Fiji Time: 1:34 AM on Wednesday 22 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Hurricanes beat Blues in Super Rugby

AAP
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Update: 11:00AM THE Hurricanes breathed further momentum into their revived Super Rugby campaign by overcoming a mid-match hiccup on Friday to beat the Blues 39-20 in Wellington.

They also grabbed a bonus point, scoring five tries to two as they made it three victories in a row to climb into the top six.

They did it by overcoming the double blow just out from halftime of having hooker Dane Coles yellow-carded for a professional foul and then conceding a penalty try as the opposition went for a pushover.

Defeat for the Blues kept them bottom of the New Zealand conference.

It also extended their losing streak away from home to 12 matches since they defeated the Hurricanes at the same venue early last season.

The momentum appeared to be theirs when they went into the interval up 17-13.

But, with Coles in the bin, the Hurricanes held onto possession, ate up the clock and then sent winger Julian Savea over to go back in front.

Back to 15 players, they went further ahead through halfback TJ Perenara after a big breakout in which impressive inside centre Alapati Leiua was prominent.

They effectively sealed victory in the 64th minute when Savea's kick ahead was pounced on by skipper Conrad Smith.

Replacement hooker Motu Matu'u added their fifth try on the hooter.

In the opening half, the Hurricanes jumped out to a 13-3 advantage in the 14th minute after Leiua brushed past a couple of defenders to touch down.

The Blues hit back through winger George Moala from a lineout drive after they turned down a penalty shot at goal.

The Hurricanes had earlier had what would have been a brilliant try ruled out, when Leuia was called back for a forward pass.

They were again denied late in the opening half after lock James Broadhurst's great round-the-corner offload set up Coles, who was tackled just into touch when producing a spectacular winger's dive.

Minutes later, Coles was sinbinned for holding down replacement five-eighth Benji Marshall, who had come on for the injured Chris Noakes.

Marshall had almost scored but was pulled down by Coles in the shadow of the posts.

The Blues again opted against a shot at goal, a decision that brought the dividends of the penalty try.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Public access
  2. Inside Fiji sevens
  3. Forgery suspect still in remand
  4. Accused on the run
  5. The murder of the Alankar jeweller
  6. Fiji beats Lebanon, players ready to face Murri at home
  7. 'Get to know your breasts'
  8. TB cases expected to increase
  9. Marks scaling review
  10. Reflect and re-examine

Top Stories this Week

  1. False rumours warning Friday (17 Oct)
  2. Unknown Tuwai stands out in Gold Coast tournament Wednesday (15 Oct)
  3. Death shocks family Monday (20 Oct)
  4. Fiji removes all doubts Wednesday (15 Oct)
  5. Biman gets nod Saturday (18 Oct)
  6. Law and order Thursday (16 Oct)
  7. Detailed report Friday (17 Oct)
  8. THE NEW PRICES Wednesday (15 Oct)
  9. Public access Tuesday (21 Oct)
  10. Inside Fiji sevens Tuesday (21 Oct)