The Blues sneaked in two early tries to register a 37-24 bonus-point win over the Hurricanes in a Vodacom Super Rugby encounter at Auckland’s Eden Park on Saturday, drastically denting the Hurricanes’ play-off hopes. Although the Canes scored the opening try through flanker Failfili Levave, they struggled virtually throughout the first half. The hosts did not surrender the lead for the remainder of the clash with a penalty try in the 14th minute and a try by fullback Lolagi Visinia just three minutes later.
Visiting fullback Matt Proctor had deliberately knocked down a pass between Ma’a Nonu and Bryn Hall, and referee Garratt Williamson awarded the Blues with a penalty try and sending Proctor to the sin bin and from that moment it was one-way traffic. The home side largely controlled the pace yet led by only 15-7 at the break.
In the second half, the Blues came out with a force, as Jerome Kaino and George Moala added to the score in the first six minutes of the match to effectively kill off the gameat 27-7. Julian Savea went over for the Wellington franchise but Patrick Tuipulotu tightened the screw for the Auckland side and dotted for another try for the Blues. Ihaia West slotted three conversions and two penalties as the Blues ran out 37-24 victors.