May 16, 2021
Hoskins Sotutu scored two tries to help his Blues side thump the Melbourne Rebels 50-3 in round one of the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman last night.
Sotutu's two early second-half tries effectively put the game out of the Rebels' reach by the 56th minute.
The match began with the Blues running rampant to finish with six tries, with replacement back Akira Ioane also finishing with a double.
Loosehead prop Karl Tu'inukuafe terrorised his opposite Cabous Eloff and the Rebels pack in the opening stanza, earning four scrum penalties.
Each side was unlucky not to score through the first half with an early effort by Bryce Heem called back for a Rieko Ioane knock-on.
Melbourne then missed a deserved penalty try when hooker Jordan Uelese's would-be score was illegally thwarted by Adrian Choat, who was yellow-carded.
The Blues took their chances and skipper Tom Robinson was ready and waiting for a long floating pass from five-eighth Otere Black to score right on halftime for a 17-3 lead.
Any hopes of a home side fightback was snuffed out by Sototu's early second-half efforts as the Blues iced an impressive display across the park.
Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete's try-scoring drought continued with Melbourne failing to get across the line.
By Romeka Romena