The Blues and the Chiefs lost their opening round matches so both will be looking to turn things around this weekend and register their first victory for the season.
The Blues and Chiefs have played each other 28 times in Super Rugby and the Blues have won 10 matches, drawn one and lost 17.
- The Chiefs are undefeated in their last 12 games against the Blues (W11, D1), though the Blues picked up a draw against their domestic rivals (16-16) when they last met.
- The Chiefs will be looking for a 13th consecutive game without loss against the Blues, setting the record for the longest unbeaten run of any team against another in Super Rugby history.
- Though the Blues are winless in their last six home games against the Chiefs (D1, L5), they’ve picked up competition points in all but one of those games.
- The Blues have won only one of their last 23 games against fellow NewZealand opposition, though only once last season were they defeated by their countrymen by a double-digit margin.
- Rieko Ioane has scored four tries in his last three games on home turf for the Blues.
We are waiting for the kick off.
Brodie Retallick has withdrawn from the match after injuring his eye in training earlier this week. Shaun Stevenson has also suffered a late injury so he is also been ruled out for the Chiefs. Damian McKenzie shifts to fullback and Tiaan Falcon starts at 10. Falcon will wear the 15 jersey but play at 10.
0.01: Damien McKenzie kicks off and the match is underway.
2.00: The Chiefs make a good start as they win the ball back and enjoy a couple of breaks. The Blues hold them out though.
3.00: The Blues get the ball and Augustine Pulu slices through the Chiefs defence but gets caught. The Blues recycle the ball but there is a knock on in the Chiefs 22.
5.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and kick the ball into touch to clear it.
7.00: The Blues get the ball back into the Chiefs 22 by setting up a line out instead of taking a penalty kick. The Blues win the line out and James Parsons makes ground and offloads to Pulu who powers over and scores. TRY!
8.00: Bryn Gatland slots the conversion. Blues in front.
9.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. McKenzie lines up the posts, takes the kick but misses.
11.00: From the restart McKenzie slices through, the Chiefs get through and get to about 8m out. The Blues scramble and defend but then lose the ball in the tackle. Melani Nanai is judged to have knocked the ball on in the tackle so the Chiefs have the scrum feed.
12.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and Taleni Seu crashes over and scores from the pick and go. TRY!
14.00: McKenzie takes the conversion kick – but misses. He just shaved the outside of the left post.
17:00: The Blues put the Chiefs under pressure by working the ball to the Chiefs 5m line. Sam Cane wins a penalty for the Chiefs. The ball is cleared into touch to relieve the pressure.
20.00: The Blues are keeping the Chiefs under pressure and playing the game in the Chiefs half. The Chiefs win another scrum and kick upfield.
The Blues go through 8 phases in counter attack from the Chiefs clearance kick. Akira Ioane gets the ball on Chiefs 22 line and slips off a couple of tackles, changes direction and goes for the posts and scores. TRY!
21.00: Gatland slots the conversion.
25.00: The Chiefs look to hit back and attack from inside their half. The Chiefs get the ball out wide to Sean Wainui who slips off a tackle and scores in the corner. TRY!
27.00: McKenzie takes his time with the conversion from the touchline. He misses though.
28.00: The referee has seen something in play so the TMO is called in to review some potential foul play. There was a Blues penalty but due to a neck roll the penalty is reversed. McKenzie clears the ball into touch.
30.00: The Chiefs get the ball into the Blues 22. They win another penalty but turn down a shot at posts and go for the corner. The Chiefs win the line out and set up the drive.
31.00: The Chiefs work the ball to the centre of the field but it slows and the Blues will get the scrum put in.
34.00: After a couple of resets the Blues manage to clear the ball. The ball was fumbled a couple of times but the Blues survive.
35.00: The Blues are under pressure again as the Chiefs have a scrum inside the Blues 22. The ball is knocked on so there will be a scrum. There is a short delay as couple of Blues players need some medical help.
36.00: The Blues win the scrum and slice through the Chiefs. The Chiefs stop the Blues but concede a penalty.
38.00: The Blues go through several phases but lose territory. They try to dab the ball through behind the goal line but McKenzie dots it down.
39.00: The Chiefs restart and win thee ball back. They run the ball to the other end where somehow the Blues get the ball and run it back to the half way line until it goes into touch. In all of that Matt Duffie flattened Damien McKenzie and both are down.
40.00: The line out completes and the ball goes straight back into touch for half time. It is half time.
The half time score was Blues 14 Chiefs 10
The Blues kick off and the second half is underway.
41.00: The Chiefs look for a strong start as they work the ball to the Blues tryline. They get over the line but concede a penalty for an illegal clean out. The Blues clear the ball into touch.
46.00: The Chiefs get a penalty for a high tackle. McKenzie kicks to the corner.
47.00: The Chiefs win the line out and drive the ball over the line. Sam Cane scores. TRY!
48.00: McKenzie slots his first conversion. Chiefs lead.
49.00: The Chiefs strike again. Melani Nanai sends a loose pass out but it goes to ground. Brad Weber picks it up and races for the line and scores. TRY!
50.00: McKenzie adds the conversion from out wide. Chiefs lead by 10.
53.00 : Nepo Laulala leaves the field holding his arm. It looks like it could be broken.
55.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. McKenzie takes the shot and nails it.
59.00: The Blues go on the attack in the Chiefs 22. They win a penalty 5m out. Gatland kicks to the corner for the line out. Jerome Kaino has come on for the Blues.
60.00: The Blues win the line out, they set up the maul. Parsons goes for the line but is short. The Blues go again and again at the line but Gatland gets the ball and slices through and scores. TRY!
61.00: Gatland converts his try.
62.00: The Blues are on the front foot. It’s all the Blues. They get the ball to the Chiefs 22 from a line out. There is however a knock on.
65.00: Augustine Pulu ius forced to leave the field due to injury for the Blues. Sam Nock comes on. The Blues concede a penalty at the scrum for not releasing. McKenzie clears the ball into touch.
68.00: The Blues knock on after a line out so the Chiefs have a scrum.
71.00: The Blues win a scrum and run with the ball, McKenzie tackles and rips the ball from Nock and boots it downfield.
75.00: The Blues get some numbers on attack and make some ground on the Chiefs but the visitors scramble and disrupt the attack.
78.00: The TMO is called in after Mckenzie boots the ball well downfield. There is an early tackle by Lachlan Boshier so the Blues are called back for a penalty in the Chiefs half. Gatland boots to the corner for a line out.
79.00: The maul after the line out collapses and the Chiefs will get the scrum put in.
80.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and try to clear but they are stopped from kicking the ball out. The Blues turn the ball over and try to attack on the Chiefs 22.
81.00: Penalty to the Blues. They kick for touch and take the line out.
82.00: The Blues line out is not straight. That’s it. The Chiefs have won.
The full time score is Blues 21(14) Chiefs 27 (10)
Tries – A.Pulu, A.Ioane, B.Gatland
Con – B. Gatland 3
Tries – T.Seu, S.Wainui, S.Cane, B.Weber
Pen – D.McKenzie
Con – D.McKenzie 2
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Brendan Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Angus Mabey
TMO : Ben Skeen
1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Scott Scrafton, 6. Jimmy Tupou, 7. Murphy Taramai, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Augustine Pulu ©, 10. Bryn Gatland, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. George Moala, 14. Matt Duffie,15. Melani Nanai.
Replacements: 16. Leni Apisai, 17. Alex Hodgman, 18. Michael Tamoaieta, 19. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Jerome Kaino, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Daniel Kirkpatrick,23. Michael Collins.
1. Aidan Ross, 2. Nathan Harris, 3. Nepo Laulala , 4. Mitchell Brown, 5. Michael Allardice , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Sam Cane, 8. Taleni Seu, 9. Brad Weber,10.Tiaan Falcon , 11. Solomon Alaimalo , 12. Johnny Faauli, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Sean Wainui , 15. Damian McKenzie
Replacements :16. Liam Polwart, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe , 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Luke Jacobson, 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22. Tiaan Falcon, 23. Bailyn Sullivan/Declan O’Donnell