Hurricanes fight back to beat Blues
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.