As he has did on numerous occasions throughout his decorated rugby career, Blues star Doug Howlett walked from the field on Saturday 31 March 2007 with a smile on his face after guiding his side to yet another victory – and breaking a try-scoring record that still hasn’t been beaten.
Squaring off against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, the match looked set for a tense finish until Howlett, charging out on the wing, put the Blues ahead by seven-points with a sizzling try in the corner.
And, having equalled former Brumbies wing Joe Roff’s long-standing try-scoring record of 57 Rebel Sport Super 14 tries several weeks before at Eden Park, Howlett’s touchdown not only sealed victory for the Blues but also made him the competition’s highest try-scorer.
He said after the match: “I’m obviously pretty happy. Firstly, for the win tonight and then also to go outright with the tries.
“They were made to be broken, these records, so I’ll enjoy it while I can. For the team, I’m pretty happy.”
Howlett, who played 97 times for the Blues, added once more to his try-scoring tally before leaving to join Irish club Munster in 2007. His record 59 tries still stands as the most scored by a player in Super Rugby.
Check out his record-breaking try against the Chiefs: