It was a 80 minute thriller when the Chiefs beat the Blues on Saturday 33-29.
The Blues coming to Hamilton to face the Chiefs would always been a great matchup this year with both teams starting to find their way in the competition.
The Chiefs looked good again on attack with McKenzie playing some brilliant rugby to setup their attack from the back.
It was the Blues that scored first with a penalty early on to take a 3-0 lead but it was the Chiefs that got the first seven pointer.
The first time the Blues had a good attacking position, it backfires when Weber intercept and run 50 meters to score the first try of the match and the lead for the Chiefs.
Both teams kept ball in hand as they tried to ware each-other down but was McKenzie magic that created space for Lachland Boshier to go over.
This gave the Chiefs a 14-3 lead.
The Blues fought the whole half and were rewarded just before halftime putting phases together to send Melani Nanai over.
This made the halftime score 14-10 for the Chiefs
The second half was bitter sweet for the Chiefs as they lost McKenzie with what looked like a ankle injury but scored their third try through Moeakiola.
The Blues took a bit off control playing in the right side of the field putting the Chiefs under pressure.
It was Ma’a Nonu that showed his skills and power to get over for the Blues and reduced the lead to 21-15.
The Chiefs then showed some pretty nifty skills from Sean Wainui to send Lachlan Boshier away.
This gave them a 28-15 lead.
Was the Blues to score next as Rieko Ioane shows off his finishing skills in the corner.
This set us up for a great last 13 minutes of the match.
The Chiefs just turned it one with some brilliant passing and interplay to send Jesse Parete over for a 33-22 lead.
The Blues was not done by a long way as they just put another period of phases together to send Ma’a Nonu over again. This gave them the opportunity to win the game with the scores at 33-29.
They had to start from their own twenty two and progress with another set off interplay to the Chiefs twenty two but a ball lost in the tackle gave the possession back to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs was good enough to play-out the final minute to take the win in what much be one of the best matches we seen this year in Super Rugby.
Chiefs – Tries: Webber, Boshier (2), Moeakialo, Parete. Conversions: D McKenzie (2), M McKenzie (2).
Blues – Tries: Nanai, Nonu (2), Ioane. Conversion: Black (2). Penalty: Black.
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