Blues register 21-17 win as Chiefs' winless tournament continues

Beauden Barrett kicked three conversions for Blues
Beauden Barrett kicked three conversions for Blues

Blues 21-17 Chiefs, Eden Park

Blues successfully overcome a stern challenge from Chiefs as they register a 21-17 win in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash at Eden Park on Sunday.

This is Blues' fourth win from six games as they move to the second place in the table while Chiefs have lost all six games in the tournament.

Matt Duffie started the proceedings as he gathered a pass from Reiko Ioane to score in the sixth minute and Beauden Barrett followed with the conversion.

The home side doubled their lead in the 14th minute when Patrick Tuipulotu dived from close range that was improved by Barrett.

The response from Warren Gatland's game at the end of the first quarter when Lalchan Boshier made most of the pass from Pita Gus Sowakula as he touched down with the teams completing the first half with a 14-7 scoreline.

Chiefs were quickest to get off the block in the second half with Solomon Alaimalo scoring a try in the 46th minute while McKenzie kicked a conversion and a penalty to provide them a three-point lead.

However, the decisive moment came in the 55th minute when Finlay Christie spotted a gap in the ruck to score his side's third try and Barrett converted it making the scoreline 21-17 which the home side managed to retain despite Harry Plummer's yellow-card in the closing stage.

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