Blues give Rebels Super Rugby lesson

Melbourne have been supplied an attacking lesson by the Tremendous Rugby Pacific entrance-operating Blues, who shipped a 71-28 thrashing in Auckland.

The Blues scored 7 attempts in the initially half on Friday night time to race to an unassailable 47-14 guide, with All Blacks again-rower Akira Ioane terrorising the Rebels to bag a double.

And they did it with no star All Blacks playmaker Beauden Barrett, who was rested, with youngster Stephen Perofeta at 10.

Even though the Blues went into the match on major of the ladder with just one particular reduction, the Rebels have been in eighth location with their eye on the finals.

But that appears useless in the drinking water with the scoreline possible putting a major dent in their details differential.

The 11-test tally just fell small of the Blues’ record of 74 points, set back in 1998.

Melbourne couldn’t have received off to a much better start off, with prop Pone Fa’amausili barging more than for a second-moment attempt right after a Blues lineout went awry.

And they built it 14- by the fifth moment when a pass by Blues halfback Finlay Christie right after yet another lineout was intercepted by young Rebels lock Josh Canham.

But the relaxation of the 50 % was a single-way site visitors as the Blues despatched wave immediately after wave of attack at the Rebels, earning simple metres more than the edge line.

Ioane scored his two attempts within 6 minutes with the 1st coming following fellow All Black Hoskins Sotutu sent a prolonged ball out to his flanker.

Christie, lock James Tucker, Sotutu and Ioane’s youthful brother Rieko all crossed ahead of Mark Telea capped the stunning half.

The winger pulled off a magnificent dive to plant the ball in the corner with superboot Perofeta lacking just one conversion in the 50 percent.

The Rebels missing Wallabies winger Andrew Kellaway early in the 50 percent but it was unclear if it was because of to injuries.

Rieko Ioane matched his brother with his next try in the 51st minute and then went 1 superior, completing his hat-trick in the 63rd minute for a 66-14 scoreline.

Melbourne crossed for two consolation tries as a result of flanker Brad Wilkin and fullback Reece Hodge but it was still a match they’d fairly forget about.

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