Hurricanes outplay Blues in Auckland

    2015-05-23 11:18

    Auckland - The Hurricanes cemented their place atop the New Zealand conference in Super Rugby and likely gained home advantage in impending playoffs with a 29-5 win Saturday over the Blues.

    The Hurricanes' 12th win in 13 matches carried them 13 points clear of the Hamilton-based Chiefs in New Zealand and gave them the same emphatic margin atop the overall championships table with three matches left in the regular season.

    Heavily depleted by injuries, the Hurricanes held a slender 3-0 lead until the 35th minute before tries by prop Chris Eves - his first in Super Rugby - and scrumhalf T.J. Perenara made it 17-0 at half-time.

    Second half tries to hooker Dane Coles and wing Nehe Milner-Skudder swelled the Hurricanes' lead while the Blues scored through replacement Matt Vaega.


    Blues - Try: Matt Vaega

    Hurricanes - Try: Chris Eves, TJ Perenara. Dane Coles, Nehe Milner-Skudder. Conversions: Otere Black (3). Penalty: Black

    Referee: Nick Briant (NZL)



    15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Ben Lam, 13 Francis Saili, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Brendon O'Connor, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley

    Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Nic Mayhew, 19 Will Lloyd/Hayden Triggs, 20 Joe Edwards, 21 Jimmy Cowan, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Matt Vaega


    15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 James Marshall, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Blade Thomson, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jeremy Thrush (captain ), 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Chris Eves

    Subs: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Ben May, 18 Tolu Fahamokioa, 19 Mark Abbott/Callum Gibbins, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Otere Black, 23 Willis Halaholo

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