The Chiefs Development side started off their 2015 campaign with a spirited 22-13 lost to the Blues Development team.
It was a high paced, physical encounter which saw the Blues open the scoring with an unconverted try ten minutes into the match.
The Chiefs quickly replied with a try to hooker Quentin MacDonald, who broke away from a line out drive. First five-eighth Andrew Horrell converted the try to give the visitors the lead.
The hosts claimed the lead back with a penalty which they backed up with a converted try ten minutes later.
Simple errors crept in from both sides which resulted in continuous possession swapping and saw the Blues Development side head into the half time break 15-7 up.
The Chiefs narrowed the gap to 15-13 with two penalties by Andrew Horrell ten minutes into the second half. The Chiefs were forced down to 14 men with a yellow card and the Blues made the most of the player overlap scoring a try with ten minutes on the clock which they successfully converted.
Chiefs Development Coach Dave Dillon said “I was happy with our physicality and for a lot of our boys it was their first game of the season.”
“It was simple errors at crucial times that cost us valuable points so that is something we will focus on and our decision making needs to improve. There were still plenty of positives to take from the match and it has given us a good starting point.”
The Chiefs Development next match will be an internal fixture next Friday 27 February at Hamilton Marist Rugby Club at 6pm where they will take on a Chiefs PU’s invitational side.