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Blues Sky High

The forecast is for blue skies, sunny and hot in Auckland on Sunday - a perfect forecast for afternoon footy at Eden Park.

Blues fans have pleaded for afternoon footy for years so this is their chance to get behind the 4.05pm kickoff against the South African Blue Bulls who will actually play in their pink alternative strip.

That means ref Garratt Williamson will have to leave his new Pink Batts strip at home, as he'll be in the plain old black and white.

Meanwhile this week, the Blues have been out facing their fears with a SKYwalk challenge, which reminded us that the Bulls recently posted a video demonstrating how they faced their worst fear .... singing.

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The Highlanders were on 'cougar' alert this week as they put their bodies on the line for a special Ladies' Lunch fundraiser for charity.  The boys wowed the ladies, helped to serve lunch, and raise $5000 for charity.    


Highlanders wow the ladies

But everyone knows the Crusaders were the original Ladies Lunch charmers. The Crusaders Ladies' Lunch is an annual event that has become very popular in Christchurch and this year, the boys suited up and they arrived bearing flowers ....


Crusaders Ladies Lunch

All Blacks and Hurricanes duo Victor Vito and Dane Coles will run out for their 50 Investec Super Rugby matches tomorrow night against the Crusaders.   Meanwhile the Crusaders's latest video ad campaign calling on fans to be the difference, is enough to pull  at the red and black heart strings.

Be the Difference

NEWSFLASH! Former Taranaki skipper Paul Tito is working with our referees this year alongside former Test ref Bryce Lawrence in helping the refs perform better.  Whistle-man Nick Briant makes his Super Rugby debut in Invercargill on Saturday just as former Chief Glen Jackson heads off on Six Nations duty.  

Paul Tito in action in the north

Coming up this weekend

Hurricanes v Crusaders: Friday 8 March, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Teams Head to Head

It's game 23 for these two sides and the ledger currently sits at 15 wins to the Crusaders, five for the Hurricanes and two draws. The Crusaders also have a healthy lead on points, with 613 (27.9 per match) compared to 429 (19.5 per match). In 2012, each side one one match - the Crusaders 42-14 and the 'Canes 23-22.

The last time the Crusaders lost their first two matches was in 2004 (they still made the Final) while the Hurricanes have never lost their first three matches.

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Highlanders v Cheetahs: Saturday 9 March, Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
Teams Head to Head

The Highlanders have won all seven of their matches over the Cheetahs in Super Rugby, including last year's 36-33 win and have 192 points to the Cheetahs' 143.

When it comes to Invercargill, the Highlanders have a pretty good record: they've hosted 16 Super Rugby matches and won 10, drawn one and lost five - since 1996. The last loss was in 2009 to the Chiefs. They beat the Cheetahs there in 2007, recorded wins over the Cats in 2006 and 1998 and lost to Free State there in 1997.

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Stormers v Chiefs: Saturday 9 March, DHL Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Teams Head to Head

While the Stormers topped the table and the Chiefs took the title in 2012, these two sides didn't play in 2012 and you have to go back to 2011's 30-23 win to the Chiefs for a previous result.

From their 14 encounters so far, the Stormers are ahead on wins, with eight to the Chiefs' six and there's just 14 points separating the two of them: the Stormers have 359 to the Chiefs' 345.

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Blues v Bulls: Sunday 10 March, Eden Park, Auckland
Teams Head to Head There have been 16 not-so-sweet encounters between these two sides, with the Blues taking a clear lead. The home side has a nine win to five advantage on the ledger, and a 121-point lead (491 to 370). It is likely to be a high-scoring affair - traditionally matches between the Blues and Bulls see an average of over 61 points scored in total. The Blues have a high score of 64 against the Bulls and on three other occasions have scored over 50 points. Last year the Blues were 29-23 victors in Pretoria.

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