After losing all six games, the chiefs took a defensive bonus with each opponent.
After yesterday’s loss to the Crusaders, there was a feeling in the air at Eden Park that another series could be interrupted today – a series of losses to the Chiefs. The opponent for a potential victory is more suitable than ever. The Blues lost the momentum of the start of the Aotearoa Super Rugby draw, losing the last two matches. The line-up was no longer optimal, so much so that even beauden Barrett was moved to midfield. It’s time for the chiefs to win – with this attitude, the guests went out on the lawn of the legendary stadium in Oakland. But, as always, something went wrong.
“Blue” did not long look for the keys to the guest score. The first pass of the match to a cross led to a try by Matt Duffy. Barrett, who got to the stand, is accurate in implementation. 7: 0 at the start. Another 8 minutes later, the hosts managed a prolonged attack, in its final phase, the captain of the “pirates” Patrick Tuipulotu, crushed the attacking guests, and increased the gap. After formalities from Barrett 14: 0. “Blues” are diverse in the opening game.
It took the visitors 20 minutes and 14 points to Wake up, before the Chiefs had their say. Lachlan Boshir landed the ball, Damian McKenzie is accurate (14: 7). The opponents decided to go through the game in wide seven-point steps.
In the second part of the first half, both teams sorted out their defensive orders and did not allow any more breakthroughs in the scoring. To be honest, the attacking actions from both sides were not as persistent as at the beginning of the game – as a result, the same 14: 7 by the break.
The chiefs again fell short of their opponents (C) Getty Images
At the beginning of the second half of the match, the chiefs managed to equalize the score. The Blues ‘ defense failed in the other half of the field. Aaron Crewden launched Solomon Alaimalo into a run across the half-field, which the winger successfully completed with a try, and an injury sustained during the touchdown ended his performances for today – another seven-point step. Draw 14: 14.
Another 180 seconds later, the first penalty of the game occurred. Damian McKenzie has not smeared for a long time, for the first time in the match, the “chiefs” led. To play 14 points behind and get ahead is so unlike the Chiefs in their current state… However, do not rush to conclusions. three points to lead the visitors doesn’t mean anything, ask the Highlanders about it.
As a matter of fact, that was what had to be proved. Almost immediately after the strike from the center, the Blues started up, went ahead and quickly reached the standings. Scrum-half Finlay Christie was the author of a try right near the goal post, Barrett’s conversion-21: 17, the Blues regained the lead.
And again, as if following the patterns of the first half, the teams stopped scoring points. It wasn’t until the 76th minute that the Chiefs rallied and went ahead. First we missed a fantastic chance to score a try on the edge, and then … we missed the game again. The chiefs spent about three minutes within a meter of the Blues ‘ scoring zone, but couldn’t come up with anything productive. Blues Win 21: 17
The pirates continued their race with the Hurricanes for the second place in the table, and so far they are winning it, although not without problems in the game. A ” Chiefs»… Now you can definitely call them the most stable team in New Zealand. They again lost just a little, lost in details, but collected a unique collection. After losing all 6 games, the chiefs took a defensive bonus with each of their opponents.
“Blues” (14) 21 : 17 (7) “Chiefs”
Tries: Duffy (6), Tuipulotu (14), Christie (55) – Boshir (20), Alaimalo (46)
Goals: Barrett (8, 15, 56 – – McKenzie (21, 48)
Penalties: no-McKenzie (51)
LCD: Plummer (79) – no