Blues secure bonus point in Perth
February 13, 2009
Blues skipper Keven Mealamu powers through the Force defence
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Pat Lam's Blues side got their Super 14 season off to a winning start with a 25-19 win over Western Force in Perth.
Force battled to a 14-8 half-time lead thanks to tries from prop AJ Whalley and wing Drew Mitchell, only for the Blues to pull of the day's second comeback after the Brumbies fight-back against the Highlanders in Dunedin.
Chris Lowrey crossed for their first try on 26 minutes before Justin Collins, Anthony Boric and Taniela Moa wrapped up the points for the visitors. Force replacement Tom Hockings grabbed a try in response on 57 minutes but the Blues were resolute and held on for a bonus point success.
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Western Force: Pek Cowan, Tai McIsaac, AJ Whalley, Pat O'Connor, Nathan Sharpe (capt), Tamaiti Horua, David Pocock, Richard Brown, Chris O'Young, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Josh Tatupu, Ryan Cross, Haig Sare, Cameron Shepherd
Replacements: Luke Holmes, Troy Takiari, Tom Hockings, Matt Hodgson, James O'Connor, Nick Cummins, Dane Haylett-Petty
Blues: Paul Williams, Anthony Tuitavake, Isaia Toeava, Benson Stanley, Rene Ranger, Tasesa Lavea, Taniela Moa, Chris Lowrey, Onasa'i Auva'a, Justin Collins, Anthony Boric, Kurtis Haiu, John Afoa, Keven Mealamu (capt), Tony Woodcock
Replacements: Tom McCartney, Charlie Faumuina, Dean Budd, Peter Saili, Chris Smylie, Jimmy Gopperth, Jamie Helleur
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