Chiefs 21-19 Blues, Hamilton
Chiefs registered their fifth consecutive victory in the ongoing Super Rugby season as they went on to beat Blues 21-19 in their Super Rugby face-off in Hamilton.
This is Chiefs' 14th consecutive win over Blues - the longest for a side against the other in the history of the tournament. The victory has taken Chiefs to 21 points as they reduce the gap with the top placed Hurricanes by two points while Blues are languishing at the bottom of New Zealand Conference.
Blues fly-half Stephen Perofeta kicked two penalties in the first five minutes but Chiefs replied back strong with Sean Wainui touching down in the 11th minute with penalty goals from Damian McKenzie kicking three pointers on either side.
With Perofeta and McKenzie exchanging penalties, Chiefs maintained their five point lead but just at the stroke of half-time James Parsons scored the opening try for Blues which also happened to be their only try in the game and a conversion and a penalty Perofeta meant the visitors headed into the break with a five-point lead.
Things were going tight for both the sides as they were struggling to score a point in the first 27 minutes of the second half until Blues lost Josh Goodhue to the sin bin for a cynical defensive foul inside his 22. Six minutes later referee Paul Williams awarded a penalty try for Chiefs after a scrum collapsed near the Blues' try-line and it proved vital as the hosts completed a two-point victory in the derby encounter.