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Kick-off local time : Sat, 22 March 2014 - 19h35
Kick-off : Sat, 22 March 2014 - 08h35
Venue : Auckland
Referee : Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Match status : Result
  Blues Cheetahs
Tries Steven Luatua (16min), George Moala (29min), and Tevita Li (31min)
Penalties Elgar Watts (40min)
Conversions Elgar Watts (60min) and Elgar Watts (66min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


Stay with us as we go across to Australia as the Brumbies host the Stormers in what should be a cracking match, the Brumbies are flying high while the Stormers are desperate for a win


The ball hits the referee and he has had enough, he blows the final whistle and the Cheetahs slump to another defeat


Blues are holding possession as the hooter sounds, the Cheetahs are awarded a penalty and this is their last shot...


Its a Cheetahs tight head from the scrum and they have another chance for points, but in the rush Pretorius drops the ball and the Blues can clear with a penalty kick awarded for holding on


The Cheetahs cough the ball up just a metre short and the Blues hold on... defensive scrum for the home team


Cheetahs have a penalty just inside the Blues half and have a decision to make, they have kicked to the corner about seven metres out, the line-out is set into a drive as they look for another try


Blues cough the ball up on attack and the Cheetahs have a scrum, they need to get back into the Blues half if they are to snatch this game


PENALTY - Hickey grabs another good kick, from long range


Cheetahs get isolated and the Blues win a penalty that is in a kickable position


Cheetahs have finally woken up and its seeing them swing the ball all over the place, the Blues have a 5 metre line-out to defend and its stolen, Cheetahs back on attack


TRY - The Cheetahs built up patiently as they moved from side to side until Sadie was able to find room on the outside, Hennie Daniller is supporting well to receive the ball on the inside and get the try. CONVERSION - Watts makes it a seven point game


TRY - Peter Saili breaks from the scrum and is inches short, Woodcock is on hand to bust over the line and get the try. CONVERSION - Hickey maintains his 100% record


Blues are trying to reassert their dominance as they set themselves outside the Cheetahs try line, they have a penalty advantage and decide to go for a scrum


TRY - Off the scrum a great move sees Cornal Hendricks bust the line but he still had a lot to do as his good stepping sees him bamboozle the Blues fullback and go over the goal line. CONVERSION - Watts is on hand to add the extras


Plenty of handling errors now sees a whole lot of scrums and reset scrums for both teams


Some more Le Roux magic sees a good line break but Benjamin tries a long pass that goes miles forward, Blues scrum


Cheetahs are staring to get into their structures as they stretch the play from one side of the field to the other - is it a little too late though?


The Blues get some relief as there is a scrum penalty awarded and they kick for the line


Prinsloo is held up inches short from the drive, Nyakane has a crack and is over, but held up - 5 metre scrum


Cheetahs are camped on the line now as they get another penalty and set another line-out


Cheetahs are over the line after some slick play from Le Roux but its help up, the visitors have a penalty advantage and decide to kick for the corner


Hickey attempts the long penalty but it dies just short and the Cheetahs counter


Cheetahs try and get some phases going but they are penalised for going off their feet as Ma'a Nonu and Jerome Kaino start to stretch on the side line


Cheetahs line out also having issues, the ball is secured but the thrown past Pretorius to Watts who knocks it on, Blues scrum


Blues have come out firing and it seems everything is going wrong for the Cheetahs as Le Roux tries a long pass after a turn over but it is fumbled by Pretorius


We are back for the second half as Simon Hickey kicks us off


PENALTY - Elgar Watts scores the last points of the half as its HALF TIME


Cheetahs have one more crack at the line and are awarded a penalty, they line up for the posts


The Cheetahs scrum is looking strong but the Blues are able to get it to their back-line, Jackson Willison makes a mistake on the line but they are able to clear their lines up to the 22


Cheetahs are looking to work some phases in the Blues 22, they are getting close now but the Blues turn it over, Hickey is slow to get it away and its charged down but no damage done


The scrums continue to be an issue for both teams, The Cheetahs have a put in and its good, they win a penalty from it and decide to kick for touch


TRY - a bad mistake at the back for the Cheetahs, Tevita Li picks the ball up after it is fumbled from a kick and is able to jump over the line. CONVERSION - Hickey's kicking is immaculate


The Blues look like they have scored after a sweeping move all the way from their half and some good hands, its gone up stairs and the TMO decides its not a double movement and the TRY stands for Moala. CONVERSION - Hickey continues to add the points


PENALTY - Hickey slots the resulting penalty


Blues attack hard but cant hold onto the ball just inches out, its now a pressure scrum for the Cheetahs to defend under their own posts. Cheetahs are immediately penalised and the Blues decide to kick for posts


Blues chip through the line and swarm on to Le Roux, under the pressure they are almost driven over the line. YELLOW CARD - Boom Prinsloo commits a professional foul on the line and is sinned binned. its a Blues scrum 5 metres out


Blues are on attack now and are awarded a good attacking scrum platform in the Cheetahs half


TRY - Good patience from the Cheetahs sees them set another maul and they burst over the line with Prinsloo dotting down. CONVERSION - Prinsloo adds the extras from out wide


Cheetahs earn a penalty 5 metres out and turn down the kick at posts for a line-out, Prinsloo has a burst for the line but is bundled out, there's a penalty advantage and the Cheetahs go again from the line-out


TRY - The Blues build up well through the Cheetahs half until Steven Luatua is able to bash over from short< CONVERSION - Hickey is on hand to add the extras


The scrums are also being policed very strictly as the Cheetahs are awarded a free kick and Pretorius goes quickly


The ref is being very technical in his approach as the Blues have a good scrum on half way but cough it up in the resulting play and its a Cheetahs scrum


PENALTY - Blues turn this time to add three points as Hickey kicks over


PENALTY - its a trade off between the two flyhalfs as silly mistakes continue, Cheetahs pivot Goosen pops another over


PENALTY - Blues strike straight back through Simon Hickey as the Cheetahs are penalised inside their half


PENALTY - Goosen pops over an easy one for the Cheetahs after Charlie Faumuin is penalised


We are underway at Eden Park as Johan Goosen kicks off deep!


Its a wonderful evening in Auckland as the sun sets, its dry and windless. If there are any two teams that enjoy running rugby this is not a bad match to showcase it, hopefully the predicted wet weather stays away!


The Blues have bolstered their bench with the inclusion of All Blacks Ma'a Nonu and Jerome Kaino on the bench as well as code hopper, Benji Marshall. The Cheetahs have dropped Pieter Labuschagne to the bench for Jean Cook and put Ryno Benjamin in at centre in an interesting move by the coaching staff


The Blues will be a little wounded after a tough tour to South Africa and will want to turn Auckland into a fortress against a team that has also not got a win from home. The Cheetahs have decided to shake things up by dropping key players and playing people in different positions, its a bold strategy, lets see if it pays off for them


Welcome to a super Saturday of Super Rugby! We begin in Auckland where the returning Blues host the Cheetahs who have been far off the impressive form we saw from them last season. We then go across to Canberra where the Brumbies take on the Stormers who need something to turn their season around, from here its onto Perth where the Force entertain the reigning champions until finally coming back to South African for the Reds v Lions at Ellis Park and the all South African derby at Loftus as the Bulls take on the high flying Sharks
15 Charles Piutau
14 Lolagi Visinia
13 Francis Saili
12 Ma'a Nonu
11 Tevita Li
10 Ihaia West
9 Bryn Hall
8 Jerome Kaino
7 Brendon O'Connor
6 Steven Luatua
5 Tom Donnelly
4 Patrick Tuipulotu
3 Charlie Faumuina
2 Keven Mealamu
1 Sam Prattley

23 George Moala
22 Jackson Willison
21 Jamison Gibson-Park
20 Peter Saili
19 Hayden Triggs
18 Angus Ta'avao
17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
16 James Parsons
16 AJ Coertzen
15 Ryno Benjamin
14 Francois Venter
13 Joubert Engelbrecht
12 Raymond Rhule
11 Elgar Watts
10 Sarel Pretorius
9 Boom Prinsloo
8 Jean Cook
6 Tienie Burger
5 Francois Uys
4 Carl Wegner
3 Luan De Bruin
2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
1 Kevin Stevens

24 JP du Plessis
23 Willie du Plessis
21 Henco Venter
20 Waltie Vermeulen
19 Neil Claassen
18 Rudolph Botha
17 AJ le Roux