Live Super Rugby final: Blues vs Highlanders at packed Eden Park

Live Super Rugby final: Blues vs Highlanders at packed Eden Park

Welcome to live coverage of the Blues and Highlanders in the Super Rugby Trans Tasman Final at Eden Park. Follow all the action in our blog below!

Sorry Australia, perhaps your year is in 2022.

Until then, it’s all New Zealand as the Blues host the Highlanders in front of a packed crowd at Eden Park.

The Blues and Highlanders were two of three undefeated sides in Super Rugby Trans Tasman, but the Crusaders – five time champions – missed the final because of less bonus points.

Veteran All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith has is the key man for the Highlanders as he attempts to guide the Otago-based side to their first Super Rugby title since he and Lima Sopoaga spearheaded their 2015 charge.

The Blues have lost key forwards Tom Robinson and Ofa Tuungafasi.

BLUES (15-1): Zarn Sullivan, Bryce Heem, Rieko Ioane, TJ Faiane, Mark Telea, Otere Black, Finlay Christie, Hoskins Sotutu, Dalton Papalii, Akira Ioane, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Patrick Tuipulotu (c), Nepo Laulala, Kurt Eklund, Alex Hodgman

Reserves: Ray Niuia, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Marcel Renata, Josh Goodhue, Blake Gibson, Jonathan Ruru, Harry Plummer, AJ Lam

HIGHLANDERS (15-1): Josh Ioane, Patelesio Tomkinson, Michael Collins, Scott Gregory, Jona Nareki, Mitch Hunt, Aaron Smith (co-c), Kazuki Himeno, Billy Harmon, Hugh Renton, Bryn Evans, Pari Pari Parkinson, Siate Tokolahi, Ash Dixon (co-c), Ethan de Groot

Reserves: Liam Coltman, Ayden Johnstone, Josh Hohneck, Josh Dickson, James Lentjes, Kayne Hammington, Sam Gilbert, Teariki Ben-Nicholas

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