Brumbies outplay Blues in Auckland



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This was a live score update – Report to follow.




Both of these teams are coming off a loss and both will be looking to improve things and pick up a win. The Brumbies in particular need a win to keep their play off hopes alive as they are in ninth place with just 16 points from 7 matches.

Saturday April 12
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Jonathon Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant Referees : Marius Jonker (South Africa), Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)
TV Match Official : Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Alan Riley (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 14, Blues 9, Brumbies 5
In Auckland/Albany: Played 8, Blues 6, Brumbies 2
Last season: Round 2, February 10 2007: Blues 17-15 Brumbies at Canberra Stadium, Canberra


Match detail


0.00 : We are waiting for the kick off.


13.00: The Brumbies were the first to put some points on the board when Stirling Mortlock slotted a penalty after a Blues infringement.


28.00: Sustained pressure from the Brumbies is rewarded with a penalty. Stirling Mortlock has another shot at goal for a penalty but misses.


29.00: Referee Kaplan gives Troy Flavell a warning and tells him to “keep your composure”.


31.00: The Brumbies finally get a deserved try as Christian Lealiifano dummies and scores the try.


32.00: Stirling Mortlock slots the conversion as Isaia Toeava gets some attention on the side line.


37.00: Nick Evans gets a chance to put the Blues on the scoreboard and he slots a penalty for the Blues first points.


38.00: The Brumbies are dominating play and twice in two minutes they create the overlap but both times the ball goes to ground.


40.01: The siren goes for half time.


The half time Score was Blues 3 Brumbies 10


41.00: The second half is underway.


47.00: The Blues give another penalty away so Stirling Mortlock has a shot at goal and slots it extending the lead to 10 points again.


50.00: The game is held up a little as Stirling Mortlock gets some attention after a knock.  


51.00: David Smith comes on for the Blues as Isaia Toeava goes off.


56.00: Nick Evans has a shot at goal after the Brumbies gave away a penalty. The shot was good and the lead was cut to seven again.


72.00: The Brumbies lose Mortlock but they get a penalty so Mark Gerrard takes the kick which extends the lead to ten points again.


75.00: The Blues get their game together and work the ball from side to side and Rudi Wulf scores the Blues first try.


76.00: Nick Evans misses the conversion. Just.


79.00: The Blues give away a penalty so Mark Gerrard took the kick but missed – he ensured the ball went out though as the hooter had sounded.


Full time.


The full time Score is Blues 11 Brumbies 16


Report to follow.





Tries -Rudi Wulf

Pen – Nick Evans (2)

Con –



Tries – Christian Lealiifano

Pen – Stirling Mortlock (2),Mark Gerrard

Con – Stirling Mortlock






15 Isa Nacewa/Ben Atiga, 14 Anthony Tuitavake, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Lee, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Troy Flavell (captain), 4 Anthony Boric, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Tom McCartney, Nick White, Bryn Evans, Justin Collins, Taniela Moa, Ben Atiga/one extra, David Smith.


1.Nic Henderson,2.Saia Faingaa ,3.Guy Shepherdson ,4.Alister Campbell,5.Mark Chisholm ,6.Mitchell Chapman ,7.George Smith ,8.Julian Salvi ,9.Patrick Phibbs ,10.Christian Lealiifano ,11.Peter Playford ,12.Tyrone Smith ,13.Stirling Mortlock (c) ,14.Adam Ashley-Cooper ,15. Mark Gerrard

Reserves: 16.John Ulugia,17,Salesi Ma’afu ,18.Peter Kimlin ,19.Jone Tawake ,20.Joshua Holmes ,21.Matt Toomua ,22.Francis Fainifo ,23.Ben Alexander.

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