Live Updates: Super Rugby, Blues vs Stormers

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Blues 24 - 9 Stormers 

Blues win! What a game. 

79 min: Stormers win a penalty heading into the last minute. 

75 min: TRY - Blues, great work from the Blues - a lineout drive from the Kiwis and they go blind side to Rieko Ioane who scores out wide. Kick is good. Blues 24 - 9 Stormers.

73 min: Fantastic work from the Blues - they win a clutch penalty. 

70 min: Penalty against the Blues, Stormers kick for the points, it's wide! Ah no way, from almost out in front. 

70 min: Big fall here for Dillyn Leyds who flips in mid-air, Red card against Tanielu Tele'a - probably the right call. 

67 min: The Stormers are throwing everything at the Blues but can't seem to crack the defence. 

62 min: TRY - Blues, vintage Sonny Bill Williams who hits the line hard and throws an offload to Otere Black who scores. Kick is good. Blues 17 - 9 Stormers. 

61 min: Another handling error - this time the Stormers knock it on. 

60 min: Robinson goes for the line out wide but is tackled out - Blues so close once again. 

57 min: The Ioane brothers combine for great metres but a knock on ends the attack. 

53 min: Blues win a penalty with great work at the breakdown. 

50 min: Fantastic break from Nanai but a great cover tackle ends the attack. 

48 min: No try, the ref comes back for a forward pass. 

45 min: Stormers win another penalty and will kick for goal. It's good. Blues 10 - 9 Stormers. 

44 min: Early handling errors from the Stormers and the Blues have a scrum. 

41 min: Back underway at Eden Park. 

40 min: Otere Black has the last say of the half - the teams run to the sheds, it's halftime.

37 min: Really good work from Nonu sets up a penalty for the Blues and they will kick for goal, it's good. Blues 10 - 6 Stormers. 

34 min: So close from the Blues but Rieko Ioane drops the ball over the try line. 

31 min: TRY - Blues, what a try from the home side, it started at the 22 and Ioane does so well to find Tanielu Tele'a who fends off two defenders to score a great try. Kick is good. Blues 7 - 6 Stormers.

29 min: Shot at goal coming for the Stormers, just short of half way, kick is good. Blues 0 - 6 Stormers

28 min: It's a game full of great defence and individual bits of work at the breakdown. 

26 min: Good kick from the Stormers and some real pressure on the Blues at lineout time. 

24 min: Great work from the Stormers and they go close after a cross field kick but the Blues win a penalty- hands in the ruck is the call. 

21 min: Nonu produces the mistake for the Blues and the ball is turned over but the Stormers throw the ball out - Blues lineout. 

20 min: The Stormers open the scoring with a penalty kick. 

18 min: Penalty won by the Stormers after they go 20 tackles against the Blues - great defence. 

15 min: Stormers win a penalty and look to get the ball out of their half. 

14 min: Forward pass from the Blues and they let the Stormers off the hook once again. 

12 min: No advantage - The Blues win a penalty. 

11 min: Stormers force a turnover and kick the ball downfield. 

9 min: Blues put the pressure on the Stormers and they win a penalty - great work from Nanai.

7 min: The Stormers opt against the lineout drive after it caused so much trouble against the Canes last week. 

5 min: Knock on from the Stormers and the Blues clear the ball. 

3 min: It's all Stormers early on and they are rewarded with a penalty - they go for the corner. 

1 min: Kick off here at Eden Park, it's game on. 


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TAB Odds: Blues $1.50    Stormers $2.55

Pre-game banter:Blues make two changes for Stormers clash

The Blues have made two key changes in their starting line-up to face the Stormers on Saturday, as they target a third consecutive Super Rugby win.

Otere Black comes in at first-five in a direct swap, with Harry Plumber dropped to the bench, while co-captain Patrick Tuipulotu starts at lock, replacing Josh Goodhue, who has a shoulder injury.

Both Black and Tuipulotu came off the bench against the Highlanders, and played pivotal roles in helping the Blues to their first win against a New Zealand franchise in 20 attempts.

The pair will add firepower to the Blues starting side, but the real impact will again come off the bench, with five capped All Blacks named in the reserves.

Props Karl Tu'inukiafe and Ofa Tungafasi, flanker Dalton Papalii, halfback Augustine Pulu and midfielder Sonny Bill Williams will all look to make a significant impact in the second half.

Left-winger Rieko Ioane will play his sixth consecutive match, meaning he'll miss next week's tussle against the Waratahs, due to the welfare protocols agreed among the All Blacks, Super Rugby teams and New Zealand Rugby.

Ioane has been in deadly form, scoring six tries in his last two matches.

The Blues are favourites heading into the match, despite losing six of their last seven against the Cape Town-based side.

On the flip side, the Stormers haven't won in New Zealand since 2013.

"There's good competition for places in the team and that is creating some quality efforts at training, which is what we want," said Blues coach Leon MacDonald.

"There is another opportunity for us at home. The win last week has added to our confidence and we want to play well at Eden Park in front of our fans.

"That win won't mean much unless we can continue to improve our performances with every game. The Stormers are going to bring a very difficult challenge than the Highlanders and we must be better, if we are to get a positive result."






Blues: 1-Alex Hodgman, 2-James Parsons, 3-Sione Mafileo, 4-Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5-Josh Goodhue, 6-Tom Robinson, 7-Blake Gibson, 8-Akira Ioane, 9-Jonathan Ruru, 10-Otere Black, 11-Rieko Ioane, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 13-TJ Faiane, 14-Tanielu Tele'a, 15-Melani Nanai

Reserves: 16-Matt Moulds, 17-Ofa Tuungafasi, 18-Karl Tu'inukuafe i, 19-Scott Scrafton, 20-Dalton Papalii, 21-Augustine Pulu, 22-Harry Plummer, 23-Sonny Bill Williams

Stormers: 1-Steven Kitshoff, 2-Bongi Mbonambi, 3-Wilco Louw, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 5-Chris van Zyl, 6-Siya Kolisi (captain), 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8-Jaco Coetzee, 9-Herschel Jantjies, 10-Jean-Luc du Plessis, 11-Dillyn Leyds, 12-Damian de Allende, 13-Dan du Plessis, 14-Sergeal Petersen, 15-Damian Willemse

Replacements: 16-Scarra Ntubeni, 17-Corne Fourie, 18-Frans Malherbe, 19-Cobus Wiese, 20-Juarno Augustus, 21-Justin Phillips, 22-Joshua Stander, 23-SP Marais.




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