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1996

Games Played Games Won Games Lost Games Drawn Bye Games Bonus Points Total Points Table Position
11 8 3 0 0 9 41 1st
Finals
  • Round
    Date
    Match
    Result
  • Semi
    Sat 18 May
    Reds v Sharks
    25 - 43
    12:00 a.m. Ballymore Stadium
  • Semi
    Sun 19 May
    Blues v Bulls
    48 - 11
    12:00 a.m. Eden Park
  • Final
    Sat 25 May
    Blues v Sharks
    45 - 21
    12:00 a.m. Eden Park
Draw and Results
  • Round
    Date
    Match
    Result
  • 1
    Fri 1 Mar
    Hurricanes v Blues
    W 28 - 36
    7:30 p.m. Showgrounds

    Hurricanes
    28 (Alama Ieremia; James Cameron 7 pen, con)

    Blues
    36 (Andrew Blowers, Eroni Clarke, Ofisa Tonu'u, Carlos Spencer, Craig Dowd tries; Zinzan Brooke con; Greg Cooper pen)

  • 2
    Sun 10 Mar
    Crusaders v Blues
    W 18 - 49
    7:30 p.m. Lancaster Park

    Blues
    49 (Andrew Blowers 2, Lee Stensness, Jonah Lomu, Charles Riechelmann, Waisake Sotutu, Errol Bain tries, penalty try; Carlos Spencer 3 con, pen)

  • 3
    Fri 15 Mar
    Brumbies v Blues
    L 40 - 34
    7:30 p.m. Bruce Stadium

    Brumbies
    40 (Ipolito Fenukitau 2, Joe Roff, Troy Coker, Owen Finegan tries; Adam Friend 3 con, 3 pen)

    Blues
    34 (Joeli Vidiri 2, Eroni Clarke, Jonah Lomu, Chris Rose tries; Carlos Spencer 3 con, pen)

  • 5
    Sat 27 Mar
    Blues v Stormers
    W 48 - 30
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    48 (Eroni Clarke, Andrew Blowers, Carlos Spencer, Michael Jones, Richard Fromont tries; Carlos Spencer 3 con, 3 pen, dropped goal)

    Stormers
    30 (Simon Berridge, Tinus Linee, Corne Krige tries; Joel Stransky 3 con, 3 pen)

  • 6
    Tue 2 Apr
    Blues v Highlanders
    W 51 - 29
    7:30 p.m. Growers Stadium

    Blues
    51 (Jarrod Cunningham 2, Andrew Blowers 2, James Kerr, Eroni Clarke, Dylan Mika tries; Carlos Spencer 4 con, 2 pen)

    Highlanders
    29 (Matthew Cooper, George Leaupepe, Brett McCormack tries, penalty try;

  • 7
    Wed 7 Apr
    Blues v Bulls
    W 30 - 26
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    30 (Jonah Lomu 2, Lee Stensness, Andrew Blowers tries; Carlos Spencer 2 con, 2 pen)

    Bulls
    26 (Dawie du Toit, Lance Sherrell, Frikkie Bosman tries; Lance Sherrell con, 3 pen)

  • 8
    Sat 20 Apr
    Blues v Chiefs
    W 39 - 31
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    39 (Joeli Vidiri, Jonah Lomu, Ofisa Tonu'u, Zinzan Brooke tries, penalty try; Carlos Spencer 3 con, pen; Adrian Cashmore pen)

    Chiefs
    31 (Eric Rush, Paul Mitchell tries, penalty try; Ian Foster 2 con, 4 pen)

  • 9
    Mon 26 Apr
    Reds v Blues
    L 51 - 13
    7:30 p.m. Ballymore Stadium

    Reds
    51 (Garrick Morgan 2, Damian Smith, Jason Little, Ben Tune, Mark Connors, Toutai Kefu tries; John Eales 5 con, 2 pen)

    Blues
    13 (Adrian Cashmore, Olo Brown tries; Adrian Cashmore pen)

  • 10
    Wed 1 May
    Blues v Waratahs
    W 56 - 44
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    56 (Joeli Vidiri 3, Eroni Clarke, Ofisa Tonu'u, Zinzan Brooke, Olo Brown tries, penalty try; Adrian Cashmore 5 con, 2 pen)

    Waratahs
    44 (Alistair Murdoch, David Campese, Anthony Ekert, Daniel Manu, Warwick Waugh, Andrew Blades tries; Matthew Burke 4 con 2 pen)

  • 11
    Tue 7 May
    Lions v Blues
    L 34 - 22
    7:30 p.m. Ellis Park

    Lions
    34 (Johan Roux, Ian MacDonald, Francois Pienaar, Joe Gillingham tries; Gavin Lawless 4 con, 2 pen)

    Blues
    22 (Joeli Vidiri 2 tries, penalty try; Adrian Cashmore 2 con, pen

  • 12
    Sun 12 May
    Sharks v Blues
    W 23 - 30
    7:30 p.m. ABSA Stadium

    Sharks
    23 (James Small try, penalty try; Henry Honiball 2 con, 3 pen)

    Blues
    30 (Eroni Clarke, Adrian Cashmore tries, penalty try; Adrian Cashmore 3 pen)

Coaching Staff

Graham Henry, Mac McCallion

Manager

Rex Davy

Captain

Zinzan Brooke

Zinzan Brooke lifts the inaugural Super 12 trophy as the Blues down Natal 46-25 in the final at Eden Park.

JOELI VIRIDI - 1996 Player of the Year

Blues play in first ever Super Rugby match

Considering that Auckland sides in the epic shield era of 1985-93 had probably done more to hasten the advent of professionalism than anyone else, it was fitting that the Blues were involved in the first official professional game in this country. This was in Palmerston North against the Hurricanes and was won by the Blues, thanks to a late try, 36-28.

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.

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