, Lam, Faiane
Pen – Black
Con – Black (4), Plummer
Drop –
Cards –

Brumbies
Tries – McInerney
Pen – Lolesio
Con – Lolesio
Drop –
Cards – Fainga’a (Yellow, 70′)

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Lauren Jenner
TMO: Glenn Newman

Teams

Blues

15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 AJ Lam, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie; 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson (captain), 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Marcel Renata, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements:
16 Soane Vikena, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Mark Telea

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Solomone Kata, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Tom Wright, 10 Noah Lolesio, 9 Nic White, 8 Henry Stowers, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Nick Frost, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa (captain), 2 Connal McInerney, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements:
16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Harry Lloyd, 18 Sefo Kautai, 19 Tom Hooper, 20 Luke Reimer, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Bayley Kuenzle, 23 Mack Hansen

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