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Hurricanes beat Blues for best start in history

  • Hurricanes beat Blues for best start in history

It is the best start in Hurricanes franchise history thanks to four wins from four matches so far the season the latest being a 30-23 win over the hapless Blues in Palmerston North last night.

In contrast, it is the worst start in Blues history with five losses on the trot to start their Super Rugby campaign.

The Hurricanes dominated early and the injection of Nehe Milner-Skudder at fullback looked an instant stroke of genius.

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He had a hand in a number of crucial plays in the match and was dangerous every time he touched the ball. 

Julian Savea crossed for two tries in the match but perhaps the best was Matt Proctor's try to take an 18-17 lead into the halftime break.

Proctor latched onto a Conrad Smith grubber after Savea tapped the ball from a penalty 80 metres out to spark the play with happened after the halftime hooter had sounded.

Halfback TJ Perenara was the first to cross the line for the Hurricanes in what was an excellent opening try.

For the Blues, a Lolagi Visina intercept late in the first half gave the Blues some much needed impetus but his side was guilty of too many handling errors and unnecessary turnovers in the match.

Wing Frank Halai was the Blues other try scorer.

A souring of the Hurricanes win was the sighting of lock James Broadhurst for an alledged knee to Blues flanker Luke Braid.

The Hurricanes next match is against the Highlanders next weekend in Dunedin.

Hurricanes 30 (Julian Savea 2, TJ Perenara, Matt Proctor tries; Beauden Barrett 2 con, 2 pen) beat Blues 23 (Lolagi Visina, Frank Halai tries; Ihaia West 2 con, 2 pen). Halftime: 18-17.

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