Chiefs beat Blues 29-23 in Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Blues 29-23 in Super Rugby

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 10:14 p.m. ET

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) The Chiefs retained their place at the top of the Super Rugby table but faced their stiffest test of the season Friday before emerging with a 29-23 win over the Auckland-based Blues.

The Hamilton-based Chiefs scored five tries to two but needed a 76th-minute try to All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick - returning from injury - to make the game safe and post their fifth straight win.

Leading 10-6 after an indecisive first half, the Chiefs suddenly found themselves 20-10 down when Auckland scored two tries in four minutes, through Melani Nanai and Rieko Ioane.

In keeping with their form throughout the season, the Chiefs held their composure and reclaimed the lead with tries to flyhalf Aaron Cruden and center Seta Temanivalu before Retallick made the game safe.