The bitter rugby rivalry between the Crusaders and Blues and Canterbury and Auckland has been re-ignited ahead of the tomorrow night’s clash in Christchurch.
The provincial bloodfeud, which dates back more than a century, has waned in recent years with the nine times champion Crusaders dominating almost all comers.
But with both sides unbeaten after their first three games of Super Rugby Aotearoa Saturday’s match up has fans and players hoping for a new chapter in the storied conflict.
Carlos Spencer sparking a length of the field try to seal the win for the Blues over the Crusaders in 2004 before flipping the Canterbury crowd the bird, epitomising the intense rivalry between the two teams.
Former All Black and Crusaders halfback, now Sky Sport commentator, Justin Marshall, played that game and remembers King Carlos’s gesture all too well.
“I actually thought to myself ‘I wish there were a few more minutes to play’, so that we could kick off and get the ball to him and maybe just remind him, through a tackle or a shot where he was and what he had done, haha.
But sometimes you just have to eat humble pie and Carlos made sure we got a helping of it,” he said with a laugh