31 Jan 2020

Chiefs win Super Rugby derby over Blues

9:26 pm on 31 January 2020

The Chiefs won the opening game of the Super Rugby season with a 37-29 victory over the Blues at Eden Park.

Chiefs hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho

Chiefs hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Blues had most of the early ascendancy and took a 14-point lead into half-time.

But the Chiefs scored two quick tries after the break to shift the momentum and level the scores in the 51st minute.

Look back at how the match unfolded here.

The injection of veteran Aaron Cruden off the bench into the Chiefs backline helped the Warren Gatland-coached side keeping adding to the scoreline.

Whereas missed kicks cost the Blues as goal-kicker Stephen Perofeta could only convert three of six his attempts from the tee.

Chiefs hooker Samisoni Taukei'aho scored two of the visitor's five tries and All Black Rieko Ioane scored two first half tries for the Blues.