Blues face bumpy ride on road to first ever title
Though the Blues comfortably won the final over Natal 46-25, played on a Sunday afternoon late in May before an Eden Park crowd of 46,000, the side suffered a few speed-bumps on the way. In the round-robin there were away losses to the Brumbies, the Queensland Reds and Transvaal.
Indeed, making the final was a closely run thing. The Blues were hammered 51-13 by the Reds, who went on to top the round-robin, and needed a win over Natal in the last qualifying match to ensure a top four spot. This game was in Durban and had been preceded the week before by the loss to Transvaal. So the odds against the Blues were considerable, but in a dramatic contest the side showed commendable character to snatch a late win 23-20. So while the history records show the Blues won the inaugural Super 12 on home turf against the Natal Sharks, Blues captain Zinzan Brooke remains convinced that the real final was played two weeks before.