Hurricanes beat Blues 30-23 in Super Rugby
PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand (AP) — The Hurricanes won their first four Super Rugby games for the first time as All Blacks winger Julian Savea scored two second-half tries to help beat the winless Blues 30-23 on Friday.
By contrast the Auckland-based Blues have equaled their worst run of seven straight losses, including the last two matches in 2014.
The Hurricanes took an early 11-0 lead with a try by scrumhalf TJ Perenara, and two penalties from Beauden Barrett.
Fullback Lolagi Visinia and winger Frank Halai scored tries to give the Blues a 17-11 lead, but Matt Proctor responded with a try in first-half stoppage time to give the Hurricanes an 18-17 halftime lead.
The Blues edged ahead 20-18 with a penalty before the first of Savea’s two tries clinched the victory.
At Perth, Western Australia, the Melbourne Rebels ended a two-match losing streak with a 21-17 victory over the Western Force. Coming off a win over the Crusaders, the Rebels have won consecutive away games for the first time.
The Rebels, who scored tries through former Queensland Reds players Mike Harris and Dom Shipperley, led 21-10 with 10 minutes remaining before Tetera Faulkner scored a try for the Force. Heavy rain fell for parts of the second half of the match.
Hurricanes 30 (Julian Savea 2, TJ Perenara, Matt Proctor tries; Beauden Barrett 2 conversions, 2 penalties), Blues 23 (Frank Halai, Lolagi Visinia tries; Ihaia West 2 conversions, 3 penalties). HT: 18-17.
Melbourne 21 (Mike Harris, Dom Shipperley tries; Harris con, 3 penalties), Western Force 17 (Tetera Faulkner, Alby Mathewson tries; Luke Burton 2 conversions, penalty). HT: 15-7.