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Chiefs vs Blues
Super Rugby, 7 April, 2018
|FMG Stadium Waikato|
|Fulltime - Chiefs 21, Blues 19|
|Referee: Paul Williams|
|Touch judges: Brendon Pickerill & Glen Jackson|
|TMO: Aaron Paterson|
The Chiefs have come away with a two-point win in all-New Zealand derby.
The Chiefs will aim to continue their pursuit for the top of the New Zealand conference when they host the struggling Blues in Waikato during Round 8. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:35pm (AEST).
It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the Chiefs, but they have won four of their first five games for the season and been dominant, especially at home.
The Chiefs have plenty going for them this year and a huge win over the Highlanders last week got the wheels well and truly in motion that this could be the year for the club.
That’s if they weren’t already of course, given the Chiefs belted Japanese club the Sunwolves 61-10 the week before. It’s clearly filled their attack with confidence and unless defence for the Auckland-based outfit is the order of the day, they could concede a lot of points today.
The sides have already played once this season, with the Chiefs managing to take a narrow victory to the tune of 31-17.
If the Blues are to stop a repeat of that swim, then it’s all going to be down to the start by stopping the Chiefs from getting any sort of margin, which allows them to build confidence. Essentially, once the Chiefs get out in front, they are a very difficult team to track down.
Even saying that though, the Blues know how to find points. They ran up more than 40 a few weeks ago against the Rebels in Melbourne and will be looking to do the same here. Running up 40 against the Chiefs is easier said than done though, given their tight defensive structures.
It’s going to be absolutely impossible to tip against the Chiefs, who are not only at home, but playing an outfit who haven’t inspired a great deal of confidence from their fans so far this season. However, this is going to be a lot closer than people think.
Chiefs by 8.
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