2 Apr 2007

Blues remain at the top after nine rounds of Super 14 competition

8:16 am on 2 April 2007

The Blues remain on top after nine rounds of rugby's Super 14 with 32 points from the eight games they've played.

They're five clear of the Crusaders after the defending champions beat the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney,

The Western Force are third two behind the Crusaders with the Sharks fourth and the ACT Brumbies fifth on 22 points but they've played nine games.

The Bulls are sixth on 22, one clear of another South African side the Lions with the Highlanders a point behind them in eighth.

The Cheetahs are ninth on 18, level with Hurricanes who've played nine games, but have a bye this weekend, while the Chiefs are 11th on 17, three clear of the Stormers with the Waratahs and Queensland Reds at the bottom.

Meanwhile, after four straight losses the Hurricanes came back with an impressive win over the Bulls in Wellington.

Captain Rodney So'oialo says the 19-7 was a good confidence boost.

"I think any win is a good result, we eliminated more mistakes this week which is pleasing for the boys, and obviously look foward to playing a lot better."