Hurricanes leave it late to down Blues
Cape Town - Hurricanes lock Mark Abbott scored a late try to secure victory over the Blues in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
As it happened: Blues v Hurricanes
The Hurricanes won 28-24 after leading 21-14 at half-time.
The Hurricanes scored four tries through Abbott (2), centre Ngani Laumape and flyhalf Beauden Barrett.
The 'Canes were trailing 24-21 heading into the final 10 minutes of the game, when Abbott scored in the 72nd minute to secure the away team a victory.
Jordie Barrett added four conversions, while his brother Beauden was shown a yellow card for an intentional knock on.
The Blues, who put in a far better second half performance, scored three tries through halfback Augustine Pulu, fullback Melani Nanai and lock Scott Scrafton.
Utility back Piers Francis landed two conversions and Warren Gatland's son Bryn was on target with his first Super Rugby points - a conversion and a penalty.
The Hurricanes picked up four points for their victory and stayed second in the New Zealand Conference.
The Blues left-empty handed and remain at the bottom of their highly competitive New Zealand conference.
In next weekend's Round 9 action, the Hurricanes host the Brumbies (Friday, April 21 at 09:35 SA time), while the Blues have a bye.
15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu
Substitutes: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 George Moala
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May
Substitutes: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Cory Jane