Highlanders earn a penalty this time. Big George Moala is the offending party.
Lima Sopoaga will have a pop at goal from 40 yards out and on an angle.
Tough kick, Sopoaga had the line right but not the distance. Still 0-0 after six minutes.
Highlanders with some good possession now but the ball is lost forward. Scrum to the Blues just inside their half.
A Chris Noakes box kick is charged down by Aaron Smith and he collects the loose ball, fends off Noakes and touches down in the corner. Great start for the Highlanders.
Sopoaga adds the extras from wide right to increase the lead to seven. That was another tough kick but he nailed it.
Blues with the ball on the halfway now and they possess a very dangerous backline. Saili runs the ball but can't make ground. They still have possession, good spell here.
Wow, what a start. Malakai Fekiota has just sliced open the Blues defence.
The forwards turned the ball over, the ball fell to Fekitoa who spotted a gap, accelerated past three defenders and touched down under the posts.
Sopoaga adds another two. Highlanders are in heaven.
Blues need an answer here. How will they respond?
Blues with possession again on halfway but not a lot of progress being made.
It's all one way traffic at the moment. This time the Blues forward offending at the ruck. Sopoaga will have a crack from 35 metres.
Sopoaga slots another one. Top class kicking. 17-0 Highlanders.
Blues kick off down into the hands of Thorn.
Highlanders straight into attack mode again, but this time they are penalised for not rolling away.
It's just inside the Highlanders' half but it looks like Noakes will have a shot at goal.
Noakes is away once again. What a horror start for the Blues.
Blues with the ball now on halfway. They are struggling to penetrate this Highlanders line.
Noakes goes to Parsons this time. Strong Highlanders defence once again.
Blues swing from right to left but get no where and eventually give away another penalty.
This one is out of kicking range so Sopoaga will aim for the corner.
The Blues may need Benchi Marshall to come on and save this one. They are struggling to penetrate out there.
Quick game of forceback breaks out, Blues get the best of it as Smith kicks it out on halfway.
Great chance for the Blues now as Moala makes good ground.
10m out, desperation defending from the Highlanders.
Offfside against the Highlanders, advantage being played.
Just 2 metres from the line now.
Blues decide to go for the touchline. Noakes kicks for the corner.
Huge opportunity for Blues to get back into the game here.
But it's a loose throw. Opportunity lost, Highlanders clear the danger.
But back comes Piutau, the Blues are having a good period, but desperately need points on the board. Oh no, now Weepu has knocked it on. Frustrating times if you're a Blues fan.
Brad Thorn has picked up a rib injury and is not expected to return tonight.