Blues win World Club 10s

2014-06-22 15:00
Blues (AFP)

Singapor - The Auckland Blues have clinched the inaugural World Club 10s in Singapore on Sunday after edging out Super 15 rivals Brumbies 10-5 in extra time.

The Blues, captained by All Blacks veteran scrumhalf Piri Weepu, came from behind to clinch the tournament in the state-of-the-art new Singapore National Stadium after conceding a try by Brumbies' Conrad Hoffmann in the sixth minute.

Forward Tom McCartney broke through a resilient Brumbies backline to equalise in the second-half of the fast-paced 20-minute game, before inside-centre Jackson Willison clinched the winner with a "golden point" try in extra-time.

The tournament, which featured eight professional teams, is the first major event to be held at the Singapore arena, which is the centrepiece of a $1 billion Sports Hub complex that is opening in stages this year.

The Asia-Pacific Dragons, made up of players from the Southern hemisphere, beat the Cardiff Blues to clinch third place.

The Dragons are planning to enter the Super Series with the new Singapore arena as its home base.

France-based Biarritz Olympique as well as a selection of the Samoa national side also featured in the tournament.

Organisers said nearly 11 000 people attended the two-day event, which was meant as a soft launch for the 55,000-seat stadium.

The stadium features a domed, retractable roof and air-cooled seating.

The 35-hectare Sports Hub complex also includes indoor arenas, an aquatic centre and watersports facility, and a shopping mall.

The Sports Hub will host tennis's end-of-season WTA Championships in October, is the confirmed main venue for the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, and is also likely to hold international rugby and Twenty20 cricket events, officials have said.

Its maiden football match will be on August 16, when Italian champions Juventus face a Singapore XI.

Read more on:    blues  |  piri weepu  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.