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Blues beat Hurricanes 37-24 in Super Rugby to dent Canes' playoff chances

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The Blues scored two tries in the first six minutes of the second half to lift themselves to a 34-24, bonus-point win over the Hurricanes in Super Rugby on Saturday, severely denting the Hurricanes' playoff chances.

The Auckland-based Blues also scored two tries, one of them a penalty try, within three minutes in the first half on their way to a 15-7 lead at halftime and an upset win over their better-placed New Zealand conference rival.

England coach Stuart Lancaster was an interested spectator at the match, a week out from the first of his team's three test matches against New Zealand on Auckland's Eden Park.

He saw a physical confrontation between two New Zealand teams and a win to the Blues which overturned predictions and severely undermined the Hurricanes' playoff claims.

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