What a game of rugby from the Blues and Chiefs we witness o Saturday. It was a low scoring match but by no means a boring game.
In fact it was end to end stuff with the Chiefs scoring a late try to steal the win 15-12 at the end.
It took a good 24 minutes before the first points came in the game as both teams defence stood up in the first quarter of the match.
The try came after a mistake by the Chiefs and it is Aki Ioane who powered over with some twist and turns. That gave the Blues the lead 7-0.
Both teams were making some good line-breaks but it was either poor decision making or handling errors that stopped them from scoring.
The Blues could have had much more points on the board if they decided to take some points from the penalties in the red zone but they decided the whole time to go for the maul which the Chief stopped every time.
The Chiefs had their opportunities but came up short every time either by some pretty good defence from the Blues or the wrong decisions on attack.
The teams went into the break with the Blues leading 7-0.
The Chiefs was in total control of the match in second half, putting all the pressure on the Blues in that first 20 minutes of the second half.
They had Anton Lienert-Brown going over but to the crowd disappointment the TMO decided he had not had control while scoring the try.
Playing in the right areas of the field the Chiefs finally got their first try when Samisoni Taukei’aho was at the ned of a drive. That gave the Chiefs the lead for the first time of the match.
The Blues replied almost immediately with a brilliant try by Robinson as the lock ran use his speed and power to get over to retake the lead again.
It looked like the Blues woken up after that try and where taking control back in the match. The went over the line again from a maul but TMO decision was obstruction in the maul which cancelled the try out.
Both sides had their opportunities in the final 15 minutes of the match but yet again we saw some brilliant defence again.
The drama did not stop with the Chiefs pushing till the end and it was a break from Luke Jacobson that set up a ruck and the ball went to the money man McKenzie who knows only one way.
They left it late but the Chiefs got the win 15-12 on a night which the Blues will kick themselves for not taking points on offer.
Chiefs: Tries – Samisoni Taukei’aho, Damian McKenzie Conversions – Damian McKenzie Penalties – Damian McKenzie
Blues: Tries – Aki Ioane, Tom Robinson Conversions – Otere Black
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