All Blacks star Rieko Ioane was at the centre of a fabulous strike play for the Blues in the opening minutes of Saturday’s clash with the Chiefs.
The Blues had an attacking scrum inside the Chiefs’ half and scored a beautiful try off first phase at Eden Park to give them an early lead.
Magic hands by Rieko Ioane
— Ottavio Arenella (@OttavioArenella) July 26, 2020
Ioane has been so good at 13🔥🔥
— Vuyo (@dyan__carter) July 26, 2020
Despite TJ Faiane overrunning the decoy line, the ball found its way to Beauden Barrett who gave an early ball to Ioane in midfield. Ioane then gave a wonderful no-look pass to full back Matt Duffie who ran a lovely line to slice through the defensive line and score the first points of the match.
This early try helped the Blues to a 21-17 win in Auckland meaning they’re now four from six in Super Rugby Aotearoa. Duffie’s try plus full match highlights are available below: