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Chiefs v Blues - Live
CHIEFS 23-16 BLUES
80 Messam breaks from the back of the scrum, Leonard directing the attack from scrum-half. Cruden is back in the pocket, the hooter goes and Cruden is charged down! Blues can't recover, that's the end of the game. The Chiefs make it four straight wins over the Blues in Super Rugby, a valuable losing bonus point for the visitors but overall not good enough to breakdown the champions defence.
78 Halai loses the ball forward in contact just on the edge of the Blues 22, Chiefs with the attacking scrum.
76 TRY, BLUES, MOALA! 23-16: McDonald decides against an overlap for the Blues who are banging on the door once again. Runaround and O'Connor is in space, passes to Moala... try time in the left corner! Last pass being checked by the TMO... no problem. Tough conversion for Noakes but it would put them in bonus point territory. Over it goes!
74 Leonard clears for the Chiefs and the Blues will attack once more, Luke Braid finding a gap. Kick through is regathered by the Chiefs and Cruden clears long.
72 Tap penalty by the Blues in the Chiefs 22 - Luatua up the middle but McCarthy knocks on, and that sums up the Blues afternoon, unable to handle the physicality of the Chiefs.
70 Into the final ten minutes, Chiefs looking to consolidate their position at the top of the New Zealand conference. Blues attacking but there is no way through this Chiefs defence.
67 Blues attack is brought to an end by a knock on by Weepu at the breakdown, good pressure from the Chiefs.
64 Luke Braid goes offside and Cruden will clear into the Blues half. Chiefs and is that a kick over the top from Tameifuna?! Easy mark for the Blues but Sam Cane nearly intercepts to put the game to bed. Blues try and run it out but the pass is forward to Noala, Chiefs offside though in midfield.
61 TRY, CHIEFS, KAHUI! 23-6: Peter Saili comes in at the side of a ruck - penalty Chiefs. Attacking the Blues 22, tipped forward by Anscombe straight into touch. Quick lineout from the Blues... charged down by Kahui! Regathered and that is a try! Chiefs now lead comfortably.
58 Knocked on from the Blues as the Chiefs defence stays strong. Mix up between Cruden and Aki with the centre knocking on. High error count so far as both defence keep intimidating.
55 Stoppage in play as Halai takes a boot to the face from Tikoirotuma, who has already been in the wars today. Dangerous and the Blues have a penalty.
51 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES! 16-9: Noakes keeps the game tight with another penalty.
49 Scrum to the Chiefs right on the centre spot. Reset, Chiefs attack down the right and Cruden chips into the left corner.
47 TRY, CHIEFS, TAMEIFUNA! 16-6: That's some big mass at the breakdown as replacement prop Tameifuna barrels his way over! First try of the game to the hosts.
45 Chiefs attacking lineout works well Latimer slides around the outside. Clarke goes close but the Chiefs are held up, prime attacking scrum here for the hosts five metres out.
43 Chiefs scramble the ball clear and the Blues start again from their own 22, Noakes clearing under pressure into touch.
42 Tap penalty from Piutau and the Blues attack through the impressive blindside flanker Steven Luatua. Blues building the phases, edging into the Chiefs 22.
40 Blues fly-half Chris Noakes starts the second half.
CHIEFS 9 - 6 BLUES
40 Nicely angled kick from Noakes put the Chiefs under pressure in their own 22. Blues looking to pressure the lineout, not straight but that's the hooter. Defences on top for both sides, small errors in attack letting them down as well. No tries, but a lot of big hits.
38 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES! 9-6: Fritz Lee penalised for not releasing as Rene Ranger gets down over the ball, chance for Noakes to respond. Over it goes and the Blues cut the gap.
37 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 9-3: Over it goes from the top-scorer in Super Rugby this season, Chiefs lead by six.
36 Chiefs swap their Bens - Ben Tameifuna on for Ben Afeaki. Weepu's clearance kick comes off his own player and the Chiefs attack, before winning a penalty after Saili goes offside.
35 Chiefs attack from the lineout as Retallick knocks on three metres from the line, chance for the Blues to clear.
34 ...Chiefs run it back and is Tikoirotuma over in the left corner? His legs are somehow up in the air as he goes to put the ball down, but his foot has scuffed the line beforehand and that's a no try decision. Frank Halai down receiving treatment.
33 So close! Lelia Masaga scorched up the middle, busting through tackles, before knocking just in front of the posts going for the offload. Great effort from the winger as the Blues run it out...
31 Chiefs scrum but Pulu's kick goes nowhere, bouncing in the middle of the pitch. Cleared and Masaga is put under pressure and knocks on under the high ball.
28 Moala stepping down the touchline and is thumped by Masaga, big defence as Moala is dragged into touch. Pulu clears as far as Piutau, onto Noakes whose pass is wayward and nearly snapped up by Tikoirotuma in the Blues 22.
26 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 6-3: The hosts take the lead for the first time as Anscombe sinks it from a tough angle out on the right - Chiefs in front.
24 Chiefs lineout as the hosts carry over half-way, Kahui looking lively in midfield. Ali Williams couldn't resist a poach of the ball in the ruck and that will be a penalty.
21 Nice interplay between Messam and Cruden releases Masaga on the switch, who kicks ahead and looks to have been checked... no penalty and the Blues counter through Piutau, who gets clattered by Kahui. Penalty to the Chiefs... but it's a rare miss.
19 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 3-3: The full-back does get some points after the disallowed try - all square.
17 Blues pinged for holding on after one pick-and-go too many, Cruden kicking into the corner. Chiefs lineout in the Blues 22 - the hosts making ground through their pack, but the ball is lost forward by Fritz Lee. Advantage being played though, so the Chiefs have an easy penalty.
15 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES! 0-3: The fly-half has no trouble this time around and the visitors take the lead.
13 Frank Halai attacks from deep as the Blues go wide from right to left, yet to break into the Chiefs 22 despite good possession. Stolen by the Chiefs, error from Halai getting the ball.... try to the hosts! Gareth Anscombe pounces! Halai just knocked the ball backwards before Anscombe kicked the ball over the line and flopped to score. TMO check going right back to the turnover to see if Craig Clarke was offside at the ruck... and he was! The crowd are unhappy, but the right call has been made. Penalty to the Blues 40 metres out.
11 George Moala running the ball back with interest, but a little pass to James Parsons goes forward. Chiefs scrum near half-way.
9 Missed penalty attempt from Chris Noakes means we stay scoreless as Gareth Anscombe is called back after intercepting and going for the line.
8 YELLOW CARD, CHIEFS, AKI! Careless tip tackle from Bundee Aki on Ranger see the Chiefs centre cop ten minutes in the bin. Ranger flipped past the horizontal and it is reckless, but the right ruling is a stint in the sin-bin.
7 Inside flick from Francis Saili has Rene Ranger cutting back into space, but the champions are there in defence. Blues attacking in the Chiefs half and they have an advantage. Nothing coming - the advantage is for a tip tackle so we're going upstairs to the TMO...
5 Blues defence on top now as Masaga knocks on - big hits coming in on both sides of the ball so far. Scrum to the visitors just inside the Chiefs half.
3 Blues scrum in their own half, struggling to make progress after good defence from the Chiefs. High kick from Noakes is gathered by Anscombe.
Kick off Aaron Cruden gets us started!
Weather A dry night so far in Mount Maunganui as these two sides get ready to go.
Team news The Blues have made one enforced change to their side that will face the Chiefs as Angus Ta'avao comes in for Charlie Faumuina at tighthead prop.
Team news Dave Rennie has made several changes to the Chiefs. Centre Richard Kahui, prop Toby Smith, flanker Tanerau Latimer, number eight Fritz Lee and centre Bundee Aki all earn a starting spot.
Welcome Hello and welcome to ASB Baypark Stadium in Mount Maunganui for the Super Rugby derby clash between the Chiefs and the Blues!
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