24 Mar 2012

Hurricanes squeak past Blues

12:17 am on 24 March 2012

The Hurricanes are on a high and the Blues couldn't be lower after the visitors' last minute Super Rugby win at Eden Park on Friday night.

The Hurricanes ran in four tries to one in their 26-25 victory - which only came in the 80th minute.

Trailing by six points and scoreless in the second half until then, the Canes captain Conrad Smith backed up a scintillating Beauden Barrett break for the second of his two tries.

Barrett was left with a tricky conversion with the Blues racing off their goal-line to try and charge the kick down - and over 20,000 fans booing him.

But the young first five coolly slotted for the one-point win, despite the ruccus.

Ma'a Nonu scored the Blues' only try and the Auckland-based side dominated the game. But they can only boast one win from five - while the Hurricanes are now three from five.

And the Blues are likely to stay just one place above the bottom-placed Cheetahs after the weekend, and only because the South Africans play the Crusaders tonight at their new stadium in Christchurch.