Chiefs warm up with strong display against Blues
February 14, 2014
Liaki Moli makes a break for the Blues in their loss to the Chiefs © Getty Images
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The Chiefs have made the ideal preparation for the start of their super Rugby title defence, belting the Blues 43-19 in Rotorua in both sides' final trial match.
Rhys Marshall scored the Chiefs' first try from a lineout close to the Blues' line before setting up Liam Messam for the second with a superb flick pass. The 2014 favourites then went the length of the field to score their third try of the first half, Same Cane getting on the end of some fine build-up play.
A Chiefs error in the 31st minute led to a try to Blues fullback Charles Piutau, and another shortly afterwards brought the Blues back to within 9 points at 21-12, although Aaron Cruden made it 12 with a penalty just before the break.
Nick Crosswell finished off some good work from the Chiefs forwards to cross over five minutes into the second stanza and the game was all but over when James Lowe scored seven minutes later to leave the Blues trailing 36-12.
Robbie Fruean put the game beyond doubt in the 55th minute, and while Jackson Willison added respectability to the scoreline with a Blues try in the 67th, the Chiefs should be satisfied with their efforts, although they will be sweating on news on Same Kane's left-leg injury after he was forced from the field.
The Chiefs begin their title defence against the Crusaders in Christchurch next weekend, while the Blues travel to Dunedin to face the Highlanders.
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