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Blues vs Hurricanes: Super Rugby live scores, blog

11th May, 2018


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Blues vs Hurricanes

Super Rugby, 11 May, 2018

Eden Park
Fulltime - Blues 15, Hurricanes 36
Blues   Hurricanes
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Touch judges: Brendon Pickerill & Paul Williams
TMO: Ben Skeen
Where: Eden Park, Auckland
When: 5:35pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Blues $3.80, Hurricanes $1.20
Referee: Jaco Peyper

15 Matt Duffie
14 Rieko Ioane
13 Orbyn Leger
12 Sonny Bill Williams
11 Caleb Clarke
10 Stephen Perofeta
9 Augustine Pulu (c)
8 Akira Ioane
7 Murphy Taramai
6 Jerome Kaino
5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
4 Patrick Tuipulotu
3 Ofa Tuungafasi
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/Sam Nock
22 Dan Kirkpatrick
23 Melani Nanai

15 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 (c)
5 Sam Lousi
4 Vaea Fifita
3 Jeff Toomaga-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
The Hurricanes head to Auckland to face the Blues. (AAP Image/SNPA, Ross Setford)
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11th May, 2018
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The Blues go head to head with Kiwi rivals the Hurricanes in Auckland as the Super Rugby season charges into Round 13. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:35pm (AEST).

While the outcome of this match might seem pretty easy to predict – another Canes win (their ninth this season) – it’s worth remembering that the Blues have a few things to be excited about this round.

Firstly, they are coming off a good win against the Waratahs in Sydney. The NSW side did play poorly, but the Blues will still take heart from winning on the road against the leaders of the Australian conference, especially when they had so many injuries.

Those injuries have been the story of the Blues’ season in many ways and have made it hard to really get a handle on where the Auckland side really sit in terms of quality. Bizarrely though – despite a poor season where they’ve only won three of their ten matches – they are still only six points off eighth place on the overall ladder.

More good news for the Blues faithful after the win last weekend is the return of Sonny Bill Williams and Ofa Tuungafasi from injury, with the pair surely eager to make an impact – both to help their club and to assist their international chances for the All Blacks’ coming matches against France. SBW’s match-up against Ngani Laumape could well decide who pulls on the black 12 jersey for the first Test.

As for the Canes, they are worryingly good this year, and have added a defensive defiance to their attacking flair. They are just two points behind the Crusaders and have a game in hand.

Their backline looks deadly, even if their first-choice halfback is starting on the bench. Time and again this season, opponents have been within reaching distance of the Hurricanes, until their stars turn on the class and suddenly it’s five minutes later and the other side are looking at a 14 to 21-point gap.

The Blues have only beaten another Kiwi side once in their past 26 clashes.

The weather forecast calls for heavy rain and storms so it might not be the free-flowing game many were hoping for, but even so, the Canes will wrap up another victory and put the pressure back on the Crusaders atop the table.


Hurricanes by 10.

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