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    Chiefs too good for Blues in Auckland

    2018-03-02 10:24

    Cape Town - The Chiefs got back to winning ways when they beat the Blues in their New Zealand Conference Super Rugby clash at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.

    As it happened: Blues v Chiefs

    The Chiefs won 27-21 after trailing 14-10 at half-time.

    The Chiefs, who lost 45-23 to the Crusaders last week, scored four tries through No 8 Taleni Seu, wing Sean Wainui, flank Sam Cane and scrumhalf Brad Weber. Flyhalf Damian McKenzie added two conversions and a penalty.

    The Blues, who fell to 0-2 after the defeat, having gone down 41-34 to the Highlanders last weekend, scored three tries through scrumhalf Augustine Pulu, No Akira Ioane and flyhalf Bryn Gatland. Gatland was also on target with all three conversions.

    The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory, while the Blues left with a single point for losing by seven or fewer points.

    In next weekend's Round 4 action, the Chiefs have a bye, while the Blues travel to Ellis Park to face the Lions (Saturday, March 10 at 17:15).

    Teams:

    Blues

    15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Augustine Pulu (captain), 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Pauliasi Manu 

    Substitutes: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Michael Tamoaieta, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Jerome Kaino, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 23 Michael Collins

    Chiefs

    15 Tiaan Falcon, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Mitchell Brown, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross 

    Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Tyler Ardron, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Luke Jacobson, 23 Declan O’Donnell

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