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Blues
16
34
FT
Highlanders
HIG
Super Rugby
Friday 20 April 2018, 3:35am EDT

Blues v Highlanders

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  • FT
  • TRY!Tumua Manu
    69'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    57'
  • TRY!Shannon Frizell
    56'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    44'
  • TRY!Kayne Hammington
    43'
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalLima Sopoaga
    38'
  • TRY!Shannon Frizell
    33'
  • Penalty GoalBryn Gatland
    21'
  • Penalty GoalBryn Gatland
    13'
  • TRY!Jonathan Ruru
    8'
  • ConversionLima Sopoaga
    5'
  • TRY!Shannon Frizell
    4'
  • TRY!Dillon Hunt
    0'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
556
415
Metres
66
32
Carries
31
15
Defenders beaten
10
12
Clean breaks
268
109
Passes
14
7
Offloads
17
20
Turnovers conceded
7
8
Turnovers won
57
230
Tackles
15
31
Missed tackles
Blues T C P
15 Stephen Perofeta 0 0 0
14 Jordan Hyland 0 0 0
13 Orbyn Leger 0 0 0
12 Tinoai Faiane 0 0 0
11 Rieko Ioane 0 0 0
10 Bryn Gatland 0 0 2
9 Jonathan Ruru 1 0 0
1 Pauliasi Manu 0 0 0
2 James Parsons 0 0 0
3 Mike Tamoaieta 0 0 0
4 Patrick Tuipulotu 0 0 0
5 Jimmy Tupou 0 0 0
6 Dalton Papali'i 0 0 0
7 Kara Pryor 0 0 0
8 Akira Ioane 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Matt Moulds 0 0 0
17 Ross Wright 0 0 0
18 Sione Mafileo 0 0 0
19 Ben Nee Nee 0 0 0
20 Murphy Taramai 0 0 0
21 Sam Nock 0 0 0
22 Tumua Manu 1 0 0
23 Matt Duffie 0 0 0
Highlanders T C P
15 Ben Smith 0 0 0
14 Waisake Naholo 0 0 0
13 Rob Thompson 0 0 0
12 Teihorangi Walden 0 0 0
11 Tevita Li 0 0 0
10 Lima Sopoaga 0 3 1
9 Kayne Hammington 1 0 0
1 Dan Lienert-Brown 0 0 0
2 Ash Dixon 0 0 0
3 Siate Tokolahi 0 0 0
4 Jackson Hemopo 0 0 0
5 Thomas Franklin 0 0 0
6 Shannon Frizell 3 0 0
7 Dillon Hunt 1 0 0
8 Luke Whitelock 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Liam Coltman 0 0 0
17 Aki Seiuli 0 0 0
18 Tyrel Lomax 0 0 0
19 Alex Ainley 0 0 0
20 Elliot Dixon 0 0 0
21 Aaron Smith 0 0 0
22 Fletcher Smith 0 0 0
23 Matt Faddes 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
14 Blues 44 22
6 Highlanders 54 44
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  • FULL TIME - The final whistle sounds in Auckland!  As was the case in the first half, the Highlanders started brilliantly with an early try and from that point on were never really challenged.  The Blues came up with some consolation points scoring the final try of the match but they will be disappointed with the result which keeps them anchored to the bottom of the New Zealand conference table.  Week 10 of Super Rugby 2018 has kicked off with the Highlanders scoring a comprehensive 34-16 victory over the Blues.
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  • The siren has sounded with the Blues in possession - they will throw everything into this final play to try and come away with some consolation points.
    80'''
  • Matt Duffie makes the break for the Blues and chips over the top however Ben Smith, on the last line of defence, has read the play to perfection and he snaffles the ball and claims the mark.
    79''
  • Penalty to the Highlanders!  The visitors are rewarded for some strong work at the breakdown and the resultant kick for touch takes play over halfway and inside Blues' territory.
    77''
  • The Blues draw within 5m of the Highlanders however the pass from Gatland doesn't go to hand - however, the home side have managed to cling to possession and will reset.
    75''
  • There are plenty of tired bodies out there as the two sets of forwards prepare to pack down for the scrum - it's the Blues with the feed once again in an excellent attacking position.
    74''
  • The Blues score their first try of this 2nd half!  With composure under pressure and sure hands, the Blues create the overlap and way out to the left is the unmarked Tumua Manu who receives an excellent pass from Stephen Perofeta before crossing to score.
    72''
  • MISS! The flags stay down on the conversion attempt.
    72''
  • Try
    TRY! Blues (Tumua Manu) 34-16 Highlanders
    71''
  • Excellent scoring opportunity here for the Blues!  Lima Sopoaga, under immense pressure, flings his pass forward and so the Blues will set up with the scrum feed just 5m out.
    69''
  • Stephen Perofeta looks to clear his kick into touch but the ball skews off the side of his boot and only takes play as far as the Higlanders' 22.
    66''
  • Brilliant play from Rieko Ioane!  He slices through the defensive line and is almost through but the Blues' winger gets dragged down right on the Highlanders' 22.
    64''
  • A break in play here with Jordan Hyland coming from the field with blood streaming from a nasty cut to the side of his head.
    64''
  • The Blues hang on to possession but are forced to give up plenty of territory in the face of some aggressive defence from the Highlanders.
    62''
  • We are inside the final quarter of this clash and the Blues have a massive mountain to climb if they are to claw their way back into the contest.
    61''
  • The Blues go long with the lineout throw but it is snaffled by the quick thinking Lima Sopoaga at the back.
    60''
  • Shannon Frizell has a hat-trick!  Fresh on to the field, Aaron Smith takes the quick tap to put the Blues' defence on the back foot - he hands off to Ben Smith who pops the pass up to the man of the moment and the in-form Highlanders' flanker crashes over to score.
    59''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 34-11 Highlanders
    58''
  • Try
    TRY! Highlanders (Shannon Frizell) 32-11 Highlanders
    57''
  • Jonathan Ruru with the clearance into touch but he doesn't get as much distance as he would have liked - Highlanders with the line out throw on the Blues' 22m line.
    56''
  • Rob Thompson pounces and looks certain to burst away with just the try line ahead however he is dragged down from behind in a brilliant try-saving tackle by a desperate Bryn Gatland.
    55''
  • A promising build up from the Blues who break through the Highlanders' 22 however it comes to nought with the final pass not going to hand - yet another missed opportunity for the home side.
    53''
  • Rieko Ioane is unmarked out to the left however a wild pass gives him no chance - had that gone to hand, the Blues were in for a certain try.
    50''
  • The two front rows pop up on contact and so the scrum will be reset.
    49''
  • Penalty to the Blues!  The penalty is against the Highlanders for offside and the Blues elect to pack down for the scrum just 5m out from the try line.
    47''
  • The Highlanders burst from the blocks in the second half as they did in the first!  An incredible offload from Shannon Frizell lands in the arms of Tevita Li who, in turn, lays the ball off to Kayne Hammington - the scrum half still has some work to do but he reaches out and finds the paint.
    45''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 27-11 Highlanders
    45''
  • Try
    TRY! Highlanders (Kayne Hammington) 25-11 Highlanders
    44''
  • Tevita Li's long kick for touch crosses the line just outside the of the Blues' 22.
    42''
  • A bright start from the Blues who recycle the ball through 7 phases to edge their way inside the Highlanders' 22.
    41''
  • SECOND HALF - The Highlanders kick off and we are underway in the second half!
    40''
  • HALF TIME - An absorbing, see-sawing first half comes to an end!  The Highlanders burst from the blocks with two tries within the first 5 minutes before the Blues worked their way back into the contest to close within a point.  The Highlanders however wrested back the momentum just before the whistle and, with a late try, the visitors head to the rooms with a 20-11 lead over the Blues.
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  • Lima Sopoaga makes no mistake to once again push the Highlanders' lead back out past a converted try.
    40''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Highlanders (Lima Sopoaga) 20-11 Highlanders
    39''
  • Right on the stroke of half time, the Highlanders have a chance to extend their lead further with Lima Sopoaga to line up a penalty goal attempt from a tight angle.
    39''
  • The Highlanders hit back against the run of play!  Brilliant interplay amongst forwards and backs as the visitors spread the ball quickly out to the left to stretch the Blues' defence - on the end of the chain of passes is the unmarked Shannon Frizell who drives for the line and finds the paint.
    36''
  • MISS! The conversion attempt from Lima Sopoaga is well out to the right and the flags stay down.
    36''
  • Try
    TRY! Highlanders (Shannon Frizell) 17-11 Highlanders
    34''
  • A let off for the Highlanders - from deep inside the in-goal area, Lima Sopoaga launches a timely clearance into touch to relieve the pressure.
    32''
  • A huge net gain here for the Blues!  A handling error from the Highlanders who have coughed up possession right on their 10m line - slippery conditions making it tough out there at the moment.
    30''
  • MISS! The penalty goal attempt from the boot of Lima Sopoaga starts to the right and doesn't bend back enough.
    29''
  • Penalty to the Highlanders!  The home side is penalised after the front row collapsed in the scrum and so Lima Sopoaga will line up the posts from just inside the half way line.
    28''
  • We have a break in play with Siate Tokolahiin in plenty of discomfort after being caught awkwardly in a low tackle - he comes from the field with assistance from the medical staff and it looks as though his night is done.
    26''
  • NO TRY!  After a scramble right on the Blues' line, the Highlanders come up with a grounding however a replay shows that the pass, which incidentally caught Rob Thompson flush on the forehead, from Teihorangi Walden was forward.
    24''
  • Bryn Gatland makes no mistake from right in front and so Blues, after conceding the first 12 points of the match, have cut the margin back to a point.
    23''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Blues (Bryn Gatland) 12-11 Highlanders
    22''
  • Penalty to the Blues!   Ash Dixon is the culprit on this occasion for not rolling away after the tackle and so Bryn Gatland will line up from point blank range.
    21''
  • A clever kick from Bryn Gatland rolls into touch just 5m out from the Highlanders' line - excellent attacking position here for the Blues who are right on top at the moment after the Highlanders dominated early.
    20''
  • Turnover one way and then the other - a chance here for the Blues to go on the front foot once again from inside Highlanders' territory.
    19''
  • The scrum collapses and will be reset - it's the Blues with the feed just over the half way line.
    17''
  • The Blues, with slick hands, spread the ball out to the right but are held up on their 10m line - the box kick from Jonathan Ruru has the visitors retreating back inside their half.
    16''
  • Bryn Gatland makes no mistake with the penalty goal attempt and the Blues, after a slow start, have clawed the margin back to 4 points.
    15''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Blues (Bryn Gatland) 12-8 Highlanders
    14''
  • Penalty to the Blues!  The home side elect to take a shot at the posts and it will be Gatland to line up from the 22 on a 45 degree angle.
    13''
  • Ben Smith contests a Sopoaga up'n'under, forcing the error from the Blues. The Highlanders retain it and win a lineout on the edge of the 22. 
    11''
  • MISSED CONVERSION BLUES Gatland cannot bend the ball back from the right side. 
    9''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES On the right side of the field, with the Highlanders failing to set their line, Jonathan Ruru darts from the back of the ruck and has the strength to free an arm and get the ball down. 5-12 
    8''
  • TMO BLUES 
    8''
  • The Blus have some field position here, a chance to hit back maybe. 
    7''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS Sopoaga from close range, takes it very quickly! 0-12 
    5''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS Shannon Frizzell forces his way over with the pick and go! A break from Rob Thompson earned field position before a penalty went to the corner. 0-10 
    4''
  • MISSED CONVERSION HIGHLANDERS Sopoaga misses from the right tramlines. 
    1''
  • Try
    TRY Dillon Hunt charges down Bryn Gatland's clearance, and dots down the loose ball! Inside 40 seconds! 0-5 
    1''
  • KICK-OFF The referee blows his whistle and Lima Sopoaga gets the game underway. 
    1''
  • Kayne Hammingotn earns his first start of 2018, as Aaron Smith drops to the bench for the Highlanders.  Ash Dixon replaces Liam Coltman in the pack. 
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  • Tana Umaga rings the changes.  Bryn Gatland starts at fly-half, with Stephen Perofeta moving to full-back.  Jimmy Tupou moves to lock, Dalton Papalii comes in and Rieko Ioane moves to the wing. TJ Faiane and Orbyn Leger make up the centres. Matt Duffie is dropped to the bench after a two-try debut for Jordan Hyland against the Sunwolves. 
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  • The weekend of Super Rugby begins in Auckland; as the bottom two sides of the New Zealand to head-to-head.  
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