Blues 34-28 Waratahs, Eden Park
The Blues finished their Super Rugby 2016 campaign on high with a narrow 34-28 win over the Waratahs in Auckland on Friday.
The Sydney based club have taken the provisional top position by a margin of one point in the Australian Conference by displacing the Brumbies. Although the Canberra side are scheduled to play their final round-robin game at home tomorrow against the Force who are situated at the bottom of the Australasian Group after a dismal season.
In a thrilling encounter at Eden Park which saw three penalty tries being awarded, the Blues managed to score five tries against four by Waratahs.
Blues centre Piers Francis played a vital role in his team's victory by kicking nine points from the tee in addition to scoring a sensational try in the 48th minute.
Lock Patrick Tuipulotu (25), fullback Melani Nanai (63) and replacement George Moala (76) were the other try scorers for the home side.
For the visitors, centre Israel Folau (60) and replacement prop Angus Taavao-Matau (71) crossed over for tries.
Fly-half Bernard Foley managed to convert all four tries for the 'Tahs.
'Tahs were only trailing by a single point with seven minutes left on the clock, however, Moala's decisive try sealed the essential victory for the Blues to give their fans something to rejoice after a horrid season.