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Friday 3rd March 06:35 GMT

 

The Chiefs and the Blues who both made impressive starts to the 2017 Super Rugby season, face each other on Friday in Hamilton in a New Zealand derby. The Chiefs will be defending a run of 10 successive wins against the Blues in Super Rugby at all venues. The Chiefs were handed a tough away trip to start the campaign at the Highlanders, who had won the title as recently as 2015. In the event, they came away with a solid 24-15 victory, and scored 3-0 tries to secure a bonus point as well.

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In 2016 The Chiefs lost at home in Round 2 to the Lions, after a stunning victory in Christchurch against the Crusaders in round 1. They lost just once more on home soil last season, which came against the Highlanders. When the Blues travelled to Hamilton they were beaten by 23-29. The Blues claimed a 56-18 victory in Melbourne against the Rebels to start the new season in fine style. The seven tries that the Blues posted last weekend, included a hat-trick by Reiko Ioane. As well as their defeat in Hamilton, the Blues also lost away derbies at the Crusaders 13-28 and the eventual Champions the Hurricanes by 27-37.

Posted: 8th April 2016

 

Round 7 of the 2016 Super Rugby season gets under way on Friday at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, when the table leading Chiefs host a New Zealand derby against the struggling Blues. The Chiefs laid a huge marker for the rest of the participating sides last weekend, when they travelled to Canberra to face the Brumbies, who had been so impressive in the early part of the season. Running in six tries, the Chiefs secured a bonus point win, and as a result head the table with five wins and one loss in their first six fixtures of the campaign. In the only previous derby that they have played this season, the Chiefs defeated the Crusaders in Christchurch. They have had mixed fortune in their previous games in Hamilton, suffering their only loss so far when they faced the Lions, but hammering the Force 53-10.

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The Blues registered just their second win of the season last weekend, when they faced Los Jaguares in their alternative home at Albany. The Auckland based outfit have already played three derbies in their first five matches. After squeezing a thrilling 33-31 win against the reigning Champions, the Highlanders in Auckland, they have lost to the Crusaders in Christchurch, and more narrowly to the Hurricanes 19-23 at home. If the Chiefs collect another win on Friday, as expected, it will be a tenth successive victory against the Blues. Last season, the Chiefs won by 23-16 in Hamilton, after having earlier in the season won by 23-18 in Albany.

Posted: 4th April 2015

 

The Chiefs are clear favourites to heap more misery on their New Zealand neighbours the Blues, when they face them in Hamilton on Saturday, in Round 6 of the 2015 Super Rugby season. The Chiefs are currently riding high in second place on the overall table, with five wins and two defeats to their name, while the Blues have lost all six of their fixtures to date. Although to be fair to the Blues, they have picked up four losing bonus points, which suggests that it wouldn't take much improvement or a small amount of luck to change their season around. However, a single away win in their last 19 trips away from home, against the Force in Perth in 2014, doesn't suggest that the first win of 2015 will arrive this Saturday.

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Although the Chiefs have won 10 of the last 12 home matches against other New Zealand sides, only their stunning win against the Crusaders 40-16 in Round 3, has produced a victory by more than 13 points. One of those two defeats came this season the week after their demolition of the Crusaders, when they slipped to the Highlanders 17-20. The Chiefs have won the last eight encounters between the two teams, including a 23-18 win in Albany in Round 1 of this season's tournament.

Posted: 9th May 2014

 

The Chiefs take on the Blues in an all New Zealand Super Rugby match on Friday in the most competitive of all the three conferences in this seasons tournament. The reigning Champions the Chiefs currently head the Kiwi conference, and lie in third position on the overall table, while their visitors although at the bottom of the conference are just five points behind the Chiefs, and a mere one point out of the wild card play off positions. With six rounds of matches left to play, the result is probably more vital for the Blues, who might just feel cast adrift if they lose against the Chiefs, while a loss for the Champions might be more of a hiccough to their progress towards the play-offs, than anything terminal to their hopes for the campaign.

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Both teams come into the match on the back of convincing home victories last weekend. The Chiefs scored six tries as they swept the Lions aside by 38-8. The Blues also scored a try bonus point as they thumped the hapless Reds by 44-12, giving them a second victory in two weeks over Australian sides, having beaten the Waratahs also at home the week before, and lifting them back into contention.

Posted: 30th March 2013

Saturday, March 30th, Super Rugby will continue with the Chiefs and the Blues playing at Mount Maunganui, with the match happening at 19:35 local time and 06:35 GMT. The Chiefs are the current leaders of the Super Rugby table for the New Zealand Conference. They have played five games so far this season, and even though they are the only team on the table without a bye, they still are in the top spot because they were able to win four out of the five games that they played, and have just one loss. That gives them a total of 21 points earned.

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As for the Blues, they are located on the same conference table as the Chiefs, in the number three spot. They are tied with the Crusaders who come in at second. Both teams have played four games, won two and took home a bye for 16 points.

Posted: 2nd March 2012

On Friday, the 2nd of March, Super Rugby continues with a game between the Chiefs and the Blues in Hamilton. This game will be at 19:35 local time, but if you are watching it online it is 06:35 GMT. Both the Chiefs and the Blues are in the New Zealand Conference, and although we have just started, they are currently near the bottom. The two teams have both lost the first and the only game that they have had the chance to play this season, and they have one point each. However, things will change drastically as the weeks wear on.

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Posted: 3rd March 2017


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