Chiefs Beat Blues With Another Impressive Performance

Five tries helped the Chiefs to a deserving 29-23 win over the Blues in the Battle of the Bombays.

Aaron Cruden and Shaun Stevenson scored tries with their pace and by being able to draw in defenders, leaving Damian McKenzie to come through with crucial points off the boot when it really mattered.

Mitchell Graham scored his first try in Super Rugby, and Seta Tamanivalu showed his worth in the midfield with a try from pure strength close to the line.

The Blues toiled away all game long and threw everything at a Chiefs defense that proved to be too superior.

What is remarkable is that the Chiefs, despite all their travel, again proved that their fitness, undeniably, sets the standard in Super Rugby this year. Scoring four tries in total, their physicality on defense shut down a Blues side that didn’t kick for territory and rather tried a too direct approach.

The Blues scored two tries, and were in a position to win the game with a ten-point lead before the Chiefs came storming back with three tries in the second half. Continue reading Chiefs Beat Blues With Another Impressive Performance

Dominic Bird To Start For Chiefs

All Black lock Dominic Bird will make his debut for the Chiefs against the Blues as Chiefs coach Dave Rennie makes five changes.

The experienced lock has been nursing a fractured foot that has seen him miss the opening six rounds of Super Rugby. During that time, Bird has remained a key figure off the field by helping the Chiefs improve their lineout with valuable advice.

Bird could have returned last week against the Brumbies but another few days training has seen him catapulted into the Chiefs starting line-up. Continue reading Dominic Bird To Start For Chiefs