The Blues have given their slim Super Rugby finals hopes a healthy boost by beating the Cheetahs 50‑32 in Auckland.
All Blacks hopeful Rieko Ioane scored two tries and set up another.
Loose forward Steven Luatua also impressed as an all‑action blindside.
Despite the bonus‑point win, the Blues remain pinned to the bottom of the New Zealand conference but have put plenty of pressure on the fourth‑placed Highlanders ahead of their clash with the Bulls in Pretoria.
The Lions also beat the Brumbies 13-6 last night.
Tonight, the Crusaders meet the Hurricanes at 7.35pm and the Bulls meet the Highlanders at 1.05am tomorrow.Listen to the latest news on our 5 radio stations Legend FM, Viti FM, Radio Sargam, FM96 and Navtarang.