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Chiefs beat Blues in Mount Maunganui

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Article Published: Saturday 30 March 2013|

The Chiefs have played the Blues 19 times in Super Rugby since they started playing each other in 1996 and the Chiefs have won 9 and lost 10 times.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. The teams are on the field.
00.1 : The Chiefs kick off and we are underway.
1.00: The Chiefs go deep from the start and Rene Ranger knocks on so we have a scrum inside the Blues half.
2.00: The Blues defend the scrum and they get the put in.
4.00: The Chiefs are trying to attack in their backs but the Blues defence is putting in some massive tackles. Both teams have come to play.
7.00: Bundee Aki tackles Rene Ranger straight up in the air and flips him right around. The TMO comes in and rules that a yellow card for Bundee Aki. The Blues will kick for posts.
8.00: Chris Noakes takes the kick and hits the post. The Chiefs kick well upfield.
9.00: Gareth Anscombe shows a turn of pace as he flies down the wing but a Blues player before him was in touch so he is called back.
13.00:Blues attacking the Chiefs but Rene Ranger loses the ball and the Chiefs kick behind the Blues and chase the ball, the Blues make a mess of it and Gareth Anscombe gathers the ball and scores. TRY! But wait we go back to check with the TMO. No try! Chiefs player Michael Fitzgerald offside at a ruck so instead of conceding a try the Blues get a penalty!
14.00: Chris Noakes takes the shot and nails this one.
16.00: Penalty to the Chiefs for not releasing. They kick for touch.
19.00: The Chiefs go through the phases on attack. They get to 9 phases and then they get a penalty as Luke Braid was not releasing. Anscombe takes the penalty kick as Bundee Aki comes back on. Anscombe nails the penalty.
20.00: The Chiefs get the ball and Lelia Masaga races away, he is taken out by a Blues player coming back down to ground and the ball gets behind the posts and the Blues counter attack through Charles Piutau but he is caught. Luke Braid concedes a penalty so Anscombe takes another shot at the posts. He misses.  
22.00: Richard Kahui slips straight through the Blues defence and he passes to Aaron Cruden but they take each other out ! They would have been in for the try there.
24.00: The Chiefs have the Blues under pressure. Rene Ranger is forced to kick out of his 22 so the Chiefs have a line out and they start their attack all over again. Penalty to the Chiefs. Ali Williams playing the ball on the ground.
26.00: Anscombe takes the penalty kick and he nails it. The Chiefs lead.
29.00: Liam Messam and Fritz Lee get some medical help so we have a little break. 36% territory for the Blues so far.
32.00: Weepu kicks upfield and the ball goes straight to the Chiefs. They pass to Masaga who slips straight through the Blues again. He is cut down just short and loses the ball so the Blues try to run the ball out, the Chiefs turn the ball over and attack and this time Asaeli Tikoirotuma goes over in the corner. We go upstairs to check. No try - a foot in touch.
34.00: Chiefs win the line out and attack. They flirt with the Blues line and then they lose it forward. Ben Afeaki is getting some help from the medics which holds the game up. Afeaki comes off and Ben Tameifuna comes on.
35.00: The Blues win a 5m scrum and initially try to run the ball out of their 22. Weepu's clearance kick is bad and the ball is turned over and as the Chiefs attack the Blues are caught offside so they have a penalty. Anscombe will kick for posts. Chiefs territory is at 71%.
36.00: Anscombe takes the kick and nails it.
38.00: Penalty to the Blues. Noakes takes the kick from just inside the Chiefs half. He nails it.
40.00: The Blues kick the ball way downfield after the restart and he sets up a 5m line out taking the Blues into the Chiefs 22. The line out is a mess and the siren goes for half time. It is half time.
The half time score was Chiefs 9 Blues 6
The second half is underway.
42.00: The Blues make a much stronger start to the second half. They spent almost no time in the Chiefs 22 in the first half but they are attacking there now.
44.00: The Blues go through 10 phases and get the ball into the Chiefs 22. However the Chiefs turn the ball over and kick and chase the ball and it ends up just outside the Blues 22.
45.00: The Chiefs are looking dangerous. Kahui makes a break but is caught. The Blues defence has been incredible.
46.00: The Chiefs win a scrum and Fritz Lee drives over the tryline. He looks to be held up but Ben Tameifuna gets the ball down and scores the first TRY!
47.00: Anscombe adds the conversion.
50.00: The restart is a mess so we have a scrum. The Chiefs win the scrum and kick downfield. The Blues however get a 22 drop out so they kick deep.
52.00: Penalty to the Blues inside the Chiefs half. Noakes takes the kick and nails it.
54.00: Chiefs look dangerous all over the park. Anscombe makes a break but the defence manages to shove them into touch. The Chiefs continue to attack but they concede a penalty so Noakes kicks the ball away and into touch.
56.00; The Blues almost get a yellow card as the TMO rules that a player took a Chiefs player out in the air but he has already been subbed.
57.00: Penalty to the Blues for truck and trailer at the maul. They kick for touch.
61.00: Penalty to the Chiefs for entering the ruck incorrectly. Cruden kicks for touch.
62.00: The Blues try to clear the ball with a kick but Richard Kahui charges it down. He initially struggles to control the ball but then gathers it and goes in for the TRY!
63.00: Anscombe adds the conversion.
66.00: The Chiefs almost get away with an intercept try but they were offside.
67.00: The Blues try to run the ball out of their half but some big initial tackles get them off balance and they knock on.
68.00: The Blues are playing a bit looser but the pressure from the Chiefs forces a knock on. The Blues are going to the bench in search of answers as Noakes and Weepu come off.
73.00: The Blues are going through the phases on attack inside the Chiefs 22. They string together the phases but then they knock on.
78.00: The Blues are keeping up the attack and they finally get the overlap as Ranger passes to Brendon O'Connor who passes to George Moala who goes over for the first Blues TRY!
78.00: Baden Kerr adds the conversion.
80.00: The siren goes for full time. It is full time. The Chiefs win.
The full time score is Chiefs 23 (9) Blues 16  (6)


Tries - B.Tameifuna, R Kahui
Pen - G.Anscombe 3
Con - G.Anscombe 2
Drop -
Cards - B.Aki (7th min yellow)

Tries - G Moala
Pen - C Noakes 3
Con - Baden Kerr
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 2:Shane McDermott
TMO : Ben Skeen



1.Toby Smith, 2.Hika Elliot, 3.Ben Afeaki, 4.Michael Fitzgerald, 5.Brodie Retallick, 6.Liam Messam (c), 7.Tanerau Latimer, 8.Fritz Lee, 9.Augustine Pulu, 10.Aaron Cruden, 11.Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12.Bundee Aki, 13.Richard Kahui, 14.Lelia Masaga,15.Gareth Anscombe

Replacements: 16.Rhys Marshall, 17.Ben Tameifuna, 18.Nick Crosswell, 19.Sam Cane, 20.Brendon Leonard, 21.Andrew Horrell, 22.Patrick Osborne


15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Rene Ranger,12. Francis Saili,11. George Moala,10. Chris Noakes,9. Piri Weepu,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Steven Luatua,5. Ali Williams (C),4. Culum Retallick,3. Angus Ta'avao,2. James Parsons,1. Tom McCartney

Replacements : 16. Quentin MacDonald,17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi,18. Anthony Boric,19. Brendon O'Connor,20. Jamison Gibson-Park,21. Baden Kerr,22. Jackson Willison

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