Super Rugby Aotearoa

Blues v Crusaders clash cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

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Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mounga on the charge against the Bues in Christchurch on 11 June 2020.
Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mounga on the charge against the Bues in Christchurch on 11 June 2020.
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  • Sunday's final Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Blues and Crusaders in Auckland has been cancelled.
  • This comes after the New Zealand government confirmed that the city would remain in a Covid-19 alert Level 3 lockdown for another 12 days.
  • Saturday's Highlanders v Hurricanes match in Dunedin will go ahead with no fans and an earlier kick-off time.


Sunday's final Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Blues and Crusaders at Eden Park in Auckland has been cancelled.

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This comes after the New Zealand government confirmed on Friday that the city would remain in a Covid-19 alert Level 3 lockdown for another 12 days.

The match could have been played in a closed stadium, with no fans, had Auckland dropped to Level 2, with fans allowed at Level 1.

A sell-out crowd was expected but the match will now be considered a draw and both teams awarded two log points.

The Crusaders have already secured the Super Rugby Aotearoa title after a 32-22 win over the Highlanders in Christchurch last weekend.

Meanwhile, Saturday's Highlanders v Hurricanes match in Dunedin will go ahead under Level 2 restrictions with no fans allowed.

The kick-off time has also been changed to 15:05 local time (05:05 SA time). This is because under New Zealand Rugby Level 2 protocols agreed with government, teams must fly in and out of cities hosting matches on the same day to limit public interaction.

Teams:

Highlanders

15 Mitch Hunt, 14 Josh McKay, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Sio Tomkinson, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith (co-captain), 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Jack Whetton, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Ayden Johnstone

Substitutes: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Manaaki Selby-Ricket, 20 Teariki Ben-Nicholas, 21 Folau Fakatava, 22 Ngane Punivai, 23 Tom Florence

Hurricanes

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Billy Proctor, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Ben May

Substitutes: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Tevita Mafileo, 18 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Salesi Rayasi, 23 Chase Tiatia

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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