The Blues A team enjoyed a 42-19 win over Hurricanes A in the midday heat down at Taupo’s Owen Delaney Park today.
Blues A named a team that included 14 full squad players, while the Hurricanes fronted 13 full squad members. Team captain Matt Moulds described the inclusion of provincial level players in the full team as successful, even with only one practice under their belt.
“You’ve got new guys plus top guys coming in and the crucial bit is being able to gel really fast,” he said. “Our set piece was pretty solid and the backs had good strikes off that. It seemed like we were always making game line.”
Key performances came from 2016 rookie Blues squad member Jordan Trainor who has a 100% kicking record from the last two A games, as well as halfback Sam Nock who played with real control over 70 minutes on the field.
Blues High Performance Manager Tony Hanks said that while the team didn’t finish a lot of opportunities in the first half, there was plenty to be encouraged by.
“The guys really built on last week and there were a lot of encouraging performances, especially from guys like Jordan (Trainor) and Michael (Little) who was like a pinball out there and just couldn’t be tackled,” he said.
The Blues scored six converted tries, while the Hurricanes scored two converted and one unconverted try.
The squad was:
1. Nic Mayhew
2. Mattt Moulds
3. Namatahi Waa
4. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
5. Scott Scrafton
6. Hoani Matenga
7. Jack Ram
8. Joe Edwards
9. Sam Nock
10. Bryn Gatland (North Harbour)
11. Matt Vaega
12. Michael Little
13. Rieko Ioane
14. Jordan Hyland (Northland)
15. Jordan Trainor
16. Ray Niuia (North Harbour)
17. Isi Tu’ungafasi (Auckland)
18. Marcel Renata (Auckland)
19. Josh Goodhue (Northland)
20. Murphy Tarimai (North Harbour)
21. Lewis Gjaltoma (North Harbour)
22. Whiria Meltzer (North Harbour)
23. Waisea Lawabuka (Northland)
Jordan Trainor (2T, 5C), Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Scott Scrafton, Michael Little, Ray Niuia, Bryn Gatland (1C)