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Sharkbok

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Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
May 25, 2013, 16:28:28

 

Brumbies make light work of stuttering Blues

Jesse Mogg passes the ball as Rene Ranger lines up for a tackle

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Article Published: Saturday 25 May 2013






 

The Brumbies ended a two match losing streak when they beat the Blues 13-20 at Eden Park in Auckland.

Weather conditions in the match were poor but the loss is the Blues second in as many weeks as they lost to the Crusaders last week.

The Brumbies dominated the first half of the match as they scored a try and two penalties while keeping the Blues scoreless.

The Blues fought their way back into the match in the second half with a Rene Ranger try and two penalties but could not close the gap closer than four points.

The Brumbies built a 14-0 half time lead with a strong wind behind them in the first half then held with the gale in their faces to win th match.

The Brumbies' traditional kicking game was more suited than the Blues' ball-in-hand style to the wet and windy conditions at Eden Park, allowing them to post their eighth win from 13 matches this season and to retain first place in the Australian conference after 15 rounds.

Scrumhalf Nic White scored a superb first-half try and inside center Christian Lealiifano enhanced his Wallabies credentials by kicking five penalties from seven attempts in a clinical Brumbies' performance.

The first half was decisive. After the Blues won the toss and chose to give away the wind which, with sheeting rain, made conditions treacherous, the Brumbies camped in the Blues' half throughout the first half and built a commanding lead.

Lealiifano made it more likely he will play at inside centre for the Wallabies against the British and Irish Lions next month when he kicked penalties in the second, 13th and 41st minutes.

White scored a try which cleverly exploited the conditions, pouncing on a box kick and skidding over the line in the 22nd minute to help the Brumbies build a commanding halftime lead.

The Blues fought back as was to be expected in the second half, closing the gap to 14-10 when center Rene Ranger scored a brilliant try in the 53rd minute.

After superb initial play by George Moala and Frank Halai, scrumhalf Piri Weepu made a telling break and passed to Ranger who was too powerful to stop in slippery conditions.

Lealiifano and Blues' replacement Baden Kerr exchanged penalties to make the score 17-13 after 65 minutes, then Lealiifano clinched the Brumbies' win with his last penalty eight minutes from full time.

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said his team's first half performance was decisive.

"We definitely stuck to our game plan, which is good," he said.

"When we woke up this morning and saw the rain was coming down we felt pretty comfortable because that was how we'd planned all week.

"To come out here and play in the conditions as they were in the first half and execute out plan, I thought the guys were really good tonight."

Final Score Blues 13 (0) Brumbies 20 (14)

Scorers

Blues 
Tries - R.Ranger
Pen - C.Noakes, B.Kerr
Con - C.Noakes
Drop - 
Cards -

Brumbies
Tries - N.White
Pen - C.Lealiifano 5
Con - 
Drop - 
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee
: Lourens van der Merwe 
Assistant Ref 1:Jonathon White 
Assistant Ref 2:Nick Briant
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Blues

15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Rene Ranger,12. Francis Saili,11. George Moala,10. Chris Noakes,9. Piri Weepu,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Brendon O'Connor,5. Ali Williams,4. Culum Retallick,3. Angus Ta'avao / Sam Prattley,2. Keven Mealamu,1. Tim Perry,

Replacements : 16. James Parsons,17. Sam Prattley / Ofa Tu'ungafasi,18. Anthony Boric,19. Kane Barrett,20. Jamison Gibson-Park,21. Baden Kerr,22. Jackson Willison

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio ,2. Stephen Moore,3. Ben Alexander ,4. Scott Fardy ,5. Sam Carter ,6. Peter Kimlin ,7. Colby Faingaa ,8. Ben Mowen (C) ,9. Nic White ,10. Matt Toomua,11. Joe Tomane,12. Christian Lealiifano,13. Tevita Kuridrani ,14. Henry Speight,15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements:16. Siliva Siliva,17. Ruan Smith ,18. Fotu Auelua,19. Jordan Smiler,20. Ian Prior ,21. Robbie Coleman,22. Clyde Rathbone.

 

 


Sharkbok

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
May 25, 2013, 16:31:02

 This was probably the final nail in the coffin for the Blues season.

They should drop out of the top6 this weekend.


Sharkbok

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 01, 2013, 15:47:28

 the highlanders have now turned their season into a dislaster. The Blues start strong but typically get worse as the season goes on,


Sharkbok

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 01, 2013, 16:37:59

 

Bonus point Highlanders blow Blues away

Colin Slade on the break for the Highlanders

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Article Published: Saturday 1 June 2013

 






 

The Highlanders secured their second Super Rugby victory of the season when they beat the Blues 38-28 with a bonus point in Dunedin.

The Highlanders finally found the form that they had been promising all season and started with a level of intensity that they have not brought into a match this year.

The result means that the Highlanders win The Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy which is contested between the teams.

The Highlanders wrapped the game up in the opening 30 minutes when they raced to a 29-0 lead and also had their four-try bonus point in the bag. The Blues scored their bonus point try in extra time.

The Blues scored on the stroke of half-time to trail 7-29 at the turn and lifted their attack in the second half with three more tries to also collect a bonus point.

The loss leaves the Blues in seventh place and with a tough climb into the top six as they face a two-match tour to South Africa and a clash with the table-topping Waikato Chiefs.

The Highlanders, with an All Blacks-stacked squad, were tipped in the pre-season to be certainties for the top-six playoffs but instead they faltered week after week.

After losing 11 of their first 12 games and being firmly anchored at the bottom of the table, however, they unearthed an emphatic winning statement.

Coach Jamie Joseph made seven changes to the side from that lost 19-18 to the Western Force last week which included demoting All Blacks Aaron Smith and Ma'a Nonu to the bench and dropping Tony Woodcock from the 22-man squad.

The revamped side made their intentions clear from the start as they won the opening forward exchanges to camp deep in Blues territory.

They rejected a kickable penalty in favour of a scrum to increase the pressure and were rewarded soon after with a try to fullback Ben Smith who ran straight through a disorganised Blues pack.

Tries to Tamati Ellison, Hosea Gear and Smith again followed with Colin Slade landing three conversions for the Highlanders to race to a 29-0 lead.

The Blues had to wait until the final play of the first half to get on the board when Waisake Naholo gathered in a chip kick as the Highlanders defenders ran into each other and raced unopposed to the line.

Slade pushed the Highlanders out to a 35-7 lead with two penalties early in the second half before the Blues cut down their high infringement rate to focus on attacking football.

Converted tries to Rene Ranger and Steven Luatua closed the gap to 35-21 with 15 minutes to play but the Blues lost the momentum by giving away another penalty.

Replacement fly-half Hayden Parker landed the three points for the Highlanders leaving the Blues with only the bonus point to play for and it came with a try to Luke Braid in injury time.

Final Score Highlanders 38 (29) Blues 28 (7)

Scorers

Highlanders 
Tries - B.Smith 2, T.Ellison, H.Gear
Pen - C.Slade 3, H Parker
Con - C.Slade 3
Drop - 
Cards - J. Mackintosh (yellow 79th min)

Blues
Tries - W.Naholo, R.Ranger, S Luatua, L.Braid.
Pen - 
Con - B.Kerr 4
Drop - 
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee
: Jonathon White 
Assistant Ref 1:Richard Kelly
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride 
TMO : Keith Brown

Teams

Highlanders

1. Jamie Mackintosh ,2. Andrew Hore (captain) ,3. Ma'afu Fia ,4. Brad Thorn,5. Josh Bekhuis ,6. Jarrad Hoeata,7. John Hardie,8. Mose Tuiali'i,9. Fumiaki Tanaka ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain),12. Shaun Treeby ,13. Tamati Ellison ,14. Trent Renata ,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman ,17. Bronson Murray ,18. Elliot Dixon ,19. TJ Ioane ,20. Aaron Smith ,21. Hayden Parker ,22. Ma'a Nonu

Blues

15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Rene Ranger,12. Francis Saili,11. Waisake Naholo,10. Baden Kerr,9. Piri Weepu ,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Steven Luatua,5. Ali Williams,4. Anthony Boric,3. Angus Ta'avao,2. James Parsons,1. Tim Perry

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu,17. Sam Prattley,18. Culum Retallick,19. Brendon O'Connor,20. Jamison Gibson-Park ,21. Marty McKenzie,22. Jackson Willison 


Beeno1

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 01, 2013, 17:05:57

 sir john and sir graham are struggling.

Perhaps they need some input from Allistair!


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 02, 2013, 06:05:32

@sharkbok,

premature threadulaction??? o_O LMFAO, :oD

just messing with u, the blues dont deserve to make the finals and even if they did, like the cheetahs, i cant see them beating any of the top teams.

but i still wpouldnt rule them out just yet, blues are 7th on the ladder but only three points behind the cheetahs who are 5th.
blues are facing the hsarks next in durban after the june break and the cheetahs are facing the stormers.
IMO the blues can beat the sharks and the stormers can beat the cheetahs and that will pretty much swap the two around on the ladder.

this will make their next match prob their most important one of the season as the cheetahs then face the blues, a scenario i mentioned being very viable last week.

even if their next matches do go the way i predicted, i cant see the blues beating the cheetahs in bloomfinetein, so the smart money would be with the cheetahs.


Sharkbok

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 03, 2013, 01:32:49

 @Sasuke, The Blues are strong at home, but in recent years not away from home. I expect they willlose both games in the republic


Spooony

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 03, 2013, 02:06:46
Which home are you referring to? Pukekohe, Auckland, North Harbor or Albany?


Sharkbok

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 29, 2013, 17:16:57

 Looks like another nail in the coffin or probably the last one.


allblacknblue

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 29, 2013, 20:43:20

:( Oh there goes my team for yet another year...


Beeno1

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 29, 2013, 21:24:06

Yup abnob sharks front row pummelled you guys badly. Great to see Beast going well. SA rolling maul is too much for nz sides it seems.

So its bye bye blues and ou abnob left singing the blues!!!

 


allblacknblue

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
June 29, 2013, 21:46:03

Hahaha, yea alright beano....


Sharkbok

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
July 06, 2013, 16:40:57
Cheetas put them out of their misery


Spooony

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
July 06, 2013, 18:19:14
Beeno they will hammer and hammer till the laws are tweak to take that away from us as well.

I have some interesting evidence here how after 2008/9 they set off to make law tweaks to further their own game plan and to nullify ours. They pribe the Island nations and Canada to put in their vote where Paddy have the telling vote as they overpower anyone making law changes as it sees fit for their game


polyboy

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
July 06, 2013, 19:09:09
Is there ANY conspiracy theory SA posters don't subscribe to regarding NZ rugby vs SA rugby? Why do you think SA rugby deserves the recognition the AB's have.


allblacknblue

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RE: Auckland left Singing the Blues (again....)- looks like season is over
July 06, 2013, 22:35:14

I dunnnno Spoony! Sounds much more like a ocker or saffa thing to do me! If it makes you feel better; I still dont think the rules are quite right. The rules in 2008/09 turned games into an endless kick/chase that bored the shit out of most of us! But no need to thank us if we did in deed have something to do with it.


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