The Blues enjoyed a strong set-piece effort but were penalised for their mistakes going down to the Chiefs 41-20 at Toll Stadium in Whangarei.
The Blues, in their first hitout of the Investec Super Rugby season, changed their entire team at halftime.
The Chiefs managed six tries to two for theBlues.
Blues coach Sir John Kirwan said it proved an important first game for his side.
“I thought the set piece was really good and we competed well there. It was a great hit out and everyone played which is what we wanted to achieve,” said Kirwan.
“There were some good learnings as well. We have to execute properly and cut out our errors or we will be punished by turnovers.
“We are pleased with that hit out and we know where we are and what we have to work on.
“Tonight was more about trying to execute our plan which we did at times but at other times we were shoddy and a bit lax and we got punished for our errors. They are things we can and will fix.”
The only injury concern was a toe injury to Dan Bowden that the medical team will evaluate tomorrow.
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