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Blues
33
26
FT
Highlanders
HIG
Super Rugby
Friday 22 March 2019, 2:35am EDT

Blues v Highlanders

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Key Events

  • FT
  • Penalty GoalOtere Black
    77'
  • ConversionOtere Black
    74'
  • TRY!Patrick Tuipulotu
    73'
  • Yellow CardWaisake Naholo
    67'
  • Penalty GoalMarty Banks
    63'
  • TRY!Melani Nanai
    56'
  • ConversionMarty Banks
    55'
  • TRY!Tevita Li
    53'
  • Penalty GoalHarry Plummer
    51'
  • Penalty GoalMarty Banks
    48'
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalMarty Banks
    36'
  • ConversionHarry Plummer
    33'
  • TRY!Rieko Ioane
    32'
  • Penalty GoalHarry Plummer
    23'
  • ConversionMarty Banks
    18'
  • TRY!Luke Whitelock
    17'
  • TRY!Rieko Ioane
    9'
  • Penalty GoalMarty Banks
    2'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
436
267
Metres
46
28
Carries
32
15
Defenders beaten
10
5
Clean breaks
142
92
Passes
4
4
Offloads
12
16
Turnovers conceded
6
6
Turnovers won
73
140
Tackles
15
32
Missed tackles
Blues T C P
15 Melani Nanai 1 0 0
14 Tanielu Tele'a 0 0 0
13 TJ Faiane 0 0 0
12 Ma'a Nonu 0 0 0
11 Rieko Ioane 2 0 0
10 Harry Plummer 0 1 2
9 Jonathan Ruru 0 0 0
1 Alex Hodgman 0 0 0
2 James Parsons 0 0 0
3 Sione Mafileo 0 0 0
4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti 0 0 0
5 Joshua Goodhue 0 0 0
6 Tom Robinson 0 0 0
7 Blake Gibson 0 0 0
8 Akira Ioane 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Leni Apisai 0 0 0
17 Ofa Tuungafasi 0 0 0
18 Karl Tu'inukuafe 0 0 0
19 Patrick Tuipulotu 1 0 0
20 Dalton Papali'i 0 0 0
21 Augustine Pulu 0 0 0
22 Otere Black 0 1 1
23 Levi Aumua 0 0 0
Highlanders T C P
15 Ben Smith 0 0 0
14 Waisake Naholo 0 0 0
13 Sio Tomkinson 0 0 0
12 Thomas Umaga-Jensen 0 0 0
11 Tevita Li 1 0 0
10 Marty Banks 0 2 4
9 Aaron Smith 0 0 0
1 Ayden Johnstone 0 0 0
2 Liam Coltman 0 0 0
3 Tyrel Lomax 0 0 0
4 Paripari Parkinson 0 0 0
5 Thomas Franklin 0 0 0
6 Shannon Frizell 0 0 0
7 Dillon Hunt 0 0 0
8 Luke Whitelock 1 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Ray Niuia 0 0 0
17 Dan Lienert-Brown 0 0 0
18 Siate Tokolahi 0 0 0
19 Josh Dickson 0 0 0
20 Jackson Hemopo 0 0 0
21 Folau Fakatava 0 0 0
22 Josh Ioane 0 0 0
23 Richard Buckman 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
7 Blues 51 20
14 Highlanders 51 14
Live Blog
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  • FULL TIME - BLUES 33 HIGHLANDERS 26 - The Auckland Blues have come up with a big win tonight to send their fans home happy with a 7 point win over the Highlanders tonight at Eden Park. 4 tries to 2 for the home side got them over the line with Marty Banks' boot keeping the Highlanders in the game until late. The Blues finally have a win over fellow NZ opposition for the first time in 21 attempts. 
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  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL - Black makes it 33-26 
    78''
  • The Blues have a penalty for offside and they will take a shot at goal to take more seconds off the clock and a chance to extend their lead 
    76''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION - Blues now lead 30-26 
    74''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES (Patrick Tuipulotu) - The Blues get up to the 19th phase of play and they are finally able to crack the defence and it's Tuipulotu who is there to grab the ball and dive over the line to give his team back the lead 
    73''
  • We go into the final 10 minutes at Eden Park with the Blues having a scrum just over halfway in attacking territory 
    70''
  • The away side's defence is on top again here with a penalty coming without possession. Home side's attack not clicking here at a vital stage in the game 
    68''
  • Yellow Card
    The Highlanders are down to 14 for 10 minutes with Naholo getting a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Robinson 
    67''
  • Robinson and Nanai combine down the short side and it results in the Blues getting to the attacking 22 
    67''
  • The Highlanders getting on top in this one as we get into the final 20 minutes as they win a penalty. The Blues however are still in this with it still being only a 3 point gap 
    66''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL - Banks puts his side back in the lead. 26-23 
    64''
  • The Blues scrum feed doesn't go well for them as they are dominated by the Highlanders forwards who win a penalty against the feed 
    62''
  • Highlanders penalty allows them to find touch and have a line-out on their attacking 22 
    60''
  • MISS - Black's attempt doesn't have enough on it and it remains all locked up at 23 
    58''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES (Melani Nanai) - Faiane makes a linebreak up the middle and his short offload to Nanai gets him away in the clear and he races away to score in the corner and the score is now all locked up at 23-23 
    57''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION - Banks makes it 23-18 
    55''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Tevita Li) - The lead has changed again in this one with a high kick from Plummer being taken by Li and he is able to get the ball ahead of the Blues and race away to score his 1st try of the season. 
    54''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL - Blues back in front 18-16 
    52''
  • Another big attempt at goal will be coming in from Plummer 40 metres out on an angle 
    51''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL - Highlanders are back in front leading 16-15 
    49''
  • Highlanders have a penalty with a not releasing call and Banks will shoot for goal 
    48''
  • A linebreak from Hunt gets the Highlanders on the front foot but it doesn't produce a result as there's a knock on coming from the next play 
    46''
  • Tom Robinson raced away and looked like he had scored a try for the Blues but the pass he got from Nanai is called as forward 
    44''
  • TMO is needed for a possible Blues try 
    43''
  • A long kick goes too far and is dead in goal. Highlanders will have 22 metre drop out 
    42''
  • Back underway 
    41''
  • HALF TIME - BLUES 15 HIGHLANDERS 13 - The home side are ahead at the break leading it by 2 points. The Blues have the lead courtesy of Ioane's double and he will be a big factor again in the 2nd half. The Highlanders however are far from out of this game and will fancy their chances to get over the top of the home side with veteran Marty Banks having a fantastic game with the boot so far. Anyone's game in the 2nd half. 
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  • Marty Banks kicking game has been superb this evening as he makes another great clearing kick up field from within his own 22 and getting it up near halfway 
    39''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL - Banks makes it 15-13 with his attempt from 40 metres never looking like it was missing 
    37''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION - Plummer makes it 15-10 to his side 
    34''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES (Rieko Ioane) - What an electric piece of play from the Blues with Ioane heavily involved as Nanai makes a linebreak and the pass comes to Ioane who gets away and is able to score his 2nd try of the night. The home fans are on their feet. 
    33''
  • Chance for the Blues to get down the short side but there's a good covering tackle coming in and the ball is knocked on back in field. 
    31''
  • Great work from Smith at the back who steps through the defence and makes a linebreak over over halfway and gets his team back on the attack 
    28''
  • Highlanders win a penalty without possession on the halfway and they take the quick tap and get play underway quickly as they look to build some pressure 
    26''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL - Plummer has another go at penalty goal which he hits well and this one goes over and the lead is cut to 2. 10-8 
    24''
  • MISS - Plummer's attempt is well off target 
    22''
  • The Blues are with the ball just over halfway when a penalty comes in and Plummer will have a shot at goal 
    20''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION - Easy one for Banks and his team leads 10-5 
    19''
  • Try
    TRY HIGHLANDERS (Luke Whitelock) - The Highlanders scrum is way too strong to handle for the home side as they charge towards the line with Whitelock at the back of the scrum able to grab the ball and put it down on the line to score 
    18''
  • Blues have not won a game against NZ opposition in their last 20 games. Their last win against fellow NZ competition was in 2016 
    16''
  • The Highlanders now are in good territory and have the home side under pressure and the referee has blown for a penalty right in front of the posts just a metre out from the try line 
    15''
  • Plummer has time to measure his clearing kick as he gets it up to halfway 
    13''
  • MISS - The score remains 5-3 
    11''
  • That is Rieko Ioane's 5th try this season. He is becoming a frequent try scorer for the Blues.
    10''
  • Try
    TRY BLUES (Rieko Ioane) - The line-out win from the Blues and a nice pass to Ioane sees him split the defence, step past a defender and score a superb try for the home side that gets the crowd on their feet. The Blues are on the board and hit the lead. 5-3 with the kick to come 
    10''
  • The Blues scrum is held up close to the line and they give away a penalty. Now the scrum is won by the Highlanders and Banks comes up with a great kick getting it up to halfway 
    8''
  • The Blues have the ball back and a line-out just 10 metres out from the line. The Highlanders under heaps of pressure 
    7''
  • The Blues first chance in attack looked promising as they got up to 10 phases but it fizzles out and there's a mistake that comes in on the wing. Highlanders scrum feed inside their own 22 
    5''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL - The Highlanders earned a penalty in the ruck and it's Banks who is able to get his team on the scoreboard with the penalty goal. They lead 3-0. 
    3''
  • We're underway 
    1''
  • Welcome to Eden Park where the Blues host the Highlanders in this Super Rugby clash. The Blues are 1 win and 3 losses so far and will want to improve that record tonight and they will want to win in front of their home fans. The Highlanders are 3rd in the NZ conference with 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw. They can grab a winning record tonight with an away win. Kick off next. 
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