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Super Rugby Aotearoa – Blues beat Chiefs in Hamilton

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The Blues are loving their rugby at the moment, winning their second match against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday with 24-12.

It was a tough old match between the two sides which saw the Blues win for the first time in eleven years in Hamilton.

It was McKenzie with the first points in the match from a penalty was awarded for dangerous tackle by Tuipulotu.

It was persistence in their buildup that gave the Blues the first try off the match when Hoskins Sotutu worked his way over the line. Black converted the try and the Blues was leading the match 7-3.

McKenzie reduced it again minutes later with a penalty to 7-6.

The Blues were giving away a few penalties which forced the referee to talk the the visitors on their penalty count.

It was Black to add to the score next with a penalty and took the Blues lead to 10-6.

The referee lost patience and Dalton Papali’i was send to the bin after 10 penalties by the visitors in the match. This gave McKenzie another chance and he reduced the score again to 10-9.

This was also the halftime score.

The Blues scored the first points in the second half with Black knocking over a penalty and took their lead to 13-9.

McKenzie answered back with a penalty off his own to reduced the score to one point again.

The next part off the game saw a massive arm-wrestle between the two sides and it was a penalty from Barrett that extended the lead off the visitors again to 16-12.

He soon add another penalty to extend the lead to 19-12.

The Blues sealed the match with a try from Mark Telea after a brilliant pass by Hoskins Sotutu.

The Blues fully deserved the win and are now two wins from two outings and rightly living up to the expectations their are in New Zealand off them doing well in this tournament.

Scorers:

Chiefs: Penalties: Damian McKenzie (4)

Blues: Tries: Hoskins Sotutu, Mark Telea Conversion: Otere Black Penalties: Black (2), Beauden Barrett Drop goal: Barrett

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