Halai makes impact on debut
Published 23/02/2013 | 18:36
Frank Halai scored two tries on his debut as the Blues began their reign under Sir John Kirwan with a hard-fought 34-20 bonus-point victory over the Hurricanes.
It was an eventful first Super 15 match for the big winger, who scored a try in each half and spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin midway through the second period for deliberately knocking the ball out of play which resulted in a penalty try for the Hurricanes.
Halai's brace bookended five-pointers for Charles Piutau and Rene Ranger, and the margin of victory could have been greater had Piri Weepu brought his kicking boots.
Sharks survived a dramatic comeback to begin their campaign with a 29-22 victory over Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
The visitors dominated the first half but if Pat Lambie had not steadily kicked 19 points then Sharks might have come undone after the break.
John Plumtree's Cheetahs scored one try more than their opponents with Philip van der Walt, Lappies Labuschagne and Johann Sadie going over in response to efforts from Lwazi Mvovo and Marcell Coetzee, with Johan Goosen kicking seven points.
The Southern Kings celebrated their Super 15 debut in style with a come-from-behind 22-10 victory over the Western Force.
The Kings, a new team bringing Super Rugby back to Port Elizabeth for the first time in almost 14 years, won behind two tries from Sergeal Petersen and the kicking of Demetri Catrakilis.