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2006

Games Played Games Won Games Lost Games Drawn Bye Games Bonus Points Total Points Table Position
13 6 7 0 0 5 29 8th
Finals
  • Round
    Date
    Match
    Result
  • Semi
    Fri 19 May
    Hurricanes v Waratahs
    16 - 14
    12:00 a.m. Westpac Stadium
  • Semi
    Sat 20 May
    Crusaders v Bulls
    35 - 15
    12:00 a.m. Jade Stadium
  • Final
    Sat 27 May
    Crusaders v Hurricanes
    19 - 12
    12:00 a.m. Jade Stadium
Draw and Results
  • Round
    Date
    Match
    Result
  • 1
    Fri 10 Feb
    Blues v Hurricanes
    L 19 - 37
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park - 35,200 in attendance

    Blues
    19 (Ben Atiga try; Luke McAlister con, 4 pen)

    Hurricanes
    37 (Lome Fa'atau 2, Tana Umaga, Ma'a Nonu, Jerry Collins tries; Jimmy Gopperth 2 con, pen, David Holwell pen)

  • 2
    Fri 17 Feb
    Highlanders v Blues
    L 25 - 13
    7:30 p.m. Carisbrook - 17,000 in attendance

    Highlanders
    25 (Tom Donnelly, Vilimoni Delasau, Roy Kinikinilau tries; Nick Evans 2 con, 2 pen)

    Blues
    13 (Nick Williams try; Luke McAlister con, Tasesa Lavea 2 pen)

  • 3
    Sat 25 Feb
    Reds v Blues
    W 20 - 21
    7:30 p.m. Suncorp Stadium - 21,145 in attendance

    Reds
    20 (Berrick Barnes try; Elton Flatley con, Chris Latham dropped goal)

    Blues
    21 (Rua Tipoki, Doug Howlett tries; Tasesa Lavea con, pen, Isa Nacewa 2 pen)

  • 4
    Sat 4 Mar
    Crusaders v Blues
    L 39 - 10
    7:30 p.m. Jade Stadium

    Crusaders
    39 (Richie McCaw 2, Johnny Leo'o tries; Daniel Carter 2 con, 6 pen, Cameron McIntyre con)

    Blues
    10 (Doug Howlett try; Isa Nacewa con, pen)

  • 6
    Sat 18 Mar
    Blues v Brumbies
    W 26 - 15
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    26 (Troy Flavell, Anthony Tuitavake, Isa Nacewa tries; Nacewa con, 3 pen)

    Brumbies
    15 (Drew Rathbone, Joel Wilson tries; Mark Gerrard con, Stirling Mortlock pen)

  • 7
    Fri 24 Mar
    Waratahs v Blues
    L 43 - 9
    7:30 p.m. Sydney Football Stadium - 30,978 in attendance

    Waratahs
    43 (Adam Freier, Lote Tuqiri, Peter Hewat, Wendell Sailor tries; Hewat 2 con, 5 pen)

    Blues
    9 (Luke McAlister 3 pen) Waratahs

  • 8
    Fri 31 Mar
    Blues v Bulls
    W 30 - 17
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park - 21,233 in attendance

    Blues
    30 (Kevin Senio, Nick Williams, Vili Waquaseduadua tries; Isa Nacewa 3 con, 3 pen)

    Bulls
    17 (Bakkies Botha, Gary Botha tries; Derick Hougaard con, pen, Steyn con)

  • 9
    Sat 8 Apr
    Blues v Stormers
    W 32 - 15
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    32 (Isa Nacewa, Keven Mealamu, Anthony Tuitavake, Junior Poluleuligaga tries; Nacewa 3 con, 2 pen)

    Stormers
    15 (Olivier 5 pen)

  • 10
    Fri 14 Apr
    Blues v Force
    W 39 - 8
    7:30 p.m. North Harbour Stadium

    Blues
    39 (Rua Tipoki 3, Luke McAlister, Ben Atiga, Isa Nacewa tries; Luke McAlister 3 con, pen)

    Force
    8 (Cameron Shepherd try; Shepherd pen)

  • 11
    Sat 22 Apr
    Sharks v Blues
    L 32 - 15
    7:30 p.m. ABSA Stadium

    Sharks
    32 (Ndungane, Pienaar, Carstens, van den Berg, Botes tries; Brown con, pen, Montgomery con)

    Blues
    15 (Doug Howlett, Anthony Tuitavake tries; Luke McAlister pen, con)

  • 12
    Sat 29 Apr
    Cheetahs v Blues
    W 33 - 34
    7:30 p.m. Free State Stadium

    Cheetahs
    33 (Fortuin 2, du Toit, Pieters, Liebenberg de Waal tries; Bosman pen, du Toit dropped goal)

    Blues
    34 (Brent Ward, Luke McAlister, Isa Nacewa, Joe Rokocoko tries; Luke McAlister 4 con, 2 pen)

  • 13
    Sat 6 May
    Lions v Blues
    L 34 - 33
    7:30 p.m. Ellis Park

    Lions
    34 (Fourie 3, Vermaak tries; Pretorius 4 con, 2 pen)

    Blues
    33 (Isa Nacewa, Anthony Tuitavake, Brent Ward, Kurtis Haiu, Doug Howlett tries; Luke McAlister 2 con, Nacewa 2 con)

  • 14
    Sat 13 May
    Blues v Chiefs
    L 9 - 30
    7:30 p.m. Eden Park

    Blues
    9 (Luke McAlister 3 pen)

    Chiefs
    30 (Hill, Kelleher, Anesi tries; Hill 3 pen, 3 con)

Coaching Staff

David Nucifora, Joe Schmidt, Liam Barry

Manager

Ant Strachan

Captain

Keven Mealamu

Nucifora becomes the first foreigner to coach at Super Rugby level in NZ. Blues show plenty of promise, but a disappointing tour to South Africa ends their semi-final aspirations.

KEVEN MEALAMU - 2006 Player of the Year

Super 12 becomes Super 14

In 2006 the Western Force from Australia and the Cheetahs from South Africa were added to create the Super 14 competition.

Aussie heads Blues coaching staff

After a year working as the Blues’ technical advisor, David Nucifora took over as head coach for the inaugural Super 14 in 2006. In doing so he became the first foreigner to coach at Super Rugby level in New Zealand. Nucifora was one of the most successful coaches in Super 12 history, winning two titles with the Brumbies, and was the first Australian coach to steer a team to three successive semi-finals. However he was unable to replicate the same success with the Blues, taking the team to one semi-final during his tenure and finishing eighth and sixth in the others.

Disappointing start

he Blues floundered in the early stages of the Rebel Sport Super 14, winning just two of their opening six matches to sit third from the bottom of the table.

Four tries in 12 minutes by the Hurricanes condemned the Blues to a 37-19 loss in their first match before they succumbed to the Highlanders 25-13 the following week. Two late penalties to Isa Nacewa saw the Blues scrape home 21-20 against the Reds for their first win in five matches, and two weeks later the Blues handed Nucifora’s old team the Brumbies a 26-15 defeat. But there was little joy on the horizon for the Blues, who were were on the receiving end of a record 43-9 defeat to the Waratahs the following week.

Back on track

After a shaky start to the season, the Blues set about turning their fortunes around and won three matches in a row at home to keep their semi-finals hopes alive, albeit with performances below their usually high standard.

As they started to get players back from lengthy injuries, the Blues thrashed the Bulls 30-17 and Stormers 32-15 before Luke McAlister, returning from a broken jaw sustained in week two, unleashed a parcel of tricks to take the Blues to a 39-8 win over the Western Force at North Harbour Stadium.

Sharks loss ends Blues hope

With their semi-final hopes still alive, the Blues departed for the South African leg of their tour in high hopes, but their opening clash against the Sharks, which resulted in a 32-15 loss, effectively quashed those aspirations.

A last minute missed conversion by Cheetahs replacement second five-eighths Meyer Bosman let the Blues off the hook as they won 34-33 in Blomfontein. But a week later they were on the opposite side of the same scoreline as a 34-33 defeat to the Lions put the final nail in the Blues’ coffin. Further misery was inflicted on them as the Blues lost their final match of the season 30-9 to local rivals the Chiefs to finish the season in eighth position.

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