Blues show promise before succumbing to worst ever finish
The Blues threatened to build some momentum after consecutive home wins to the Crusaders (17-12) and the Reds (39-35), but their campaign ground to a shuddering halt when the Chiefs thrashed them 34-16.
The 18 point defeat was the third heaviest in the Blues’ history at the time, although an even greater one was still to come when the Brumbies thumped them 35-7. That defeat was the Blues sixth’ loss in their last seven outings, and despite winning four matches, the same as their effort in 1999, the Blues finished two standings lower on the table – 11th. This represents the worst ever finish by the Blues in the Super Rugby competition.