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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Classic Encounters - The Blues vs Chiefs thriller in North Harbour

The Chiefs and the Blues, on opposite ends of the Super Rugby table, produced a thriller on the weekend, one of the best games of the year. It went back at forth throughout, but ended 41-34 to the visitors after their speedy winger scored his fourth try.

Chiefs flyer Asaeli Tikoirotuma stole the show with a hat-trick, and one extra for good measure. He equalled the individual try-scoring record for a Super Rugby match.

The Blues' dynamic Rene Ranger was unlucky to be on the losing side after he scored one of the individual tries of the season, and helped create another. While he's not a regular All Black, he does things on the rugby field that very few others can.

The game was tied at 20-20 at halftime and the same pattern continued in the second period, but the late try by Tikoirotuma sealed it, bringing a relieved smile to captain Liam Messam's face.

"We are definitely happy with the five points. They were hard earned. It was a tough game and full credit to the Blues they really took it to us," he said. 

There were a number of tries that could have been featured here on their own, with two of Tikoirotuma's in particular being of the highest standard, and Rangers effort worthy of it's own post too. For now though we'll get these highlights up so you can see all the action for yourself.

The Blues picked up two points, but the Chiefs remain top of the table at the mid-season break.

Posted at 9:49 am | 18 comments

Posted in Great Tries, See it to Believe it

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JohnnyCymru June 06, 2012 10:57 am

the try the chiefs score at 2.45 has to be one of the best of all time, epic stuff, Chiefs for the S15 title

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Ron_Mexico June 06, 2012 6:46 pm

Straight out of the Carlos Spencer playbook, it seems. great stuff

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lynam June 06, 2012 11:18 am

The one game I deiced to give a miss... I honestly thought this would be a walk over for the chiefs.

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Wrong June 06, 2012 12:44 pm

wouldn't see a match like this in the Aviva.

Also if people continue to brand decent tries as "one of the best of all time" or like i saw on a video the other day "the best try of the decade" (when we are only 2 years into this decade) when a truly special try does come along then it wont have nearly as much impact if people continue to say such things over any try.

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Guest4565 June 06, 2012 1:13 pm

The Aviva?! Never heard of it. ;)

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Alasdair June 06, 2012 1:04 pm

thes white card thing is ridiculous. The referee doesn't take any risks...i

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bigoullexy June 17, 2012 9:50 pm

I completely agree, every card in the super rugby seems to be followed by a yellow. If there is seriously dangerous play during a game then a citing officer can pick up by themselves. They don't need the referee to bombard them with every rough tackle or scrap.

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paimoe June 06, 2012 2:31 pm

Kinda shows that the Blues would have been much much better had Wulf and Ranger not been injured. Even better if Mealamu and Kaino were still there to bring some order.

Unfortunately Nonu and Weepu decided to suck this season.

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TechnoMouse June 06, 2012 2:37 pm

I found myself making sex noises throughout much of this clip... some glorious moves.

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Fettsack June 06, 2012 2:45 pm

Great game! Just from theses 5 minutes I can tell Ranger played a great game, Tikoirotuma too obviously!
Also, from multiple super 15 highlights I'm under the impression that Aaron Cruden is in a great season.
I think the Chief's n5 was really stupid to start a fight, especially at this point in the game, while he was in the bin the Blues scored twice and put themselves back in the game.

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Pretzel June 06, 2012 6:40 pm

I detest the use of the white card... what is the point in punishing a player after the game... the aim in yellow/red cards are to punish not only the offending player, but also his team... last time I checked rugby was still a team sport, white cards are a cop out..

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RugbyinHolland June 06, 2012 8:09 pm

Watching a game like that you've got to think Ireland is in for a tough series. I am sorry but Super Rugby is light years ahead of anything played in the NH (and that includes the H Cup).

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LB June 06, 2012 10:48 pm

I don't have a problem with the principle of the white card here, though it does seem a little convoluted. The red/yellow should come with an automatic post match investigation with the white being reserved for occasions where the ref knows somethings gone on but can't pinpoint.

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Pretzel June 07, 2012 12:25 am

But does it mean that if the referee does not show a white card then the citing commissioner ignores the whole incident?

The whole fight that broke out a week or so ago was put on a white card, wouldn't the citing commissioner have had a look regardless of whether it was on the white card or not..?

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VivaLaBasque June 07, 2012 12:48 am

What a cracker! One of the best games in Super Rugby 2012. And despite the loss, best game by the Blues in a while

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Canadian content August 11, 2012 2:47 am

Ranger is deadly, I'd have him in my side.

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