Chiefs start Super Rugby trials with Blues victory

The Chiefs have started their Super Rugby pre-season with a 20-41 victory over the Blues in Whangarei on Thursday evening.

The Chiefs outscored the Blues by six tries two in the pre-season game at Toll Stadium.

The Chiefs looked to be the more organised of the two sides as the match wore on after they led 6-24 at half time.

Blues N0.10 Ihaia West kicked two penalties to put the Blues into a 6-5 lead at the end of the first quarter but then tries from Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna, halfback Brad Weber and wing James Lowe put the Chiefs into the lead before half time.

In the second half both teams made bug changes to their teams which caused the game to lose shape.

Blues replacement first five-eighth Simon Hickey and Chiefs loose forward Tevita Koloamatangi added tries but in reality after the Chiefs 19 point burst the result wasn’t really ever in doubt.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie was satisfied with their first trial of the year. “Considering it was our first hit-out we were pretty happy. We played a real positive brand of footy with good continuity,” said Rennie on the Chiefs site.

The Chiefs and Blues kick off their Super Rugby season against each other at the North Harbour Stadium on Saturday 14 February.

The two teams also play each other at Waikato Stadium on Saturday 4 April.

Final Score Blues 20 (6) Chiefs 41 (19)

Scorers

Blues
Tries : An.Other 2
Pen : I.West 2
Con : S.Hickey 2
Drop :

Chiefs
Tries : J, Bardoul, B. Tameifuna, B.Weber, J.Lowe 2, T. Koloamatangi
Pen : D. McKenzie 2
Con : D. McKenzie 4
Drop :

Teams

Blues

1. Sam Prattley , 2. Matt Moulds , 3. Angus Ta’avao , 4. Josh Bekhuis , 5. Hayden Triggs , 6. Joe Edwards , 7. Brendon O’Connor , 8. Steven Luatua , 9. Jimmy Cowan , 10. Ihaia West , 11. Tevita Li , 12. Francis Saili , 13. George Moala , 14. Ben Lam , 15. Lolagi Visinia

Replacements : Nic Mayhew , Greg Pleasants-Tate , James Parsons , Ofa Tu’ungafasi , Will Lloyd , Culum Retallick , Tom Murday , Blake Gibson , Bryn Hall , Jamison Gibson-Park , Simon Hickey , Dan Bowden , Matt McGahan , Hamish Northcott , Matt Vaega , Pita Ahki , Frank Halai , Melani Nanai

Chiefs squad

Pauliasi Manu , Quentin McDonald , Ben Tameifuna , Michael Allardice , Tim Bond , Johan Bardoul , Sean Polwart , Maa’ma Vaipulu , Brad Weber , Damian McKenzie , James Lowe , Charlie Ngatai , Seta Tamanivalu , Bryce Heem , Tom Marshall , Rhys Marshall , Siate Tokolahi , Mitchell Graham , Josh Dowsing , Tevita Koloamatangi , Kayne Hammington , Marty McKenzie , Anton Lienert-Brown , Robbie Robinson , Jamie Mackintosh , Mitchell Crosswell , Tim Nanai-Williams , Brian Alainu’uese

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