Chiefs set Super Rugby record

03 March 2018 07:34:55 EST

The Chiefs battled bravely to keep their winning run over the Blues intact as they claimed a 27-21 victory at Eden Park.

They've now gone 13 straight games undefeated against their rivals - a record for one franchise over another in Super Rugby. The Blues extended their own unwanted streak and have now gone 13 games in a row without a win over a fellow New Zealand side.

The Chiefs, already without 15 players on their injured list, lost two more before kick-off. All Black lock Brodie Retallick was ruled out with an eye injury from the training paddock while full back Shaun Stevenson suffered a leg injury in the warm-up.

They had to reshuffle at the last minute, bringing in Tiaan Falcon for his first start at first five-eighths.

The Waikato side hung in the contest through the first 40 minutes and then made their winning move with a burst of 17 unanswered points early in the second half.

Skipper Auggie Pulu powered over a trio of bodies to score the first points for the Blues inside the opening 10 minutes, following a James Parsons break.

The Chiefs responded quickly when No 8 Teleni Seu scored a try off the back of the scrum, but the home side scored again through back-rower Akira Ioane to go 14-5 ahead.

Winger Sean Wainui produced a crisp finish down the left touchline to grab the Chiefs' second try before the break.

The visitors took command when they scored two tries in the first 16 minutes of the second half.

First Mitchell Brown went over from a driving maul, then Brad Weber raced 50m to score after Melani Nanai had dropped the ball in a Blues attack.

Bryn Gatland scored and converted his own try when he steamed through the inside channel to set up a grandstand finish but the Blues couldn't get any closer.

Meanwhile, Australia are 12/1 to win the 2019 World Cup and New Zealand can be backed at 11/10.

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