Brumbies fall in tense Super Rugby semi

In Auckland, the Blues held on for a 20-19 victory over the Brumbies.

The visitors got off to a flying start when Irae Simoen burst through the line and scored within three minutes.

Two Brumbies substitute hooker Lachie Lonergan rolling-maul tries set up a grandstand finish

With flyhalf Noah Lolesio's drop goal charged down in the final seconds.

It clears the way for the Blues to face the Crusaders in the final next weekend

While it was Australia's 13th failed effort to win a playoff game in New Zealand.

Beauden Barrett, the Blues' flyhalf, was in sublime form, continually creating opportunities for the team while also being faultless in defence and running for 99 metres.

On 77 minutes, Lonergan barged over for his second try, with Noah Lolesio's conversion narrowing the Blues' lead to a single point.

The second drop goal effort, though, failed to seal the deal.

The Blues were superior in most areas, but their scrum was particularly ruthless, as their pack forced four penalties.

In the second half, they battled with discipline, surrendering eight penalties to four, and they were maybe fortunate not to receive a yellow card for the persistent fouling.