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Chiefs keep title defence alive, beat Blues 11-8 to make Super Rugby playoffs

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The Chiefs kept alive their quest for a third straight Super Rugby title when they beat the Blues 11-8 in a rain-drenched match to capture a playoffs spot in their last match of the regular season on Friday.

The win lifted the Chiefs from eighth to a temporary fourth place at the start of the final round, in which nine teams remained in contention for top-six placings.

The Blues, in ninth place and needing to win by a clear margin of 38 points to have any chance of reaching the playoffs, were assailed by a remarkable series of misfortunes, and became the first team eliminated from the race in the final weekend of the regular season.

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