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Super Rugby | Auckland
07:35 (GMT) | 15-07-2016
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The Blues beat the Waratahs 34-28. Thank you for staying with us. Catch another live coverage when we bringing you Reds vs Rebels next.
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Blues managed to hold on their lead, also got their much needed bonus point. Full-time in Eden Park.
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Tahs with the ball but Blues are defending. Tahs players looks tired but still with the ball.
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Tahs are in trouble, trying to defend Blues attack, they lost the ball and it will be Tahs scrum.
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Francis missed.
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The Blues in 2' from the scoring line in Tahs field. Visitors are battling in defence, Blues gets an easy try from George Moala.
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Exactly what I was talking about for Tahs to gets a quick try to close the gap, but still visitors are in trouble. Blues gets line-out just few steps away from Tahs scoring line.
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Foley again, flags are high.
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Tahs need a try to close the game, they behind with seven points to Blues. Visitors attacking and kicks it away but Mike Fraser giving penalty to Tahs and they makes it a beautiful try.
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Again Blues penalty, attacking but Tahs managed to gets the ball and killed it. Foley will make a drop kick in their 22'.
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Attacking by Blues, but makes knock on, scrum to Tahs. The ball is out in Tahs, attacking trying to get position but lost the ball to Blues. Penalty given to home side.
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Penalty to Blues and go for a kick. They will get line-out in Tahs field.
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Francis again, kick is good and flags are high.
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Blues again attacking the Tahs to get an easy TRY by Nanai.
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The game is close in both side, still the Blues are leading the Tahs 22-21.
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Kick is good, Foley makes it in.
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Nice build up attacking from Tahs, one pass after another and the ball gets to Folau and makes it a nice TRY.
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Penalty to Blues and decided to kicks the ball getting touch in 50' for line-out. Attacking nicely and patiently, home side has the ball but lost it to Tahs.
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Blues are back in the game, controlling. Tahs is making couple of changes.
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Blues going for poles, easy from Francis to makes it 22.
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In their field, Tahs are getting free kick. The kick the ball to the Blues. Home side attacking, it's not easy - Tahs are defending and don't want to give Blues chance. But Tahs are offside and penalty awarded to Blues
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Both sides know the importance to this match, they attacking each other. Tahs are awarded the scrum.
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Again the Blues are leading, now at Eden Park, Blues 19 and Tahs 14.
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Nice and easy for Francis.
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The Blues are in Tahs 22', attacking amazingly. Piers Francis gets the ball and makes amazing run to makes a try.
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Blues are coming behind, attacking and wounded. Duffie with the ball. Home side attacking.
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Easy for Foley, Tahs are 14 and Blues 12.
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Scrum to Tahs, 5 meters from the scoring line. Nice and pushing, Blues again penalised. Penalty try awarded, the third of the game.
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In Tahs field, visitors has the ball. They coming behind 7 points to 12. Attacking, nice pass from Folau to Hooper. Waratahs are close to Blues scoring line, they 5' out. 11th phase but ref gets back to penalty, Blues offside. Tahs takes scrum.
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We back to the second half of the game, and Bernard Foley gets us underway.

Half Time

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Waratahs coach cannot believe what he sees, knowing this game is crucial to them. It's now half-time and the Blues are leading Tahs with 12-7.
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Blues scrum, out with the ball but lost the ball to Tahs, Foley running with the ball - 2' from scoring line. 7th phase, Tahs has the ball. Folau runs with the ball to the scoring line, poor pass he made and lost the ball to Blues.
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Decided to take line-out, visitors trying ruck, few step to Blues scoring line. Tahs lost the ball, scrum to the Blues.
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The Tahs is getting scrum in 50'. The ball is out, Foley running away with it. In Blues field, Tahs are trying so hard to Blues. Folau with the ball, Tahs keeping the position. 9th phase Tahs still with the ball. Blues offside and ref awarded penalty to Tahs.
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The Blues are back to the game, trying hard now to keep the position as they leading the visitors.
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And Blues make sure to get two points to reach 12-7.
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The ball is out, Tahs are defending but failing. The Blues still has the ball in scoring line of the Tahs and ref awarded the penalty try, the second one of the game - foul play from the Tahs.
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The Blues are getting line-out in 5' of Tahs field.
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And Blues missed it to make it 7. Now it's 7-5 to the Waratahs.
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Nice attacking from Blues, the ball is out, running to Tahs scoring line. Blues makes the try but ref decided to consult TMO (Ben Skeen) for a foul play. Fraser called skipper Hooper and awarded the try to the Blues.
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Blues are trying to come back wounded, keeping the ball in Tahs side.
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And Foley makes it right to 7-0
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The ref Mike Fraser awarding the penalty try after Blues tried to interrupt the Tahs ball.
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Phipps gets the ball in scrum, Tahs attacking, few step away from scoring line. Blues are penalised for dangerous tackle. Jerome Kaino makes that tackle. Tahs will take the scrum in 5' from Blues scoring line.
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The scrum collapsed, still in Blues field. Phipps still holding the ball. Ball is out in Tahs trying to attacking - ref playing advantage.
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Tahs scrum is out, Blues again interrupts, it will again Tahs scrum in 5' in Blues side.
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In the Blues 22'. Tahs gets line-out. Blues are interrupting and gets penalised. Foley makes the kick in 5' of Blues half. Tahs close to the scoring line, Blues are defending and ref stopped the game to give Tahs a scrum.
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Tahs now attacking, trying to keep the position in Blues side. The ball is out and Foley makes the kick.
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Scrum to visitors in their 22', Blues penalised, Foley makes the kick and gets the touch in 50'.
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In wet Eden Park, crucial encounter between giants. Blues attacking the in 22' of Waratahs. Blues still has the ball. The ball gets to Duffie and pushed out.
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Folau makes the kicks out side in Blues half. The home side makes a kick, Tahs knocked the ball. Now it will be scrum to the Blues.
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Blues line-out, they attacking in 22' of the Tahs. Blues penalised for being offside. Waratahs makes the kick and get the touch. Quick throw in by the visitors, attacking in Blues half. Mistakes by the Tahs and Blues wins the penalty.
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First line-out of the match, and Tahs will will do the throw. The ball stole away by the Blues. Both teams are still struggling to keep up the position.
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Waratahs trying to keep the ball in their side, and makes the kicks to Blues. It's still early minutes and both sides still learning one another.
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The Blues gets the game underway, straight to Tahs.
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It is wet, wet, wet in Auckland today!
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The Blues have won nine of their 10 home games against the Waratahs, the only time the NSW side travelled to Auckland and beat them was in 2009..
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The Waratahs have won five of their last seven regular season fixtures against the Blues, including a 23-11 victory in their last encounter.
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Welcome to live coverage of this Super rugby match between the Blues and Waratahs!
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Sam Prattley
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
  • 4 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 5 Josh Bekhuis
  • 6 Jerome Kaino
  • 7 Kara Pryor
  • 8 Steven Luatua
  • 9 Bryn Hall
  • 10 Ihaia West
  • 11 Tevita Li
  • 12 Piers Francis
  • 13 Male Sau
  • 14 Matt Duffie
  • 15 Melani Nanai Vai
RESERVES
  • 16 Matt Moulds
  • 17 Nic Mayhew
  • 18 Sione Mafileo
  • 19 Scott Scrafton
  • 20 Blake Gibson
  • 21 Billy Guyton
  • 23 George Moala
  • 24 Lolagi Visinia
START LINE UP
  • 1 Paddy Ryan
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Tom Robertson
  • 4 Dean Mumm
  • 5 Will Skelton
  • 6 Jack Dempsey
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Dave Dennis
  • 9 Nick Phipps
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Matt Carraro
  • 12 Rob Horne
  • 13 Israel Folau
  • 14 Reece Robinson
  • 15 Andrew Kellaway
RESERVES
  • 16 Hugh Roach
  • 17 Jeremy Tilse
  • 18 Angus Taavao-Matau
  • 19 Sam Lousi
  • 20 Wycliff Palu
  • 21 Matt Lucas
  • 22 David Horwitz
  • 23 Jim Stewart
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S18 Preview: ROUND 17, PART ONE

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:46

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round 17.

Friday's matches are important, but perhaps only the appetiser to what will be a Super Saturday of sudden-death shoot-outs.

However, there is plenty to enthuse about in Friday's three outings - starting the Waratahs desperate to get a bonus-point win and put some pressure on the Brumbies.

Then there is the chance that the Blues could entertain us again by claiming another Aussie scalp.

The all-Aussie derby - Reds versus Rebels - sandwiched in the middle might be a tad boring, but the day concludes with a game in which the Sharks will be looking for the win that could book them the Africa wildcard.

Or will the Sunwolves pull off a major upset?

Friday, July 15

The Blues may have missed out on the play-offs, but - as they showed last week - they have the ability to compete with and beat the best.

The Waratahs will have taken note and may not be caught unawares like the Brumbies were.

But can the Blues improve on last week's effort.

"Our focus from the start of the season has been to work hard and improve every match," Blues coach Tana Umaga said.

"This week is no different.

"In some ways it is more important, because we put things together well at times during last week's win over the Brumbies, but it won't count for much if we can't back it up with another good performance.

"It will be a fierce game because the Waratahs have so much to play for, so if we do not come with the right preparation and right attitude, we will be in trouble."

The Waratahs feel they need to shut the threat down at source - the set pieces.

Waratahs forwards coach Cam Blades said they need to be clinical in their execution or they could be upstaged by a Blues team every bit as dangerous as the Hurricanes which beat them last week.

"Our set piece got us a fair few penalties and a good amount of dominance last weekend," Blades said, adding: "But some of our accuracy from our line-out delivery wasn't where we wanted that to be.

"So moving in to this week, cleaning up our accuracy around ball delivery to the backs from the line-out will be a big focus and also just making sure that we make our tackles within our defensive structure."

He added that Kiwi sides play similar across the park, but there are obviously tactical differences that they will take into the game.

"However, this week, like it is most weeks, it's more about what we do well rather than what they do well.

"If we get the techniques and structures around our defence right that gives us the ability to play with the ball and put them under plenty of pressure.

"Some of our accuracy and finishing around our own set piece and attack is the area where obviously we'll be looking for some kind of difference over them.

"Tactically, it doesn't change a lot, it's more about getting little areas of our game right and they're areas we failed to get right last Saturday."

Recent results:
2015: Waratahs won 23-11, Sydney
2014: Blues won 21-13, Auckland
2013: Waratahs won 30-27, Sydney
2011: Blues won 26-13, Auckland (preliminary play-off match)
2011: Blues won 31-17, Auckland
2010: Waratahs won 39-32, Sydney

Prediction: The Waratahs have won five of their last seven regular season fixtures against the Blues, including a 23-11 victory in their last encounter. The Blues have won nine of their 10 home games against the Waratahs, the only time the NSW side travelled to Auckland and beat them was in 2009. The Auckland side are undefeated in their last four games against Australian opposition while they haven't lost a home game to an Australian team since May 2013. The Blues have led at half-time in each of their last four Super Rugby fixtures, their longest such streak since 2013, although they've gone on to lose two of those games. Only one of the Waratahs' last 12 Super Rugby fixtures has been won by a team trailing at the half-time break. The Waratahs will be desperate and might creep into their shell. Expect the Blues to come out at a 100-mile-an-hour and if they maintain their intensity another upset is on the card - by about 12 points.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 Piers Francis,11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis,4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo or Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt Vaega or George Moala, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Matt Carraro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Jim Stewart.

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Kane McBride
TMO: Ben Skeen

The expectation is for a dour end-of-season Aussie arm-wrestle, given that only pride is at stake.

However, if the talk in both caps are to be believed, there is no shortage of motivation and both sides will be having a crack.

Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker is predicting a fierce clash at the end of disappointing campaigns for both.

The Australian derby will see two sides wanting to right their respective wrongs in Brisbane on Friday to send off their respective departing players on a winning note.

"Both teams have players that have been there for a long time leaving and want to send them out well," Stirzaker said in an interview on the Rebels website.

"I'm predicting a pretty fiery clash."

Despite the growing injury toll - with fullback Mike Harris joining the ward with a fresh hamstring injury - Stirzaker said the Rebels will send a hungry team to Brisbane desperate to finish the season on a positive note.

"You review it as quick as you can to put it behind you after the game because we know it wasn't enough and the less said about that game the better," Stirzaker said.

"We're sending 23 blokes up this weekend who we reckon can get the job done."

Reds co-interim head coach Nick Stiles said it is an important match for everyone involved.

"It's the last time some of these guys will get to pull on the Queensland jersey and they're desperate to finish their time off with a performance we can all be proud of," Stiles said.

"It's been a tough season, but we've had great support from the Queensland faithful all year and it would mean a lot if we can see them leave the stadium with a smile on their face and some reward for their passion."  

Recent results:
2016: Rebels won 25-23, Melbourne
2015: Reds won 46-29, Brisbane
2015: Rebels won 23-15, Melbourne
2014: Reds won 36-20, Melbourne
2014: Rebels won 30-27, Brisbane
2013: Reds won 33-20, Brisbane

Prediction: While the Reds have won eight of the 11 fixtures between these franchises it's the Rebels who've enjoyed the most recent success, winning three of the last five fixtures. The Reds have won three of their last four matches at home, though they have won only two of their last 10 home games against Australian opposition. The Rebels have lost their last three away games, conceding 157 points and scoring just 71 of their own. No side has won more penalties per game than either the Rebels or Reds this season, who have been awarded 11.4 per game on average. The Rebels have recorded the worst goal kicking success rate this season (63 percent), missing 2.1 shots at goal per game. Despite all the talk this will be a typical Australian arm-wrestle in which the Reds will score a late winner - by five points or less.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Henry Taefu, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Duncan Paia'aua, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill (captain), 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Lukhan Tui, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Alex Gibbon, 23 Campbell Magnay.

Rebels: 15 Paul Asquith, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Colby Fainga'a, 7 Jordy Reid, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23. Jack Maddocks.

Referee: Will Houston
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, Amy Perrett
TMO: George Ayoub

The equation for the Sharks is simple: Win and they're in the play-offs.

However, there is a lot more at stake.

Even when they have won - and they have done that eight times in 14 starts - the Sharks have not always been convincing.

That is why Director of Rugby Gary Gold has called on his team to make a statement of intent.

Gold is expecting the Japanese outfit to thrown everything into this match, their last of their inaugural season.

That would give his team the ideal preparation for the play-offs.

"They're physical guys," Gold said, adding: "Up front they're pretty tough and they've never really given up in any game this year.

"So for them to finish on a high, there's no question that they will give their all."

But Sharks boss won't be happy with just a win.

"We have to win convincingly, so that we can feel good about ourselves moving on to the play-offs," he said.

Then there is the Patrick Lambie poser.

he has been bracketed on the bench, with a late fitness test planned.

The Sharks will need him in the play-offs, but if the ongoing concussion symptoms don't completely disappear, he won't get the much-needed game time he requires.

Previous results:
These teams have not met before.

Prediction: This will be the first meeting between these teams, though the Sharks have won six of their last nine games against teams from outside of South Africa. The South African side have also won their last three home games, outscoring their opposition by a combined 111-25. The Sunwolves have lost each of their six away fixtures and endured a cumulative score line of 97-332. The Sunwolves have recorded the worst tackle success rate this season (79 percent) while the Sharks have boasted the third best (87 percent). Only two players have scored more tries than Akihito Yamada (9) this season, although both players (Matt Faddes & Israel Folau) have played four games more than the Sunwolves winger who has played just 10 games. No doubt the Sharks will win easily - by at least 20 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lubabalo Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch/Pat Lambie, 23 Heimar Williams.
 
Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Hajime Yamashita, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Mifiposeti Paea, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura (captain), 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Naohiro Kotaki, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Kentaro Kodama.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Blues dash Waratahs' play-off hopes

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:21

REPORT: The Blue put in a outstanding attacking performance in the rain to beat the Waratahs 34-28 at Eden Park on Friday.

The game had a total of three penalty tries, in which the Waratahs had two awarded to them because of their dominance in the scrum. However, it was the home side who were dominant in open play for most of the game. In the end the Blues scored five tries, which included one penalty try as well. 

The Waratahs only got a bonus point from the match and they will be hoping that the Western Force upset the Brumbies on Saturday, so that they can claim that last play-off spot.

It was a cagey start with both teams struggling to get the ascendency in terms of possession and territory in the opening minutes of the game.

However, it was not long before the Waratahs asserted their dominance up front as they put the Blues under constant pressure at scrum time.

After an array of penalties at scrum time, the visitors were finally rewarded when they were got a penalty try after another powerful scrum five metres from the Blues' tryline. 

It did not take long for the Blues to hit back however, after lock Patrick Tuipulotu dived over in the corner from a scrum to reduce the deficit to just two points. Piers Francis could not convert.

The Blues then took the lead in the 31st minute when they were awarded a penalty try after the Waratahs collapsed a Blues' driving maul just metres from their tryline. Francis converted and the score was 12-7 in favour of the home side. 

The Waratahs had one last attacking flurry in the dying minutes of the first half, however, some great defending by the Blues kept them out. 

The visitors were the first to score in the second half when they were awarded another penalty try in the 45th minute after another dominant scrum just five metres from the Blues tryline. Foley converted and the Waratahs led by two points.

However, that lead did not last long when the Blues struck back after some brilliant attacking play. The ball went through a number of hands before Francis weaved his way through the Waratahs' defence to score. Francis also converted the score.

Francis then extended his team's lead in the 58th minute with a penalty. At this stage the Blues were dominating the game in open play with some slick handling and aggressive defence.  

The Waratahs were not going to lie down and they struck back three minutes later when Israel Folau beat a few defenders after a sustained attack to score. Foley converted and the visitors were only one point adrift of their hosts.

The scoring just continued after that when the Blues regained their eight-point lead when Malani Nanai pounced on a deflected Ihaia West kick to sprint in for his team's fourth try. Francis once again converted.

In the 72nd minute the Blues' lead was cut again when their former player Angus Ta'avao crashed over for a try after a quick Waratahs' tap in the Blues' 22.

However, the visitors hopes of a play-off place were dashed four minutes from time when George Moala eased over for a try to wrap up the scoring.

Man of the match: Piers Francis, Bryn Hall and Patrick Tuipulotu were quite exceptional for the Blues, while on the Waratahs side Israel Folau and Paddy Ryan stood up as well. But the award goes to Blues No.8 Steven Luatua who put in another strong all-round game. He was strong in the tackle and effective going over the advantage line with ball in hand,

The scorers:

For Blues:
Tries: Tuipulotu, Penaltry Try, Francis, Nanai, Moala
Cons: Francis 3
Pen: Francis

For Waratahs:
Tries: Penalty Tries 2, Folau , Ta'avao 
Cons: Foley 4

Teams:

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Male Sa'u, 12 Piers Francis,11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Sione Mafileo or Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 George Moala, 23 Lolagi Visinia.

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Rob Horne, 11 Matt Carraro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Paddy Ryan.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Jim Stewart.

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill, Kane McBride
TMO: Ben Skeen

Patrick Tuipulotu (25min), Piers Francis (48min), Melani Nanai Vai (63min), and George Moala (76min)
TRIES
Israel Folau (60min) and Angus Taavao-Matau (71min)
Piers Francis (31min), Piers Francis (49min), and Piers Francis (64min)
CONVERSIONS
Bernard Foley (23min), Bernard Foley (45min), Bernard Foley (61min), and Bernard Foley (72min)
Piers Francis (56min)
PENALTIES
30min
PENALTY TRIES
22min and 44min
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Auckland
REFEREE Mike Fraser (New Zealand)