The home side overcame a shaky start, and the flawless kicking of Dan Carter, in the first half thanks to two tries by star wing Frank Halai that ensured they held a healthy 20-12 lead at the break.
Many would have expected more from the seven-time champions, who closed the gap to five points after half-time through Carter's fifth penalty, but they could not stop the spirited Blues and two more second-half tries ultimately sealed their fate.
The win saw John Kirwan's men remain at the top of the New Zealand conference on 10 points.
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