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Friday 26th February 06:35 GMT

 

Super Rugby 2016 gets under way on Friday at Eden Park in Auckland, with the Blues playing host to the reigning Champions the Highlanders. The Blues will be looking for an improvement on their efforts in 2015, which in reality will not require much in the way of results. Last season, they had to wait until Round 9 to record their first win, and finished the season with just three victories in the 16 fixtures they played.

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Only the Perth based Western Force finished below them in the overall table. The three wins they did managed, were all recorded at Eden Park, against the Brumbies, the Force and the Bulls. The Highlanders completed a season double against the Blues in 2015, including a 44-7 win at Eden Park, when they outscored their hosts by 7-1 tries.

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They may be the defending Champions, but the Highlanders had to battle the hard way to take the title. During the regular season they managed 11 wins to set alongside 5 defeats. Runners up spot in the New Zealand Conference, mean that had to beat the Chiefs in a play-off eliminator, before travelling to Sydney where they saw off the Waratahs, and then fellow countrymen, the Hurricanes in the final.

Posted: 12th June 2015

 

The Blues complete a disappointing Super Rugby season, when they take on the Highlanders in a New Zealand derby in Auckland on Friday. The Blues remain second from bottom of the overall table, with just three wins during 2015, following last week's 11-34 reverse in Auckland, against their great rivals from the South Island, the Crusaders. None of the three wins that the Blues have managed to register during the current campaign have come against other New Zealand sides. All seven derby matches so far, have ended in defeat.

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The Highlanders rested a number of key players last weekend for their trip to the table topping Hurricanes, with their own play-off place assured, and duly went down to a 20-56 defeat. If the Highlanders can heap more misery on the Blues, they could clinch a home match in the first play-off round, depending on how the Chiefs and the Hurricanes finish on Saturday.

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The teams met previously in Round 10 this season, in Dunedin, with the Highlanders clinching the points with a 30-24 win, that saw them outscore their visitors by 4-3 tries. However, on home territory in Super Rugby, the Blues have certainly held the whip hand over the years, with 10 wins from 12 contests.

Posted: 26th May 2012

 

On Saturday, the 26th of May, the Blues and the Highlanders will get together in Auckland, New Zealand for a game at 19:35 local time and 07:35GMT in the Super Rugby Competition. The Blues are the fourteenth team in the Super Rugby standings. The only team lower than them on the table are the Lions who have fourteen points. The Blues have sixteen points right now after winning just two games so far this season. They have ten losses and no draws, and the team right above them on the table is Western Force.

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We find the Highlanders in seventh place at the moment. They have played twelve games so far, and have won eight of them, with the other four being losses. Their current point total is thirty nine.


Tags: Blues, Eden Park, Highlanders, Super Rugby
Posted: 26th February 2016


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