Flavell happy to win ahead of African leg

The Australians predicted that the Blues would benefit from the new rules and judging by their performance against the Chiefs the prediction looks to be right.

The Blues beat the Chiefs 32-14 to go second on the log after scoring four tries to one and earning the bonus point. They started slowly getting used to the new rules but once they hit their stride they were nearly unstoppable.

The Blues were 8-11 down at the break but their second half display was convincing. Struggling for breath after the match Blues captain and try scorer Troy Flavell looked tired but was happy with the Blues’ win.

“It was an extremely fast game. As soon as those line breaks come along, it puts a lot of pressure on both teams,” he said.

“I was happy in the second half, we played it a little bit tighter and stuck to our game plan more.

“We’ll be better off for it, we’ve got a hard leg these next three weeks over in Africa and the guys can draw a lot of confidence from the win.”

The Blues now head for “Africa” where they will face the Lions, Cheetahs & Sharks but once they get back to New Zealand they have five matches in a row at home.



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