Kaino: Two early Chiefs tries cost Blues dearly

Blues captain Jerome Kaino has blamed a poor five minute spell in the first half for their 18-23 Super Rugby loss to the Chiefs in Albany.

The Chiefs scored two early tries in the space of five minutes which gave the visitors a lead that the Blues were unable to pull back.

First five Ihaia West scored all of 18 the Blues points through six penalties which matched the record for a Blues player in a single Super Rugby match.

Blues fullback Lolagi Visinia was arguably the most dangerous player in the Auckland side with several attacking runs but the home side were unable to cross the tryline.

The Chiefs led 9-20 at half time and were only able to add three points through a Damien McKenzie penalty while West doubled the Blues score with three further penalties.

The visiting Chiefs were less focused on scoring tries in the second half and appeared to concentrate more on a clever kicking game which forced the Blues to attack from deep.

“Those two early tries came back to bite us,” said Blues captain Kaino after the match.

“We were better in the second half, did the basics well but the Chiefs just plugged the corners and kept us tryless.”

The Blues now face a trip to South Africa this week as they face the Stormers in Cape Town followed by a match in Bloemfontein against the Cheetahs.

The Chiefs host the Brumbies in New Plymouth and then the Rebels in Melbourne.

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