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Blues beat Western Force 41-24 in Super Rugby

Blues less blue after 241-24 win over Western Force in Super Rugby

Blues beat Western Force 41-24 in Super Rugby

Blues flanker Akira Ioane illustrated his reputation as one of the game's emerging stars by scoring a brilliant solo try in the 41-24 win against Western Force in Super Rugby on Saturday.

The 19-year-old, whose father played for Samoa at the 1991 World Cup, whose mother was a New Zealand women's rugby representative and whose younger brother is a star of the All Blacks sevens team, is hailed as one of rugby's young stars.

In the 48th minute, he received the ball within his own half, fended off two tacklers and dashed 55 meters through vain defense to score the Blues' fourth, bonus-point try.

Winger Melani Nanai scored a double and Steven Luatua and Ihaia West also scored tries as the Blues posted only their second win of the season.

The Blues bonus-point win moved them out of a lowly 14th place on the championships table but came too late in the season to revive playoff ambitions.

The Perth-based Force scored four second half tries against the tiring Blues' defense to take a consolation bonus point but is stuck in last place after a 10th loss in 11 matches.

"We really wanted to repay the fans with a really good effort tonight," Blues captain Keven Mealamu said. "Although we put in a really good half there were probably a couple of tries we let in too easily at the end there.

"Tonight we wanted to be physical and make sure we could be really direct with them and we executed that really well."

Updated : 2021-09-17 12:48 GMT+08:00