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2004

Games Played Games Won Games Lost Games Drawn Bye Games Bonus Points Total Points Table Position
11 6 4 1 0 6 32 5th
Finals
  • Round
    Date
    Match
    Result
  • Semi
    Sat 15 May
    Crusaders v Stormers
    27 - 16
    12:00 a.m. Jade Stadium
  • Semi
    Sat 15 May
    Brumbies v Chiefs
    32 - 17
    12:00 a.m. Canberra Stadium
  • Final
    Sat 22 May
    Brumbies v Crusaders
    47 - 38
    12:00 a.m. Canberra Stadium
Draw and Results
  • Round
    Date
    Match
    Result
  • 1
    Sat 21 Feb
    Brumbies v Blues
    L 44 - 27
    7:30 p.m. Canberra Stadium

    Brumbies
    44 (Owen Finegan, Stirling Mortlock, Stephen Larkham, Jeremy Paul, Matt Giteau tries; Joe Roff 4 con, 2 pen, Giteau con, pen)

    Blues
    27 (Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Keven Mealamu, Carlos Spencer tries; Spencer 3 con, 2 pen)

  • 2
    Fri 27 Feb
    Crusaders v Blues
    W 29 - 38
    7:30 p.m. Jade Stadium

    Crusaders
    29 (Reuben Thorne, Ben Blair, Daniel Carter tries; Blair con, 4 pen)

    Blues
    38 (Rupeni Caucaunibuca 3, Carlos Spencer 2, Malili Muliaina tries; Spencer 4 con)

  • 3
    Fri 5 Mar
    Blues v Chiefs
    L 20 - 27
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    20 (Doug Howlett 2 tries; Carlos Spencer 2 con, pen, Ben Atiga pen)

    Chiefs
    27 (Keith Lowen, Michael Collins, Sione Lauaki tries; David Hill 3 con, 2 pen)

  • 4
    Fri 12 Mar
    Reds v Blues
    L 20 - 3
    7:30 p.m. Ballymore

    Reds
    20 (Chris Latham 2, Wendell Sailor tries; Steve Kefu con, Todd Feather pen)

    Blues
    3 (Ben Atiga pen)

  • 6
    Fri 26 Mar
    Hurricanes v Blues
    D 26 - 26
    7:30 p.m. Westpac Stadium

    Hurricanes
    26 (Tane Tu'ipulotu, Roy Kinikinilau tries; David Holwell con, 4 pen, Piri Weepu con)

    Blues
    26 (Brad Mika, Xavier Rush, Rupeni Caucaunibuca tries; Ben Atiga con, 3 pen)

  • 7
    Sun 4 Apr
    Blues v Waratahs
    W 22 - 17
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    22 (Joe Rokocoko 2, Ben Atiga tries; Carlos Spencer 2 con, pen)

    Waratahs
    17 (Matthew Burke, Adam Freier tries; Burke 2 con, pen)

  • 8
    Fri 9 Apr
    Blues v Bulls
    W 56 - 19
    7:30 p.m. North Harbour Stadium

    Blues
    56 (Sam Tuitupou 2, Joe Rokocoko 2, David Gibson, Ben Atiga, Derren Witcombe, Ali Williams, Carlos Spencer tries; Spencer 4 con, pen)

    Bulls
    19 (Ettienne Botha, Jacques Cronje, Victor Matfield tries; Derrick Hougaard 2 con)

  • 9
    Fri 16 Apr
    Blues v Stormers
    L 23 - 51
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    23 (Orene Ai'i, Doug Howlett, Rico Gear tries; Ben Atiga pen, Carlos Spencer pen)

    Stormers
    51 (Tonderai Chavanga 2, Adri Badenhorst, Neil de Kock, Werner Greef, Marius Joubert, Daan Human tries; Gaffie du Toit 2 con, dropped goal)

  • 10
    Sat 24 Apr
    Lions v Blues
    W 28 - 35
    7:30 p.m. Ellis Park

    Lions
    28 (Gerrie Britz, Anton Pitout, Jorrie Muller; Andre Pretorius 2 con, 3 pen)

    Blues
    35 (Doug Howlett 2, Sam Tuitupou, Angus MacDonald tries; Luke McAlister 3 con, 3 pen)

  • 11
    Fri 30 Apr
    Sharks v Blues
    W 26 - 37
    7:30 p.m. ABSA Stadium

    Sharks
    26 (Brent Russell, Butch James tries; James 2 con, 4 pen)

    Blues
    37 (Andrew Fulton, Sam Tuitupou, Derren Witcombe, Malili Muliaina tries; Carlos Spencer 4 con, 3 pen)

  • 12
    Sat 8 May
    Blues v Highlanders
    W 50 - 22
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    55 (Doug Howlett 2, Kees Meeuws 2, Malili Muliaina, Justin Collins, Rico Gear tries; Carlos Spencer 4 con, pen, Ben Atiga 2 con)

    Highlanders
    22 (Neil Brew, Glen Horton, Matt Saunders tries; Tony Brown 2 con, pen)

Coaching Staff

Peter Sloane, Bruce Robertson, Grant Fox

Manager

Ant Strachan

Captain

Xavier Rush

A slow start to the season compounded by injuries to key players sees the Blues just miss out on the semi-finals, finishing fifth.

JOE ROKOCOKO - 2004 Player of the Year

Blues fail to replicate success

Since 2003 the Blues’ successes, as current Chief executive Andy Dalton ruefully agrees, have been below expectations. Many of the reasons are complex and varied and it has not been as if the franchise has lacked quality players or diligent management.

This is not an explanation advanced by Dalton or any other official, but it is possible the Blues have been victims of their own success, and even that of the great Auckland 1980-90s era. When the Super 12 started much of Auckland’s best talent, at the behest of the New Zealand Rugby Union, was relocated through the introduction of a draft system.

Still, there is no denying that the Blues’ record over the past decade has not reached the expectations that Aucklanders became so used to in the glorious 1980s and 90s. Andy Dalton, chief executive of the Auckland union and the Blues, agrees that charges of under-performing are “fair comment”.

Injuries rock the Blues campaign

An injury ravaged campaign saw just two players start every game, and although the Blues began to get players back towards the end of the season, by that stage they had too many points to make up as the competition got away from them.

The Blues lost three of their opening four matches of the season but rallied to draw with the Hurricanes before defeating the Waratahs and Bulls at home.

Stormers end Blues season

The crucial end to their campaign came when they faced the Stormers at Eden Park. During a ferocious opening spell, the Stormers destroyed any confidence the defending champions had built up, with five tries and a 36-11 half time score the Blues were never going to overhaul. Three second half tries completed the destruction, which ultimately denied the Blues the opportunity to defend their crown in the playoffs, even though they recovered from the mauling to claim maximum points from the final three rounds.

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