Super Rugby 2019: Colossal defensive display earns Hurricanes win over Blues

The Hurricanes have put together an impressive defensive performance to beat the Blues 22-12 at Eden Park.

The Blues dominated territory and possession early on in the match which they turned into seven points in the 10th minute when halfback Sam Nock crashed over.

Patrick Tuipulotu made the initial charge before offloading the ball to the halfback.

Jordie Barrett made two try-saving tackles in the same sequence as the Hurricanes defended their line while the Blues dominated the game.

The hosts squandered multiple chances to score a second try but were unable.

Ben Lam levelled the game up for the Hurricanes after an incredible solo run saw him beat four tacklers to score.

As soon as the Hurricanes could keep their hands on the ball they scored, Jordie Barrett scoring the third try of the match to take the score to 7-14 to the Hurricanes which is where it stood at half-time.

The second began as the first did - Blues dominance, they were attacking the Hurricanes line from the outset.

But the Hurricanes stood tall and made tackle after tackle until Jeff To'omaga-Allen was sent off for repeat infringements - the Blues breakthrough came as To'omaga-Allen was off the field.

Dalton Papalii made a dash down the right wing to score after bumping off two tacklers.

The home side continued to have all the ball - until Beauden Barrett pounced on a loose offload from Augustine Pulu and scored an intercept try to take it out to a seven-point game.

The Blues had more than their fair share of chances throughout the game but were left ruing missed opportunities as the Hurricanes kicked a late penalty to seal the 10-point victory.