Cape Town – The Chiefs put in a commanding second half performance to beat the Blues in their opening Super Rugby clash at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.
As it happened | Blues v Chiefs
The Chiefs won 37-29 after trailing 19-5 at half-time.
The Chiefs scored five tries through hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho (2), replacement loose forward Pita Gus Sowakula, prop Aidan Ross and wing Solomon Alaimalo. Replacement flyhalf Aaron Cruden added three conversions, a drop goal and a penalty.
The Blues replied with four tries by flank Tony Lamborn, wing Rieko Ioane (2) and replacement prop Karl Tu’inukuafe. Flyhalf Stephen Perofeta was on target with three conversions, while replacement No 10 Harry Plummer added a penalty.
The Chiefs picked up four points for their victory to take the early lead in the New Zealand Conference and the Overall log. The Blues left empty-handed.
In next weekend’s Round 2 action, the Chiefs host the Crusaders in Hamilton (Saturday, February 8 at 08:05 SA time), while the Blues travel to Newcastle to face the Waratahs (Saturday, February 8 at 10:15 SA time).
– Compiled by Garrin Lambley
15 Matt Duffie, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Joe
Marchant, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Jonathan
Ruru, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Tom
Robinson, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Kurt Eklund,
1 Alex Hodgman
Substitutes: 16 Ray Niuia, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18
Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Josh Goodhue, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Harry
Plummer, 23 Emoni Narawa
McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Quinn Tupaea, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11
Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Kaleb Trask, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Sam Cane
(captain), 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4
Tyler Ardron, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross
16 Bradley Slater, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20
Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Anton