The Blues really need points on the board from that attacking phase. They had about seven different cracks at the line but just couldn't break the Chiefs down.
The Chiefs absorb pressure exceptionally well. Maybe even better than the Crusaders of old..
Meanwhile, the clock slowly ticks down as we wait for another scrum. 18 minutes left and that clock is the Blues' worst enemy.
Penalty Chiefs. Blues infringing at scrum time.
Anscombe fires down field and the Chiefs are able to get out of their half for the first time in about ten minutes.
Bench Blues flanker Kane Barrett grew up the son of a Hurricane, lives in the Chiefs 'region' during the ITM Cup but plays for the Blues. Makes sense
Penalty to the Blues. Hickey will drive it down into the corner and they will go again.
Ihaia West is on for Hickey now for the Blues.
Visinia breaks away down the left but is pulled down just short of the line. The ref judges that Tim Nanai-Williams illegally helped to stop the move and his given him a yellow card.
So, Chiefs down to 14 men, 14 minutes to play and the Chiefs lead by 19.
Blues have a scrum 5m out. They need to score here.
Chiefs defending desperately, Blues still on the doorstep.
Finally they make the breakthrough. Game on?
George Moala touched down in the corner and West has just converted from wide on the left.
11 minutes to play. Chiefs are trying hard to slow the game right down now.
The Chiefs have another 5 minutes without Nanai-Williams. So important that the Blues make the most of it.
But the Chiefs have another penalty. And they are moving very slowly.
Chiefs making good progress now. They are well set 10m out from the line. Can they slam the door shut on this?
Schwalger puts his head down and burrows in, but he's just short. We're going upstairs to double check.
No try. The Blues dream is still alive, but only just.
It's been a real chaotic half. The Chiefs came screaming out of the sheds, putting early points on the board but since the 50th minute, it's really been all Blues. But the Chiefs have defended resolutely and the Blues have only managed seven points in the second half.
Blues earn a penalty at scrum time and West quickly puts a kick into touch.
Try here, somehow, to make the final 4 or so minutes interesting?
The Blues are starting an attack from inside their own 22. They need a miracle.