The Blues scored a late try to seal a win over the Highlanders in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final in Auckland on Saturday and break their 18-year title drought.
The Blues have made just one change to their starting XV, while the Highlanders have named an unchanged team for the Trans-Tasman final between the sides at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
The second of scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s two tries sparked a second-half surge as the Highlanders secured a bonus-point win against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.
The Highlanders ran in nine tries to claim a record-breaking 59-23 bonus-point win over the Waratahs in Dunedin on Saturday.
Scrumhalf Aaron Smith produced a Man of the Match performance to inspire the Highlanders to a 42-27 win against the Rebels in Sydney on Sunday.
The Highlanders’ home Trans-Tasman game against the Rebels has been moved to Sydney due to an extension of the travel pause between Melbourne and New Zealand as a result of a Covid-19 outbreak in Victoria.
Centre Scott Gregory crossed for two tries as the Highlanders trudged to a 25-15 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman win against the Western Force in Perth on Friday.
New Zealand Rugby has confirmed an investigation was launched into allegations that a current All Black was involved in an assault on a woman in Dunedin.
A faulty captain’s referral made Dane Coles the hero of the Hurricanes’ 41-22 comeback win against the Highlanders in Wellington on Friday.
Josh Ioane scored 12 points in a nine-try thriller as the Highlanders beat the Blues 35-29 in Dunedin on Friday.