Howlett gets Blues off to perfect start before season falters
The Blues opened the season in emphatic fashion, thrashing the Hurricanes 60-7, a night on which Doug Howlett became the first of two Blues players in the season to score four tries in one night. Malili Muliaina went on to emulate the feat two months later against the Bulls as the Blues tore apart their South African counterparts 65-24.
Another highlight of the season was their 22-20 victory over the Waratahs which put an end to the Sydney based franchise’s five match unbeaten streak. But three losses in the Blues’ final six games was a disappointing finish to the season as the Blues dropped to sixth on the ladder.