Important match for the Auckland team, forced to win after two defeats. Last Hurricanes, will the revenge come?
Super Rugby Aotearoa: challenge between Blues and Hurricanes, between Auckland and Wellington
The sixth day of Super Rugby Aotearoa opened with the great feat of the Highlanders, able to beat the Crusaders at home, and then saw the match between Blues and Hurricanes played at Eden Park. A race to win absolutely for the hosts, returning from two defeats in a row and forced to take advantage of the Crusaders’ misstep, while for the guests a success would mean abandoning the last place in the standings. The match starts slowly and it takes 27 minutes to unlock the scoreboard: Jordie Barret takes care of it from the pitch. The hosts, however, react immediately, and from a long drive advancing from touch they earn a free-kick try because of the repeated fouls of the Hurricanes (which lead to the yellow of Ardie Savea). The closing of the first half is entirely signed by the players, with Black and Jordie Barrett again fixing the partial at 10 to 9.
Having recovered the numerical parity, the guests also found the advantage, with Jordie Barrett scoring the 10-12 kick from 55 meters. At the 50th, however, the Blues strike again: great action on the 22 of Perofeta who invents a good hole to create numerical superiority and launch TJ Faiane in the goal, then at the 64th the Auckland trocar unleashed and secure the victory. This time it is Rieko Ioane who makes the difference, lunge and wide open band for Telea who only has to sprint at the flag for 24-12 after the transformation of Otere Black. Too much to recover for the Hurricanes, who at least manage to score the 24-17 mark with Prinsep five from the end. The defensive bonus, however, fades to the 80th, with Black’s kick that is worth the final 27-17.
Super Rugby Aotearoa standings after sixth round (matches played)
Crusaders 18 (5)
Blues 14 (5)
Highlanders 9 (5)
Chiefs 8 (4)
Hurricanes 5 (5)
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