The Blues Under 18 teams have produced impressive performances to beat their Chiefs counterparts in two matches yesterday.
The Under 18 White team had a 25-7 victory, while the Blue team was completely dominant in a 62-0 drubbing of the Chiefs.
The Blues teams wore black arm bands are observed a minutes silence in honour of Jordan Kemp, the young Northlander who passed away last week.
Blues High Performance Manager Tony Hanks said the matches were a great way to finish the week-long development camp.
“What was very pleasing was to see how the teams came together after just one training together. It was obvious how close the players became throughout the week and the pride they had in the Blue jersey.
“The way they played together and for each other was the most impressive thing to see and they appeared to have really bought into the Blues approach of playing high tempo, positive rugby,” said Hanks.
The first match saw a closely fought first half before the Blues ran in three tries in the second spell to seal the result.
The Blues absorbed some early pressure from the Chiefs before gaining possession and receiving a penalty. Shaun Stevenson slotted the points to give the Blues a 3-0 lead after ten minutes.
Shortly after the visitors were back on attack, in good field position, but a chip kick through was neatly collected by Stevenson, before he was tackled into touch.
From the resulting line out the Chiefs were strong, Viliami Tose breaking the gain line before Jonathan Taumateine was able to bust over for the try. Matthew Lansdown converted to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead.
Late in the have the Blues were able to steal a Chiefs line out and Stevenson made a huge break down the side line. Centre Amanaki Savieti crossed the line for the points, giving the Blues a 8-7 lead into the halftime break.
The Blues lifted the intensity in the second half, putting immense pressure on the Chiefs on defence and showing flair on attack.
Lona Halaholo, who had an impressive second half, was elusive with ball in hand and scored a try in the corner after dancing through the Chiefs defenders.
The Blues targeted the same wing only minutes later, this time Halaholo played distributor, combining with Savieti to put Stevenson away in the corner.
Savieti had a hand in the Blues fourth, and final, try as well, this time making the break and offloading to Fraser Conway.
Halaholo would have thought he was in for a double on the stroke of full time, another impressive break saw him metres from the try line as he was bought down, but the stretch was just too far, losing the ball as he lunged for the line.
Blues White 25 (A Savieti, Lona Halaholo, S Stevenson, F Conway try, S Stevenson 1 pen, 1 con)
Chiefs Messam 7 (J Taumateine try, M Lansdown 1 con)
The Blues Blue team dominated the Chiefs in every facet of the match in their 62-0 victory yesterday afternoon.
The clock hadn’t even reached one minute when the Blues ran in their first of ten tries throughout the match.
Securing a turn over from their own kick off the Blues had the ball deep in the Chiefs 22. School-boy sensation Taniela Tupou was too strong from close range and powered over under the posts.
A penalty not long after put the Blues in good field position after kicking for the line out. After a number of powerful runs, lock Fin Hoeata found a gap and ran in the second try.
First five-eighths D’Angelo Leuila was in for the Blues third try only 10 minutes into the match, running a sharp line through the Chiefs defence from a 5 metre scrum.
Rieko Ioane was one of many stand out players for the Blues, he combined with Jordan Trainor down the right flank, looking destined to score but the bounce of the ball was not favourable.
When the two combined late in the half it did lead to points, Trainor showing incredible footwork through the defenders to put Ioane away for a try and the 24-0 lead
On the stroke of half time the Blues crossed for their fifth try, Sean Paranihi and Hoeata combining with Sam Nock to put the halfback away.
The Blues ran in a further five tries in the second half, Ioane opening proceedings with his second on the back of a searing burst.
While the attack was undoubtedly first class, the Blues were also very strong on defence, shutting down the Chiefs in every opportunity they received.
It was from defensive pressure that the Blues were awarded a penalty just metres from their try line.
Deciding to run it, the Blues took a quick tap. Ioane, Jonah Lowe and Daniel Lee linking in the length of the field effort, with Lowe coming away with the try.
The final three tries were scored in the closing five minutes of the game, Sam Ulufonua was strong from close range, while Jacob Iakopo and TJ Vaega were at the end of classy back line play for their five pointers.
Blues Blue 62 (R Ioane 2, T Tupou, F Hoeata, D Leuila, S Nock, S Ulufonua, J Lowe, †J Iakopo, T Vaega tries, D Leuila 3 con, J Trainor 1 con, M Wilson 2 con)†
Chiefs Latimer 0