In Saturday’s early Super Rugby action the Blues visited the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium and the home side emerged victorious 23-16. A slow start to the game in Hamilton saw the Auckland franchise desperate for the win. The action started rapidly but none of the teams could secure points within the first 10 minutes.
A high tackle from Tevita Li on Aaron Cruden saw the hosts awarded a penalty. The penalty was missed as the ball travelled to the right. Finally an opening on the scoreboard occurred as Cruden made a penalty count after they were awarded a free kick for a number of errors from both sides.
The home side extended the lead in the 28th minute when James Lowe scored a try. It was then followed by a conversion from Cruden making the score 10-0. As the time ticked away, Sir John Kirwan’s men finally got points on the board thanks to a well taken penalty by Dan Bowden.
The first half ended at a low 10-3. The second half saw the Blues trying to catch up as Jerome Kaino scored a try and this was followed by a conversion by Bowden. After 48 minutes the teams were at 10-10. The Blues took the lead as they were given a penalty but after some nail biting action the Chiefs finally reclaimed the lead and ended up winning the game 23-16.