Hurricanes 15-24 Blues, Sky Stadium
Blues continued their impressive form in the ongoing Super Rugby season as they outplayed 14-man Hurricanes with a 15-24 victory at Sky Stadium on Saturday.
This is Blues' third successive win as they claim the third place in New Zealand Conference with 17 points while Hurricanes are at fourth place with 13 points.
It took Ben Lam just two minutes to open the account for Hurricanes with an unconverted try which remained the only points for the most part of the first half before Akira Ioane dotted down for the Blues in the 37th minute and Otere Black kicked the conversion.
Jordie Barrett with a penalty goal at the stroke of half-time ensured Hurricanes had a slender one point lead at the end of the opening half.
Hurricanes got off to a worst possible start in the second half with Tyrel Lomax red-carded in the 47th minute following which Mark Telea and Jacobus Van Wyk traded tries as the gap between the two teams remained at one.
However, troubles mounted for the hosts as they had Vaea Fifita and Jordie Barrett yellow-carded in the 68th and 74th minutes with the second of it resulting in a penalty try as well as Blues completed a nine point victory.