Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Blues in Hamilton




The Chiefs and the Blues played each other 20 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Chiefs have won 18 matches, lost ten and drawn one.

The average score when the Chiefs play the Blues is Chiefs 26 Blues 22.

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  • The Chiefs are undefeated in their last 13 games against the Blues (W12, D1), the longest unbeaten streak of any team against another in Super Rugby history.
  • Though the Blues have not won away to the Chiefs since 2011, they’ve picked up three losing bonus points in their last five visits.
  • The Blues have lost 23 of their last 24 away games against sides from New Zealand, the only win in that time coming back in 2013 against the Hurricanes.
  • The Blues have averaged the most possession of any side this season, despite picking up just that single victory, also averaging over 30 points and four tries per game.
  • Damian McKenzie has beaten 34 defenders in 2018, the second most of any player despite playing just five games.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Both teams have had some late changes on their replacements benches. The teams are now both out on the field. Very good conditions for rugby in Hamilton.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

The Blues kick off and the match is underway.

The Blues win a penalty almost immediately. They will have a shot at goal.

1.00: Stephen Perofeta slots the kick and the Blues lead.

3.00: It’s all the Blues in the opening minutes. The Blues win another penalty from the breakdown again. Perofeta will have another shot at goal.

4.00: Perofeta takes the kick and nails it.

6.00: The Chiefs go through 15 phases and they get to the 5m line. On the 16th phase Toni Pulu almost gets to the line but they get the advantage.

7.00: The penalty comes and Damien McKenzie will have a kick at goal.

8.00; McKenzie nails the kick and the Chiefs are on the board.

11.00: The Chiefs win a line out, Damien Mckenzie passes the ball down the line with a long pass, the Chiefs dodge one tackle and McKenzie rejoins the line and passes to Sean Wainui who scores. TRY! 

12.00: McKenzie just misses the conversion.

16.00: The Chiefs go on the attack again from their half. After 7 phases they get into the Blues half and win a penalty.

19.00: McKenzie takes the kick and nails it.

22.00: Free kick from the scrum to the Blues. They kick for touch and take the line out.

23.00: The Chiefs win the line out and attack the Blues. The Chiefs go through 8 phases and get to the 5m line. Pulu almost gets through but he is tackled and concedes the penalty.

26.00: The Blues get some rare attacking ball. Perofeta slices through the Chiefs but is then caught. The Blues recycle and win a penalty. Perofeta will have a kick at posts.

28.00: Perofeta takes the kick and nails it.

30.00: Penalty to the Chiefs. McKenzie takes the kick and nails it.

31.00: Big blow for the Chiefs as Damien McKenzie limps off. He seemed to pull up after a kick.

33.00: The Blues pass the ball down the line and Akira Ioane powers his way to the corner. He is stopped but passes the ball and it goes to a Chiefs player who takes it into touch.

34.00: The Blues win the line out and go from side to side on attack. The Blues go through 9 phases and they go over. The referee dives in but can’t see the ball so he calls for the TMO to review. It’s a James Parsons TRY !

36.00: Perofeta takes the conversion, nails it and the Blues lead again.

38.00: Penalty to the Blues. Bryn Gatland kicks to the corner for the line out.

39.00: The Blues get the advantage from the line out, they play on but then when the Chiefs stop their attack the Blues get called back for the penalty. Perofeta will have a shot at goal as the siren has gone.

40.00: Perofeta takes the kick – he nails it.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Chiefs 14 Blues 19

The second half is underway.

The Blues concede a penalty almost from the kick off. The Chiefs take the line out.

41.00: The Chiefs win the line out but then knock on a couple of metres from the line.

44.00: The Blues win the scrum and kick well upfield. The ball does not find touch so the Chiefs attack. The Chiefs go through 8 phases but the Blues push them back to the half way line. The Blues win a penalty and clear the ball into touch for the line out.

44.00: Penalties conceded : Chiefs 8 Blues 4

48.00: Penalty to the Chiefs from the scrum. The Chiefs boot upfield but the ball fails to find touch so the Blues kick it back. The Chiefs run the ball and Pita Gus Sowakula smashes through the Blues but then gets cut down by Gatland. The Chiefs attack comes to nothing as they knock on after the recycle.

51.00: The game is really opening up. Both sides have plenty of opportunity but the final pass goes to ground or into touch.

52.00: The Chiefs win a line out and spread the ball wide. The Chiefs get into the Blues 22 and they change sides. When the ball goes dead the Chiefs are called back for an offside penalty. The TMO is called upon to review an in-air tackle on Sean Wainui. Penalty only. The Chiefs kick to the corner and take the line out.

53.00: The Chiefs win the line out. The Chiefs drive over the line but the ball is lost. The Blues clear the ball into touch on 5m line.

54.00: The Chiefs win the line out again. The Blues concede a penalty for offside. “Next one is off” is the warning for the Blues. The Chiefs take the line out again.

55.00: The Chiefs take the ball at the line out but there is obstruction – penalty Blues.

58.00: The Chiefs open up the Blues and Anton Lienert-Brown sends a wide long ball out to Toni Pulu but the ball goes into touch.

59.00: The Blues win the ball in their 22 and Gatland clears the ball into touch.

60.00: Tyler Ardron is replaced by Luke Jacobson for a HIA. The Chiefs win a line out by going to the front but the Blues stop their attack.

64.00: It’s an armwrestle. The Blues almost intercept a Chiefs pass but the ball is knocked on. Both sides are having a go but no one is able to “land the punch”.

68.00: The Chiefs grind the ball up to thee Blues tryline. They can’t get over and are called back for a penalty. Joshua Goodhue is sent to the bin for foul play. The Chiefs say they will have the scrum.

70.00: The game is held up as a fight has broken out amongst the players – Brodie Retallick and Akira Ioane after Retallick pushed Johnny Faauli. The Chiefs win a penalty on the 5m line.

72.00: The Chiefs win the scrum and drive for the line. The Chiefs win another penalty. The Blues get another warning.

2nd half territory : Chiefs 88%  Blues 12%

73.00: The Chiefs power through in the scrum and win a PENALTY TRY! It’s a seven pointer as they don’t have to take the conversion.

77.00: The Chiefs are holding on to the ball to wind down the clock. Blues still a man down.

78.00: 14 phases of possession for the Chiefs as they wind down the clock. 16 phases.

79.00: The Chiefs continue to hold the ball and go through the phases. 21 phases. 22, 23 phases and the siren sounds.

80.00: On the 25th phase the Chiefs put the ball out.

The Chiefs have won.

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The full time score is Chiefs 21 (14) Blues 19 (19)


Tries – S.Wainui, Penalty try
Pen – D.Mckenzie 3
Con – (Penalty try)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – J.Parsons
Pen – S.Perofeta 4
Con – S.Perofeta
Drop –
Cards – J.Goodhue (69th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2: Glen Jackson
TMO : Aaron Paterson



1. Aidan Ross 2. Nathan Harris 3. Angus Ta’avao 4. Brodie Retallick 5. Tyler Ardron 6. Lachlan Boshier 7. Sam Cane (cc) 8. Pita Gus Sowakula 9. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 10. Damian McKenzie ,11. Sean Wainui ,12. Johnny Faauli , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Toni Pulu ,15. Solomon Alaimalo,

Replacements : 16. Liam Polwart , 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe , 18. Jeff Thwaites , 19. Luke Jacobson ,20. Liam Messam , 21. Jonathan Taumateine ,22. Alex Nankivell , (cc) 23. Marty McKenzie


1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons (c), 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Josh Goodhue, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Kara Pryor, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Jonathan Ruru, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. George Moala, 12. TJ Faiane, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Matt Duffie, 15. Michael Collins.

Replacements: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Mike Tamoaieta, 19. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20. Jimmy Tupou, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Bryn Gatland, 23. Dalton Papali’i

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