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The Blues vs Chiefs is one of those New Zealand local derbies that will have more than a touch of spice. The Chiefs Mils Muliaina says that this will be the Chiefs year and they will reach the Semis at least.


Saturday February 16
Eden Park, Auckland
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Blues 7, Chiefs 5
In Auckland/Albany: Played 6, Blues 3, Chiefs 3
Last season: Round 9, March 31 2007: Blues 18-11 Chiefs at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

 

Match Detail

 

The Blues were the first to score as Danny Lee made a break and dived for the line to score the first try of the day. Nick Evans missed the conversion.

 

The Chiefs got a penalty straight back and Stephen Donald slotted it to put the Chiefson the board.

 

The Blues gave another penalty away and again Stephen Donald slotted it putting the Chiefs in front.

 

It was the Chiefs turn to give a away a penalty next so Nick Evans took a shot at goal but missed the penalty.

 

Another penalty given away by the Chiefs a minute later gave Nick Evans another shot  at goal but this time he slotted it putting the Blues back in front.

 

The Blues give away an easy penalty in front of the posts but Stephen Donald misses it hitting the posts.

 

The Chiefs are given a free kick in front of the posts where they would normally have taken a penalty. Under the new rules the Chiefs run it, Luaki gets close but the ball spills out and gets to  Mils Muliaina who is open on the wing and he dives over to score the Chiefs first try. Donald’s conversion kick hits the post….again.

 

 

The Half time Score was Blues 08 Chiefs 11

 

Brendon Leonard almost scored the first points of the second half but he is pushed out next to the corner flag.

 

Joe Rokocoko takes a flyer down the wing for the Blues,  in Rokocoko’s pass the ball gets knocked on (or does it) by a Chiefs player and Troy Flavell is there to score a try for the Blues.  Nick Evans conversion is good.

 

Flavell then gives away a penalty and Stephen Donald slots it and bring the Chiefs to within a point.

 

Joe Rokocoko scores a try  for the Blues under the posts and Nick Evans converts. The Blues are now on the hunt for the Bonus point try.

 

The Chiefs are under huge pressure now and they give away a penalty so Nick Evans slots it between the posts. The Blues are so dominant at present that the bonus try looks almost inevitable.

 

The Bonus point try comes with six minutes spare on the clock and it’s Ben Atiga who is the try scorer for the Blues. Nick Evans converts. The Blues are finishing with a flourish.

 

Sitiveni Sivivatu gives away a penalty which gives the Blues good field position. They win the lineout but the ball goes dead.

 

The Full time score is Blues 32 Chiefs 14

 

Match report to follow.

 

 

Scorers

 

Blues

Tries – Danny Lee,Troy Flavell, Joe Rokocoko,Ben Atiga

Pen –  Nick Evans (2)
Con – Nick Evans (3)

 

Chiefs


Tries –  Mils Muliaina

Pen – Stephen Donald (3)
Con –

 

Teams:


Blues: 15 Isa Nacewa, 14 Anthony Tuitavake, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Lee, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Justin Collins, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Troy Flavell (captain), 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Nick White, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a, 20 Taniela Moa, 21 Ben Atiga, 22 Rudi Wulf.


Chiefs: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Sosene Anesi, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Jamie Nutbrown, 8 Sione Lauaki, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Kevin O’Neill, 4 Jono Gibbes (captain), 3 Ben Castle, 2 Tom Willis, 1 Simms Davison
Replacements: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 Ben May, 18 Kristian Ormsby, 19 Hayden Hopgood, 20 Brendon Leonard/David Bason, 21 Dwayne Sweeney, 22 Lelia Masaga


Referee: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Keith Brown (New Zealand), Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Assessor: Kim Eichmann (New Zealand)


 

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