Hurricanes 20 - 34 Blues

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Date: 23/02/2013 KO: 06:35

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesSavea (27)ConversionsBarrett (27, 57)PenaltiesBarrett (8, 19)



TriesHalai (22, 76) Piutau (48) Ranger (71)ConversionsWeepu (76)PenaltiesWeepu (5, 40, 62, 80)

FT (ht: 13-11)

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  • PENALTY, BLUES. The Blues aren't done yet as Weepu slots over a penalty in the dying seconds to run further salt into the Hurricanes' wounds. So the Blues open their 2013 campaign with a win! New coach Sir John Kirwan will be delighted. As for the 'Canes, it's back to the drawing board. Thanks for joining us folks!

  • CONVERSION, BLUES. This time Weepu adds the extras. The Hurricanes left with a mountain to climb now... 20-31!

  • TRY, BLUES. The Hurricanes suffer a blow as Conrad Smith makes his way off the pitch. He looks concussed. It gets even worse for the hosts as the Blues launch another attack that ends with Ranger firing out a pass to Halai who cuts inside and dives over for his second touchdown of the match. Game, set and match!

  • The Hurricanes need to score next - Vito comes close to scoring, but Halai saves the day for his team and rips the ball away.

  • Weepu has had a pretty poor night with the boot and fails to add the extras. 20-24!!!

  • TRY, BLUES. Some solid defence from the Hurricanes as the Blues go hunting for the five-pointer. Ranger has it, and burrows over... the ball is on the line, and the ref awards the try! A perfect way to celebrate his 50th Super Rugby game for the Blues as the visitors go back in front... again.

  • The Blues are back to 15 men and win another penalty at scrum-time. Noakes kicks an absolute beauty into the corner five metres out from the Canes line. The Blues need to make the most of their opportunity here...

  • PENALTY, BLUES. Now the Blues get a chance to close the gap with less than a quarter of the game remaining. Weepu takes his time and sends the ball between the uprights! It's game on folks! 20-19!

  • So the Blues are down to 14 men, but that doesn't stop Saili from busting up the middle as the centre sets off on another bulldozing run before the Hurricanes scramble and force a turnover.

  • CONVERSION, HURRICANES. Barrett adds the simple extras from bang in front. 20-16!

  • PENALTY TRY, HURRICANES. Savea takes out wide, drops ball to boot and gives chase. It's a foot race between Savea and Halai before the two players dive for the ball. The ball, however, is slapped over the deadball line by Halai intentionally which could spell trouble for him and the Blues. The ref goes upstairs... and the TMO advises a penalty try and yellow card to Halai! Double blow for the Blues!

  • A dynamic carry off the back of the scrum from Shields has the Canes on the front foot and creates numbers on the outside...

  • Leiua breaks the advantage line before Savea loses the ball, sparking a counter-attack for the Blues. However, winger George Moala gets a poor pass at his feet and cannot hold on.

  • Weepu can't add the extras, but the Blues are back in front!

  • TRY, BLUES. 17 phases now and the ball gets spread wide. Ranger acts as a dummy runner, Francis Saili skips out to Piutau who runs in untouched for the Blues' second try of the night!

  • Now the Blues work their way back inside the Hurricanes half - the forwards and backs mixing things up as they build some momentum. After 15 phases, the Blues are camped on the Hurricanes line.

  • Tim Bateman and Andre Taylor combine to stop Ranger in his tracks, and in the process manage to win a relieving penalty after the Blues dangerman is blown up for not releasing. It gives Barrett a chance to clear his lines and he does just that.

  • Ali Williams taps it down for Weepu who fires his pass to Noakes and the Blues pivot exploits a gap and breaks through the middle. He passes to the supporting Ranger who turns on the gas. The Blues just 10m out!

  • Welcome back! The Blues get the second forty started. Jeremy Thrush can't take it in though and the ball lands up in touch - not a good start by the 'Canes.

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