Hurricanes edge out Blues 29-27 in Wellington

Dane Coles was one of the try-scorer for Hurricanes
Dane Coles was one of the try-scorer for Hurricanes

Hurricanes 29-27 Blues, Sky Stadium

Asafo Aumua scored the decisive try in the closing stage as Hurricanes edged out Blues 29-27 in the sixth round of the Super Rugby Aotearoa at Sky Stadium on Saturday.

Hurricanes now have two wins from four games as they are at third place in the table while Blues are at second.

Otere Black kick-started the proceedings with a second minute penalty kick but the response from Hurricanes came in the fourth minute when Ngani Laumape raced past Beauden Barrett to score the opening try and Jordie Barrett followed with the conversion to make it 3-7.

Playing against his former side, Beauden silenced the crowd as he sped past the Hurricanes defence to score which Black converted to make it 7-10 but the visitors suffered a setback shortly with Emoni Narawa yellow-carded for an infringement. However, Blues failed to make use of the numerical advantage as they failed to score a single point in the next 10 minutes.

Dalton Papali'i and Reed Prinsep exchanged tries on either side of the half-hour mark before Jordie's penalty at the stroke of half-time ensured the teams finished the first half levelled at 15-15.

Hurricanes were the fastest to get off the block in the second half with Dane Coles finishing under the post and Jordie's conversion made it 22-15 but the Blues levelled the score once again with Akira Ioane's try in the 57th minute followed by Beauden's extras.

Kurt Eklund's try in the 63rd minute provide the visitors with an advantage before Aumua's touchdown in the 76th minute helped Hurricanes negate the difference while Jordie's kick helped them seal a two-point win.

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