Luatua red costs Blues as Chiefs ease to derby win
Blues were well in the contest at 15-9 down when flanker Luatua was given his marching orders for a dangerous off-the-ball high tackle on Tim Nanai-Williams, with Hika Elliot rubbing salt in the wounds by scoring moments later.
Tana Umaga’s men faced a big enough task with a full complement, so ending their dismal record against Chiefs was always going to be a big ask with 14 men and they slumped to a first loss of the season despite a valiant effort.
— Chiefs Rugby (@ChiefsRugby) March 3, 2017
Three Ihaia West penalties put a Blues side, fresh from routing Rebels last week, 9-5 up 18 minutes in, but Damian McKenzie finished off a superb move to score Chiefs’ second try after Liam Messam crashed over early on.
Cruden converted and added a penalty before Luatua paid the price for taking out Nanai-Williams with a reckless tackle, which was soon followed by Elliot dotting down after the resulting penalty was kicked to the corner.
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