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Brilliant Blues blast Lions

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Sunday, February 24, 2008    sportal.co.nz    Photosport

The undefeated Blues scored seven tries in all with their first-five eighth Nick Evans bagging 25 points as the hosts were handed a rugby lesson in Johannesburg.

Lock Kurtis Haiu opened the scoring after seven minutes with a try which was set up from an instinctive breakaway by Nick Williams.

The number eight ran 30 yards before good work from Evans and wing Joe Rokocoko saw Haiu barge over and Evans converted.

Louis Strydom responded for the Lions when kicking over a penalty, but any hope a recovery was quashed when Evans extended the lead after 20 minutes by converting a penalty from the left touchline after Rokocoko was obstructed.

The Blues number 10 then showed his pace by latching on to centre Isaia Toeava's pass and racing away for his side's second try in the 21st minute.

Evans slotted home the conversion and flanker Jerome Kaino made it 22-3 when he touched down on the right corner, capitalising on poor defending from the South African side.

More good teamwork and meek Lions defending in the 33rd minute saw second five-eighth Benson Stanley's break though the defence only half cleared and fullback Isa Nacewa picked up the ball to carry it over, with Evans adding the two extra points.

The Lions were handed some breathing space immediately after when Anthony Tuitavake was shown yellow for a dangerous tackle, but they failed to capitalise and went in 3-31 down at the break.

The visitors started the second period as they did the first and Williams was barely tackled as he brushed his way over the line for his first try and the Blues' fifth in the 42nd minute - Evans again converting.

He added another penalty two minutes later, before substitute Rudi Wulf scored a further try after swift movement of the ball by his backline close to the line dotting down in the right-hand corner after 65 minutes.

Seven minutes later Haiu added his second try of the night muscling his way past three defenders for his side's seventh try which helped them cross the 50-point mark.

Evans added the conversion to complete his 25-point haul before, with two minutes remaining, Jaco van Schalkwyk scored a consolation try that was converted by Chris Jonck.