OPINION: Blues fans came out in large numbers on Sunday, hoping some even believed they had to support a team that was as good as the Crusaders again.
But for the 13th time in As a result, they finished second, so they’ll dream of the golden days of the blues a little longer.
It’s been seven years and 21 days since the blues last defeated the Crusaders and on February 28th Won at Eden Park in 2014 35:24.
But that was a false dawn for the sleeping super rugby giant as they still finished last in the New Zealand conference that year.
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However, under the leadership of Leon MacDonald, the blues were clearly on the rise and there was real hope last year that they would take their arch rivals off could defeat the South only to lose 26-15 in Christchurch and root out the second leg over a coronavirus lockdown.
So this was the Blues’s chance to show that they’re back with the Crusaders and that MacDonald’s rebuilding is real is.
Because until they can defeat the Crusaders, they will remain in the shadows and the memory of that attempt, which Carols Spencer scored in 2004, will continue.
From the beginning of this game it was clear that the Blues were not More afraid of the Crusaders.
In the past few years they had gone to this game so often to know what the outcome would be, and it had become a fallacy to say that this was the greatest game of rugby l was outside of an All Blacks test in New Zealand.
The blues shone in spots in this game, with Akira Ioane, Nepo Laulala and Caleb Clarke all standing out.
But there were too many mistakes, they came off panicked in the red zone and had defensive errors, which was not that common with the Crusaders.
The Crusaders were as consistent as ever and while whore Codie Taylor had one of his best games in a red and black jersey, that is What is special about this team is that there is not much of a difference between the best and the worst player on their team.
At least for the moment, the status quo remains, the upstart from the north have returned to their place and the Crusaders remain the dominant team in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
In a competition with only five teams, it is not healthy that there are so many differences between them.
For Super Rugby Aotearoa there has to be a team that the Crusaders can challenge.
People thought it might be the blues, but for now at least the Crusaders stay above all the other teams and everyone else struggles to be the next best.
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