Our Blues will have a massive challenge on their hands when they meet the reigning Super Rugby champions at Eden Park on Saturday night.
Desperate to get back on track after a cruel loss against the Highlanders in Dunedin last weekend, our team will be looking to bounce back with a crucial victory against one of the hottest attacking sides in the competition.
That’ll be no mean feat. No team has scored more points, or more tries in the competition so far this year than the Hurricanes, who boast the top three most prolific try scorers – Vince Aso and Ngani Laumape have scored seven tries each, and Julian Savea has five.
In comparison, the Blues currently rank fifth overall for number of tries scored with 25. Our most prolific scorers this season have been Rieko Ioane and Matt Duffie, who have four each.
Form going into this match
The Hurricanes were made to work hard for their 38-28 win over the Waratahs last weekend, despite leading 33-7 at halftime. The Australian side managed to claw its way back into the match by holding onto the ball and shifting it wide – effectively playing the Hurricanes at their own game.
Fortunately for us, that’s exactly the style of rugby that the Blues like to play. Last weekend our team just couldn’t defend its seven-point lead at halftime, as the Highlanders clawed back the deficit and managed to repel multiples waves of attack.
To be fair, we were our own worst enemies at times as handling errors began to creep into our game. Expect to see a concerted effort to make less mistakes this weekend against the Hurricanes.
1996: Blues 36-28 at Palmerston North
1997: Blues 45-42 at Auckland
1998: Blues 45-34 at Wellington
1999: Blues 23-7 at Auckland
2000: Blues 25-14 at Wellington
2001: Blues 36-17 at Auckland
2002: Blues 60-7 at Wellington
2003: Blues 29-17 at Auckland
2004: Drawn 26-26 at Wellington
2005: Hurricanes 22-10 at Auckland
2006: Hurricanes 37-19 at Auckland
2007: Hurricanes 23-22 at Wellington
2008: Blues 19-17 at Auckland
2009: Hurricanes 45-27 at Wellington
2010: Hurricanes 34-20 at Albany
2011: Blues 41-17 at Auckland
Blues 17-11 at Wellington
2012: Hurricanes 26-25 at Auckland
Hurricanes 35-19 at Wellington
2013: Blues 34-20 at Wellington
Blues 28-6 at Auckland
2014: Hurricanes 39-20 at Wellington
Blues 37-24 at Auckland
2015: Hurricanes 30-23 at Palmerston North
Hurricanes 29-5 at Auckland
2016: Hurricanes 23-19 at Auckland
Hurricanes 37-27 at Wellington
Matches: 27. Blues 14 wins, Hurricanes 12, drawn 1.
Highest scores: Blues 60 at Wellington 2002; Hurricanes 45 at Wellington 2009.
Biggest winning margins: Blues 53 (60-7) at Wellington 2002; Hurricanes 24 (29-5) at Auckland 2014.