Highlanders keep final hopes alive

Compelling leadership displays by halfback Aaron Smith, and his loose forward combination, helped the Highlanders to a 35–29 Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa win over the Blues in Dunedin on Friday. Smith was everywhere, upsetting the Blues at every chance and leading a strong defensive effort that nullified the attacking sorties mounted

Blues get the job done at Eden Park

It wasn't pretty but the Blues retained their second place on the Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa points table when subduing the Hurricanes to claim a 27-17 win at Eden Park on Saturday. Play rarely flowed in a scrappy encounter where the superior defence of the Blues was matched by their execution

Chiefs win absolute thriller in Hamilton

Hamilton turned up trumps for the Chiefs again when they secured a last-gasp, and famous 15-12 win over the Blues in Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa on Saturday. Fullback Damien McKenzie, who had moved up to first five-eighths for the final quarter, scored the winning try but he could thank two outstanding

Crusaders simply too good for Blues

Knowing full well that beating the Crusaders meant denying them opportunities, the Blues paid the price for a string of unforced infringements in their own 22m area in their 27-43 SKY Super Rugby Aotearoa loss in Auckland on Sunday. Much hyped, the game failed to reach the levels of quality anticipated

ROUND ONE PREVIEW: HURRICANES V BLUES (2021)

An all-new era begins for the Hurricanes against the Blues on Saturday night as Ardie Savea takes over the captaincy in his 100th match for the side. Match details: Hurricanes v Blues, Saturday 28 February, 7.05pm, Sky Stadium Referee: Paul Williams Played: 35 Won: Hurricanes 18, Blues 16, Drawn 1 Last match: Hurricanes 29, Blues