Blues put in best performance of the year
The Blues ended the Bulls’ 12-match unbeaten streak in the Rebel Sport Super 14 with a magnificent 32-17 victory at Eden Park. In front of a sell-out crowd, the Blues produced their best performance of the season by far to continue their unbeaten record against the Bulls at home, outscoring their opponents by two tries to one to edge closer to the top four on 20 points.
It was a thrilling victory inspired by an incredible effort by the Blues forwards who more than matched their South African counterparts, smashing them in defence and dominating at the ruck. What made the victory even more significant was that the Blues did it without Tony Woodcock who was ruled out due to a neck strain, and John Afoa who left the field injured early in the first half.
But the makeshift front row of Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu and Tevita Mailau stepped up to the challenge remarkably, and alongside an impressive showing by the loose forward trio of Jerome Kaino, Serge Lilo and Viliami Ma’afu, they outclassed the Bulls pack who were clearly rattled by their opponents.