Super Rugby

Blues beat Chiefs in Auckland




The Blues have played the Chiefs 31 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Blues have won 10 matches, drawn 1 and lost 20 times.

The Blues 10 wins out of 31 matches gives them a record of winning 32% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

  • The Chiefs are undefeated in their last 15 games against the Blues in Super Rugby (W14, D1); winning their last three clashes against the Auckland side.
  • The Blues have won just two of their last 35 Super Rugby fixtures against opposition from New Zealand (D1, L32), both victories in that spell coming against the Highlanders.
  • The Chiefs are win-less in their last four New Zealand derbies away from home (D1, L3), they haven’t won such a fixture in Super Rugby since June 2018.
  • The Blues have the best scrum success rate in Super Rugby 2019 (97%), five percentage points higher than the Chiefs (92%).
  • Rieko Ioane (Blues) has made the second most clean breaks (23) of any player in Super Rugby 2019, one behind overall leader Sevu Reece (24) and seven more than Chiefs’ best Tumua Manu (16).

Match detail

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The Blues kick off and the match is underway.

1.00: After a minute of play the Chiefs knock on and Mitchell Brown takes a knock. The medics come in and sort him out. He carries on.

2.00: The Blues win the scrum and Ma’a Nonu attempts to bash his way through but the Chiefs stop him and turn the ball over. The Chiefs boot the ball into touch and to safety.

4.00: The Blues win the line out and attack. They get the ball to the 5m line and put the pressure on. The Chiefs intercept a pass but they were offside so the Blues have a penalty in front of the posts 5m out. They choose the scrum.

6.00:The Blues win the scrum. Akira Ioane runs it. When the ball goes out to Nonu it goes to ground and the Chiefs kick it ahead. There is a super fast chase for the ball and Brad Weber chips it ahead. The Blues get to the ball but have to carry it over the line and dot it down – it’s a Chiefs 5m scrum. What a turnaround.

7.00: The Chief put the power on in the scrum, they win the ball and move it out wide. About halfway to the wing they cut in and go for the line. The pack comes and drives Jesse Parete over the line. The TMO will have to decide if the ball was held up. It was held up according to the TMO. Scott Scrafton could have held that up.

9.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and move the ball out wide with a skip pass to Etene Nanai-Seturo who goes over in the corner but it’s no try as the pass was forward.

11.00: The Blues win the scrum but the Chiefs charge down the Blues clearance kick. 22 drop out.

13.00: The Blues press the Chiefs all the way up-field and to the 5m line where they win a penalty. They take the line out. The Blues fail to control the ball and it is lost forward. Chiefs scrum.

16.00: The Chiefs run the the ball and break through the Blues defence (Angus Ta’avao) and and chip it upfield. There is a chase and Melani Nanai gets back to it but is tackled. The ball is coughed up and he tries to pass the ball but it lands perfectly into Mitchell Karpik’s hands and he drops to the ground and scores. TRY!

18.00: Marty McKenzie rushes the conversion and misses.

22.00: The Blues keep the pressure on and go through the phases inside the Chiefs 22. 11 phases but then it goes wide and to ground and then into touch. The game is paused as Mitchell Karpik has taken a knock and has some blood leaking from his head. He got that from a head clash with Nonu.  Karpik comes off for blood and that sees Sam Cane come on.

28.00: The Blues go through the phases again and they build up real momentum inside the Chiefs 22. But then TJ Faiane loses the ball. The Chiefs pounce and get the ball to Anton Lienert-Brown and then to Shaun Stevenson who looks certain to score BUT Caleb Clark somehow catches him and kills the attack.

30.00: The Blues get the ball inside the Chiefs 22. They get through the Chiefs line and have the overlap. Harry Plummer sells a dummy but goes for the line. He is tackled but slides over the line and scores. The TMO confirms. TRY!

32.00: Plummer takes the conversion kick from the touchline. He misses. The scores are level at 5 all.

34.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. McKenzie takes the kick and nails it. The Chiefs are back in the lead.

36.00: Mitchell Karpik has passed his head assessment so Sam Cane will come off at the next opportunity. Karpik looks like he has been in a war. Stitches and head heavily bandaged.

37.00: The Blues go on the attack and go for the corner. They are tackled into the corner and go over. On field decision is a try but the TMO will check has Nanai scored. There is no real evidence that he got the ball down but the try is awarded as someone says they saw the grounding. Regardless its a TRY!

38.00: Plummer hits the post and out with the conversion.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time. There is time for a scrum. Cane is off. Nonu has some bandaging around his head too.

41.00: The scrum collapses. It’s reset. The Blues win the scrum and attack. They lose the ball in contact so the half comes to an end.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Blues 10 Chiefs 8

The Chiefs kick off and the second half is underway.

43.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. McKenzie lines up the posts, takes the shot and hits one of the posts. No change in the score.

46.00: It’s an armwrestle. Both teams trying to outmuscle each other.

47.00: The Blues win a line out and move the ball down the line to Nanai. He gets shut down but the Blues had an advantage so they have a penalty for offside.

48.00: The Blues will have a shot at the posts. Plummer nails it.

50.00: The Chiefs get the ball deep. Stevenson boots it downfield. Nanai gets back but the ball edges in a little and misses it. The ball rolls on and ends up going out well downfield.

52.00: The Blues win the line out – change sides and then put it back into touch just inside their half.

53.00: The Chiefs win the line out and use a planned move of criss-cross runners and then kick ahead to the try line – Weber chases and might have got to the ball but he was ahead of the kicker so its a penalty.

57.00: The Blues get a free kick so they kick for touch and set up a line out on the Chiefs 22.

58.00: The Blues win the line out and go through a couple of phases and then drop over the line and score. Ofa Tuungafasi is awarded the TRY!

60.00: Plummer takes the conversion kick – he misses. The ball crossed the face of the posts.

64.00: The Blues win a scrum and TJ Faiane opens up the Chiefs like a knife. Somehow the Chiefs manage to catch him and kill the move. The Chiefs kick the ball upfield and the Blues kick it out.

65.00: The ball is lost forward after the line out. Chiefs scrum near the centre.

69.00: The Chiefs go through 9 phases of slow ball on attack inside the Blues half. There are hands in the ruck so the Chiefs win a penalty and kick for touch.

71.00: The Chiefs win the line out on the Blues 5m line. They have the advantage but the Chiefs drive over the line and score. The TMO will check it as the ball may have been lost. No try so we go back for the penalty.

72.00: The Chiefs take the scrum on the 5m line. They win the scrum and have a number of goes at the line.

73.00: 9 phases and they get to the line but lose it. The whistle goes as a try may have been scored next to the posts. Initially the call is a knock on but the TMO will check. It’s a knock on. Blues scrum.

77.00: The Blues win a penalty from the scrum for the front row angling in.

78.00: The Blues earn a penalty after sustaining pressure from the Chiefs. They kick for touch.

80.00: The siren sounds for full time. The Blues have a penalty. Plummer puts it into touch so there will be a line out.

81.00: The Blues win the line out – Gerard Cowley-Tuioti gets the ball – and drives through/over the Chiefs and scores. TRY! Bonus point.

82.00: Plummer takes the conversion kick but misses.

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The full time score is Blues 23 (10) Chiefs 8 (8)


Tries – H.Plummer, M.Nanai, O.Tuungafasi, G. Cowley-Tuioti
Pen – H.Plummer
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – M.Karpik
Pen -M.McKenzie
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Dan Waenga
TMO :Glenn Newman



1 Alex Hodgman, 2 Matt Moulds, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (co-capt), 5 Scott Scrafton, 6 Dalton Papalii, 7 Blake Gibson (co-capt), 8 Akira Ioane, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 10 Harry Plummer, 11 Rieko Ioane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 13 TJ Faiane (co-capt), 14 Caleb Clarke, 15 Melani Nanai.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Lua Li, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Tom Robinson, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Otere Black, 23 Matt Duffie.


15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (captain), 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Pita Gus Sowakula, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Jesse Parete, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Atu Moli

Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Mitchell Jacobson, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Ataata Moeakiola, 23 Alex Nankivell

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