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Blues beat Hurricanes in Wellington

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The Hurricanes have played the Blues 32 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 17 matches, lost 14 times and drawn once.

The Hurricanes 17 wins out of 32 matches gives them a record of winning 53% of their matches against the Blues regardless of venue.

  • The Hurricanes have won each of their last nine Super Rugby games against the Blues, their last defeat against the Auckland – based side coming in May 2014.
  • The Hurricanes have won their last four New Zealand derbies played during the regular season in Super Rugby; a fifth consecu tive win here would equal their longest ever streak.
  • Each of the Blues’ last five Super Rugby games have been won by the away team on the day; the Blues have won their last three away games on the bounce – the last and only time they won more was a four-game streak in 1997.
  • The Hurricanes have averaged the most turnovers won (9.5) per game of any team this Super Rugby season; indeed, the Chiefs (9.3) are the only other side with an average above nine in this category.
  • The Blues’ Mark Telea has beaten mor e defenders (30) than any other player this Super Rugby campaign, while his 340 metres gained ranks second thus far in the competition behind Aphelele Fassi (424m).

Match detail

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The Blues kick-off and the match is underway.

2.00: After a knock on the Hurricanes win the first scrum of the match. They move the ball down the line and Ben Lam gets the ball and powers his way at speed to the tryline. TRY! Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita played big roles in making the try.

3.00: Jordie Barrett takes the conversion but misses. 5-0

7.00: The Hurricanes press the Blues back into their 22 and after the ball is chipped ahead the Blues have to get back and dot the ball down behind the line. 5m scrum.

9.00: The Blues win the scrum and run it initially but then kick it away to safety near the halfway line.

13.00: The Hurricanes keep pressing the Blues back in their 22. They get an advantage and chip over the Blues to chase but the whistle goes and they get the penalty. The Hurricanes kick to the corner for the line out.

14.00: The Blues defend the line out.

18.00: Hurricanes win a penalty on the halfway line so they kick for touch.

19.00: The Blues win the line out and work the ball into the Hurricanes 22 but when they get in front of the posts the Hurricanes win a penalty for holding on.

24.00: The Blues kick to the half way line to relieve pressure but the ball goes to the Hurricanes who run it back into the Blues 22.

Territory: Hurricanes 71% Blues 29%

29.00: The Hurricanes win a scrum just inside the Blues half. They make some ground but the Blues defend and force the knock on.

31.00: The Blues win a line out just inside the Hurricanes half. They make about 10m but they knock on.

35.00: The Blues break out from near the half way line. Mark Telea makes huge ground but is stopped about 6m out. Stephen Perofeta gets the Blues closer, The Blues recycle and get about 1m out but there is a knock on – by the Hurricanes so the Blues have the scrum.

36.00: The Blues drive to the line – the Hurricanes are offside and the Blues have the advantage. The whistle goes and the TMO is called upon to review a potential try. Akira Ioane is seen reaching for the line and the TMO confirms it is a TRY!

37.00: Otere Black slots the conversion and the Blues lead 5-7. The Hurricanes dominate all the stats but not the scoreboard.

38.00; Penalty to the Hurricanes. Jordie Barrett takes the shot and nails it. Hurricanes lead again.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time but there is time for a line out.

42.00: The Blues turn the ball over and start to attack the Hurricanes in the Canes half. They get into the Hurricanes 22. The Blues keep the ball moving through the hands and gradually get closer and closer to the line. 15 phases and on they go.

44.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty for holding on. The Hurricanes boot the ball out to end the half.

The half time score was Hurricanes 8 Blues 7

The Hurricanes kick-off and the second half is underway.

43.00: The Hurricanes win a line out and start to work the ball through the phases and gradually they get to the Blues 22.

44.00: The Hurricanes almost breakthrough a couple of times but they hold on and win a penalty.

46.00: The TMO is called on to review a tackle. Tyrel Lomax’s shoulder connects with a Blues player’s head. He is shown a red card!

47.00: The Blues are awarded a penalty and kick for touch to set a line out inside the Hurricanes 22.

48.00: The Blues throw the ball in – but it goes directly to a Hurricanes player. The Hurricanes run it out of their 22.

51.00: Jordie Barrett gets the ball and launches into open space, he makes huge ground and offloads to Fletcher Smith but he gets caught and a promising attack is thwarted.

53.00: The Blues get the ball on the wing but the Hurricanes shut them down. The Blues retain the ball and change sides but get called back and win a penalty.

55.00: the Blues are using their numbers on attack, they go wide to the wing and Mark Telea goes for the corner – he is tackled and dives for the line – it’s milliseconds and millimeters but the try is awarded. TRY!

56.00: Black slots the conversion – Blues lead 8-14.

59.00: Earlier in the match the Blues had made twice the tackles the Hurricanes had – the tackle count is now Hurricanes 107 Blues 96. The Blues are making the Hurricanes work.

62.00: The Hurricanes win a scrum and fire off the back with pace Gareth Evans races away and offloads to Kobus van Wyk who scores near the corner. They needed that! TRY! 

63.00: Jordie Barrett takes the conversion kick from the touchline. He nails it. The Hurricanes lead. 15-14.

67.00: The Hurricanes lose Vaea Fifita to the sin-bin for a shoulder (no arms) tackle. The Blues will have a shot at the posts.

68.00 Otere Black lines up the posts – he nails it – the Blues lead again. 15-17

74.00The Blues win a scrum in the Hurricanes 22. They run the ball – with the overlap – but Jordie Barrett reaches for the intercept and knocks the ball down. It’s a penalty TRY and yellow card for Barrett !! The Canes are down to 12 players.

78.00: Fifita comes back on so the Hurricanes are back to 13 players.

80.00: The siren sounds but we have time for a scrum.

81.00: The whistle goes. The Blues have won.

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The full time score is Hurricanes 15(8) Blues 24(7)

Scorers

Hurricanes
Tries – B.Lam, K. van Wyk
Pen – J.Barrett
Con – J.Barret
Drop –
Cards – T.Lomax (46th min red), V.Fifita (67th min yellow). J.Barrett (74th min yellow)

Blues
Tries – A.Ioane, M.Telea, Penalty try
Pen – O.Black
Con – O.Black 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2:Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Shane McDermott

Teams

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Xavier Numia

Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes Goosen

Blues

15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Otere Black, 9 Sam Nock; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Jacob Pierce, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Matt Duffie.

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