Albany - The Blues beat the
Hurricanes 32-29 (half-time 19-19) in a Super Rugby warm-up match here at North Harbour's QBE
Stadium on Friday.
“It was a big step up from last week’s game
especially in how we used and protected our own ball,” coach John Kirwan told
the Blues’ official website.
“The set piece was still quite good
although we need to be more accurate and need to work harder on our defence as
we were broken open a few times.
“That said it was encouraging and now we
can continue to work hard and look forward to giving our fans something to
cheer about here at North Harbour next weekend.”
The Blues opened the scoring when big
midfielder George Moala broke open the defence to score before the Hurricanes
found holes in the defence to grab three tries. The Blues found Ihaia West on
target with the boot while Ben Lam scored a runaway try from an Akira Ioane
break to level matters at 19-19 at half time.
The Blues, with a number of changes, shored
up the defence and pressured the Hurricanes in the second half rewarded with a
try to Blake Gibson with another by Tevita Li disallowed.
The home team moved out to a 32-24 lead
before giving up a final try on full-time.
The Blues start their Super Rugby campaign against
the Chiefs at Eden Park in Auckland next Saturday, while the Hurricanes face
the Lions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg next Friday night.
Tries: Moala, Lam, Gibson
Penalties: West (4), Hickey
Tries: Thomson, Shields, Savea (2), Fifita
Conversions: Woodward (2)
15. Lolagi Visinia, 14. Ben Lam, 13. Hamish Northcott, 12. George Moala, 11.
Tevita Li, 10. Ihaia West, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 8. Steven Luatua, 7. Brendon
O’Connor, 6. Akira Ioane, 5. Culum Retallick, 4. Hayden Triggs, 3. Angus
Ta'avao, 2. James Parsons, 1. Tony Woodcock
Substitutes (from): Greg Pleasants-Tate,
Matt Moulds, Sam Prattley, Nic Mayhew, Will Lloyd, Joe Edwards, Blake Gibson,
Kara Pryor, Simon Hickey, Francis Saili, Pita Ahki, Matt Vaega, Frank Halai,
Bryn Hall, Jamison Gibson-Park, Josh Bekhuis
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Rey Lee-Lo, 11 Jason
Woodward, 10 James Marshall, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 James
Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1
Substitutes (from): Leni Apisai, Chris
Eves, Ben May, Geoff Cridge, Vaea Fifita, Mark Abbott, Callum Gibbins, Frae
Wilson, Otere Black, Vince Aso