The Blues A side reversed the result of their recent clash against the Chiefs Development with a 55-31 victory at Pakuranga Rugby Club on Saturday.
In front of a sizeable crowd, the home side ran in nine tries, set-up with an excellent platform and delivered around the park with precision by first five Stephen Perofeta.
It proved an excellent hit-out for the Blues players, especially those coming back from injury who will now push for Super Rugby game time as a result.
Perofeta, who played for Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup, was impressive in first game coming back from a foot injury, showing real composure for a teenager and was dangerous in open field running.
Inside him Sam Nock (pictured, above, in a previous match against the Hurricanes) was also back from injury, with the young captain clearing the ball well for the backline to prosper.
It was also the first full game this year for Rene Ranger, who will be much the better for the game-time, typically abrasive on defence and producing some typical elusive Ranger line-breaks.
Another to return from injury was former NZ Sevens player Declan O’Donnell, who was powerful and elusive on the wing, beating the first defender repeatedly.
Upfront Scott Scrafton, Hame Faiva, Josh Goodhue, Namatahi Waa and Brandon Nansen were aggressive and lively in the physical encounter.
The next Blues team to play is the Blues Under-20s who take on Argentina at Waitemata RFC on Wednesday from 7pm.
Meanwhile the Blues A side take on the Hurricanes in the curtain-raiser before the Super Rugby clash against the Western Force, at Eden Park on Saturday 1 April.
The Blues try scorers were: Tries: Stephen Perofeta (2), Pisi Leilua, Rene Ranger, Brandon Nansen, Sam Nock, Kara Pryor, Declan O’Donnell, Matt Vaega
Conversions: Jordan Trainor (5)
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