Hurricanes show class in downing Blues
Cape Town - The Hurricanes moved to the top of the Super Rugby standings with victory over the Blues in their New Zealand derby at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.
As it happened: Blues v Hurricanes
The Hurricanes won 36-15 after leading 14-8 at half-time.
The Hurricanes, looking to repeat as champions following their success in 2016, scored five tries through impressive hooker Ricky Riccitelli, No 8 Gareth
Evans, fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder, lock Sam Lousi and centre Matt Proctor. Flyhalf Beauden Barrett was on target with four conversions as well as a penalty.
The Blues, who competed well at times and led in fact during the first half, scored two tries through centre Orbyn Leger and prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi. Flyhalf Stephen Perofeta added a conversion and a penalty.
The Hurricanes picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved to the top of both the New Zealand Conference and the Overall log.
For the Blues it was back to the drawing board after they left empty-handed and remained bottom of the NZ Conference and 13th in the Overall standings.
In next weekend's Round 14 action, the Hurricanes host the Reds in Wellington (Friday, May 18 at 09:35 SA time), while the Blues welcome the Crusaders to Auckland (Saturday, May 19 at 09:35 SA time).
Tries: Orbyn Leger, Ofa Tu'ungafasi
Conversion: Stephen Perofeta
Tries: Ricky Riccitelli, Gareth
Evans, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Sam Lousi
Conversions: Beauden Barrett (4)
Matt Duffie, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Orbyn Leger, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11
Caleb Clarke, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Augustine Pulu (captain), 8 Akira
Ioane, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4
Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ross Wright
16 Matt Moulds, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Ben
Nee-Nee, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Dan
Kirkpatrick, 23 Melani Nanai
Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani
Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Gareth
Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4
Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith
16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20
Blade Thomson, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Jordie Barrett