Chiefs holdout to beat Blues

The Chiefs earned a hard fought win against the Blues 18-9 to record their first win in the 2005 Super 12.

The Blues dominated both territory and possession for most of the match. But it was the Chiefs who scored the first points through a try to Loki Crichton. This was followed up two minutes later when Sosene Anesi took an intercept from a quick throw-in from the Blues and ran in a try under the posts.

The Blues lost two prop forwards during the first-half which resulted in uncontested scrums. Going into the half time the score was 15-3 to the Chiefs.

The Blues had many attacking opportunities and got close to the Chiefs’ try line on several occasions. Determined defence from the Chiefs was able to keep the Blues out and their only points came from three penalties.

Despite dominating in many facets of the game the Blues were unable to score any tries. They were unable to adapt their attacking style to the dogged defence of the Chiefs. Also a number of handling errors let them down a crucial times.

The Chiefs will be glad to get their first under the belt and would be happy with the way their defence was able to absorb the pressure put on it.

Chiefs - Tries: Loki Crichton, Sosene Anesi. Conversion: David Hill. Penalties: David Hill (2)

Blues - Penalties: Luke McAlister (3)

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