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Braid rues Blues missed chances against Chiefs

Luke Braid : We just fell short

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Article Published: Saturday 2 June 2012|

Blues captain Luke Braid has blamed a few minor errors against the Chiefs which cost them a result against Super Rugby leaders the Chiefs.

Winger Alaesi Tikoirotuma scored four tries, equaling the record for an individual in a Super rugby match, as the Chiefs beat the Blues 34-41 to consolidate overall first place as the tournament breaks for June test matches.

Tikoirotuma scored his first try in a first half which ended in a 20-20 deadlock, then added three including the match-winner in a thrilling second half as the Chiefs built and rebuilt leads.

For most of the game, the Chiefs led and the Blues responded as each time the Chiefs edged ahead with tries the Blues followed suit to close the margin.

"We just fell short," Blues captain Luke Braid said.

"A pass went down near the end which could have been a try under the sticks. "

"Unlucky but I'm just proud that the boys stayed in the fight."

The Chiefs also showed spirit and refused to give up hope of the victory that cemented their top placing in Super Rugby.

"It was a tough game," Chiefs captain Liam Messam said.

"The Blues came out tonight and took it to us."

"Chiefs-Blues games are always tough and no matter what the media say about the Blues, they're a good side."

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