Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Manawa too tough for Blues

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The match between Chiefs Manawa and the Blues Women drew a large crowd to Bell Park in Pakuranga on Saturday. Times photo Wayne Martin

Chiefs Manawa dominated in its match against the Blues Women’s in Round 2 of Super Rugby Aupiki at Bell Park on Saturday.

The Chiefs ruled the first half with legend Ruby Tui opening up the scoring with a gritty try in the corner in the sixth minute.

Black Fern star Grace Steinmetz pushed through for well-earned try in the 13th minute for the Chiefs.

A conversion put the Manawa at 12-0, which remained that way at half time.

The Blues Women came out hard in the second half with much better attacks before Tafito Lafaele went over to put the Blues on the board after 3 minutes.

Mel Puckett scored not too long after to put the Blues Women at 12-10.

A kick up-field by the Manawa was swatted back in by the Blues but an ugly bounce rewarded the Chief’s Grace Kukutai chase with a try to put the visitors up 17-10, the final result.

A Blues try three minutes from the end was disallowed because of knock-on.

The Blues are at Bell Park again this weekend against Hurricanes Poua with kick off at 2.05pm.

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