The Chiefs got back to winning ways when they beat the Blues 27-21 in their New Zealand Conference Super Rugby clash at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday morning.
The Chiefs took their unbeaten run against their New Zealand rivals to 13 matches, a record between two teams in the southern hemisphere competition.
In a chaotic opening stanza, both sides took it to the other but frequently came up short with errors and poor decision making, until Blues skipper Augustine Pulu crashed over the try line to give the home side the early advantage.
The Chiefs hit back with a Taleni Seu try before Damian Mckenzie squandered a conversion opportunity.The Blues applied all the pressure and it paid off when Akira Ioane brushed off Damien McKenzie’s tackle to score his third try of the season.
However, defensive errors gifted the Chiefs a second try through Sean Wainui, narrowing the Blues lead to 14-10 at half-time.
The Chiefs then shocked the Blues with two tries in two minutes shortly after the restart to take the lead for the first time in the match.
Sam Cane was first across the line before Brad Weber dashed down the wing for the second, with a penalty increasing the lead to 27-14.
The Blues then scored a consolation converted try courtesy of fly-half Bryn Gatland taking the final score to 27-21. In the Australian derby in Brisbane. It was slow paced and low scoring as usual but the Reds came out tops, beating the Brumbies 18-10.
All the Reds points were courtesy of three penalties apiece from Jono Lance and James Tuttle.
While the Brumbies 10 points came in the form of two tries, from Joe Powell and Isi Naisarani.