Five-try Blues get the better of Highlanders
The Blues continued with their impressive recent form when they claimed a deserved 32-21 win over the Highlanders in Dunedin on Sunday.
In a fast-paced and entertaining encounter, the visitors were full value for their win as they held the upper-hand for long periods and eventually outscored the Highlanders five tries to two.
Finlay Christie led the way for the Blues with a brace of five-pointers and their other tries were scored by Akira Ioane, TJ Faiane and Ofa Tuungafasi while Beauden Barrett added two conversions and a penalty.
For the Highlanders, Ash Dixon and Shannon Frizell scored tries and Josh Ioane added a conversion and three penalties.
The Blues dominated from the outset and took the lead in the seventh minute courtesy of a try from Ioane. The number eight did well to gather at the back of a strong Blues scrum on the Highlanders’ five-metre line before barging over despite a tackle from Scott Gregory.
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Three minutes later, the visitors increased their lead courtesy of a brilliant try from Christie. This, after Caleb Clarke did well to collect a cross-field kick from Barrett before bumping off Josh Ioane and offloading to Rieko Ioane. He set off towards the Highlanders try-line and did well to draw in the final defender before throwing an inside pass to Christie, who crossed for a deserved try.
Barrett added the extras before Ioane opened the home side’s account courtesy of a penalty in the 15th minute. With points on the board ...
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