Live updates: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman - Blues v Brumbies at Auckland's Eden Park

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Blues 38 Brumbies 10

Blues - Eklund, Christie, Heem, Lam, Faiane try; Black 4 conversions, penalty goal, Plummer conversion

Brumbies - McInerney try; Lolesio conversion, penalty goal

Full time

80 mins 

The Brumbies are looking to attack from their own try line as Noah Lolesio puts a chip kick across to Simone. The visitors get just outside their 22 but Kata knocks the ball on to end the contest.

The Blues claim a bonus-point victory to move back to the top of the table. 

79 mins 

From a scrum five metres out, Akira Ioane storms off the back to go inches short but after three phases, the attack comes to nothing as the Blues knock the ball on. 

76 mins 

Discipline is continuing to cost the Brumbies as they give away another penalty this time for a high tackle. The Blues will have a lineout just five metres out. 

73 mins - Try Blues to TJ Faiane

From the scrum, Harry Plummer takes it to the line and in the tackle the replacement five-eighth offloads to Faiane who bulldozes his way over. 

Plummer converts the try. (BLU 38-10)

71 mins - Yellow card Brumbies to Folau Fainga'a

The Brumbies give away another penalty this time at the breakdown and the referee has sent Folau Fainga'a to the sin bin. 

The Blues will have a scrum five metres out. 

70 mins 

The Blues are back onto the attack and after seven phases, the attack comes to nothing but the referee has found another penalty and put the Brumbies on a team warning. 

The Blues will have a lineout five metres out. 

68 mins 

After a good high kick from Plummer, which sees Hodgman gather and start the Blues attack on halfway. But at the breakdown it's messy and there is a knock-on to turn possession over. 

66 mins 

The Brumbies attack comes to nothing as lock Darcy Swain joins the ruck incorrectly. The Blues will have a lineout just short of halfway.  

64 mins 

The Brumbies have responded well to the Blues try as they build their attack inside the Blues 22. After seven phases, Dalton Papalii wins a breakdown turnover. Black goes for touch but doesn't find it and the Brumbies build their attack on halfway. 

60 mins - Try Blues AJ Lam

The Blues are back onto the attack as they hunt the bonus point try. After 12-phases, Black commits two defenders to open up space before finding a hard running Lam to crash over. 

Black converts the try. (BLU 31-10)

56 mins

The Brumbies are looking to attack from inside their 22 but Gerard Cowley-Tuiot intercepts a poor pass and the Blues will have a great opportunity here. But after three phases, Nepo Laulala puts down a pass to ease the pressure. 

54 mins

The Blues are trying to force it in attack as they hunt the bonus point try but it comes to nothing as Black fires a forward pass to ease the pressure.

The Brumbies dominance at scrum time continues as they win another penalty. 

52 mins

The Brumbies set up their attack on halfway but a huge hit from Nepo Laulala sees the Blues counter-ruck and win a turnover.

The home side come wide to Black who grubbers in behind but Irae Simone is there to clean up but is forced back into his own in-goal area and it will be a five-metre scrum. 

49 mins - Try Blues to Bryce Heem

The Blues forwards roll the sleeves up and goes inches short on two occasions before going wide to the backs. Black shows great hands to just bat the ball onto Heem who cores under the posts. 

Black converts the try. (BLU 24-10)

46 mins

The brumbies look to attack from a scrum on halfway but poor passing sees the ball go to the ground and Faiane pounces to win possession.

Rieko Ioane makes a strong bust downfield to get to the 22. After five phases, Black goes for a cross-field kick but it comes to nothing and the referee will come back for a penalty. The Blues will have a lineout 10-metres out. 

43 mins

The Brumbies scrum dominance has continued straight after the break as the visitors win a penalty and they will have a lineout on halfway. 

41 mins 

A strong start to the second half for the Blues as their kickoff forces Wright into touch to hand the home side the first attacking opportunit after the break.  

Kickoff - The Blues get the second half underway. 

40 mins - Try Blues to Finlay Christie

What a try from the Blues. It all starts with Rieko Ioane who fends off a defender and breaks down the field before passing inside to Christie. He uses his footwork to beat four defenders to score under the posts. 

Black converts the try and that will be halftime. (BLU 17-10) 

38 mins - Penalty goal Blues to Otere Black

The Blues choose to take the points and Blacks knocks it over from right in front. (10-10)

37 mins 

The Blues are straight back onto the attack as Heem regathers the kickoff. After nine phases of Blues attack on the Brumbies line, they look like they might be over.

Marcel Renata picks and goes and is over but the referee has gone upstairs to see if they can find a grounding but replays show it was held up. The Blues will get a penalty as the referee was playing advantage.

35 mins - Try Brumbies to Connal McInerney

All the Brumbies pressure pays off and they're in front. The visitors set the lineout maul and execute it perfectly and Connal McInerney is at the back and crashes over. 

Noah Lolesio converts the try. (BRU 10-7)

Patrick Tuipulotu has come on for the Blues.

33 mins

The Brumbies come wide through the backs while the referee plays advantage. After six phases the attack comes to nothing but the referee come back for the penalty and has put the Blues on a team warning for repeated infringements. 

The Brumbies choose to go for the lineout.

32 mins

The Brumbies have turned the scrums around big time as they win a penalty for another huge scrum. They will have a lineout just five metres out. 

31 mins

The Brumbies look to build their attack just short of halfway. After eight phases, it looks like Wright has put in a bad kick as it goes straight to Heem but he can't gather the kick and knocks the ball on. 

The visitors will have a scrum on the Blues 22. 

28 mins

What a response from the Brumbies who smash the Blues at scrum time to win a penalty and ease the pressure. 

27 mins

What a scrum from the Blues who power their way over the top of the Brumbies to win the penalty. The home side chooses to go for another scrum. 

25 mins

The Blues go straight back onto the attack after the penalty goal, which sees Heem grubber behind the visitor's defence and forces Banks to take the ball back into his own in-goal area and it will be a five-metre scrum to the Blues. 

23 mins - Penalty goal Brumbies to Noah Lolesio

Noah Lolesio makes no mistake from right in front to get their first points of the contest for the Brumbies. (BLU 7-3)

22 mins 

From the lineout, Rob Valetini makes a barnstorming run to just five metres out but at the breakdown, the Blues win a turnover and clear their lines but it doesn't find touch. 

Banks brings it back strongly and gets deep inside the 22. After five phases, the attack comes to nothing but the referee was playing advantage and the Brumbies will have a shot at goal. 

20 mins 

The Brumbies win a penalty at the lineout for a Blues player taking out a visitors jumper. The Brumbies will have a lineout on the 22. 

18 mins 

The Brumbies look to attack straight from the kickoff but Rob Valetini fires a forward pass to halt the visitor's attack. 

17 mins - Try Blukes Kurt Eklund

The Brumbies give away a cheap penalty at their lineout to hand Blues possession. From the Blues lineout just five metres out, they execute a lineout drive perfectly with Kurt Eklund crashing over. 

Black converts the try. (BLU 7-0)

14 mins 

The Brumbies steal the ball at the Blues lineout and Noah Lolesio makes a mini-break. At the breakdown, the Blues win a turnover and fire a pass back to Black. 

He puts in a pin-point kick to give the visitors a defensive lineout on their 22. 

12 mins 

What defence from the Blues. The Brumbies use the backs but the home side shoots out of the line to put pressure on the Brumbies backs. This results in Kata knocking the ball on to ease the pressure.  

10 mins 

The Brumbies are looking strong with the ball with Rob Valetini carrying strong and held up over the line. The referee was playing advantage for offside and the visitors will have a lineout five metres out. 

9 mins 

The Brumbies have done well from their scrum that was getting dominated by the Blues. White comes down the short-side and kicks downfield.

Sullivan takes the ball back into his 22 and slices the ball straight into touch. The visitors will have a lineout 20-metres out. 

8 mins 

The Blues try to work a set-play at the lineout, but Eklund has put down an easy pass from Christie and the Brumbies will have a scrum on the 10-metre line. 

6 mins 

The Blues have their first attacking chance on halfway as Black makes a mini-break. The home side comes wide to Lam who drives his way upfield. The Brumbies do well to hold the big forward up and win a turnover. 

4 mins 

A great scrum from the Blues and they win a penalty. The home side will have a shot at goal from 50 metres out. 

From bang on halfway, Zarn Sullivan has pushed it to the right but he had the distance.

2 mins

The Brumbies make an early error with Nick Frost dropping a pass as he runs onto it hard. The home side will have a scrum on halfway.

Kickoff - The Brumbies will get this contest underway. 

7:14pm - Both sides are out on the field for this clash and the man in charge of this contest is Damon Murphy.

7:12pm - Brumbies prop and captain Allan Alaalatoa is playing his 100th Super Rugby match so he will be hoping for a big performance. 

7:00pm - We are just 15 minutes away from kickoff on a cold but fine night in Auckland. We should be in for some entertaining rugby as the Blues are hunting the 13th straight victory by a New Zealand side over their Australian counterparts. 


Kia ora and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash between the Blues and the Brumbies at Auckland's Eden Park.

The Blues have made a rip-roaring start to Super Rugby Trans-Tasman with two thumping victories to see them lead the competition after two rounds as they hunt their first title since 2003. 

They opened the competition by putting 50 on the Melbourne Rebels before backing that up with 48 points against the Waratahs at Eden Park. 

The Auckland side needs a bonus-point victory to reclaim the top spot from the Hurricanes after they thrashed the Western Force in Napier on Friday night. 

The Brumbies started the competition with a tight two-point loss to the Crusaders before coming up short against the Chiefs in Hamilton. 

The Canberra side will be looking to finish their New Zealand trip on a high as they hunt for Australia's first victory over a New Zealand team in this year's Super Rugby competition. 

The Brumbies will have confidence coming into this contest after winning the previous encounter in 2019 but the Blues just hold the wood over the Brumbies in the head-to-head matchup, with the Auckland side winning 14 of the 24 contests. 

TAB odds:

Blues $1.16 Brumbies $4.70

Blues: 1-Karl Tu'inukuafe, 2-Kurt Eklund, 3-Marcel Renata, 4-Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 5-Josh Goodhue, 6-Tom Robinson (c), 7-Dalton Papalii, 8-Hoskins Sotutu, 9-Finlay Christie, 10-Otere Black, 11-AJ Lam, 12-TJ Faiane, 13-Rieko Ioane, 14-Bryce Heem, 15-Zarn Sullivan.

Reserves: 16-Soane Vikena, 17-Alex Hodgman, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Patrick Tuipulotu, 20-Akira Ioane, 21-Jonathan Ruru, 22-Harry Plummer, 23-Mark Telea. 

Brumbies: 1-Scott Sio, 2-Connal McInerney, 3-Allan Alaalatoa (c), 4-Darcy Swain, 5-Nick Frost, 6-Rob Valetini, 7-Tom Cusack, 8-Henry Stowers, 9-Nic White, 10-Noah Lolesio, 11-Tom Wright, 12-Irae Simone, 13-Len Ikitau, 14-Solomone Kata, 15-Tom Banks 

Reserves: 16-Folau Fainga'a 17-Harry Lloyd, 18-Sefo Kautai, 19-Tom Hooper, 20-Luke Reimer, 21-Ryan Lonergan, 22-Bayley Kuenzle, 23. Mack Hansen

Pre-match banter:

Olympics sacrifice paying off for Hurricanes' Rayasi 

Salesi Rayasi's decision to miss the Tokyo Olympics to remain with the Hurricanes in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is paying off, after another impressive showing in Friday's 43-6 victory over the Force in Napier.

In another display of attacking rugby, the Hurricanes ran in seven tries and conceded just two penalties in reply to move top of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman, having picked up maximum points from their first three games.

At the heart of the scoring blitz was 24-year-old winger Rayasi, who scored twice and proved to be a thorn in the side of the Force.

But Rayasi's Super Rugby Trans-Tasman stint comes at the expense of the chance to chase gold in Tokyo, having pulled himself out of contention to head to the Olympics with the New Zealand Sevens side to stay put with the Hurricanes.

Salesi Rayasi against the Waratahs
Salesi Rayasi against the Waratahs Photo credit: Getty

Rayasi's decision was unique though, with both Caleb Clarke of the Blues and Etene Nanai-Seturo putting their Super Rugby ambitions to the side to chase New Zealand's first Olympics sevens gold.

Clarke's decision could even impact his All Blacks career, with the five-test winger to miss the upcoming July matches against Tonga and Fiji.

"It was extremely hard," Rayasi told Sky Sport of his decision to skip the Tokyo Games.

"I wanted to get a full experience of Super Rugby and it was a tough decision and kind of last-minute. 

"Seeing those two [Clarke and Nanai-Seturo] go sort of made me sick in the stomach, but oh well."

Rayasi has already equalled his try tally from Super Rugby Aotearoa, with the double against the Force and another against the Rebels last week giving him three with two rounds left to play.

The winger scored a Hurricanes-leading three tries in Super Rugby Aotearoa, tied with Jordie Barrett and Asafo Aumua.

New Zealand were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the 2016 Olympic sevens tournament in Rio de Janeiro, knocked out by eventual gold medal winners Fiji.