Super Rugby 2019: Blues break duck with win over Highlanders

The Blues have given their fans something to cheer about with a win over the Highlanders at Eden Park - coming out on top 33-26.

It's the first win for the Blues over any Kiwi opposition since round one of 2016 - 20 games ago.

Marty Banks got the visitors underway with a penalty kick.

Rieko Ioane got the Blues' first points after an incredible individual run that saw him leave All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo flat on his back after a great step.

The Highlanders forwards dominance was evident when they hit back -Captain Luke Whitelock scoring after a scrum drive that went 20 metres.

The visitors enjoyed the bulk of the ball before a Blues turnover set up their second of the night. A Melani Nanai break set up Ioane who went over for his second of the night and his sixth in two games.

The game blew open in the second half as tries and lead changes were exchanged throughout.

Tavita Li scored the opener in the second half after a wayward kick from Harry Plummer that fell to the hands of the big winger.

Melani Nanai topped off his fantastic night with a try of his own thanks to some great work from centre TJ Faiane.

But the history was made after substitute lock Patrick Tuipulotu went over for the home side.

The try gave Blues fans something to cheer about - securing their first win over a New Zealand opposition since round one of 2016 - which was against the Highlanders.