FULL-TIME: BLUES 12-22 HURRICANES. What a typical Kiwi derby. The Blues had most of the possession, but the Hurricanes have done well defensively and took their chances when they were presented. Thank you for joining us.
We have yet another Hurricanes penalty at the breakdown. They go for the corner and secure the line-out. Riccitelli then comes away with is and makes good ground through some poor tackling. The Hurricanes recycle the ball only to knock it on for a scrum five metres from the Blues line.
PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 12-22: Jordie Barrett goes for goal and extends the lead with a good kick with four minutes left to play.
It is now the Hurricanes who earn a penalty after Akira Ioane is penalised at the breakdown. Great work by Beauden Barrett securing that ball.
The Hurricanes survive again after a handling error from the Blues, five metres from the line.
The Blues secure a penalty and Kirifi is penalised at the breakdown. They then secure another, as Walker-Leawere is penalised for interference with the half-back. The Blues opt for a scrum.
TRY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 12-19: And so it changes within a second. The Blues feed a scrum and after a poor pass Beauden Barrett intercepts it and runs home to score! A huge moment in this game! The conversion is wide.
The Hurricanes are back to full strength, as Toomaga-Allen returns.
TRY, BLUES, PAPALII! 12-14: Augustine Pulu makes good ground and offloads to Telea, who takes it further. TJ Faiane then sends Dalton Papalii away to run home and score! Great work and great pressure! The conversion is missed by Black.
It has become rather scrappy now and the tempers are flaring.
Great work by the Hurricanes, as they force a turn-over. Otere Black is caught in possession and fails to release the ball. The Hurricanes get away with it, for now!
Otere Black is penalised for not releasing the ball and the Hurricanes have a penalty.
YELLOW CARD, HURRICANES, TOOMAGA-ALLEN! 7-14: It was always coming and Toomaga-Allen will have a 10 minute break, as the Blues opt for another scrum.
This time TJ Perenara gives the penalty away, as he goes offside. This is intense from the Blues. Can the Hurricanes get away with this? Surprise, surprise it's a scrum!
Surely a yellow card is in the offing, as Toomaga-Allen is again penalised at the scrum. We will have another scrum. Can the Blues get through?
It's a third penalty in a row for the Blues and for the third time it's Toomaga-Allen. This time for collapsing the scrum. We will have another scrum.
The Blues secure the line-out and secure a second penalty and this time Toomaga-Allen is off his feet in the ruck. The Blues opt for a scrum.
Rieko Ioane is into a gap for the Blues and makes good ground after the offload from Otere Black. They then secure a penalty and Toomaga-Allen is penalised at the breakdown.
It's a scrappy start to the half from both teams and now the Blues have a penalty after Ngani Laumape fails to release the ball in the tackle. Great work Akira Ioane.
The Hurricanes secure the first penalty of the half at the restart. TJ Faiane is penalised for obstruction.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
HALF-TIME: BLUES 7-14 HURRICANES. The Blues have enjoyed more time in hand with the ball, but somehow trail by seven points at the break. The Hurricanes did well to absorb some early pressure and are looking very dangerous, but the home team are still in it. Please join us after the break.
The Hurricanes now secure a penalty at the breakdown and then give one away after Laumape fails to release the ball in the tackle.
The Blues secure two penalties after an initial offside and then one for not retreating 10 metres. They go for the corner and drive forward only to spill it in the tackle. Poor!
The Hurricanes are looking stronger and stronger now after sustaining the initial early pressure.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 7-14: Beauden Barrett slots another good conversion.
TRY, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 7-12: The Hurricanes secure another offside penalty and this time Ofa Tuungafasi is the guilty party. They go for the corner and drive forward after the line-out. Beauden Barrett then comes away with it and sends his brother home to score! Outstanding!
Asafo Aumua is into a gap for the Hurricanes and makes good ground. They recycle the ball and then secure an offside penalty, as Blake Gibson is penalised.
CONVERSION, HURRICANES, BARRETT! 7-7: Beauden Barrett slots the conversion.
TRY, HURRICANES. LAM! 7-5: Beauden Barrett tries to launch an attack for the Hurricanes in his own half, but is well tackled by Gibson. They lose the ball and then get it back inside their own half after Laumape rips the ball out of a Blues hand and sends Ben Lam away!
The Hurricanes secure a penalty and earn some relief after some great defending by Ardie Savea. TJ Faiane failed to release the ball.
The Blues go for the corner and secure the line-out. They then drive forward and are held up by some desperate Hurricanes defenders.
The Blues secure a penalty after a great linebreak from Telea and Aumua is adjudged offside.
The handling errors continue and it places undue pressure on the Hurricanes.
The Blues secure a penalty after great work from Nock at the breakdown and Goosen is caught offside.They find a good touch, but mess up the line-out with a skew throw! Poor!
CONVERSION, BLUES, PLUMMER! 7-0: Harry Plummer makes no mistake with the conversion.
TRY, BLUES, NOCK! 5-0: Jordie Barrett is caught in possession after great reading of the game by TJ Faiane. The Blues secure the subsequent scrum and after four quick phases Patrick Tuipulotu offloads to Sam Nock, who scores!
We have seen a number of handling errors from both teams in the early stages.
It's a kicking game at the moment. This time Ma’a Nonu kicks deep after the line-out and finds touch five metres from the Hurricanes line. TJ Perenara clears and the Blues now feed a set-piece near the halfway line.
Jordie Barrett sends a long kick downfield and the pressure is back onto the Blues, as they feed a line-out in their own half.
The kick-off from Beauden Barrett is deep and Harry Plummer decides to run it from inside his own 22. The Blues are shoved into touch inside the Hurricanes half.
Kick-off! We are underway here in Auckland in this New Zealand derby.
Welcome to Eden Park for our live coverage of this all Kiwi Super Rugby encounter between the Blues and the Hurricanes.
When the Blues went down 21-26 to the Brumbies in Canberra last week it was their third defeat in as many weeks and the Auckland based side will hope for an upturn in fortunes against the Hurricanes at home today.
The Hurricanes disposed of the Rebels 29-19 in a tight encounter in Hamilton last week and they have won their last three games on the bounce.
The Hurricanes are in second position on the New Zealand Conference table, while the Blues are in fourth position.
Team Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele’a, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Harry Plummer, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson (cc), 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (cc), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe. Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Otere Black, 23 Matt Duffie.
Team Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Toby Smith. Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 James Marshall, 23 Chase Tiatia.
Our referee is Nick Briant and he will be assisted by Paul Williams and Brendon Pickerill. The TMO is Ben Skeen.
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