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Chiefs book play off spot and knock Blues out

Liam Squire of the Chiefs charges forward against the Blues

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Article Published: Friday 11 July 2014|

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The Chiefs kept their quest for a third successive Super Rugby title alive when they beat the Blues 8-11 at Eden Park in Auckland.

Both teams scored one try each and the difference came down to penalty kicks as both teams also failed to kick their conversions.

The result keeps the Chiefs alive in Super Rugby as well as the Hurricanes while the Blues can no longer qualify.

The Blues will finish the season as the last placed New Zealand team while the Chiefs will have to wait until tomorrow to find out who they will be facing next week in the qualifying play offs.

The victory was the Chiefs seventh in a row for the current Super Rugby champions over the Auckland based Blues.

The Blues went into the match needing to beat the Chiefs by 38 points to stay alive in Super Rugby but failed to score a point in the first half despite massive advantage in territory and possession.

The victory moved the Chiefs provisionally up from eighth overall into fourth place although they could drop lower in the table with other results that follow.

The Blues were unbeaten at Eden Park and made their intentions know from the start as they put the visitors under huge pressure early on.

Several Blues players went over the Chiefs tryline but time and time again they were held up.

The closest the Blues came was in the fifth minute when Jerome Kaino twisted his way over but a boot from Tawera Kerr-Barlow dislodged the ball.

The Blues enjoyed 91% of the territory and 70% possession in the opening 20 minutes of the match but the Chiefs managed to keep them scoreless.

The Chiefs opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a penalty by Aaron Cruden which gave them a 3-0 which they held on to until half time.

The Blues chances of reaching the play offs looked faint just when Ma'a Nonu was sin-binned four minutes before the break for a shoulder charge on Chiefs centre Tim Nanai-Williams.

The Blues levelled the scores with a penalty early in the second half with a penalty to Ihaia West just as Nonu returned.

The game turned in the Chiefs favour when the Blues were hot on attack only for Liam Messam to grab a 70m intercept try.

Cruden extended the lead but then when Chiefs lock Mike Fitzgerald was sinbinned the Blues stretched the Chiefs and replacement winger George Moala scored in the corner.

West failed to add the conversion and the Chiefs managed to hold on for the victory aided by some poor handling by the Blues in the final minutes.

Final Score Blues 8 (0) Chiefs 11 (3)

Scorers

Blues
Tries - G.Moala
Pen - I.West
Con -
Drop -
Cards -  M. Nonu (36th min yellow)

Chiefs
Tries - L.Messam
Pen - A.Cruden 2
Con -
Drop -
Cards - M.Fitzgerald (65th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee
: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: Brendan Pickerill
TMO:Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

15. Charles Piutau,14. Lolagi Visinia ,13. Francis Saili,12. Ma'a Nonu,11. Tevita Li,10. Ihaia West,9. Bryn Hall,8. Jerome Kaino,7. Brendon O'Connor,6. Steven Luatua,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Patrick Tuipulotu,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Keven Mealamu (C),1. Sam Prattley

Replacements : 16. James Parsons,17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi,18. Angus Ta'avao,19. Hayden Triggs,20. Peter Saili,21. Jamison Gibson-Park,22. Jackson Willison,23. George Moala ,

Chiefs

1. Jamie Mackintosh, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 4. Mike Fitzgerald, 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Tanerau Latimer, 8. Liam Squire , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden (c), 11. James Lowe , 12. Bundee Aki, 13. Tim Nanai-Williams , 14. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 15. Tom Marshall

Replacements :16. Nathan Harris, 17. Pauliasi Manu , 18. Nick Barrett , 19. Matt Symons , 20. Tevita Koloamatangi , 21. Augustine Pulu , 22. Gareth Anscombe, 23. Dwayne Sweeney

 
 
 
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