The Blues have won three of their last four Super Rugby matches against the Chiefs (L1), after winning only one of their 17 meetings in the competition (D1, L15).
The Blues have won each of their last two Super Rugby home matches against the Chiefs; they will be aiming for a third consecutive home victory against them for the first time in the history of Super Rugby.
- Leon MacDonald’s side succumbed to a one-point defeat to the Hurricanes (33-32) in their last Super Rugby game at home (Round 2 – Super Rugby Pacific 2022) and will be looking to avoid back-to-back home defeats for the first time since their opening two home games of the 2020 Super Rugby season.
- The Chiefs have won six of their last eight Super Rugby games against New Zealand opponents (L2); although, they’ve not won a New Zealand derby by a margin of more than 10 points since a 40-27 win over the Crusaders in June 2019.
- The Chiefs will play away from home for the first time in the Super Rugby Pacific competition; they have won two of their last three away games in Super Rugby competitions (L1) – as many as they had won in their nine away games prior (W2, L7).
- The Auckland team has gained 631 metres per game in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign, the most of any team while the Hamilton side (395m) has gained the third most per game (Hurricanes – 518).
- The Chiefs (9) and the Blues (16) have conceded the fewest turnovers of any teams in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.
Players to watch
- No player has made more break passes in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign than either the Blues’ Rieko Ioane (3) or the Chiefs’ Josh Ioane (3).
- Kurt Eklund (Blues) has scored eight tries in his last 11 Super Rugby games including a brace of tries in Round 2 of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition.
- Emoni Narawa (Chiefs) has played two games in Super Rugby competitions since the beginning of 2021, crossing for a try in each of them; he has also made two line breaks and gained 102 metres from 11 carries in that time.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEP! We are underway in the City of Sails.
3.00: PENALTY! Harry Plummer OPENS THE SCORING. 3-0
5.00: Blues making yards into the Chiefs’ territory.
7.00: TRY! Brodie Retallick ripped the ball from Alex Hodgman, Brad Weber, in his 100th Super Rugby match, booted the ball from his 22 deep into Blues territory. The scrumhalf chased his kick, which bamboozled Hoskins Sotutu, and bounced into Weber’s arms. The halfback raced past Sotutu and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to score. 3-5
8.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 3-5
12.00: Blues win a scrum penalty.
13.00: MISS! Plummer can’t double his team’s tally. 3-5
18.00: Sam Cane wins an important turnover penalty at the breakdown inside his 22.
19.00: TRY! Etene Nanai-Seturo sold Mark Telea an audacious dummy before stepping inside the winger, he slipped Tom Robinson’s cover atckle, and scored next to the posts. 3-10
20.00: CONVERSION! Josh Ioane adds the extras. 3-12
23.00: TRY! Caleb Clarke scores in the corner after taking an awkward cut-out pass from Stephen Perofeta, who joined the backline at first receiver off the back of an attacking 5m scrum on the Chiefs’ line. Perofeta skipped two players to Clarke, who had to gather, and cut inside two cover defenders to score. 8-12
24.00: CONVERSION! Plummer splits the uprights. 10-12
25.00: Chiefs earn a pkickable penalty.
27.00: MISS! Ioane cannot put his side further ahead. 10-12
30.00: It’s been a pretty entertaining contest in the opening half hour in Auckland, the Blues, despite being down, have had the better of the territory (75%) and possession (70%). However, the Chiefs have looked more dangerous with the ball in hand.
33.00: A couple of reset scrums eat up the clock. The Blues’ midfield scrum sees them attack the blind side, but the attack ends with a second steal from Sam Cane at the breakdown, to save his side.
36.00: A little messy at the end of the half as the forwards rip a ball that spills onto the floor before Luke Romano’s dodgy kick, which is gathered by the Chiefs. Nothing comes from the affray, and the Blues get a scrum on the sideline.
39.00: The Chiefs butcher a good opportunity right on the stroke of halftime.
41.00: The Blues slow the ball down, the hooter goes, a knock-on ends the half.
The halftime score was Blues 10 Chiefs 12
41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway in Auckland.
43.00: Beauden Barrett is on at 10, Plummer moves to inside centre for Roger Tuivasa-Sheck: here we go!
45.00: The Chiefs’ off-loading game is majestic, they are playing like the Harlem Globetrotters.
46.00: TRY! Hoskins Sotutu dots the ball down after he charges down Chase Tiatia’s kick. The number eight kicks ahead, but the ball bounces unkindly for Josh Ioane, and Sotutu just puts his hand on the ball. 15-12
47.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 17-12
50.00: YELLOW CARD! Clarke is off for being offside and a deliberate knock-down inside his 22. 17-12
52.00: TRY! Weber has a brace! Pita Gus Sowakula broke off the back of the scrum, sucked in Robinson, which allowed Weber the space to score his 20th Super Rugby try. 17-17
53.00: CONVERSION! The kick puts the visitors back ahead. 17-19
58.00: Lots of replacements being made as the game enters the final quarter.
62.00: The game is pretty even, and certainly not as good as the first-half.
64.00: MISS! Bryn Gatland misses a simple-ish kick. 17-19
65.00: Chiefs pinged at the scrum on their own ball near the goal line.
68.00: PENALTY! Gatland extends. 17-22
71.00: The Blues go close, but win another penalty, and kick to the corner. They cannot score again, but have an attacking scrum.
74.00: Two scrums and a free-kick on the same piece of grass.
76.00: TRY! Stephen Perofeta sets up Mark Telea in the corner after sucking in several defenders. The scores are level. 22-22
77.00: CONVERSION! Stephen Perofeta slots from the righthand touchline. 24-22
79.00: The Blues were going nowhere, but give away a silly penalty.
81.00: The home team hold the ball, milk the clock; however, they give away a penalty when they should have cleared. What the… Chiefs kick to the 22.
82.00: Another penalty is given away after robinson drags down a Chiefs’ player at the lineout. Gatland steps up.
83.00: MISS! Gatland, from 45 metres, pulls his kick wide.
The final score is Blues 24 (10) Chiefs 22 (12)
Tries – Clarke, Sotutu, Telea
Pen – Plummer
Con – Plummer (2), Perofeta
Cards – Clarke (Yellow, 50′)
Tries – Weber (2), Nanai-Seturo
Pen – J. Ioane
Con – J. Ioane (2), Gatland
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Mabey
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Winter
TMO: Richard Kelly
15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Harry Plummer, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papali’i (captain), 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Alex Hodgman
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Sam Darry, 20 Adrian Choat, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 AJ Lam
15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Alex Nankivell, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 Etene Nanai-Seturo, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Brad Weber (co-captain), 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Tupou Vaa’i, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Josh Lord, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross
Replacements: 16 Bradley Slater, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Kaylum Boshier, 21 Xavier Roe, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown