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Blues v Chiefs - Live
Blues 16 - 26 Chiefs
80 ANSCOMBE PENALTY! 16-26! The former Blues man has the final say for the Chiefs. The visitors have a home semi-final and with it a week off but hats off to the Blues, who were superb with 14 men today.
78 Almost a nightmare moment for Visinia as Horrell's try is denied after replays showed the Blues wing was in touch when he attempted to flick the ball back in play 20 from his own line. Relief for him.
77 Finally some territory to work with as Jamison Gibson-Park has a dart on halfway. They go right soon after but the ball has been dropped in the end by F Saili. Painful viewing for the Eden Park crowd.
75 It's tough on the Blues as they give it everything but find themselves still camped in their own 22.
74 The Chiefs are looking to sink the final nail into the coffin and get within five metres before the Blues do well to win a relieving penalty for holding on. They subsequently clear to their ten-metre.
72 Smart from Horrell as he kicks inside his own half to touch up to the Blues 22. All about territory.
69 And the Blues win a relieving penalty soon after for a second early engagement from the Chiefs pack.
66 The Blues are out on their feet...almost. Ta'avao has just made a try-saving tackle on Messam, forcing the flanker into touch following the TMO's confirmation. Superb effort from the Blues tighthead prop.
65 But again the kick is missed from Cruden, which leaves hope for the Blues as the lead is only seven.
64 TAMEIFUNA TRY! 16-23! He's got a double! The prop powers over from a line-out for the critical score.
63 That offence doesn't hurt the Chiefs though as Nanai-Williams lifts the champions, racing into the Blues 22 before F Saili is penalised for offside. The Chiefs go for the corner, trying to seal this.
60 Incredible stuff. Halai makes the initial hit-up before Ranger comes back to the right and looks for that man Halai yet again...intercepted by Cruden who races 35 metres before Tikoirotuma is penalised.
58 That's a good spell for the Blues but they may count themselves unlucky not to get a penalty for Kerr-Barlow being caught offside. As it is, the hosts will pack down fifteen metres out wide on the right.
55 The Blues vitally have some ball via a scrum set-piece but there is a stoppage before that as the hosts breathe heavily. Ali Williams is barking the orders to his team-mates, who are 40 metres out.
53 Another missed conversion from Cruden. Tough one from the touchline mind.
52 TAMEIFUNA TRY! 16-18! His fifth try of the season as the prop powers over, finishing behind his head.
51 Hands in the ruck from the Blues in their own 22. Unsurprising that the Chiefs opt for the attacking scrum as Nanai-Williams and company wander in back-play like predators circling their wounded supper.
49 KERR YELLOW! It gets worse for the Blues as their pivot goes to the bin for a deliberate knock down. Kerr had to go really as Messam's inside ball 25 metres out was possibly leading to a Chiefs score.
46 Plenty of kicking in the last two minutes but it is noticeable that the Blues seem to be sucking in the air right now. One wonders how that might affect how this match pans out in the closing stages.
43 KERR PENALTY! 16-13! The Blues are ahead!
42 The Chiefs are caught out as they try to run from their own 22. It backfires as they hold on at ruck time so it's an opportunity for Kerr to put the fourteen-man Blues in front. Easy shot, 30 metres out.
41 Welcome back to the action at Eden Park where there is a change to mention. Michael Fitzgerald is on for Retallick, who was struggling with an injury. The Blues kick-off and have the ball 40 metres out.
Blues 13 - 13 Chiefs
40 The half ends with Tameifuna in full flow, bouncing off tackles, but the Chiefs don't make the most of that attack and walk into the sheds at 13-13. Credit to the fourteen-man Blues who are standing tall.
39 KERR PENALTY! 13-13! We're level here in Auckland as Messam fails to roll away. Kerr makes no mistake.
37 Cruden misses his conversion attempt.
36 ELLIOT TRY! 10-13! There it is, the pushover try and it's a sign of things to come in the second 40.
35 It gets better for the Chiefs as their stronger scrum turns over possession. Five metre line-out now.
34 Outstanding from Robinson as he gets round Halai like he wasn't there 40 out. Unfortunately for him a knock-on from Aki in the aftermath denies Robinson a try soon after. Promising for the Chiefs though.
32 Chance blown from the Chiefs as they butcher an overlap on the left 30 metres out. Toby Smith is the guilty party this time before a fumble in the ruck hands possession back to the Blues. Good spirit.
30 KERR CONVERSION! 10-8! An excellent kick from the youngster to put the Blues two points in front.
29 PIUTAU TRY! 8-8! Brilliant score from the Blues. A grubber through is dived on wide left by the 15.
28 Just a penalty as punishment for Aki after he takes Ranger with a high shot. The Blues run it again.
27 Free-kick to the Blues who are battling hard on the Chiefs 22 despite being a man down. They go left to Kerr who makes another five. A long way to go in this game with fourteen men against the holders.
24 BARRETT RED CARD! What a blow for the Blues that is. Blindside flanker Kane Barrett is given his marching orders for allegedly stamping on the head of a Chiefs player. Shame for the spectacle.
22 So near for the Blues as Weepu goes close with a dart. Ultimately good work from Tameifuna sees the Chiefs win a relieving penalty but it's short-lived as Latimer is pinged at the resulting line-out.
20 Wow, the Blues go for the corner instead of the posts. Line-out five metres out then, big moment here.
19 It's all Blues though right now with Ranger involved 25 out. They have a penalty advantage as well.
17 The Blues look to hit back and are making ground on the right wing, with Peter Saili offloading to Halai close to the touchline. However the competition's top try-scorer is dragged into touch 20 out.
15 Cruden misses the difficult conversion.
13 AKI TRY! 3-8! Great team try from the Chiefs that ends with the centre diving over wide on the right.
12 Here come the Blues through Halai who makes a bust before the momentum is carried on by Francis Saili. Kerr then chooses to kick to where Horrell is but he's met hard by Ranger. That was a massive tackle.
11 Disappointing for the Blues as Angus Ta'avao is pulled into touch on halfway so it is another chance for the Chiefs, who go through Messam and then Clarke. Unfortunately Kerr-Barlow fumbles at the base.
9 CRUDEN PENALTY! 3-3! No mistake from the All Black.
8 The Chiefs could level things up here because of a hand in the ruck from Piri Weepu. Up steps Cruden.
7 KERR PENALTY! 3-0! The Blues are on the board after prop Ben Tameifuna is penalised at the breakdown.
5 Baden Kerr goes for touch off a penalty for Nanai-Williams not rolling away so a sign of intent from the Blues, who will throw in 20 metres out. Positive start from the home side against the champions.
3 Mistake from Nanai-Williams as he fumbles a high kick that leads to Visinia being dragged into touch. So the Chiefs throw in on their 22 before Cruden eventually puts boot to ball up to the halfway line.
Kick-off It's Aaron Cruden getting things going on this perfect Eden Park surface. Tanerau Latimer reclaims the ball so it's early Chiefs ball with Bundee Aki taking it up soon after. The Chiefs are 40 metres out.
Team news The Blues have moved Rene Ranger from wing to thirteen this week so Lolagi Visinia gets a start at 11. Keven Mealamu and Piri Weepu return to a side that is missing Steven Luatua due to injury. Meanwhile, the Chiefs name Andrew Horrell at full-back in one of six tweaks made by head coach Dave Rennie. Liam Messam has recovered to start while Tim Nanai-Williams is back. Kick-off is 19:35 local (08:35 BST).
Welcome What a game we have to begin this Super Saturday. The Blues and Chiefs are set to put on a show of attacking rugby today, with the former under no pressure which could see them flourish in a running sense. The Chiefs, who already have the New Zealand conference wrapped up, know that a win here today would guarantee them a weekend off and a home semi-final. Team news is coming right up so stay there.
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