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Rampant Blues beat Crusaders

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A rampant Blues side scored four tries in 13 minutes to overcome an early deficit and storm to a 35-24 victory against fellow New Zealanders the Crusaders in a Super Rugby match at Eden Park on Friday.

The visiting Crusaders charged out to a 17-3 lead courtesy of tries from hooker Corey Flynn and fullback Colin Slade in the first half-hour but were left stunned as the Blues hit back with two tries on either side of halftime.

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 28: Richie McCaw of the Crusaders (L) looks to tackle Charles Piutau of the Blues during the round three Super Rugby match between the Auckland Blues and the Christchurch Crusaders at Eden Park on February 28, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Superbly marshalled by scrumhalf Piri Weepu, the Blues reeled in the Crusaders with tries by wingers Frank Halai and Tevita Li to trail by just two points at the break, before centres George Moala and Jackson Willison helped the home side surge ahead with two quick touchdowns after the interval.

Centre Ryan Crotty scored a late try to flatter the scoreline for the Crusaders, who are winless from their first two games after losing to the defending champion Chiefs in their season-opener.

Flyhalf Simon Hickey booted three penalties and three conversions to record a 15-point haul for the Blues, whose four-try tally secured a bonus point and their first win in their second game of the season. – Reuters

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