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Blues down Hurricanes in Wellington opener

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The Blues lower free with three tries in the second half to beat the Hurricanes 31-16 in their Super Rugby Aotearoa opener in the New Zealand capital on Saturday.

Winger Caleb Clarke and fullback Stephen Perofeta each crossed in the primary quarter-hour of the second half to overtake an 11-7 deficit, and centre Rieko Ioane put a gloss on the win three minutes from time.

The Hurricanes, captained for the primary time by Ardie Savea, had two tries from wrecking-ball hooker Asafo Aumua however paid the value for ill-discipline with James Blackwell and Du’Plessis Kirifi each spending 10 minutes in the sinbin.

The recreation appeared like being a try-fest initially with Dalton Papalii scoring a attempt for the Blues and Aumua responding for the house aspect inside the primary six minutes.

The Blues had the higher of the remainder of the half however couldn’t convert their probabilities and two booming penalty kicks from Jordie Barrett, the primary from the midway line, gave the Hurricanes a slender on the break.

Clarke had the best end of his younger career 9 minutes after the resumption, when an Otere Black crosskick discovered him unmarked in the nook and Perofeta completed off a slick attacking transfer for a transformed attempt that took the result in 21-11.

Aumua hit again for the Hurricanes along with his second attempt simply after the hour mark. Barrett appeared unlucky to have his excessive, curling conversion dominated unsuccessful.

Hurricanes fullback Barrett was left ruing a misjudged crosskick in the 77th minute after Rieko Ioane snapped up the free ball and raced 60 metres to attain. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney; Editing by William Mallard)


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