Blues v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview – round seven

Blues v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview – round seven

It’s only round seven, but this weekend’s clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin could very well be the match that defines our 2017 Investec Super Rugby season.

The Blues are currently sitting in eighth place at the time of writing, precariously positioned in the final playoffs spot and just one point ahead of the Highlanders. A win for us will help cement our position as playoff contenders, but a loss will see our opponent leap-frog into the playoff picture at our expense.

If that happens, it could be difficult – but certainly not impossible – to catch them back up, making bonus-point wins so much more important as the season progresses. So there’ll be much more than just revenge on offer for the heartbreaking 12-16 home loss against the Highlanders back in round three.

Form guide

As you already know, the Blues come into this match following back-to-back home victories against the Bulls at QBE Stadium, and the Western Force last week at Eden Park. Meanwhile, the Highlanders came from behind to beat the Brumbies in Canberra, and then smashed the Rebels last week at home.

It’s fair to say that our team, while showing flashes of brilliance this season, are still searching for the perfect 80-minute performance. While the injury-depleted Highlanders have also been far from consistent this season.

So it’s with bated breath that we await the 7:35pm kick off time, this Saturday 8 April at Forsyth Barr stadium in Dunedin.

Previous matches

1996: Blues 51-29 at Pukekohe

1997: Blues 45-28 at Dunedin

1998: Blues 41-22 at Auckland

Blues 37-31 at Auckland (semi-final)

1999: Highlanders 19-13 at Dunedin

2000: Blues 26-16 at Auckland

2001: Highlanders 23-8 at Dunedin

2002: Highlanders 20-13 at Auckland

2003: Highlanders 22-11 at Dunedin

2004: Blues 50-22 at Auckland

2005: Blues 30-14 at Dunedin

2006: Highlanders 25-13 at Dunedin

2007: Blues 28-9 at Auckland

2008: Blues 40-15 at Dunedin

2009: Blues 26-6 at Auckland

2010: Blues 19-15 at Dunedin

2011: Blues 15-10 at Dunedin

Blues 33-16 at Auckland

2012: Highlanders 30-27 at Dunedin

Highlanders 27-20 at Auckland

2013: Blues 29-18 at Auckland

Highlanders 38-28 at Dunedin

2014: Highlanders 29-21 at Dunedin

Blues 30-12 at Auckland

2015: Highlanders 30-24 at Dunedin

Highlanders 44-7 at Auckland

2016: Blues 33-31 at Auckland

2017: Highlanders 16-12 at Auckland