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Blues vs Chiefs: Super Rugby live scores, blog

18th May, 2019
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Blues

23

Match Complete

Chiefs

8

G. Cowley-Tuioti81
O. Tuungafasi59
H. Plummer49
M. Nanai37
34M. McKenzie
H. Plummer31
16M. Karpik

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The Blues and Chiefs will go fight it out to keep their respective finals hopes alive when the to meet in Auckland as Round 14 of Super Rugby continues on Saturday.

Both sides know that the finals are a long shot but technically still possible and a win in this match will be a small step in the right direction.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of this exciting match starting from 5:35pm AEST on Saturday.

After a good run of wins, the Blues have struggled in recent weeks. On the good side the team’s performances have still been good, especially last week against the Hurricanes, but they’ve lacked the clinical finishing ability that their hard work requires to turn pressure into points.

Coach Leon MacDonald has kept much of his starting line up the same from last week.

Alex Hodgman, Jonathan Ruru, Caleb Clarke and Scott Scrafton will all join the starting line up with the Blues needing their forwards to put in a dominant performance to give their backs the quick, clean ball they need.

The intensity of last week with a new found error free edge could cause the Chiefs serious problems.

For the Chiefs they’ve got the bragging rights over the Blues – not only did they win the reverse fixture in Round 9, but they haven’t lost to the Blues in the past 15 games overall.

The Chiefs have worked hard in recent weeks to put together some brave performances but they are really missing key talent.

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The challenges of missing talent get worse when you consider that Luke Jacobson – who has put in some really good games this season – is out after a training injury and flanker Lachlan Boshier hasn’t recovered from his injury yet.

Angus Ta’avao will be back though bringing 99 games of experience.

Irrespective of the result, this game will be a special one for all Chiefs and All Blacks fans as heroic back rower Sam Cane could well make his return to rugby having recovered from a broken neck seven months ago.

It’s an incredible story and there will be huge cheers from the crowd when Cane comes off the bench.

The Chiefs have missed his ability and his leadership this season and while it might be too late to save their season, having him back in active duty will be very good for the club.

Prediction
The Chiefs do have the better form going into this game but if the Blues can recreate the intensity of their game from last week then they should get home in this conference derby.

Blues to win by 7.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 5:35pm AEST on Saturday.

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Where: Eden Park, Auckland
Date: Saturday 18th May 2019
When: 5:35pm AEST
TV: Foxsports
Betting: Blues $1.46, Chiefs $2.72

Blues
15 Melani Nanai
14 Caleb Clarke
13 TJ Faiane (vice capt)
12 Ma’a Nonu
11 Rieko Ioane
10 Harry Plummer
9 Jonathan Ruru
8 Akira Ioane
7 Blake Gibson (co-capt)
6 Dalton Papalii
5 Scott Scrafton
4 Patrick Tuipulotu (co-capt)
3 Ofa Tuungafasi
2 James Parsons
1 Alex Hodgman

Replacements
16 Matt Moulds
17 Lua Li
18 Karl Tu’inukuafe
19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
20 Tom Robinson
21 Augustine Pulu
22 Otere Black
23 Matt Duffie

Chiefs
15 Solomon Alaimalo
14 Sean Wainui
13 Tumua Manu
12 Anton Lienert-Brown
11 Etene Nanai-Seturo
10 Marty McKenzie
9 Brad Weber (capt)
8 Tyler Ardron
7 Mitchell Karpik
6 Pita Gus Sowakula
5 Mitchell Brown
4 Jesse Parete
3 Angus Ta’avao
2 Nathan Harris
1 Atu Moli

Replacements
16 Liam Polwart
17 Aidan Ross
18 Nepo Laulala
19 Mitchell Jacobson
20 Sam Cane
21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
22 Shaun Stevenson
23 Alex Nankivell

Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref: Nick Briant and Dan Waenga
TMO: Glenn Newman

2019 Form (last 5 games)
Blues – LLBLL
Chiefs – WLLDW

Played 31
Blues won 10
Chiefs won 20
Drawn 1

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