Hurricanes try blitz sends Blues stumbling to seventh straight loss
Hurricanes 35 Blues 19
Cut down ... Victor Vito of the Hurricanes is tackled. Photo: Getty Images
The Hurricanes inflicted further Super Rugby misery on the Blues with an emphatic 35-19 victory in Wellington on Friday night.
In an at-times scrappy encounter between the bottom two sides in the New Zealand conference, the Hurricanes scored five tries to one as they improved their win-loss record to 5-5.
Cory Jane of the Hurricanes fails to gather a loose ball. Photo: Getty Images
For the Blues, defeat was their ninth of the season and their seventh in a row and leaves them rooted to the foot of the table.
Up by just 16-12 at halftime, the Hurricanes kicked away after the interval with tries to winger Julian Savea and halfback TJ Perenara.
Savea's effort via a slick backline move came just minutes after the winger had had another effort ruled out when replays showed he had grazed a touchline.
The Blues did manage to strike back via centre Benson Stanley, who was set up by winger Rene Ranger's fine kick and regather.
But with the visitors playing catch-up as the clock counted down, fullback Hadleigh Parkes's stray pass in his own 22 handed opposition lock Jason Eaton a gift five-pointer.
The Blues had started the match in encouraging fashion, dominating territory and possession in the opening half, but had only four penalties from the boot of halfback Piri Weepu to show for their efforts.
The Hurricanes, the competition's leading tryscorers, whose tally has now reached 34, showed how lethal they could be when they got some ball.
A deft crossfield kick by impressive five-eighth Beauden Barrett produced a try for skipper Conrad Smith.
The home side's counter-attacking skills were then amply illustrated when the Blues lost possession while on attack.
In a trice, winger Cory Jane broke clear, before passing to dynamic fullback Andre Taylor, who dotted down for the eighth time this season
HURRICANES 35 (Jason Eaton, TJ Perenara, Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, Andre Taylor tries Beauden Barrett 2 cons 2 pens) bt BLUES 19 (Benson Stanley try Lachie Munro con Piri Weepu 4 pens) at Westpac Stadium. Referee: Jaco Peyper.