The Blues host the Chiefs in their final match of the Super 14 this year. These two teams have a lot in common. Both teams are filled with All Black stars and both teams lost to the team second from the bottom of the table, The Cats.
The Blues have the higher profile All Black stars with names like Doug Howlett,Joe Rokocoko & Keven Mealamu and have been labeled underachievers but you only have to look at the Chiefs teamsheet to see that they too have been underachievers this year.
A team with names like Mils Muliaina,Sam Tuitupou, Sitiveni Sivivatu,Sosene Anesi & Byron Kelleher should have done better this year.
The only things left to play for in this match are pride and All Black selection. Home advantage is a huge factor in the Super 14 but the Chiefs are higher on the table so this match could go either way.
Almost Live match summary
Referee: Kelvin Deaker (NZ).
The match is underway
Both teams are feeling each other’s defences out.
Bryon Kelleher is down with an ankle injury but it doesnt look serious.
The Chiefs give away a penalty and McAlister kicks the ball between the posts to put the Blues in the lead.
Blues 3 Chiefs 0
David Hill gets a penalty over for the Chiefs to level the scores
Blues 3 Chiefs 3
Rokocoko is very lucky not to have been given a card after tackling Muliaina without the ball.
The Chiefs get good field postion but Sivivatu drops the ball as he head for the line.
Chiefs puts in a late tackle on Senio and give away a penalty in fron of the posts.
McAlister kicks it well and the Blues are back in front
Blues 6 Chiefs 3
Lyndon Bray awards a penalty in front of the posts to the Chiefs.
David Hill gets this one too and the scores are level.
Blues 6 Chiefs 6
The Hooter goes and its half time.
Half time score – Blues 6 Chiefs 6
The second half gets underway
Howlett gets the overlap but Atiga defends and stops Howlett.
The Blues get good attacking position in the Chiefs 25. The Chiefs give away another penalty right in front of the posts.
McAlister kicks it and its good. Blues back in front.
Blues 9 Chiefs 6
Ranby creates some quick ball for Kelleher and he passes to Hill who dummies and scores a try.
Blues 9 Chiefs 13
The Blues continue to pick away at the Chiefs defence without any luck.
Mark Ranby comes off for the last time before he heads for Japan. Senio also comes off for the Blues.
David Hill slots another penalty for the Chiefs and they now lead by seven
Blues 9 Chiefs 16
Kelleher takes a quick penalty. He passes to Sivivatu who makes ground but its Kelleher who goes over for a try!
Blues 9 Chiefs 23
As the game looks like it has been won, Kelleher comes off.
Naciwa passes the ball and Sosene Anesi intercepts and scores the try.
Blues 9 Chiefs 30
The Hooter goes
Anesi kicks the ball into touch and the match is over
Final score – Blues 9 Chiefs 30
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Blues v Chiefs, Auckland, Saturday
15 Brent Ward, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Ben Atiga, 12 Isa Nacewa, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 John Senio, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Onosai’i Tololima Auva’a, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Greg Rawlinson, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (c), 1 Saimone Taumoepeau.
Reserves: 16 Tim Dow, 17 Mike Noble, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Kurtis Haiu, 20 Junior Poluleuigaga, 21 Tasesa Lavea, 22 George Pisi.
15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Anthony Tahana, 13 Mark Ranby, 12 Sam Tuitupou, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 David Hill, 9 Byron Kelleher, 8 Steven Bates, 7 Marty Holah, 6 Jono Gibbes (c), 5 Sean Hohneck, 4 Bernie Upton, 3 Ben Castle, 2 Aleiki Lutui, 1 Simms Davison.
Reserves: 16 Scott Linklater, 17 Deacon Manu, 18 Kristian Ormsby, 19 Liam Messam, 20 Jamie Nutbrown, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Sosene Anesi.