The Blues scored a late try to seal a win over the Highlanders in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final in Auckland on Saturday and break their 18-year title drought.
The Blues have made just one change to their starting XV, while the Highlanders have named an unchanged team for the Trans-Tasman final between the sides at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
No 8 Hoskins Sotutu scored two tries as the Blues beat the Force on Saturday to secure a Trans-Tasman home final against the Highlanders next week.
The second of scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s two tries sparked a second-half surge as the Highlanders secured a bonus-point win against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday.
The Reds conceded two yellow cards and the Hurricanes made the most of the opportunity to score six tries in a record win at the Cake Tin in Wellington on Friday.
The Rebels’ home game against the Crusaders has been moved from Melbourne to Sydney as authorities are still battling to contain a new Covid-19 outbreak in the state of Victoria.
All Blacks centre Anton Lienert-Brown starred as the Chiefs claimed a 36-26 victory over the Rebels in Sydney on Sunday.
The Brumbies withstood a late onslaught to claim a narrow 12-10 victory over the Hurricanes in Canberra, their first in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament.
Crusaders fullback Will Jordan crossed for two tries in a scrappy 29-21 win against the Western Force in a Super Rugby Trans-Tasman match in Christchurch on Friday.
Damian McKenzie has been handed a three-week suspension for a dangerous tackle, ending his Super Rugby Trans-Tasman season but keeping him in contention for the upcoming All Blacks Tests.