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Chiefs power to fourth win in a row over Blues

Richard Kahui scored the second Chiefs try

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Article Published: Saturday 30 March 2013






 Super Rugby Champions the Chiefs powered their way to a 23-16 victory over the Blues at BayPark Stadium in Mount Maunganui.

The result is a record for the Chiefs as they have never before won four Super Rugby matches in succession against the Blues.

Scoring in the first half was restricted to penalties as the defending champions turned 9-6 ahead, going on to notch two tries in the second half to the Blues' one.

The Blues' 77th-minute try by George Moala earned them a late bonus point to move within a point of second-placed Hurricanes and one ahead of the Crusaders, who are yet to play this weekend.

Much of the game was a physical battle, with the most telling moments the two tries the Chiefs scored to create a desperately-needed buffer.

"It was an ugly win but we will take the four points," said Liam Messam, noting it was the defensive effort, and not the attack for which they are known, that carried the day for the Chiefs.

"It's been like that for the last two weeks. We're definitely making a lot of opportunities for ourselves but we're not finishing them off."

Big prop Ben Tameifuna was too strong for the Blues to contain when he drove over for the first try six minutes after half-time.

When a Chris Noakes penalty narrowed the gap to 16-9, Richard Kahui produced a piece of individual excellence to score the second try.

The All Blacks centre charged down an attempted clearing kick by his Blues opposite Francis Saili, gathered the ball and ran 20 metres through a scrambling defence to the line.

Gareth Anscombe converted to put the Chiefs 23-9 in front with 17 minutes remaining, and they held off everything the Blues could throw at them until Moala's late try.

In the first half, the Chiefs dominated possession and territory but found it impossible to cross the Blues line. Their points came from three penalties to Anscombe, while Noakes landed two for the Blues.

The Blues' best opportunity to put the Chiefs under pressure came when Bundee Aki was yellow-carded in the seventh minute, but despite the one-man advantage in the back line the Blues opted not to play wide.

Instead they focussed on driving through the forwards, but the decision to take on the Chiefs pack backfired as Messam marshalled his troops to deny the Blues any passage to the line.

The Chiefs came closest to scoring a try during Aki's absence when Anscombe dived over to complete a 60-metre move, only for the television match official to rule there was an earlier infringement by the Chiefs.

The Blues are at home to the Highlanders next weekend while the Chiefs have a bye.

Final Score Chiefs 23 (9) Blues 16 (6)

Scorers

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

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

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

Teams

Chiefs

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

Blues

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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