Hurricanes beat sloppy Blues

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iol spt apr18 Hurricanes-Blues Getty Images The Auckland Blues dealt a severe blow to the Wellington Hurricanes' playoff hopes, prevailing 37-24 in a bonus point victory in their all-New Zealand Super Rugby clash. Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

The Wellington Hurricanes overcame two disallowed tries to score a bonus point 39-20 win over the sloppy Auckland Blues in their all-New Zealand Super Rugby clash on Friday.

Inside centre Alapati Leiua, winger Julian Savea, scrumhalf TJ Perenara, skipper Conrad Smith and replacement Motu Matu'u scored tries with video evidence denying Savea a second and also one for hooker Dane Coles.

Both scores were ruled out in the first period as the Blues snatched a 17-13 halftime advantage after they were awarded a penalty try right at the end of the half with Coles sent to the sin bin for the ruck infringement on his line.

But the visitors could not make the most of the position and collapsed in the second period after numerous errors despite the return of experienced New Zealand international hooker Keven Mealamu from injury. – Reuters


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