WELLINGTON – Gerard Cowley-Tuioti sealed a vital win for the Blues who snapped an eight-year, 15-match winless run against the Chiefs with a 23-8 victory in Auckland on Saturday.
Cowley-Tuioti's try after the full-time hooter ensured a vital bonus point with a four tries to one performance.
It was the first time the Blues have beaten their nearest neighbours since round six in 2011.
It also ended a run of four consecutive losses, moved them ahead of the Chiefs into fourth-place in the New Zealand conference and kept alive their slim hope of making the play offs.
"It's very satisfying," an elated Blues skipper Patrick Tuipulotu said.