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full-time Blues 34 Chiefs 41
80 The Blues have one last throw of the dice when Munro puts the ball into touch just outside the Chiefs' 22. From the line-out, they go on the attack with their backs and soon string together 10 phases until a pass from Nonu to Ranger goes forward to bring the match to an end. What an entertaining game! It's a pity there had to be a loser as this match could have gone either way. The Chiefs' march continues and they have consolidated their spot at the top of the standings with this win. The Blues can hold their heads high as they matched their more fancied opponents in every facet of play.
77 Nonu takes the ball into contact against Williams but the Chiefs midfielder rips the ball from his counterpart's grasp!
73 The Chiefs try to seal the match by going on the attack close to the Blues' try-line. However, Brendon Leonard is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground and the hosts get out of jail!
71 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 34-41. Cruden adds the extras to push his team further in front in this remarkable game!
70 TRY, CHIEFS, TIKOIROTUMA! 34-39. Tikoirotuma beats Wulf in a race to the ball and dots down after Robbie Robertson puts through a grubber kick.
69 Cruden gets a great touch finder from the edge of his quarter line and watches the ball roll out deep inside the Blues' 22.
67 CONVERSION, BLUES, MUNRO! 34-34. It's all square as Munro adds the extra two points.
66 TRY, BLUES, RANGER! 32-34. Rene Ranger has just scored a phenomenal individual try. He breaks through from a ruck close to the halfway mark and beats three defenders before dotting down.
63 CONVERSION, BLUES, MUNRO! 27-34. Munro adds the extras and the the deficit is down to seven points again!
62 TRY, BLUES, WULF! 25-34. After a period of sustained pressure close t to the Chiefs' try-line, the ball is spun wide to the Blues' backs. Francis Saili throws an inside pass to Rudi Wulf who gets in for the try!
59 YELLOW CARD, CHIEFS, FITZGERALD! Michael Fitzgerald gets the third yellow card of the game after punching Peter Saili at a ruck close to the Chiefs' try-line.
57 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 20-34. Cruden keeps the scoreboard ticking for the visitors with another two-pointer!
56 TRY, CHIEFS, TIKOIROTUMA! 20-32. What a brilliant team try! The Chiefs counter from deep inside their 22 and Wiliams and Cruden are both prominent in the break out. Tikoirotuma eventuall rounds off after receiving a pass from Sam Cane close to the halfway mark!
53 Cruden misses his first shot at goal after Ali Williams is penalised for wrongful entry at a ruck.
50 The Chiefs gain a reprieve when Tony Woodcock is pinned for an infringement at a scrum on the visitors' five-metre line.
47 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 20-27. Cruden adds the extras to push his team further in front.
46 TRY, CHIEFS, TIKOIROTUMA! 20-25. Tikoirotuma runs onto a pop pass from Messam and gets in for an easy run-in behind the posts.
45 Both sides are back to 15 men as Luatua comes back on an Lelia Masaga replaces Nemani.
43 Munro fumbles a pass from Nonu and Cruden kicks the loose ball ahead! Rudi Wulf comes to the rescue when he dives onto the ball close to his try-line.
40 Cruden gets the second half underway! His kick is deep and the Blues' backs try to launch an immediate attack from inside their 22.
Half-time Blues 20 Chiefs 20
40 CONVERSION, BLUES, MUNRO! 20-20. Munro slots a difficult kick from the touchline to draw his side level at the break! What a half it's been! Both sides have shown a willingness to run the ball and have been rewarded with two tries each. There's still everything to play for in the second half.
40 TRY, BLUES, MUNRO! 18-20. Ranger makes a brilliant break before throwing a long pass to Munro who dots down in the corner!
37 PENALTY, BLUES, MUNRO! 13-20. Munro narrows the gap to three points after Ben Afeaki infringes at a ruck.
35 YELLOW CARD, CHIEFS, NEMANI! We're down to 14-a-side after Maritino Nemani is sent off for a tip-tackle on Ranger.
33 YELLOW CARD, BLUES, LUATUA! The Blues must play with 14 men for 10 minutes after Steven Luatua is sent to the sin bin for a tip-tackle on Brodie Retallick.
32 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 10-20. Cruden adds the extras to maintain his perfect goal-kicking record.
31 TRY, CHIEFS, WILLIAMS! 10-18. Sonny Bill Williams swivels past three defenders and forces his way over the try-line for a remarkable try!
29 PENALTY, BLUES, MUNRO! 10-13. Munro punishes the Chiefs after Jackson Willison holds onto the ball on the ground.
27 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 7-13. Cruden adds the extras after Nonu is penalised for going offside at a ruck.
24 Sonny Bill Williams makes a break from inside his half and beats three defenders! He's in the clear and offloads to Tikoirotuma. The speedster has over-run the pass though and the Blues gain a reprieve.
23 Kane Thompson struggles to control the ball at the back of the scrum on the Blues' five metre line. The ball is spilled and Hobbs kicks it through. Ranger gives chase but there's little he can do as the ball rolls out close to the halfway line.
20 Cruden goes on the attack close to the Blues' try-line. He's caught in possession by Michael Hobbs and when he tries to offload he knocks on.
18 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 7-10. Cruden's initial shot at goal is off target but the referee orders him to retake the kick after ruling that Liaki Moli charged early. Cruden steps up and makes no mistake with the place kick at his second attempt.
16 TRY, CHIEFS, TIKOIROTUMA! 7-8. The Chiefs go on the attack just outside the Blues' 22 and Cruden catches the Blues' back-line by surprise when he stabs a grubber kick through which Asaeli Tikoirotuma dives onto behind the try-line!
14 CONVERSION, BLUES, MUNRO! 3-7. Lachie Munro adds the extras to extend the home side's lead!
13 TRY, BLUES, F SAILI! 3-5. Francis Saili gets the ball 10 metres from the try-line and beats Cruden before scoring next to the uprights!
11 Ranger gathers a high ball close to the halfway mark. He tries to launch an attack but makes little headway as Maritino Nemani bundles him into touch.
8 Ma'a Nonu has a clearance kick, inside his half, charged down by Liam Messam! Nonu turns round and does well to consolidate by diving onto the loose ball inside his 22.
6 Rene Ranger is stopped just short of the line in the left-hand corner! The ball spills loose and one of the Chiefs dive onto the ball behind his try-line. The referee rules that it was carried over by the visitors and awards a scrum to the Blues on the five-metre line.
4 PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN! 0-3. Aaron Cruden gets the first points of the match from the kicking tee!
3 The Chiefs go on the drive from a line-out inside the Blues' 22 but the hosts are soon pinned for being offside.
Kick-off Michael Hobbs gets the match underway! The Chiefs' forwards gather and immediately set up a ruck.
Team News Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has made six changes to his starting XV for this clash. Full-back Andrew Horrell was a late withdrawal with a calf injury after being named in the original run-on side. He has been replaced by Robbie Robinson. In other changes, flanker Sam Cane, gets a start due to Tanerau Latimer's patellar tendonitis. Craig Clarke has a minor neck injury and is replaced by Michael Fitzgerald. Rennie has also brought in prop Sona Taumalolo and hooker Mahonri Schwalger for Toby Smith and Hika Elliot while Maritino Nemani replaces Lelia Masaga on the right wing.
Team News Blues coach Pat Lam has made six changes to his side for this clash. Full-back Rudi Wulf returns to the side after being laid off for a month with a shoulder injury for his 50th Super Rugby game for the Blues. Rene Ranger also returns to the left wing after recovering from a rib injury while fellow All Blacks lock Ali Williams and centre Ma'a Nonu are recalled to the starting XV after sitting on the bench last week. Rookie hooker James Parson gets the nod ahead of Tom McCartney while Lachie Munro comes in on the right wing for David Raikuna.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the North Harbour Stadium in Albany for this Super rugby encounter between the table-topping Chiefs and our hosts, the Blues. We'll be back soon with team news!
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