The Crusaders and Blues kick off the 2012 Super Rugby season. Image courtesy of: dailytelegraph.com.au
Super Rugby returns in style when the Auckland Blues take on the Canterbury Crusaders in the first match of the season from Eden Park in Auckland. The Crusaders will hope to put their 2011 grand final defeat behind them when they attempt to win an eighth Super Rugby Title this season. The Crusaders recorded a 23-16 win against the Blues in round 17 of last year’s competition on the way to the final.
The ACT Brumbies host the Western Force in Friday’s other match with both teams having plenty to prove after falling well outside finals last season. The QLD Reds will travel to ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday to meet arch rivals the NSW Warratahs . The Reds will be without go-to man Quade Cooper for the start of their quest to claim back-to-back titles.
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