Blues' experiment too good for Chiefs

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:13
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SUPER RUGBY PRE-SEASON REPORT: Young gun Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa's double help Blues record an easy 45-19 win over the Chiefs in their pre-season match.

The Blues and Chiefs ventured to Te Kuite for the first time in history, as a mark of respect for the great Sir Colin Meads who passed away last year.

The match was filled with action, similar conditions to what we have become accustomed to when these two Super Rugby neighbours meet during regular season.

Chiefs were the first to break the deadlock with a converted try, however, it did not take long for the Blues' centre TJ Faiane to hit back. Newcomer Bryn Gatland converted the kick and the game was level at 7-all.

There was literally nothing separating the sides as both added an additional converted try for a 14-14 scoreline at the break.

In the second stanza, the Blues coach Tana Umaga made wholesale changes which proved to be a good decision as the men in blue took control of proceedings. They added five tries to their tally - two belonging to youngster Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa.

Chiefs managed to score one try, but it was far from enough to dent the Blues spirit, who secure the comfortable win in the end.

The win hands Blues great momentum for the upcoming season, while Chiefs new mentor Colin Cooper sure have loads of work ahead after seeing his players in action for the first time.  


For Blues:
: Faiane, Riedlinger-Kapa 2, Preston, Kiri Kiri, Renata, Papalii
Cons: Gatland 3, Kirkpatrick, Ruru.

For Chiefs:
: Falcon, Nanai-Williams, Taukei'aho
Cons: Falcon 2


Blues: 15 Jordan Trainor, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Tamati Tua, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Tumua Manu, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Glenn Preston, 5 Jacob Pierce, 4 Josh Goodhue, 3 Mike Tamoaieta, 2 Ross Wright, 1 Alex Hodgman (captain)
Replacements - from: Jonathon Ruru, George Moala, Melani Nanai, Stephen Perofeta, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Orbyn Leger, Augustine Pulu, Harry Plummer, Tanielu Telea, Pauliasi Manu, Kurt Ekland, Marcel Renata, Jimmy Tupou, Waimana Reidling, Hoskins Sotutu, Dalton Papalii, Antonia Kiri Kiri, Jordan Olsen, Jack Straker, Gerard Cowley Tuioiti, Sione Havili.

Chiefs: TBC

Referee: Glen Jackson

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Fri, 23 February 2018
Highlanders v Blues 06h35 Dunedin
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Dragons v Edinburgh 19h30 Rodney Parade
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France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
Sunwolves v Brumbies 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Chiefs 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
Lions v Jaguares 13h05 Johannesburg
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Ireland v Wales 14h15 Aviva Stadium
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Harlequins v Newcastle Falcons 15h00 Twickenham Stoop
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 1 1 0 0 4
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 1 0 0 1 0