June 13, 2021
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Sotutu grabs double, Blues book home final spot

Hoskins Sotutu scored a brace of tries to help the Blues defeat the Western Force 31-21 and secure a home final in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.

Sotutu scored his two tries as they raced to a 28-0 lead at half time only to be denied a bonus point when the Force came to life with three second-half tries.

In a cliffhanger final round of the regular season, with the top-two teams going directly into the final, the Blues, Highlanders and Crusaders all finished unbeaten and equal on bonus points, leaving the finalists to be decided by points differential.

The Blues came out on top with a margin of 119, heading the Highlanders on 103 with the Crusaders on 97.

After the Highlanders’ 33-12 win over Brumbies on Friday, the Crusaders needed to beat the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday by 33 points and fell just short with a 52-26 scoreline in Sydney.

The Blues will now face the Highlanders in the final next week.

By Reginald Chandar

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