FULL-TIME: CHIEFS 33-29 BLUES: What a clash and what a sensational game we have witnessed here this evening with lots of drama. The second half ended being a 19 all draw. Thank you for joining us.
CONVERSION, BLUES, PLUMMER! 33-29: Plummer makes it a four point game with a minute to play.
TRY, BLUES, NONU! 33-27: The Blues string 15 more phases together, before Nonu scores yet again! What a sensational try after a patient build-up!
Harry Plummer, who just came on is into a gap for the Blues. The Blues recycle the ball and string 11 phases together, before securing a penalty at the breakdown. They take a quick tap.
The conversion is missed by Marty McKenzie.
TRY, CHIEFS, PARETE! 33-22: The Chiefs secure a penalty and Matt Duffie is penalised for not releasing the ball. They go for the corner, secure the line-out and drive forward. The Chiefs string eight phases together, before Jesse Parete scores!
CONVERSION, BLUES, BLACK! 28-22: Otere Black slots a beauty and we have a six point game.
TRY, BLUES, IOANE! 28-20: The Blues hit back after the restart and after great handling Rieko Ioane finishes it off in the corner. The TMO confirms the grounding was ok.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 28-15: Marty McKenzie hits the middle again!
Sean Wainui gets through some poor Blues tackling after an offload by Solomon Alaimalo. In the end Lachlan Boshier runs home to score and the TMO confirms all ok.
Luke Jacobson is into a gap and sends Tumua Manu away for some more ground gained. It all started with the first offload from Lachlan Boshier. This game just gets better and better.
The conversion is missed by Otere Black.
TRY, BLUES, NONU! 21-15: The Blues secure the line-out and drive forward via Dalton Papalii. They then secure a five-metre scrum and after a few resets they secure a scrum penalty. They opt for another scrum and Nonu steams into a gap after the scrum to score! What a try for the veteran and not even Anton Lienert-Brown could stop him there!
The Blues secure a penalty at the breakdown and Black finds a good touch.
After a passage of play where possession turned over a few times we have a Chiefs line-out near the Blues 22. That was an entertaining spell.
What and offload by Melani Nanai to send Rieko Ioane on a long run. The Blues recycle the ball after Ioane is stopped near the halfway line.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 21-10: This time Marty McKenzie hits the middle!
TRY, CHIEFS, MOEAKIOLA! 19-10: Anton Lienert-Brown is into a gap after some poor Blues defending. He offloads to Ataata Moeakiola, who forces his huge frame over! Great try!
The Chiefs go for goal, but Marty McKenzie sends it wide. We have a stoppage in play due to an injury to Damian McKenzie. He leaves the field and is in a lot of pain.
The Chiefs secure the first penalty of the half and Patrick Tuipulotu is penalised for not releasing the ball.
Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
TRY, BLUES, NANAI! 14-8: Akira Ioane makes good ground after the Blues secure a scrum. They go wide to the right and after 12 patient phases, Nanai scores as the hooter goes! A brilliant team try on the stroke of the break.
CONVERSION, BLUES, BLACK! 14-10: Black slots the conversion.
HALF-TIME: CHIEFS 14-10 BLUES. What an entertaining half and the home team have a slender advantage at the break. Please join us for some more action in a few minutes.
The Blues concede yet another penalty at the breakdown after a good passage of play from them. The Chiefs go for the corner, but turn the ball over after some great work from Tom Robinson.
TJ Faiane is penalised for not releasing the ball and the Chiefs have another penalty. Damian McKenzie goes for goal, but sends it wide.
The Chiefs secure another penalty at the breakdown after the line-out. Again they find a good touch and secure the line-out, but the Blues do well to turn it over.
The Chiefs secure a penalty at the breakdown and they go for the corner.
The Chiefs seem to have their balance back now and the McKenzie brothers have been superb since a shaky start.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 14-3: Damian McKenzie slots another good kick.
TRY, CHIEFS, BOSHIER! 12-3: Dalton Papalii now makes good ground for the Chiefs after turning over a Chiefs ball. Somehow the Chiefs get it back after some hard work. Damian McKenzie then runs into a gap after a patient buil-up and offloads to Lachlan Boshier, who scores! What a move that was!
Great work by Tumua Manu, who makes good ground after a superb offload by Anton Lienert-Brown.
The Blues come away with the ball and string eight phases together, before spilling it forward in the tackle. That is a victory to the Chiefs.
Angus Ta'avao is penalised for the third time in a row at the scrum and he is now being warned by the referee. The Blues opt for a scrum.
The penalties are mounting against the Chiefs. This time Tyler Ardron is penalised at the breakdown.
CONVERSION, CHIEFS, MCKENZIE! 7-3: Damian McKenzie adds the extras.
TRY, CHIEFS, WEBER! 5-3: Yet another Blues penalty and again it's Angus Ta'avao who is penalised at the scrum. The Chiefs get their hands on the ball after a poor Blues pass and a great interception by Brad Weber, leads to the opening try.
Great defence by the Blues after the Chiefs line-out and they turn it over. The Chiefs just cannot get into the game at the moment.
The Chiefs now secure their first penalty, as Dalton Papalii goes offside. Damian McKenzie finds touch inside the Blues 22.
PENALTY, BLUES, BLACK! 0-3: Otere Black slots a good penalty to open his account.
The Blues secure the first scrum penalty of the game and Angus Ta'avao is penalised. They find a good touch and secure the line-out. They secure another penalty and this time Retallick is adjudged to be offside.
An ambitious start by the Blues, as they launch the first attack, but a handling error let them down near the halfway line.
Kick-off! We are underway here in Hamilton.
Welcome to the FMG Stadium in Waikato for our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Chiefs and the Blues.
Both teams will be keen to secure a win in this competitive all Kiwi derby.
The Chiefs who had a bye last week is at the bottom of the New Zealand Conference. while the Blues are in third position.
The home team turned their season around after a disastrous start of four defeats, by beating the Bulls 56-20 in Pretoria. That was a huge feat and may be a sign of things to come.
The Blues are on a four match run without defeat and they secured a hard fought 32-29 win over the Waratahs last week.
Team Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Angus Ta’avao. Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ryan Coxon, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Ataata Moeakiola.
Team Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Caleb Clarke, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi. Substitutes: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Josh Goodhue, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Matt Duffie.
Our referee is Angus Gardner and he will be assisted by Damon Murphy and Ben O’Keeffe. The Television match official is Glenn Newman.
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