The Hurricanes defeated the Blues 29-5 in their Super Rugby clash on Saturday at Eden Park, Auckland. In the opening minutes the Canes found themselves under pressure as the visitors surged forward trying to pull ahead. In the ninth minute the visitors won a penalty from 25 metres from the try line.
Otere Black took the kick successfully. Both teams went on to cancel each other’s advances as they looked to get into the game. In the 23rd minute the home team earned a penalty in their own danger zone after the Canes were penalised for binding in the scrum, at that point the attacking team looked posed to get over the try line. Some 10 minutes later John Kirwan’s men conceded a penalty after being judged offside.
Just a minute later their opponents where capitalising on the penalty and this allowed Chris Eves to brush through two tackles and get over the try line. Black converted the try. Four minutes later TJ Perenara ducked a tackle and rounded off some brilliant play from his team by getting over the try line.
The Wellington franchise went into the half-time break 17-0 up. The second half started as the first had ended, with Chris Boyd’s men on the attack. In the 54th minute Dane Coles added to the Blues’ problems by barging in between two defenders to plant the ball over the try line.
Black made no mistake with the conversion. In the 63th minute Kirwan’s men got themselves on the score sheet when Matt Vaega received possession and managed to get over the try line. Simon Hickey converted the try.
Three minutes later Nehe Milner-Skudder got over the try line. The referee called for a TMO decision which awarded the try and the bonus points for the visitors. The match remained the same throughout the remaining minutes of the match.