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Kick-off local time : Fri, 18 April 2014 - 19h35
Kick-off : Fri, 18 April 2014 - 09h35
Venue : Wellington
Referee : Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Hurricanes Blues
Tries Julian Savea (50min) and TJ Perenara (52min) George Moala (29min)
Penalties Beauden Barrett (6min) and Beauden Barrett (11min)
Conversions Beauden Barrett (15min), Beauden Barrett (50min), Beauden Barrett (52min), and Beauden Barrett (66min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Dane Coles (39min)
Red cards
Minute Commentary


Stay with us for the all Australian derby as two of the youngest teams in the competition go up against each other - it's the Rebels v The Force


TRY - Motu Matu'u has a one man overlap after some open filed play with Cory Jane on his outside, he decides to back his strength and is able to slide over the try line, making for an impressive looking score line. The conversion is wide by Barrett as the final whistle blows


Blues continue their push, but this time from inside their half - Marshall put it onto the boot but Barrett is having none of it as he is happy to boot it downfield and play the territory game


When the Blues do get their chances they are showing their intention to try and get some points as they take a quick tap penalty - the Blues are now on halfway with another penalty, the go for a long kick down field and set the line out about 15 metres out.


The game is starting to fall to pieces a bit now as handling errors and messy moments are slowing things down, the scrum eat into the remaining few minutes


Hurricanes are enjoying attacking down the blind side through Cory Jane, he puts in a chip as the Blues look to run it out, the ball is stolen back by the 'Canes but only briefly as Kaino jumps onto a loose pass - there is plenty of possession changing hands between the two teams at this late stage of the game


Jeffery Toomaga-Allen lines up the tryline with a steaming run, he gets over the line but has no control of the ball as it is spilled forwad


Blues are looking a little flat as they keep going down the first channel, it leads to Moli being isolated and the 'Canes turn the ball over, the ball finds it's way to Barrett who puts in a brilliant banana kick and from the Blues lineout the Hurricanes manage to come away with it as it is stolen in the air


TRY - The Hurricanes are able to sneak in for a try as Conrad Smith follows up a Savea kick, Savea attempts to chase his own kick but it is knocked back towards the goal line - Benji Marshall can't reach the ball as Smith dots down


Breakdowns are becoming a major contest now as both teams look happy to through number into the rucks, however the Hurricanes go off their feet and are penalised as the refereee also issues a warning for all the repeated infringements


Hurricanes obviously trying to play in the Blues half as Barrett tries to look from territory, but the Blues have a similar plan as they are happy to kick the ball back - Blues now have the ball and are trying to rumble it up through the forwards but the 'Canes pinch the ball and turn defense into attack


Blues have been given a kickable penalty which they have been happy to turn down earlier on the game, but this time they decide on the kick. Marshal steps up and nails the PENALTY goal


Blues make a great break from first phase off the scrum but the hands are just not good enough from Hall as it costs them a scrum in the 'Canes half


TRY - 'Canes get another one from some great broken field play, the Blues sent it down field from the boot, Leiua runs the ball up and offloads to Cory Jane, he is able to throw an overhead pass which Peranara picks up on the bounce and scores. the CONVERSION is also good


TRY - The Hurricanes do some good work through their forwards as they bashed it up through a number of phases, once the defense was sucked in Barrett was able to lay it off to Savea on the inside to blast through Kaino for the try. Barrett makes the CONVERSION easily


Hurricanes trying their hand at attacking now that they are up in the Blues half after a Moala knock on, it does not last long though as the ball becomes trapped and the 'Canes have another scrum about seven metres out


It is still more disjointed play as a knock on leads to another scrum and again, this scrum keeps collapsing requiring multiple resets - time is eating away into Dane Coles yellow card


Scrums are looking a little scrappy with the Hurricanes a man down, Peranara tries to get the ball out as quick as possible but knocks it on and now it's the Blues who have a shot


We are back underway in Wellington as Barrett kicks us off


Blues look for a push over try but the ball comes loose from a Hurricanes foot kicking the ball out of the scrum and a PENALTY TRY is awarded as Marshal CONVERTS


The Blues have a scrum just inside their half before the half time hooter, it is solid as Piutau goes on a bit of a run, Blues making a break now through a good little kick, they run up the field through the backs, the ball finds it's way to Benji Marshal who is held up short of the line by Dane Coles - the ref sees it as foul play and he is YELLOW CARDED


Another great grubber from Leiua sees Savea through again, he can only offload to Thrush who is caught - the ball is kept alive by the 'Canes as they swing it from one side of the field to another, eventually the ball finds Dane Coles on the wing who goes for a big dive at the corner flag, but once again it is sent upstairs... The TMO decided Coles hand is in touch first and the try is not given


Hurricanes win a good penalty after Barrett puts pressure on the attacking Blues, the ball comes loose and is hacked down field, the 'Canes flood on to the ball and they are awarded the penalty which Barrett can't slots over


Hurricanes look to strike back as they take the kickoff quickly and win the ball back, they go through the phases until the ball is grubbered out on the 22, the line out is lost but the Blues retain possession as the ref gives them a free kick for closing the gap


Blues build up the phases to a point where Peranara is caught for not rolling away, instead of taking the kick the Blues stick to their convictions and go for a 5 metre line out. The maul is set and a TRY is scored, Moala is handed the ball on the blind side and has enough space to fight his way into the corner and score. The CONVERSION is good from Noakes.


Hurricanes looking to get out of their half as a kick on the full is touched by Mealamu saving the Hurricanes some embarrassment - the lineout is on the half way but from the resulting play they get penalised and the Blues send the ball back down field


Blues have a solid scrum inside the 'Canes 22 but they waste the chance as Braid holds back Jack Lam who is trying to break away from the scrum - it is silly play and the 'Canes have a chance to clear


Barrett runs at a packed blind side and drops it on the boot for Alapati Leiua to run onto, he runs towards the full back and throws the ball over his shoulder onto Julian Savea who is clear for the line; however the ref sends it up stairs and the TMO rules the Leiua pass to be forward - Blues scrum


Barrett has another long shot at goal but this time it is away as Noakes kicks out of his 22 from the drop out


Blues get their first scrum after Dane Coles attempts an intercept but knocks it on, the Blues attack and win a penalty but decide on a tap and go which does not benefit them in the end as the 'Canes win the ball back from a turnover


Hurricanes attack from a scrum with a good backline move, the ball reaches the edge of the field but it is kept alive and sent back inside, Alapati Leiua runs at the Blues centres and dissects them to score a TRY under the posts


First scrum of the game and its to the Hurricanes after Kaino dropped a high ball from Barrett - the scrum is steady and the 'Canes attack down the blind side


Its another Hurricanes penalty and Barrett thinks he has the legs for this one as he line up a kick. The PENALTY kick is well stuck and sails over the cross bar from far out


Blues looking to build phases through the tight channels as the forwards pick and go, the ref is unhappy with Woodcocks cleaning out of the ruck and give the Hurricanes a penalty which they send down towards the half way line


Hurricanes attack earns them a penalty for the Blues going off their feet, it gives a chance for Barrett to level up the scores through his own kick. the PENALTY kick is solid and the 'Canes are on the board


Hurricanes have a go at attack now and do well in going through the phases but a great steal by Luke Braid sees the Blues clear their lines and set a lineout for the Hurricanes back down field


Conrad Smith sets the standards on defense as he floors one of the Blues backs, but the visitors continue to attack and earn a penalty advantage about 10 metres out. The PENALTY is awarded as Noakes pops over an easy kick


We are underway in Wellington as Noakes kicks us off!


Its a clear night to start with in Wellington which should make it a running contest for both of these exciting backlines! There is some rain about but hopefully it stays away


The Hurricanes attacking game has been well spoken of through the tournament especially with Barrett running the show. But on paper the Blues tight five should be seen as better with the experienced Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock in the front; so it will be interesting to see who can secure enough ball to run it back at the opposition


The Blues have been forced to reshuffle their backline to face the Hurricanes after Ma'a Nonu was ruled out with injury.The All Blacks' centre will not play against the franchise he earned 110 caps for after suffering tightness in his left calf. Nonu had been battling the complaint this week and after a reassessment by Blues medical staff he was scratched from this match in. Jackson Willison, who was originally left out of the 23 for the match, will start the match in his place.


Welcome to Friday's games of Round 10 of Super Rugby! We begin in Wellington where the Hurricanes take on the Blues. Both of these teams are coming of byes in the previous week and as such may be a little rusty in getting going
15 Matt Proctor
14 Cory Jane
13 Tim Bateman
12 Hadleigh Parkes
11 Julian Savea
10 Beauden Barrett
9 TJ Perenara
8 Brad Shields
7 Ardie Savea
6 Jack Lam
5 Blade Thomson
4 Jeremy Thrush
3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
2 Dane Coles
1 Ben Franks

23 James Marshall
22 Cardiff Vaega
21 Chris Smylie
20 Adam Hill
19 James Broadhurst
18 Reg Goodes
17 Chris Eves
16 Ash Dixon
15 Charles Piutau
14 Lolagi Visinia
13 Francis Saili
12 Ma'a Nonu
11 Tevita Li
10 Ihaia West
9 Bryn Hall
8 Jerome Kaino
7 Brendon O'Connor
6 Steven Luatua
5 Tom Donnelly
4 Patrick Tuipulotu
3 Charlie Faumuina
2 Keven Mealamu
1 Sam Prattley

23 George Moala
22 Jackson Willison
21 Jamison Gibson-Park
20 Peter Saili
19 Hayden Triggs
18 Angus Ta'avao
17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
16 James Parsons