We have been in scrumtown for the last few minutes with nothing going on. Can we finally get some action underway again?
Aaron Smith kicks off the back of the scrum, straight to Piutau. He kicks out on the full. Another mistake.
Could be a costly one as the Highlander bring the ball back at high speed. This time Sopoaga kicks in behind and the ball angles out toward the touchline. Great kick into the corner.
Weepu kicks into touch now. Highlanders will have a lineout on the 22.
Poor throw from the Highlanders, both hookers having a hard time of things.
There is no room for the Blues backs to move at the moment, Highlanders doing a great job of smothering them with defense. The game is being played at a fast clip and the Highlanders will be over the moon at how their season has started.
Eight minutes to go till halftime, can the Blues trouble the scorers? Braid drives hard through the middle 40 yards out.
Kicking match breaks out now, ends with Saili hitting it up through the middle again. Blues struggling to make progress here.
Penalty Blues. A long sequence of play comes to an end. The penalty will be near halfway.
Noakes kicks for touch. They need to strike before halftime. they have five minutes to do it.
Parsons finds his man this time, but the Blues have lost the ball forward. Smith picks the ball up and the Highlanders break.
Osborne goes close with a powerful run but the Blues do well to drag him down. Sopoaga then tries a crossfield kick but it's a little too heavy. Blues may have dodged a bullet there.
But it's not over yet. Highlanders with good position now, 20m out.
Elusive Ben Smith darts inside, 10m out.
Penalty Blues. "Everything was fine until Manu came in off his feet,' says the ref.
Wow, what a tempo to this one. Blues survive again but Highlanders are well worth their lead.
Ben Smith scores the third try for the Highlanders just before halftime. Well deserved.
The halftime siren has gone and Sopaga hits his conversion straight through the middle.
The Highlanders have done everything right in the first half and take a 24-0 advantage into the break.
The Blues just haven't been able to get going. And a lot of that should be put down to an incredibly stubborn Highlanders defence. They look likely when they have it, and are like an iron curtain when they don't. The Blues need to score early in the second half otherwise this game could quickly pass them by.
We are back underway as Weepu sets a Blues attack from halfway.
Wow, what an amazing start from the Blues.
Francis Saili has broken the line, kicked with his left foot, caught the ball amongst three defenders and powered his way to the try line. Game on?