The Blue Print: Round 18

The Blue Print: Round 18

THE BLUE PRINT
Match 16: Blues vs Highlanders
Where: Eden Park
When: Friday 12 June, 7.35pm
Score: Blues 7 Highlanders 44
Halftime: Blues 0 Highlanders 20

Blues Scorers:
Tries: Matt McGahan
Conversions: Ihaia West
BEST & FAIREST (Selected by Mediaworks)
5 Points: Brendon O’Connor
ìIn a beaten side, Brendon O’Connor was again a beacon on the defensive end, in crucial turnovers and with ball in hand. Fitting for a forward who has played in every game this season.î
3 Points: George Moala
ìForced to defend for much of the game, he was always accurate. And with ball in hand he again always made ground to complete an excellent season.î
1 Point: Hayden Triggs
ìDespite being on a pack on the back foot, Triggs was a standout, strong in the tackle throughout and fearless at the breakdown.î
Leading players (final season tally):
Jerome Kaino 25, Brendon O’Connor 25, George Moala 21, Steven Luatua 15, Akira Ioane 12.
WHAT THE COACH HAD TO SAY:
ìThe important thing tonight is to honour two great players for the Blues in Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock. They are not only outstanding rugby players, but quite outstanding people with 324 Super Rugby games between. The performances on and off the field speak for themselves.î
Sir John Kirwan
WHAT THE PLAYERS HAD TO SAY:
ìNot the way I wanted to end my Super Rugby career but I have so many great memories from my 15 years. Overall I have had a great career for the Blues and enjoyed every moment. I want to thank my friends, my family, my teammates and the fans.î
Captain ñ Keven Mealamu