Chiefs win bruising battle
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The two-time defending champion Chiefs have beaten the Blues in a bruising all-New Zealand Vodacom Super Rugby clash in New Plymouth on Friday.VIDEO: Week 13 SA match predictions
The Chiefs won 32-20 after leading 20-13 at half-time.
The Chiefs scored four tries through prop Ben Tameifuna (2), centre Tim
Nanai-Williams and fullback Tom Marshall. Flyhalf Gareth Anscombe added three conversions and two penalties.
The Blues replied with tries by wing Lolagi Visinia and centre George Moala. Flyhalf Simon Hickey was on target with a conversion and two penalties, while replacement pivot Ihaia West added a conversion.
The Chiefs picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and extended their lead atop the New Zealand Conference. They also moved to second in the Overall standings.
The Blues left empty-handed and stayed bottom of the New Zealand Conference and ninth in the Overall log.
In next weekend's Round 14 action, both the Chiefs and Blues will enjoy a bye.Teams:Chiefs
15 Tom Marshall, 14 Dwayne Sweeney, 13 Tim
Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 James Lowe, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9
Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau
Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Mike Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2
Nathan Harris, 1 Pauliasi Manu
Substitutes: 16 Mahonri Schwalger,
17 Jamie Mackintosh, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Liam Squire,
21 Brad Weber, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 George Moala, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11
Lolagi Visinia, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Brendon
O'Connor, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3
Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock
16 James Parsons, 17 Sam Pratley, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Hayden Triggs,
20 Kane Barrett, 21 Pita Ahki, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Piri Weepu