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Saturday 14th February 06:35 GMT

 

The Blues who once ruled Super Rugby in its early years, but who have not made it through to the knockout stages of the tournament since 2011, when they were beaten in the semi-final by eventual champions the Reds, open their 2015 campaign at the QBE Stadium, North Harbour on Saturday, when they face fellow Kiwis the Chiefs.

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The Chiefs who won the title in 2012 and then successfully defended it the following season, finally lost their crown last season. Having stumbled through the season, they made the play-offs but were beaten in the qualifiers by the Brumbies by 30-32. The Blues have Tony Woodcock in their lineup, the loosehead prop being set to make his 140th appearance, to add to the 110 appearances that he has made for the All Blacks.

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The Blues will have a new captain at the helm in Jerome Kaino, with 2014 skipper Luke Braid set to play off the bench after fighting back from a double shoulder reconstruction. Although the Chiefs will have Sonny Bill Williams starting at No.12, the side will have some unfamiliar names included in the match day 23. There will be two debutants in the loose forwards in Johan Bardoul and No 8 Maama Vaipulu While on the bench there are four players yet to make their Chiefs debuts; Prop Siate Tokolahi, lock Michael Allardice, first five-eighth Marty Mckenzie and winger Bryce Heem who will all hope to win their first Chiefs cap.

Posted: 11th July 2014

 

Eden Park in Auckland will see a massive clash on Friday between the Blues and the Chiefs. A win for the Blues could propel them into a wild card play-off position, depending on results elsewhere over the course of the weekend. While the double winners the Chiefs know that after a stumbling campaign, they will qualify for the play-offs and continue their defense of the Super Rugby title for an extra week at least, if they beat their neighbors.

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Dave Rennie, the Chiefs coach, has made one change to the side that defeated the Hurricanes last week. The coach brings Bundee Aki to replace Charlie Ngatai who is unavailable due to a shoulder injury. The two changes to the replacements bench see Nathan Harris and Dwayne Sweeney take their place among the reserves. For the Blues, both Tony Woodcock and Luke Braid miss out due to injury. Woodcock injured a shoulder during last week's defeat to the Crusaders. His place at loose head prop goes to Sam Prattley.

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Brendon O'Connor replaces Luke Braid who will have surgery this week on a shoulder injury that he has been carrying foe the whole season. The Blues will be aware that they need to beat the Chiefs by 38 points and deny them a bonus point if they are going to give themselves a chance of making the knockout phase.

Posted: 13th July 2013

A disappointed Blues side will look to end Super Rugby 2013 on a high when they host the defending champions the Chiefs in Eden Park Auckland this weekend. See Blues v Chiefs live as it happens by joining watchliverugby.tv today.

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The Blues lost to the Cheetahs in what was effectively a winner takes all game in Bloemfontein last week. The Aucklanders scored the first try of the game through Jamison Gibson-Park and were in the game till about the hour mark before Riaan Smit’s boot and tries to Sarel Pretorious and Boom Prinsloo saw them crash to a 21 point defeat. This will be Blues skipper Ali Williams’ last game in provincial colours before he heads off to France to play for Toulon. The same goes for dashing utility back Rene Ranger, who has signed for Top 14 outfit Montpellier. Williams, Charles Piutau and Frank Halai are the only three players to have started all of the Blues’ game this season. The Chiefs were humbled by the Crusaders in Christchurch last weekend although they didn’t exactly have luck on their side, with one of Kieran Read’s tries looking inconclusive and Zac Guildford’s deliberate knocking down of Chiefs attacking ball not punished at all.

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Will the Chiefs seal the NZ conference with a win over the jet lagged Blues? See Blues v Chiefs live and find out.

Posted: 2nd June 2012

On Saturday, the 2nd of June, the Blues and the Chiefs will go head to head in Auckland in the Super Rugby competition. This match is at 19:35 local time and 07:35 GMT. The Blues and the Chiefs are both part of the New Zealand Conference, and right now the Chiefs are leading the table with ten games won out of the twelve that they have played. They have two losses and no draws and fifty three points. As for the Blues, they are in the bottom spot with only two games won out of the thirteen played this season.

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The Brumbies are taking the spot at the top of the Australian Conference table, with seven wins and forty five points out of twelve games played. Meanwhile, the South African conference is led by the Stormers who have 50 points.


Tags: Super Rugby, QBE Stadium, Chiefs, Blues, Dave Rennie, Bundee Aki, Eden Park
Posted: 14th February 2015


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