So, Highlanders need to make up 15 points with 25 minutes to go. They have the quality to do it.
But just as it looks like they might cut into that deficit the ball is dropped and Jackson Willison punts it on the ground all the way down field.
Highlanders scramble and clear into touch. Blues withe a lineout 10m out now.
Luatua throws off a defender like he's a rag doll. Blues just metres away now.
But the pass is put down. Highlanders clear but the advantage was being played. Hickey will knock over the penalty from right infront.
Well, it wasn't really right infront but with Hickey, I just feel very confident. He made it, and the Blues now lead 30-12.
Into the last twenty minutes now. Highlanders need to be next to score if they want to stay in this.
Highlanders with the ball now on the halfway line. Treeby hits a gap at pace but can't get through.
The ball is turned over though and the Blues burst off in the opposite direction. But the ball comes loose and we will settle for a scrum.
An ugly clash in midfield results in Jackson WIllison and Fekitoa on the floor clutching their heads.
We are waiting for the scrum to be reset, the clock keeps ticking which the Blues will love.
Scrum penalty against the Blues. Sopoaga is up and punts for touch. Highlanders with a good chance at an attacking lineout now.
They bring Patrick Osborne in from the left wing to run at the middle but he doesn't get anywhere.
Blues turn it over and it's in the hands of Marshall who kicks it straight into a green wall of Highlanders.
The scrappy phase continues with Hickey clearing down field to Smith who runs back at the Blues from deep.
Broken play everywhere and the Highlanders are desperate to find a gap but simply can't. They may have run out of ideas now.
Blues earn a penalty but Hickey shades it just wide.
Just under 15 minutes to play now. Is it time for the Blues to start thinking about that bonus point try?
Back to scrumtown now and the Highlanders will have the feed near halfway.
Highlanders progress up over halfway but still can't quite make the necessary break.
The Blues defence look inspired as they pick up another penalty. Hickey boots for the corner, they're going for it.
The Blues lose it from the lineout and the Highlanders try to run it out from deep.
This game is just drifting away from the Highlanders. The clock continues to roll as the scrums take over. Another reset here now.
Great pressure from the Blues and Braid turns it over.
Blues have a penalty on the 22. What's the call?
Hickey's going to stick it into the corner.
Great chance for that bonus point now. Ta'avao brings it down at the back.
But Buckman got in and stole it. Ben Smith kicks it out from the in goal.
It goes down to Benji Marshall who dances across field but ends up losing ground.
Blues still have the ball. Not anymore. Highlanders will have a scrum with five minutes to go.