Cape Town - The Blues ended their
winless streak in this year's Super Rugby competition, beating the
Brumbies in a bruising encounter at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.
The Blues won 16-14 after leading 13-0 at half-time.
flyhalf Dan Bowden scored a try and landed a conversion and two
penalties, while replacement No 10 Ihaia West landed the all-important
winning penalty in the 77th minute.
In reply, the Brumbies scored a
try through replacement back Lausii Taliauli, while centre Christian
Lealiifano was on target with three penalties.
The men from
Canberra had a chance to win the game in the dying moments, but
scrumhalf Nic White's long-range penalty attempt sailed left of the
The Blues picked up four points for their victory, but
stayed last in the New Zealand Conference. They did however move up to
13th in the Overall standings.
The Brumbies picked up a single
point for losing by seven or fewer points, and extended their lead atop
the Australian Conference. They stayed second in the Overall log.
next weekend's Round 10 action, the Blues travel to Dunedin to face the
highlanders (Saturday, April 18 at 09:35), while the Brumbies welcome
the Rebels to Canberra (Saturday, April 18 at 11:40).
15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Pita Ahki, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Dan Bowden, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Jerome Kaino (captain), 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Steven Luatua, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Francis Saili
15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Henry Speight, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Blake Enever, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Ita Vaea, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Lausii Taliauli, 23 Nigel Ah Wong