2 May 2014

Bonus point win for the Blues

10:30 pm on 2 May 2014

Auckland Blues ran in five tries in an emphatic 44-14 victory over the struggling Queensland Reds at Eden Park on Friday night, their first win in their last five meetings with the 2011 Super Rugby champions.

Ma'a Nonu

Ma'a Nonu Photo: AFP

The Blues scored five tries to the Queenland Reds' two as the hosts ran away with their fifth win, a bonus point victory, to continue their push for the playoffs.

The Reds leaked 14 points around half-time while prop James Slipper was in the sin-bin for a tip tackle.

Jackson Willison profited first from All Black Ma'a Nonu's cut-out pass to wing Lolagi Visinia, then Nonu's little kick-through near the line set up the second try to Visinia.

Once Slipper returned, Nonu then offloaded after making a clean break, the All Black midfielder gifting Bryn Hall his five-pointer, unerringly converted by young first five Simon Hickey, who also kicked three penalties.

On the 50-minute mark, Tom Donnelly dotted down for the bonus point fourth try at the end of a long-range, flowing team move.

Shortly afterwards the veteran Blues prop Tony Woodcock was sin-binned for punching and the Reds struck back straightaway, pushing over for a try to replacement forward Ben Daley.

The Reds captain James Horwill scored the Reds' second try to make it a 23-point deficit with 15 minutes remaining.

But it was the replacement Blues back Ihaia West who scored next on his debut, touching down with two minutes left off a Charles Piutau intercept. West then converted for the final 44-14 scoreline.

The Blues led 20-0 at half-time.