2013 Season Preview: BLUES

by Brendan Bradford - Despite having one of the best rosters in the competition and coming off the back of a semi-final the year before, the Blues struggled through their worst season in Super Rugby history in 2012, eventually finishing their injury plagued year bottom of the New Zealand conference and 12th overall. It’s hard to say exactly what went wrong at one of the bastions of New Zealand rugby. Ill-form and injuries to key players certainly didn’t help, but there was something missing right throughout the year; some intangible element that meant the three time champions failed to click, leaving supporters bemused, frustrated and angry. While the All Blacks were – if it were possible – a level above where they were in 2011 and the other New Zealand franchises had variously successful seasons, it might be that the Auckland Blues bore the brunt of a national post-World Cup
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