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Blues cruise to victory

The Blues put in a stylish performance at Eden Park on Saturday to claim a convincing 31-17 win over the NSW Waratahs in the Super 15.

Props John Afoa and Tevita Mailau scored the first tries for the home side before centre Jared Payne, wing Rene Ranger and half-back Alby Mathewson also crossed the line.

The Waratahs responded in the second half with scores from Drew Mitchell and Ryan Cross, to add to Daniel Halengahu's first-half try, but the damage had already been done.

The Reds equalled their longest-ever home winning streak in the professional era with a 39-30 win against the Bulls at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The Reds met the might of the defending champions at the breakdown and ran in six tries to their opposition's three with a dazzling backline showing to make it nine wins on the spin in Queensland.

Quade Cooper put on an absolute master-class at fly-half, scoring his side's first try and constantly drawing gasps of amazement from all in attendance with his bold and brilliant passing game.

Meanwhile, first-half tries by Danie Poolman and Jaque Fourie proved decisive as the Stormers bounced back from a first loss of the season seven days ago with a 33-19 win over the Lions in Johannesburg.

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