Live Updates: Super Rugby, Blues vs Waratahs

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Blues 32 - 29 Waratahs

80 min: Full-time: It's all over! Blues win. 

79 min: Blues just looking to run down the clock. 

77 min: What a finish we have here. 

76 min: TRY - Waratahs, the reserve halfback Jake Gordon goes over from the scrum untocuhed. Kick is wide. Blues 32 - 29 Waratahs. 

75 min: Knock on from the Blues and the Waratahs have a scrum 10 metres out. 

71 min: The Waratahs need to score soon to have a chance, just as I say this they win a penalty and move downfield. 

67 min: Otere Black nails a penalty and the score is out to eight. Blues 31 - 24.

66 min: Knock on over the line from Akira Ioane - let off for the Waratahs. 

64 min: The Tahs win a penalty and Foley kicks the points. Back within five. Blues 29 - 24 Waratahs.

61 min: Cometh the man, cometh the hour. TRY - Blues. It's Ma'a Nonu who goes through a hole and scores. Kick is good. Blues 29 - 21 Waratahs.

60 min: This should be a cracking finish, how will the Blues perform under some real pressure?

55 min: TRY - Waratahs. Tahs palying under advantage and Falou is at the centre once again - the big man gathers the ball and draws and passes to Alex Newsome who scores. Kick is good. Blues 22 - 21 Waratahs. 

52 min: The Tahs looks to hit backand are building away at the line. 

47 min: TRY - Blues, once again - great build up from the Blues and good work from the forward before TJ Faiane finishes out wide. Kick is wide. Blues 22 - 14 Waratahs. 

44 min: Nanai with a pass that goes straight out - but they were under advantage and look to kick the ball out. 

41 min: Back underway at Eden Park.

The hooter sounds and that's half time. 

38 min: TRY - Waratahs, great reward from the visitors and it's Will Miller who scores after the lineout drive. Kick is good. Blues 17 - 14 Waratahs. 

34 min: Adam Ashley-Cooper makes the mini break and the Tahs continue to attack well with ball in hand.

31 min: Some great work once again from the Blues as they win a scrum in their own 22.

29 min: Great defence from the Blues but the Waratahs were playing under advantage. 

28 min: The Waratahs are enjoying all the momentum now.

25 min: TRY - Waratahs, classic Falou try - Foley puts up a high kick and the big fullback gets up and scores. Kick is good. Blues 17 - 7 Waratahs.

24 min: Waratahs win a penalty - the first time they've had the ball really. 

17 min: TRY - Blues, great work once again from the Blues forwards and another assist from Nonu as Caleb Clarke goes over. Kick is good. Blues 17 - 0 Waratahs. 

15 min: Turnover for the Blues as there is a knock on in the tackle. 

14 min: Nonu bumps off Phipps in the tackle, a couple of cheee hooos gets yelled. 

12 min: Great work from the Blues forwards - securing the loose ball. 

9 min: TRY - Blues, Patient rugby from the Blues and Ma'a Nonu sets up Tom Robinson who scores out wide. Kick is good. Blues 10 - 0 Waratahs. 

8 min: Co-captain Blake Gibson is down with some form of injury to the knee. 

7 min: Positive here for the Blues and they try for a chip in behind but the Tahs take it quickly.

2 min: Good start from the Blues - winning a penalty, they go for the points and the kick is good. Blues 3 - 0 Waratahs.  

1 min: Kick off here in Auckland. 


TAB Odds: Blues $ 1.32   Waratahs $ 3.30

Pre-game chat: Sonny Bill Williams sidelined for Blues against Waratahs

All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams will miss Saturday's Blues vs Brumbies Super Rugby clash with a knee injury.

Blues coach Leon MacDonald has also rested international prop Karl Tu'inukuafe, as required by player welfare protocols, but retains a settled line-up, as his team seek their fourth straight win.

On the wing, Caleb Clarke replaces Tanielu Tele'a, who was suspended for a dangerous tackle last week, while lock Josh Goodhue returns from shoulder injury to start in the second row.

As expected, All Blacks flyer Rieko Ioane will line up on the other wing, after last month's bye reset his protocol rest counter, and Otere Black retains the contentious first-five spot, outside Jonathan Ruru.

Co-captain Blake Gibson wears the number-seven jersey and continues to keep All Black Dalton Papalii on the bench, while international prop Ofa Tuungafasi will add late-game punch again.

"There's a settled look to this team, but that's not to say there is not competition," says MacDonald. "There's competition for virtually every spot in the starting line-up, which is what we want, and it is helping produce competitive and high-quality trainings.

"If the starters do their job well, then they earn the right to stay there. We have already highlighted that, while we want our starters to set the platform, equally one of our strengths is the energy we get off the bench to help us finish strongly."

Williams' absence gives former All Black Ma'a Nonu another chance to further solidify his midfield claims, after strong performances against the Highlanders and Stormers. 

Blues: 1-Alex Hodgman, 2-James Parsons, 3-Sione Mafileo, 4-Patrick Tuipulotu (cc), 5-Josh Goodhue, 6-Tom Robinson, 7-Blake Gibson (cc), 8-Akira Ioane, 9-Jonathan Ruru, 10-Otere Black, 11-Rieko Ioane, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 13-TJ Faiane, 14-Caleb Clarke, 15-Melani Nanai

Reserves: 16-Matt Moulds, 17-Marcel Renata, 18-Ofa Tuungafasi, 19-Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20-Dalton Papalii, 21-Sam Nock, 22-Harry Plummer, 23-Michael Collins.

Waratahs: 1-Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2-Damien Fitzpatrick, 3-Sekope Kepu, 4-Ned Hanigan, 5-Rob Simmons, 6-Jack Dempsey, 7-Will Miller, 8-Michael Wells, 9-Nick Phipps, 10-Bernard Foley, 11-Alex Newsome, 12-Karmichael Hunt, 13-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14-Cam Clark, 15-Israel Folau

Reserves: 16-Andrew Tuala, 17-Rory O’connor, 18-Chris Talakai, 19-Tom Staniforth, 20-Lachlan Swinton, 21-Jake Gordon, 22-Kurtley Beale, 23-Lalakai Foketi