Super Rugby's Blues cruised to a 57-22 win against Yokohama Eagles in the Cross-Border Rugby series between teams from New Zealand and Japan on Saturday.

The Auckland-based Blues ran in nine tries to four at Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium to finish their preseason trip unbeaten against Japan Rugby League One sides after hammering Tokyo Sungoliath 43-7 last weekend.

Kubota Spears' Hiroyuki Yamasaki (L) scores a try during the second half of a Cross-Border Rugby match against New Zealand's Chiefs at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo on Feb. 10, 2024. (Kyodo)

All Blacks wing Caleb Clarke scored a hat trick of tries for the visitors, who will kick off the Super Rugby Pacific season later this month.

Luteru Laulala notched two five-pointers for Yokohama, while replacement back Masayoshi Takezawa went across late to make the final score more respectable.

The home side applied early pressure and forced the Blues to defend stoutly before Clarke swung the momentum with the opening try in the 14th minute.

Flyhalf Stephen Perofeta punished a loose Yokohama pass to score the second try for the visitors, who put a stranglehold on the game when Clarke went over again for a 26-0 lead in the 35th minute.

Despite two lopsided wins for his team, Clarke was complimentary of the quality of Japanese rugby.

"I think it's a special game here (in Japan), so physical and so much skill," Clarke said. "The game is growing here and I'm just very happy to come across and play some rugby."

In the fourth and final match of the Cross-Border series, the touring Chiefs held on for a 35-30 victory over League One champions Kubota Spears.

Having trailed virtually the entire match, Spears had a shot at victory in the final moments after Hiroyuki Yamasaki crossed and Yuhei Shimada kicked the conversion with three minutes left at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.

Current League One leaders Saitama Wild Knights were the only Japanese side to win against the visiting New Zealand teams, beating the Waikato-based Chiefs 38-14 last Sunday.

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