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Chiefs beat Blues at Eden Park

Sunday, March 04, 2018

AUCKLAND - Captain Sam Cane scored an early second-half try to spark a 14-point turnaround for the Waikato Chiefs as they continued a remarkable unbeaten streak against the Auckland Blues with a 27-21 victory at Eden Park on Friday.

The Chiefs had been trailing the Super Rugby encounter 14-10 at halftime before Cane and scrumhalf Brad Weber touched down within two minutes of each other early in the second half, scores which turned the game towards the visitors.

The Blues had taken a four-point lead at the break through tries to Augustine Pulu and impressive number eight Akira Ioane.

The Chiefs, however, sparked by blistering runs by left winger Solomon Alaimalo that gave them field position, managed to score twice themselves with number eight Taleni Seu and right winger Sean Wainui crossing.

The Chiefs had looked to have put the game beyond doubt when McKenzie finally slotted a penalty to extend the lead to 27-14.

The Blues, however, dominated the final quarter and put the Chiefs under pressure that after a sustained buildup allowed flyhalf Bryn Gatland to ghost through the stretched defence.

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