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2003

Games Played Games Won Games Lost Games Drawn Bye Games Bonus Points Total Points Table Position
11 10 1 0 0 9 49 1st
Finals
  • Round
    Date
    Match
    Result
  • Semi
    Fri 16 May
    Crusaders v Hurricanes
    39 - 16
    12:00 a.m. Jade Stadium
  • Semi
    Sat 17 May
    Blues v Brumbies
    42 - 21
    12:00 a.m. Eden Park
  • Final
    Sat 24 May
    Blues v Crusaders
    21 - 17
    12:00 a.m. Eden Park
Draw and Results
  • Round
    Date
    Match
    Result
  • 1
    Fri 21 Feb
    Waratahs v Blues
    W 18 - 31
    7:30 p.m. Sydney Football Stadium - 27,247 in attendance

    Waratahs
    18 (Morgan Turinui, Duncan McRae tries; Matthew Burke con, 2 pen)

    Blues
    31 (Rupeni Caucaunibuca 2, Joe Rokocoko, David Gibson tries; Orene Ai'i con, 3 pen)

  • 2
    Fri 28 Feb
    Chiefs v Blues
    W 27 - 30
    7:30 p.m. Waikato Stadium

    Chiefs
    27 (Stephen Bates, Keith Lowen, David Hill tries; Glen Jackson 2 con, 2 pen, David Hill con)

    Blues
    30 (Rupeni Caucaunibuca 2, Xavier Rush, Steve Devine tries; Carlos Spencer 2 con, 2 pen)

  • 3
    Sat 8 Mar
    Blues v Crusaders
    W 39 - 5
    7:30 p.m. North Harbour Stadium

    Blues
    39 (Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Joe Rokocoko, Sam Tuitupou, Doug Howlett, Carlos Spencer tries; Spencer 3 con, 2 pen, Malili Muliaina con)

    Crusaders
    5 (Scott Robertson try)

  • 5
    Fri 21 Mar
    Reds v Blues
    W 20 - 62
    7:30 p.m. Okara Park

    Blues
    62 (Doug Howlett 2, Malili Muliaina, David Gibson, Daniel Braid, Tony Woodcock, Carlos Spencer, Sam Tuitupou, Orene Ai'i tries; Spencer 5 con, pen, Ai'i 2 pen)

  • 6
    Fri 28 Mar
    Blues v Brumbies
    W 41 - 15
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    41 (Rupeni Caucaunibuca 2, Doug Howlett, Xavier Rush tries, penalty try; Carlos Spencer 5 con, 2 pen)

    Brumbies
    15 (Matt Giteau, Joe Roff tries; Roff con, pen)

  • 7
    Fri 4 Apr
    Highlanders v Blues
    L 22 - 11
    7:30 p.m. Carisbrook

    Highlanders
    22 (Taine Randell try; Willie Walker con, 5 pen)

    Blues
    11 (Daniel Braid try; Carlos Spencer 2 pen)

  • 8
    Sat 12 Apr
    Bulls v Blues
    W 28 - 56
    7:30 p.m. Loftus Versfeld

    Blues
    56 (Doug Howlett 2, Justin Collins 2, Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Rico Gear, David Gibson, Joe Rokocoko, Orene Ai'i tries; Carlos Spencer 3 con, pen, Ai'i con)

  • 9
    Sat 19 Apr
    Stormers v Blues
    W 8 - 36
    7:30 p.m. Newlands Stadium

    Stormers
    8 (Hendrik gerber try; Leon van den Heever pen)

    Blues
    36 (Doug Howlett 2, Sam Tuitupou, Kees Meeuws tries; Carlos Spencer con, 4 pen, Orene Ai'i con)

  • 10
    Sat 26 Apr
    Blues v Sharks
    W 25 - 16
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    25 (Rico Gear 2, Derren Witcombe tries; Carlos Spencer 2 con, 2 pen)

    Sharks
    16 (AJ Venter try; Butch James con, 3 pen)

  • 11
    Fri 2 May
    Blues v Lions
    W 33 - 9
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    33 (Joe Rokocoko, Steve Devine, Malili Muliaina, Kees Meeuws, Orene Ai'i tries; Carlos Spencer 3 con, Ai'i con)

  • 12
    Fri 9 May
    Blues v Hurricanes
    W 29 - 17
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    29 (Doug Howlett 2, Sam Tuitupou, Carlos Spencer tries; Spencer 3 con, pen)

    Hurricanes
    17 (Ma'a Nonu, Tana Umaga tries; David Holwell 2 con, pen)

Coaching Staff

Peter Sloane, Bruce Robertson, Graham Henry

Manager

Sean Fitzpatrick

Captain

Xavier Rush

A sublime backline and rock solid forward pack contribute to a third Championship title in an emotionally charged final at Eden Park as the Blues defeat the Crusaders 21-17.

RUPENI CAUCAUNIBUCA - 2003 Player of the Year

Joe Rox bursts on to the scene

The Blues’ management knew they had a star in the making when All Black winger Doug Howlett was shunted to fullback to make room for Joe Rokocoko. While the Fijian-born youngster had yet to celebrate his 20th birthday when he was selected for the Super 12, his deeds for New Zealand in the Schools, Under-19 and Under-21 grades, as well as Sevens, suggested Rokocoko was a special player in the making. It took just one campaign and 13 games for Rokocoko to confirm the promise. Rokocoko went on to score six tries that season including a try 11 minutes into his debut against the Waratahs with just his first touch of the ball.

Henry returns

1996-1997 championship winning coach Graham Henry was added to the coaching staff as a technical advisor in 2003, having performed the same role for the successful Auckland side in the previous year’s NPC. He had returned from the United Kingdom in 2002, standing down from the Welsh position after a humiliating 54-10 defeat by Ireland in the Six Nations. Henry’s key responsibility for the Blues was on defence. On his watch the team improved significantly, conceding 19 tries during the preliminary phase compared with 27 the year before.

The foundations of a successful team

A key factor in the success of the Blues in 2003 was the mix of an exciting, young and dynamic backline with a world class forward pack.

A backline featuring the likes of Doug Howlett, Joe Rokocoko, the spectacular Fijian Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Rico Gear, Mils Muliaina and Carlos Spencer, was combined with bruising number 8 Xavier Rush and rising stars Ali Williams and Keven Mealamu. Such was the side’s depth that in the second spell the Blues could use from the reserves bench three All Blacks- Brad Mika, Tony Woodcock and Derren Witcombe.

Off to a flyer

The Blues started well, winning their first five matches – the best start to a campaign since the inaugural Super 12. After kicking off in Sydney with a 31-26 defeat of the Waratahs on the back of two tries from Rupeni Caucaunibuca, the Fijian flyer did it again the following week, claiming another double as the Blues overcame the Chiefs 37-30.

The real acid test came in week three in the form of defending champions the Crusaders who had stretched their unbeaten sequence to 15 matches. But that record came to a stuttering end as the Blues routed them 39-5 in a famous match at North Harbour Stadium.

Blues stride into finals

With such a powerful all-round side the Blues lost just once in the round-robin, comfortably beating the Brumbies in the semi-final and prevailing in a tense final, 21-17 against a Crusaders side also of international quality. Two tries to the Crusaders gave the visitors a 10-6 lead at half time, but the Blues took charge after the break scoring tries through Doug Howlett and Daniel Braid to lead 21-10 with just 10 minutes remaining. The Crusaders rallied and were narrowly denied twice by the desperate Blues defence before Caleb Ralph finally forced his way over. Although converted, the try came too late and the Blues held on to hand the Crusaders their first defeat in 10 semi-final or final appearances.

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