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Blues come up short against Brumbies

May 5, 2019 5:01 am

The Blues have been beaten 26-21 by the ACT Brumbies in their Super Rugby game in Canberra.

The Brumbies used their rolling maul to great effect as hooker Folau Faingaa’s hat-trick provided the foundation of a gritty win.

The home side scored four tries to two.

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According to Radio NZ, the Brumbies soon profited from their numerical advantage when Faingaa scored his second in the 54th minute.

Back-to-back penalty goals edged the Blues back in front 21-19 as the Brumbies lost composure but Faingaa effectively sealed the win, again from short range, with 13 minutes remaining.

The Blues had to settle for a bonus point which leaves them fourth in the New Zealand conference on 21, half the tally of the competition-leading Crusaders.

In other super rugby matches, Highlanders held Chiefs 31-all while Bulls defeated Bulls 28-21.

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