Blues run six tries past ‘Canes

Date published: February 13 2016

The Blues put in an impressive performance as they overcame last year's Super Rugby finalists the Hurricanes 40-12 in Eketahuna on Saturday.

Scorching heat was no detriment to the Blues who streaked away in the second period with a total of six tries scored in the pre-season fixture.

James Parsons, Steven Luatua, Nic Mayhew, Charlie Faumuina, Rene Ranger and Lolagi Visinia all crossed the whitewash, but new head coach Tana Umaga remained grounded despite the big win against their local rivals.

"I'd say the score was more down to freshness than anything, the Hurricanes didn't have the numbers to field two fresh teams," he told the Blues website.

"In the first-half and during the first 20 minutes, I think the boys got a bit of a shock (by the heat). But every player performed well, it was a good all-round effort and the guys stuck to their plan.

"We got the result we needed and we didn't get any injuries, which was really important to us.

"I think the players will get a lot of confidence from it, but when it comes to numbers and the scoreline, we need to remember that it's just pre-season and we still have a couple of weeks before the Highlanders," he added. "So we won’t get carried away with it."