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Rugby 10s: Kiwi side The Blues beat Aussie team Brumbies to win inaugural event

Published on Jun 22, 2014 9:42 PM
Jordan Manihera (centre) of The Blues carrying the ball against Australian team The Brumbies in the final match rugby World Club 10s. The Blues, from New Zealand, defeated The Brumbies 10-5 to win the tournament. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

New Zealand rugby outfit The Blues have become the first sports team to win a competition at the newly-built National Stadium after emerging victorious in the final of the inaugural rugby World Club 10s tournament on Sunday.

The Auckland side saw off Australia's The Brumbies 10-5 in a match that went down to the wire after it stretched into additional time.

A Tom McCartney try hauled The Blues level after they had trailed to a Conrad Hoffmann try, before Jackson Willison sent his team-mates into raptures when he scored the winning try in the second period of extra time.

On Saturday, The Blues also became the first team to win a match at the 55,000-seater arena when they dispatched French side Biarritz Olympique 47-7 in the opening game of the two-day tournament.

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