Super Rugby 2020: Live updates - Hurricanes v Blues

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Hurricanes 15 - 24 Blues

Full time. 

80min - Time is up, the Canes work their way forward, but the Blues can't lose from here. 

79min - The Blues blow a clear try, but that doesn't matter. 

75min - TRY - Blues, the Blues, move the ball to the right, Barrett goes for an intercept and can't catch it, it goes up off his fingertips and the ref runs straight under the posts and calls a penalty try, then reaches to his pocket and gives Barrett a yellow - the Canes are down to 12! 

73min - Bad kick from Barrett - out on the full and the Blues have a lineout. 

69min - Penalty and they kick for goal, they get the lead back. 

68min - Vaea Fafita goes to the bin, a soft call, but the right one, he gets in the wrong position and is called for no arms. 10 mins in the bin. 

67min - Good work from the Blues there, they put in a chip kick in behind and Lam gathers and is tackled out - lineout Blues. 

63min - TRY - Hurricanes, from the scrum, they go to the blind side, Evans goes and draws the defender and van Wyk scores. Kick is good. Hurricanes 15 - 14 Blues

61min - Penalty won by the Canes, and they will take the scrum, just inside the 22.

60min - Well done from the Canes there, Parsons gives away a penalty there and the Hurricanes can clear. 

56min - TRY - Blues, really nice from the Blues, they work the ball to the left and it's Mark Telea who scores. Kick is good. Hurricanes 8 - 14 Blues. 

54min - The Blues work the ball forward, get an advantage and will kick for touch. 

52min - Rieko Ioane makes the break for the Blues, The Canes turn the ball over and Barrett makes the break, but wow, great defence from Blake Gibson. 

47min - The Blues are on the front foot here, they make a break and Lamborn doesn't opt to pass - the penalty comes and the Blues kick for touch. 

47min - Red Card, Lomax has been sent off - he leads with the shoulder and connects with Perofeta's head - he sees red. 

45min - Tom Robinson has left the field for an HIA, Tony Lamborn is on. 

44min - Great defence from the Blues, very staunch, the Canes change their attack and try and throw the ball a little quicker, the Blues are up to it and win a penalty. 

41min - Close from the Hurricanes, sloppy from Perofeta, but the Blues get the lineout. 

41min - Back underway. 

45min - Half time

40min - The Blues work the ball forward just before the break, are 30m out. 

39min - Penalty won by the Hurricanes and they will take the three - it's good. Hurricanes 8 - 7 Blues. 

37min - TRY - Blues, off the back of the scrum, Akira Ioane grabs the ball and crashes over - gets the ball down and it's given. Kick is good. Hurricanes 5 - 7 Blues. 

34min - The Blues make a break, down the left side, Telea has Akira on the outside but holds the ball, the Canes break the play down and the Blues win a penalty. 

30min - Not a lot happening here - the chat in the newsroom has taken over, the width of earlobes is the main focal point. 

26min - Canes looking dangerous when they can string a few passes together- this time, theres another knock on - Blues scrum. 

22min - Lovely kick from Otere Black, sees some space in behind and force the Canes back into their own 22. 

21min - The Blues get some sort of momentum, they get close, 10m out and the Canes win a penalty at the breakdown, the clear from the penalty. 

18min - Another little kick in behind from the Canes, it's Laumape this time and the Blues win a penalty. They clear. 

15min - Penalty against the Blues' scrum, and the Hurricanes will kick for the corner. 

13min - Bad pass from Fletcher Smith and the Canes' attack is stalled - Blues lineout. 

12min - Penalty at the breakdown, won by the Canes, Kirifi it is, they kick to touch.

11min - Knock on from the Canes, and the Blues clear - it's too long. 

10min - Penalty goes against the Hurricanes and the Blues kick for touch. 

9min - Not straight at the lineout and the Blues have a scrum. 

7min - The Hurricanes, have the ball after the knock on and are edging the ball forward, under advantage and they get the penalty.

5min - Knock on from Perofeta, under a high ball and he loses it. 

3min - TRY- Hurricanes, far too easy for the hosts, they move the ball to the left, and it's winger Ben Lam who is in space and scores the opener untouched. Kick from Barrett is wide. Hurricanes 5 - 0 Blues. 

2min - Five dollar bets have just been placed in the newsroom, Robinson and James Regan are with the Canes, Michael O Keeffe is staying true to the Auckland side and backs the Blues.

1min - Kickoff here at Sky Stadium. 

Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Blues live from Sky Stadium in Wellington. 

TAB Odds: Hurricanes $1.39    Blues $3

Pre-match chat: Akira Ioane gets chance to impress for Blues against Hurricanes

Talented loose forward Akira Ioane has been thrown a Super Rugby lifeline, when the Blues face the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

Ioane - older brother of All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane - has long been touted as a future All Blacks star, but has struggled to live up to that billing and has slipped behind rookie Hoskins Sotutu for the Blues No.8 jersey.

Sotutu has been one of the standout performers of the Blues' 3-2 start to the season, including consecutive road victories over the Bulls and Stormers over the past two weeks.

But coach Leon MacDonald has selected to rest him against the Hurricanes, giving Ioane another shot in the jersey that had slipped out of his grasp.

"At the beginning of the season, I said that we would select on form, and that we over-played some players last year and their form dropped off as a result," says MacDonald.

"Hoskins has been selected at No.8 on form and has played exceptionally well for us.

"Equally, Akira has been training hard - he is in terrific shape and raring to go now that he has his chance."

True to his word, MacDonald has continued to rotate his players, with three changes to the starting pack that bested the Stormers last week.

As well as Ioane, international prop Ofa Tuungafasi will boost the front row, while Blake Gibson takes the No.7 jersey, with Dalton Papalii on All Blacks-mandated rest.

But the backline - including Rieko Ioane at centre - remains intact, with Sam Nock and Otere Black forming the inside combination.

"We enjoyed an excellent two weeks in South Africa, but some unexpected disruption travelling home has meant we will only get a couple of on-field training sessions this week.

Blues: 1-Karl Tu'inukuafe, 2-Kurt Ekland, 3-Ofa Tuungafasi, 4-Patrick Tuipulotu, 5-Jacob Pierce, 6-Tom Robinson, 7-Blake Gibson, 8-Akira Ioane, 9-Sam Nock, 10-Otere Black, 11-Mark Telea, 12-TJ Faiane, 13-Rieko Ioane, 14-Joe Marchant, 15-Stephen Perofeta

Reserves: 16-James Parsons, 17-Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18-Sione Mafileo, 19-Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20-Tony Lamborn, 21-Jonathan Ruru, 22-Harry Plummer, 23-Matt Duffie

Hurricanes: 1-Xavier Numia, 2-Asafo Aumua, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 4-Isaia Walker-Leawere, 5-Scott Scrafton, 6-Vaea Fifita, 7-Du'Plessis Kirifi, 8-Gareth Evans, 9-TJ Perenara, 10-Fletcher Smith, 11-Ben Lam, 12-Ngani Laumape, 13-Vince Aso, 14-Kobus Van Wyk, 15-Jordie Barrett

Reserves: 16-Dane Coles, 17-Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18-Alex Fidow, 19-James Blackwell, 20-Devan Flanders, 21-Jamie Booth, 22-Billy Proctor, 23-Wes Goosen