Blues 19 (16) Hurricanes 37 (3)

Live commentary from the first Vodacom Super 14 match at Eden Park in Auckland.

SCORERS:

Blues – Try: Atiga. Conversion: McAlister. Penalties: McAlister (4).
Hurricanes – Tries: Fa’atau (2), Umaga, Nonu, Collins. Conversions: Gopperth (2), Holwell. Penalties: Gopperth, Howell.

FULL TIME

81min – PENALTY Holwell (2/3)
HURRICANES 37
BLUES 19

80min – Canes launch one final attack as the siren goes. Referee plays advantage again. Holwell’s chip goes wrong and they come back for the penalty. Holwell will go for goal.

78min – Nonu takes it up, referee plays advantage to the Canes. Advantage over, as the Canes bash it up and get another put in at the scrum.

77min – Canes send a grubber along the right hand touchline and the Blues knock on 5m out.

75min – Lavea knocks on 30m out from the Canes tryline.

74min – Canes penalised at scrum for not binding.

LINE-OUTS AGAINST THROW 3-3
PENALTY COUNT Canes 7-4

72min – Canes penalised for holding on. Blues line-out on the Canes 10m.

70min – CONVERSION Holwell (1/2)
HURRICANES 34
BLUES 19

69min – TRY Fa’atau (2). The Blues lose possession in the Canes half. Masoe breaks away down the right hand touchline and finds Fa’atua who scores his side’s fifth try.

68min – Penalty MISS McAlister (5/6)

67min – Blues scrum in midfield, McAlister is tackled but the Canes are penalised for coming from the wrong side. Chance for McAlister to reduce the deficit.

66min – Conversion MISS Holwell (0/1)
HURRICANES 27
BLUES 19

65min – TRY Collins. Eaton poaches Blues line-out, Nonu takes it up, before Collins barges his way over. That’s the bonus point for the visitors.

64min – Great kick from Collins puts the Blues back inside their 22, 5m out from the tryline.

62min – Blues win line-out. Williams knocks on.

62min – Weepu’s kick goes out on the full. Blues line-out on their 10m line.

61min – PENALTY McAlister (5/5)
HURRICANES 22
BLUES 19

60min – Canes penalised at the line-out and McAlister will go for goal.

59min – CONVERSION Gopperth (3/4)
HURRICANES 22
BLUES 15

58min – TRY Nonu. The Canes grab their second try in three minutes, as Nonu breaks through the Blues midfield and scores despite the best efforts of Rokocoko to hold him up.

56min – CONVERSION Gopperth (2/3)
BLUES 16
HURRICANES 15

55min – TRY Umaga. Fa’atau throws a forward pass to Toeava, who throws another forward pass to Umaga who scores in the left hand corner. TV ref checks the grounding and awards the try.

54min – Blues awarded a free kick from the scrum and take the tap. Lavea hoists the up and under, which is claimed by Smith. Canes kick down field, ball just rolls over the tryline and its dotted down.

53min – Heavy rain starts to fall which won’t help the handling skills.

48min – Gopperth has a crack at the defence and knocks on. Lavea kicks into touch on the ball, but the referee doesn’t play the advantage.

46min – Senio returns the favour with a kick that goes out just outside the Canes 22.

POSSESSION Canes 56%

46min – Weepu puts the ball into touch on the Blues 22.

45min – Lavea switches with Atiga, who knocks on in the tackle.

44min – Conversion MISS Gopperth (1/2)
BLUES 16
HURRICANES 8

43min – TRY Fa’atau. Canes spread the ball wide, Nonu finds Toeava, who flicks the ball inside to Fa’atau.

42min – The scrum turns past 90 again, so the Canes get another chance.

42min – Scrum turns past 90, and the Blues get the scrum put in.

41min – Gopperth kick off is claimed by Smith, who looked ahead of the kicker. Nonu makes a half break, and the ball is knocked down by a Blues player. Canes scrum 5m out.

HALF-TIME

39min – PENALTY McAlister (4/4)
BLUES 16
HURRICANES 3

38min – Blues win the line-out and drive the maul up to the Canes 5m line. Referee is playing advantage – Andrews went straight down. McAlister will go for goal.

37min – Blue claim the kick off and McAlister breaks through. Canes get the ball back and find touch on their 22.

34min – PENALTY McAlister (3/3).
BLUES 13
HURRICANES 3

33min – Blues win line-out, Lavea thows a skip pass to Atiga. Lavea takes it up again and the referee is playing advantage. Another chance for McAlister from right in front.

32min – Canes win line-out. Gopperth kicks for touch.

32min – Nacewa finds a great touch, 5m out from the Canes tryline on the right hand side.

31min – Blues win the line-out. Howlett beats two defenders and the ball is recycled. Levea chips over the Canes defence, but it rolls over the deadball line. 22 drop out.

30min – Canes win the line-out but are penalised for holding on. Lavea finds touch 15min inside the Canes half.

29min – The Canes work their way back inside the Blues 22 from the kick off, but Umaga’s pass fails to go to hand 5m out. Blues clear for touch.

26min – CONVERSION McAlister (2/2)
BLUES 10
HURRICANES 3

26min – TRY Atiga. Blues drive it up from the line-out. Levea steps the Canes defence and switches with Atiga who scores the first try of the Super 14.

25min – Canes lose another line-out. Atiga finds Rokocoko. McAlister takes it up over the Canes 22, but the ball is spilt again and the Canes find touch.

25min – McAlister finds touch on the Canes 10m.

23min – Canes knock on in midfield.

23min – Canes overthrow the line-out, but Lavea kicks into touch on the full.

22min – Masoe poaches the Blues line-out. Blues penalised for not rolling away. Gopperth finds touch on the Blues 10m line.

21min – Toeava knocks on down the left hand touchline, but the Blues turn the ball over and work their way back inside Canes territory. Blues lineout 10m out from Canes tryline.

20min – Umaga goes blindside but throws a poor pass into touch inside the Blues half.

19min – Weepu finds touch on the halfway line for the Canes.

18min – Lavea charges down Gopperth’s kick, but knocks on with the tryline in sight.

18min – Lavea kicks for Howlett, but it bounces into touch.

17min – Canes knock on from the line-out.

16min – Senio breaks from the scrum but is tackled into touch.

POSSESSION Canes 75%

15min – Canes take the ball through several phases, but can’t get past the flat Blues defence. Canes knock on close to the right hand touchline.

14min – Gopperth stabs a kick ahead for Fa’atau, but it’s knocked into touch by Nacewa. 22 drop out.

11min – Weepu breaks away down the left hand touchline and the Canes are awarded a penalty for hands in the ruck. Canes take the quick tap and work themselves up to within 5m of the Blues line. Canes awarded a scrum.

POSSESSION Canes 70%
TERRITORY Blues 82%

10min – Williams wins line-out for Blues, but they knock on again.

9min – PENALTY Gopperth (1/1)
BLUES 3
HURRICANES 3

8min – Canes get free kick from the scrum. Smith’s pass is tapped down, but no advantage. Canes get a penalty from the ruck. Gopperth goes for posts.

7min – Canes take the ball up, Blues turn it over, but knock on.

4min – PENALTY McAlister (1/1)
BLUES 3
HURRICANES 0

3min – Gopperth penalised for holding on in midfield. McAlister will have a shot at goal.

3min – Blues swing it wide for the first time, but are penalised when the ball goes to ground. Gopperth finds touch on the halfway line.

2min – Canes win the line-out and find touch 10m out.

2min – Lavea kicks for the corner and finds a brilliant touch 5m out from the Canes tryline.

1min – Lavea kicks off for the Blues. Canes run it out from inside their 22. Umaga knocks on in midfield.

TEAMS:

Blues: 15. Isa Nacewa, 14. Doug Howlett, 13. Ben Atiga, 12. Luke McAlister / Rua Tipoki, 11. Joe Rokocoko, 10. Tasesa Lavea, 9. John Senio, 8. Angus MacDonald, 7. Daniel Braid, 6. Nick Williams, 5. Greg Rawlinson, 4. Ali Williams, 3. John Afoa, 2. Keven Mealamu (c), 1. Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16. Tim Dow, 17. Mike Noble/Saimone Taumoepeau, 18. Kurtis Haiu, 19. Justin Collins, 20. Steve Devine, 22. Brent Ward, 32. Anthony Tuitavaike.

Hurricanes: 15. Isaia Toeava, 14. Lome Fa’atau, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Tana Umaga, 11. Ma`a Nonu, 10. Jimmy Gopperth, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Rodney So’oialo (c), 7. Chris Masoe, 6. Jerry Collins, 5. Jason Eaton, 4. Luke Andrews, 3. Neemia Tialata, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Joe McDonnell.
Subs: 16. Luke Mahoney, 17. Timothy Fairbrother, 18. Paul Tito, 19. Thomas Waldrom, 20. Brendan Haami, 21. David Holwell, 22. Shannon Paku.