Double Super Rugby champions the Chiefs comfortably beat the Blues 43-19 in a Super Rugby warm up match held at Rotorua International Stadium.
The Chiefs shot out to a 21-0 lead after a more clinical start than the previous week against the Reds.
Tries to hooker, Rhys Marshal and local lads, Sam Cane and Liam Messam gave the Chiefs the edge in the highly entertaining match.
Blues player Charles Piutau doted down for two tries in a row to make the score 24-12 heading in the half time break.
Nick Crosswell from the Chiefs was the next to cross the line with the accurate boot of Aaron Cruden adding the extra points.
Heading towards the end of the match James Lowe cashed over for another Chiefs try which was followed by another from Robbie Fruean two minutes later.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie was reasonably happy with his side’s performance and particularly of the young players in the squad including 18 year old player Anton Lienert-Brown and James Lowe.
The Chiefs officially start their Super Rugby campaign next Friday against the Crusaders with their first home game against the Highlanders on Saturday 1 March at Waikato Stadium.
Final Score Chiefs 43 (24) Blues 19 (12)
15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 James Lowe, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Anton Leinert-Brown, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (c), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacmements : TBA
15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 George Moala, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Lolagi Visinia, 10 Benji Marshall, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid (c), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Sam Prattley
Replacmements : 16 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 17 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 18 Tom McCartney, 19 Angus Ta'avao, 20 William Lloyd, 21 Patrick Tuipulotu, 22 Kane Barrett, 23 Jordan Manihera, 24 Brendon O'Connor, 25 Bryn Hall, 26 Chris Noakes, 27 Simon Hickey, 28 Jackson Willison, 29 Tevita Li, 30 Albert Nikora
With thanks to the Chiefs.