George Moala (68)
Ihaia West (43)


Liam Messam (48)
Aaron Cruden (61,23)

Full Time
Blues 8 Chiefs 11

Parsons is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground and Gareth Anscombe lines up a shot at goal, from just inside his half. His effort is off target but goes over the dead-ball line! The final whistle goes shortly afterwards and the Chiefs are victorious! That means they have secured their spot in the play-offs while the defeat means the Blues' season is over!

Cruden launches another bomb, which Piutau gathers just outside his 22. He tries a similar tactic but the ball slices off his boot! Luatua tries to gather but knocks on.

The Chiefs attack, just outside the Blues' 22 but lose possession when Messam enters a ruck from the side. West puts the resulting penalty into touch close to the halfway line.

Cruden launches a bomb which falls into no-man's land but Charles Piutau recover well and gathers the ball despite the attentions of two defenders.

TRY, BLUES, MOALA! 8-11. Kaino breaks off the back of a scrum, on the Chiefs' five-metre line! He draws in a defender, before passing to Bryn Hall, who passes to George Moala, who scores in the right-hand corner!

Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD, CHIEFS, FITZGERALD! Mike Fitzgerald is sent to the sin bin for deliberately slowing the ball down at a ruck close to his try-line!

The Blues are trying desperately to get back into this game! They attack with their forwards and Kaino takes he ball into contact and shrugs off two defenders! The hosts are eventually awarded a penalty when the Chiefs go offside on defence. West puts the ball out inside the visitors' 22.

PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 3-11. Cruden extends the visitors' lead, with another three-pointer, after the Blues' back-line are pinged for straying offside on defence.

Tanerau Latimer is penalised when he goes in front of the ball-carrier at a maul. West kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway line.

Cruden takes a shot at goal, from about 45 metres out, after Saili is penalised for not releasing the ball after a tackle from Fitzgerald. The kick has the distance but is just wide of the uprights.

Messam goes on the drive, just outside the Blues' 22, but knocks on after a challenge from Tuipulotu.

The Blues look to strike back and take the ball through the phases with their forwards, close to the halfway mark. Kaino, Luatua and Tuipulotu carry strongly.

TRY, CHIEFS, MESSAM! 3-8. The Blues are on the attack, close to the halfway line, but Liam Messam intercepts an inside pass from West and beats the cover defence before diving over for the game's opening try!

West gets a chance to put the hosts in front for the first time, after Brodie Retallick is penalised for playing the ball on the ground. His strikes the ball well but hits an upright!

PENALTY, BLUES, WEST. 3-3. West draws his side level, from the kicking tee, after Liam Messam is penalised for a high tackle on Francis Saili.

Ihaia West gets the second half underway! It's still raining and Michael Fitzgerald gathers, just inside his 22 despite the attentions of James Parsons.

Half Time
Blues 0 Chiefs 3

The Chiefs attack from a scrum, on the edge of the Blues' 22, but Kerr-Barlow's grubber kick rolls into touch. That's the final act of this half and the sides head into the sheds. The Blues have given it a real crack in a bid to score as many points as possible, but their decision to run almost every ball, in atrocious weather conditions, has reaped little rewards. The Chiefs have sat back and played a more tactical game but they too are yet to cross their opponents' try-line. Hopefully the rain stops soon and then we could have some tries scored after the break.

Tom Marshall sets off on a run but makes little headway and is knocked backwards by a big hit from Luatua just inside the Blues' half!

Yellow Card
YELLOW CARD, BLUES, NONU! Ma'a Nonu receives his marching orders for a late and dangerous tackle on Nanai-Williams!

The Chiefs are awarded a penalty, just outside the Blues' 22, after Kaino fails to roll away at a ruck. Cruden takes a tap penalty and the visitors are soon camped close to the Blues' try-line.

The Blues are doing everything possible to get over the try-line. Parsons and Tuipulotu carry with intent but are met by resilient defence from the Chiefs.

Tim Nanai-Williams is pinged for side-entry at a ruck. West kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Chiefs' 22-metre line.

Kerr-Barlow makes a break and is soon inside the Blues' 22! He throws a pass to Tom Marshall, who knocks on in front of the try-line after a great tackle from George Moala!

PENALTY, CHIEFS, CRUDEN. 0-3. Cruden opens the scoring, from the kicking tee, after Saili is pinged for being in front of a kick from West.

Cruden takes a shot at goal, after several Blues forwards go off their feet at a ruck, but the kick is wide of his target.

The Blues suffer a setback as their captain Keven Mealamu is forced off the field with a calf injury and is replaced by James Parsons.

The Blues are back on the attack, inside the Chiefs' quarter. Ihaia West, Patrick Tuipulotu and Charlie Faumuina are prominent ball carriers but the Chiefs' defence holds firm.

The Chiefs launch their first attack of the game and Aaron Cruden does well as he glides through a hole in the Blues' defence! He then kicks ahead and the ball rolls out inside the home side's 22.

Jerome Kaino breaks off the back of a scrum, on the Chiefs' five-metre line, and offloads to Charles Piutau, who knocks on! Kerr-Barlow gathers and kicks for touch, putting the ball out just outside his 22.

The Blues are still hammering away at the Chiefs'' try-line and this time Brendon O''Connor is held up by Ben Tameifuna as he dives over!

From a scrum on the Chiefs'' five-metre line the Blues go on the attack but Francis Saili is brought to ground, just short of the try-line, by James Lowe.

It's all Blues at the moment and this time Jerome Kaino goes over the try-line but has the ball knocked from his grasp by Kerr-Barlow!

Ma'a Nonu takes the ball into contact but is stopped just short of the Chiefs' line by Tawera Kerr-Barlow! Steven Luatua then takes it further but is held up, as he goes over the line, by Brodie Retallick!

The Blues are on the attack, inside the Chiefs' 22 but Tanerau Latimer does well to haul in Bryn Hall at the base of a ruck.

Kick Off
And we're off! Aaron Cruden gets us underway in the pouring rain! His kick is low and flat but Tom Donnelly does well to gather and sets up a ruck on the edge of his 22.

It's just been confirmed that Lolagi Visinia has passed a late fitness test and will start on the right wing for the Blues. This means that George Moala will be amongst the replacements.

The Blues will be without veteran All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock and captain Luke Braid for this game. Woodcock suffered a shoulder injury during last weekend's loss to the Crusaders and will be replaced by Sam Prattley. Brendon O'Connor comes in for regular skipper and openside flanker Luke Braid who underwent surgery on a shoulder injury earlier in the week. In other changes, Charles Piutau returns to his favoured position of full-back in a reshuffled Blues back-line, with Tevita Li coming onto the left wing in place of George Moala while Lolagi Visinia is hoping to overcome a haematoma to his quad and is currently bracketed with Moala. Francis Saili also comes in at centre for Pita Ahki who has joined the New Zealand Sevens team ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month.

Chiefs boss Dave Rennie has made only one change to his starting line-up for this crucial encounter. Bundee Aki comes at inside centre in to replace Charlie Ngatai who is out with a shoulder injury. Hooker Nathan Harris, comes onto the bench and he is joined by Dwayne Sweeney in the only other change to the reserves.

Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this New Zealand Super Rugby derby between the Blues and the Chiefs from Eden Park in Auckland. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.

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