Tom Marshall (50), Ben Tameifuna (42,10), Tim Nanai-Williams (20)
Gareth Anscombe (40,28)
Gareth Anscombe (51,21,11)


George Moala (66), Lolagi Visinia (6)
Simon Hickey (35,30)
Ihaia West (67), Simon Hickey (7)

Full Time
Chiefs 32 Blues 20

The Blues take the ball through several phases inside the home side's 22 but they make little headway. Nonu eventually puts a grubber kick through which Marshall gathers behind his try-line before hoofing the ball into touch. That's the final act of this match as referee Mike Fraser blows his whistle to bring proceedings to a close. The Chiefs have made a big statement with this result and are now level on points with the Sharks at the top of the standings. The Blues know they were beaten by the better side but will have to go back to the drawing board as there is still several shortcomings in their game.

Tuipulotu takes the ball into contact deep inside the Chiefs'' 22 but Messam is pinged for entering a ruck from the wrong side. West kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the hosts'' five-metre line.

The Blues attack through Pita Ahki, who races from inside his 22 and beats Nanai-Williams before kicking ahead. Kerr-Barlow tries to field the kick but knocks on inside his 22.

After several pick-up-and goes by the Chiefs forwards and Schwalger spots a gap and barges through the combined efforts of Nonu and Woodcock but plants the ball just short of the line!

The Chiefs go on the drive from a line-out and are soon inside the Blues' 22. They keep the ball amongst the forwards and Messam and Mahonri Schwalger are prominent ball carriers.

CONVERSION, BLUES, WEST! 32-20. Ihaia West is on for Hickey and he makes no mistake with the two-pointer from close to the touchline!

TRY, BLUES, MOALA! 32-18. The Blues forwards smash away at the Chiefs' try-line and Jerome Kaino, Mealamu and Patrick Tuipulotu are all stopped just short of the line! They then take it wide and Weepu passes to Donnelly, who offloads to George Moala, who dots down in the left-hand corner!

Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD, CHIEFS, NANAI-WILLIAMS! Tim Nanai-Williams will spend the next 10 minutes in the sin bin after he slows the ball down, cynically, at a ruck in front of his try-line.

Tameifuna is penalised when he tugs at Tom Donnelly's shirt at a line-out. Hickey puts the ball out deep inside the Chiefs' 22.

The Blues front row is pinged fora scrum infringement on the Chiefs' 22-metre line. Anscombe kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway line.

The Blues attack off another scrum close to the Chiefs' try-line but Nonu knocks on a pass from Piri Weepu!

The Chiefs are under the cosh, close to their goalposts, and concede a penalty at a ruck. Blues captain Keven Mealamu opts to take a scrum.

The Blues launch another line-out drive inside the Chiefs' 22 but, once again, the Chiefs gain possesion and Tawera Kerr-Barlow boots the ball upfield.

CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 32-13. Anscombe slots another conversion to push the hosts further in front!

TRY, CHIEFS, MARSHALL! 30-13. Nanai-Williams runs onto a pass from Aki, just inside the Chiefs' half, and sets off towards the visitors' try-line! He is eventually hauled in close to the Blues' line but draws in three defenders before offloading to Tom Marshall, who gets in for the home side's bonus-point try!

The Blues try to get back into the game from a line-out inside the hosts' 22. They try to launch a drive but Retallick and Liam Messam do brilliantly to hold Charlie Faumuina up in the tackle and when the maul becomes static it's the Chiefs who get the put-in at the scrum.

The Blues take the ball through a couple of phases with their forwards before Hickey stabs a grubber kick through. Bundee Aki tries to gather but knocks on on his 10-metre line.

TRY, CHIEFS, TAMEIFUNA! 25-13. The Chiefs attack close to the Blues' try-line, with pick-up-and-goes. Tanerau Latimer makes a dash for the line but the ball is knocked from his grasp, but goes backwards, and Ben Tameifuna gathers and goes over for his second try!

Hickey gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered outside his 22 by Brodie Retallick who hurls himself into the oncoming defenders.

Half Time
Chiefs 20 Blues 13

PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 20-13. Anscombe takes a shot from close to the touchline, after the Blues forwards infringe at a ruck and his effort flies straight between the uprights! That's also the final act of the half as the teams head into the sheds. It's been an entertain opening 40 minutes and this is still anybody's game. Expect more end-to-end action when we return in 10 minutes.

The Blues attack, just outside their 22, but Moala fails to control the ball and is tackled into touch.

PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY!. 17-13. Hickey adds another three-pointer and reduces the deficit to four points!

Tawera Kerr-Barlow is pinged for joining a ruck from the wrong side and Hickey puts the penalty out midway between the Chiefs' 22 and the halfway mark.

PENALTY, BLUES, HICKEY! 17-10. Hickey narrows the gap, to seven points after Nathan Harris is penalised for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.

PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE. 17-7. Anscombe extends the hosts' lead after Charlie Faumuina is pinged for entering a maul from the side.

Hickey is pinged for not releasing the ball on the ground, 15 metres inside the Chiefs' half. Anscombe puts the resulting penalty into touch inside the visitors' 22.

The Blues attack, 10 metres outside the Chiefs' 22 and Frank Halai joins the line at pace! He offloads to Visinia, who throws a shocking pass behind George Moala's back into touch close to the Chiefs' try-line!

CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 14-7. Anscombe adds the extras which extends his side's lead!

TRY, CHIEFS, NANAI-WILLIAMS! 12-7. The Chiefs launch an attack from inside their half and there's great interplay from forwards and backs! Sam Cane sells the defence a dummy before offloading to Dwayne Sweeney. Hetrades passes with Tim Nanai-Williams who scores his side's second try!

Anscombe gets a chance to put the home side in front, for the first time, after Tony Woodcock is penalised for straying offside at a ruck. The kick is off target, however.

Anscombe gathers a kick 15 metres outside his 22. He looks up and spots a gap, behind the Blues' defence, and delivers a clearance kick which rolls into touch 10 metres inside the visitors' 22!

The Chiefs are under pressure, inside their 22! Anscombe tries to clear his line but his kick is charged down by Charlie Faumuina and Brendan O'Connor gathers before crossing over the Chiefs' line. The referee disallows the effort, however, as O'Connor was accidentally offside when he picked up the ball.

CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 7-7. Gareth Anscombe matches Hickey's earlier effort, from the kicking tee, which draws the hosts level!

TRY, CHIEFS, TAMEIFUNA! 5-7. Nonu knocks on a pass in front of this post and the Chiefs recover before setting up a couple of phases. The ball goes out wide to Tom Marshall, who offloads to Ben Tameifuna, who gets in at the left-hand corner!

CONVERSION, BLUES, HICKEY! 0-7. Hickey shows his class as he lands the two-pointer from up against the try-line!

TRY, BLUES, VISINIA! 0-5. The Blues takes the ball through the back-line and comes out to Nonu, who offloads to Visinia, who juggles the ball close to the Chiefs' try-line before scoring in the left-hand corner!

Ben Tameifuna is pinged for illegal scrummaging on the halfway line. Hickey kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres from the Chiefs' try-line.

The Blues attack from a scrum, just inside their half and Simon Hickey launches a cross-field kick which Lolagi Visinia gathers on the edge of the Chiefs' 22! The ball is recycled and comes out to Ma'a Nonu, who kicks ahead. It's a perfectly-weighted kick and James Lowe can only watch as the ball rolls out deep inside the Chiefs' 22.

Kick Off
Gareth Anscombe gets us underway! His kick is deep and Jerome Kaino gathers inside his 22 where he immediately sets up a ruck.

Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made just one injury-enforced change to his starting XV. With midfielder Francis Saili suffering a high ankle sprain in the lead up to last week''s clash with the Reds and Jackson Willison succumbing to a hamstring strain during the game, George Moala has been promoted from the bench to start at centre. Blues loose forward Peter Saili is also out of tonight''s match. Saili, who was initially named in the starting XV has returned home to Auckland today as his partner is expecting a baby. He will be replaced by Steven Luatua at blindside flanker, while local boy and Taranaki captain Kane Barrett comes on to the bench.

The Chiefs have made two changes to the forwards with prop Ben Tameifuna and lock Michael Fitzgerald starting. Bundee Aki comes in at inside centre and Tim Nanai-Williams moves to centre with Tom Marshall at full-back. Josh Hohneck move to the reserves and is joined by Liam Squire who has returned from injury and Anton Lienert-Brown.

Good day and welcome to Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth for our live coverage of this New Zealand Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Chiefs, and the Blues. We'll return shortly with team news.

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