Blues snatch a late draw against the Reds in Brisbane with an Ihaia West penalty

Blues coach Tana Umaga is starting to get a sense of what John Kirwan has been through.

The former All Black must have been pulling out his scraggly dreadlocks on Saturday night in the coaches box as he watched his young side capitulate at Suncorp Stadium, only to come back and snatch a late draw at Suncorp Stadium.  

The three-time Super Rugby champions, who led 15-13 at halftime, were hoping to remain in contention for the playoffs by securing their first win in Brisbane in eight years, trailed by 25-22 in the final moments before Ihaia West converted a penalty from close range to secure an unlikely draw.

Blues substitute Billy Guyton kept the visitors in the match with a try in the 72nd minute before West had the final say of the match to take home two points. 

The Blues, who have been competitive in their opening three matches with only one win, slip further off the pace in the Australasian conference after four rounds. 

The Reds scrum had the Blues' measure throughout the match - proving the old adage that if you dominate the battle up front you are a long way to winning a rugby match still applies. 

That dominance ensured the visitors could not maintain any flow in their game, and ill-discipline and unforced errors saw the Blues continue their incredibly poor away record.  

The Auckland-based team boast the worst away record of any Super Rugby franchise claiming only four victories on the road since 2012.