Hurricanes too strong for Blues
The Hurricanes claimed their first win of the Super Rugby season in Wellington and in the process heaped more misery on the hapless Blues.
The 35-19 victory ended a run of two losses for the Hurricanes, who have now won five and lost five.
But the beleaguered Blues have now won just once in 10 games and face the Lions, Crusaders, Highlanders and Chiefs before the international break.
Trailing 16-12 the Blues were right in the match at half-time thanks to Piri Weepu's four penalties.
But the Hurricanes took charge in the second spell as tries by Julian Savea, TJ Perenara and Jason Eaton followed first-half efforts from Conrad Smith and Andre Taylor.
Benson Stanley's five-pointer five minutes from time was no more than a consolation for the visitors.
The Bulls, meanwhile, moved to the top of the table with a hard-fought 41-35 victory over the Rebels in Melbourne.
Both sides ran in four tries in a high-scoring first half, but it was the boot of Morne Steyn and the experienced heads of the Bulls forwards that got the visitors home in the end.
Fly-half Steyn slotted two penalties, five conversions and a try to cap a superb individual display.