Hur­ri­canes fight back to beat Blues

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Welling­ton: The Hur­ri­canes fought back from a seven-point half-time deficit to claim a 37-27 vic­tory over the Blues in Welling­ton last Satur­day. In yet an­other su­perb ad­vert for New Zealand rugby, both sides stayed true to their at­tack­ing roots, run­ning the ball from all ar­eas of the field.

The Blues, mean­while, are still at the bot­tom on the New Zealand Con­fer­ence and look set for an­other sea­son with­out play-off rugby.

The open­ing half was a thrilling af­fair with both sides at­tack­ing at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, and af­ter Beau­den Bar­rett and Piers Fran­cis traded early penal­ties, it was the Blues who drew first blood via a Kara Pryor try in the 12th minute. That came af­ter Male S’au set him up with a strong run in the build-up, in which he showed great strength in shrug­ging off the at­ten­tions of Vaea Fi­fita be­fore get­ting a pass out to the on-rush­ing Pryor, who out­paced the cover de­fence be­fore div­ing over.

The Hur­ri­canes didn’t take long to re­ply, and five min­utes later Reg Goodes bur­rowed his way over the white­wash from close quar­ters for his side’s open­ing try. The home side replied with the first of two tries from Jerome Kaino. The All Blacks en­forcer dis­play­ing great de­ter­mi­na­tion as he pow­ered his way through a Bar­rett tackle close to the Hur­ri­canes’ try-line. Two min­utes later, an Ihaia West fum­ble in­side his 22 was pounced on by Dane Coles, who kicked the ball ahead be­fore div­ing on it and Bar­rett’s con­ver­sion meant the sides were level at 17-17 by the 20th minute. Kaino then showed great pace as he burst through a ruck and set off on a 25-me­tre run be­fore cross­ing for a de­served try. Piers Fran­cis slot­ted the con­ver­sion which meant the vis­i­tors led 24-17 at half-time.

Hur­ri­canes Ardie Savea con­grat­u­lates Beau­den Bar­rett.

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