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Umaga's Blues came out on top of a terrific 7-try shoot-out to start the Super Rugby season

In Canberra, the Brumbies scored seven tries of their own to blow the Hurricanes away.

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Reigning champion Highlanders travelled north to take on Tana Umaga’s Blues in Auckalnd. The Highlanders took the lead through Ben Smith, but by the time Blues out-half Ihaia West dinked a kick to Lolagi Visinia, it was clear the game wasn’t going to be easily closed out.

Watch the full highlights above, including four Highlanders tries to send them home with two bonus points despite defeat, but especially watch for replacement Matt Faddes’ handiwork in the lead-up to Smith’s second try.


That score was the game’s seventh, and made the Blues’ advantage just 33 – 31 going in to the final minutes, but Umaga’s men held on.

Across the ditch, the Brumbies laid down a serious beating on the 2015 runners-up Hurricanes.

Source: NZ RugbyVidz Super 18/YouTube

Nehe Milner-Skudder created the only ‘Canes try to the seven delivered by the rampant hosts in Canberra, including this super slick (and, defensively, pretty embarrassing) line-out move finished by David Pocock after Ita Vaea offloaded to Stephen Moore.


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