Nonu drives hard at the line again and the Blues are on the front foot.
Kaino now pushes them up over the 22.
Nonu staps a clever kick through and Sopoaga has to run it into touch right in the corner. Great chance Blues.
The lineout drive hasn't worked out too well but the Blues still have it.
But the Highlanders steal it. Tremendous work at the breakdown from Shane christie to pinch the ball.
Bryn Hall made a powerful burst through a gap in the Highlanders' defence but was pulled down just short of the line. But Nonu was on hand to drive it over in the next phase.
Hickey adds the extras. Blues lead 17-9.
Ouch. A replay showing Patrick Osbourne running head first into Sopoaga is sickening to watch. But both big men are on their feet and have shaken it off.
37 MINS - BLUES 17 HIGHLANDERS 9
Just two minutes till halftime and the Highlanders will have the last attack of the half. They have a scrum just inside halfway.
Blues steal the ball and slam it downfield. A kick-off ensues and it ends with the ball in touch and the halftime hooter sounding. HALFTIME.
Halftime: Blues 17 Highlanders 9
Blues are worth their eight point lead at the break but it's still up for grabs. Kaino and Nonu have made a huge difference to the Blues' midfield, who now look dangerous every time they have it. Should be an exciting second half, don't go anywhere.
We are back underway and the Blues are putting the Highlanders under early pressure.
Penalty Blues. Hickey knocks it over from right infront.
45 MINS - BLUES 20 HIGHLANDERS 9
Highlanders have an immediate chance to retrieve those three points as they earn a penalty right infront 30m out.
And he slots it. Blues lead 20-12.
47 MINS - BLUES 20 HIGHLANDERS 12
Kaino is once again a tower of strength as the Highlanders swarm around him. Blues retain possession and Hickey sends a deep kick down into the corner.
Highlanders clear but it doesn't go out. They are putting themselves under all sorts of pressure. Blues still in the 22 and on the front foot.
Charles Piutau has touched down in the corner. But was it a double movement?
It was a dynamic burst from the Blues fullback. Looks good from here and the try is confirmed.
Hickey slots the conversion. The Blues have run out to a 27-12 lead now.
All of a sudden it's a long way back for the Hurricanes. A try either side of halftime has left them with a mountain to climb. They are yet to score a try in this game and don't really look likely at this point.
Benji Marshall come on to a roaring cheer from the crowd. Time for some fancy footwork?
53 MINS - BLUES 27 HIGHLANDERS 12