The Blues make it back-to-back victories over the Hurricanes this season as they demolished them 28-6 at Eden Park tonight.
After a come-from-behind 34-20 victory in the first round of the competition, the Blues stepped things up a gear the second time around as they produced a sparkling performance to carve up the Hurricanes.
The bonus point victory moves the Blues into second position on the New Zealand conference and just two points adrift of the Chiefs, with a guaranteed four points next week with the bye.
Flanker Steven Luatua was simply unstoppable this evening, while the Blues danger men, who had been quiet in recent weeks, unleashed as Frank Halai and Charles Piutau returned to their barn storming best.†
Playing against his old franchise seems bring out the best in All Black halfback Piri Weepu, and after putting in two big shots in defence, he created the opening try for the Blues after 11 minutes.
The 69-Test veteran darted through the a hole by the ruck and offloaded to Charles Piutau who raced down the sideline, beating Julian Savea before offloading to Chris Noakes who fed Frank Halai for the try.
Piutau almost created a second try for Halai as he carved up the defence and stormed down field, but he just couldn’t quite link up with his winger as a scoring opportunity went begging.
As electrifying as their attack was, the Blues’ defence was just as exceptional as they held the Hurricanes out magnificently, Tusi Pisi resorting to a drop goal to get some points on the board for his side after 27 minutes.
Beauden Barrett slotted a penalty goal six minutes from the break to close things up to just a point, but the Blues had the last say as Piutau crossed from a well executed scrum move to give the home side a 14-6 lead at half time.
The Blues’ kept their foot on the throttle in the second half as hooker James Parsons†barreled†over the try line six minutes in, before his fellow front rower Tom McCartney got in on the action, barging over from close range for the bonus point try on the hour mark.
Leading 28-6, the Blues had the game in the bag but they were forced to work extremely hard in the final stages as the Hurricanes threw everything at them.
Playing his best game of the season, Luatua saved a try after managing to hold up Faifili Levave over the line, and despite throwing a wild pass to Julian Savea who looked to have raced away for an intercept try, on closer inspection from the TMO found Luatua’s foot was in touch to deny the visitors a single try.
In the end the Blues ran out convincing victors and now have the week off to savour the win, before returning to action the following week to prepare for their clash with the Reds in Brisbane.