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Super Rugby: Winning weekend for all but the Blues

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Sunday, 12 May 2019, 3:51PM
Sio Tomkinson of the Highlanders is congratulated after scoring a try. (Photo / Photosport)

The Hurricanes secured their fifth straight win in Super Rugby with a 22-12 victory over the Blues at Eden Park.

The Auckland side failed to capitalise on having 60 percent possession and territory throughout the match.

The Blues were particularly dominant at scrum time with Hurricanes prop Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen repeatedly penalised and eventually sin binned.

Hurricanes coach John Plumtree is extremely proud of his side who were up against it throughout the match.

"It was difficult condition and we knew we were playing against a side that was really desperate, and they showed that, so it was physical."

Meanwhile, the Crusaders produced a clinical 45-13 Super Rugby victory in Pretoria against the Bulls.

First five Richie Mo'unga scored two tries, and wing Sevu Reece three as the Crusaders played an up tempo game the Bulls just couldn't compete with.

Assistant coach Ronan O'Gara says the free flowing style was no mistake.

"The plan was to run with the Bulls, and I think the boys did that really well. They played with a high tempo and really pushed their fitness levels and as a result they had plenty of space to show off their skills."

Elsewhere, the Chiefs have had to dig deep to record an important 29-23 Super Rugby win over the Sharks in Hamilton.

The home side led 17-13 at the break, before the Sharks bounced back to have a 23-17 advantage midway through the second half.

However, unanswered tries to Anton Lienert-Brown and Brad Weber swung the momentum back in the Chiefs favour, and they hung on for a fourth win of the season.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper says they have a lot of fight are well led by the senior players.

He says when they were defending in certain moments they showed attitude and character to hold the Sharks out.

Meanwhile, the Highlanders picked up an important 32-27 Super Rugby win over the Jaguares in Dunedin.

The Southerners led 26-13 at half-time, before hanging on to record their fifth win of the season.

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