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I'm a writer blogger who has been resident in the Hutt Valley since the late 1960's. I'm a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I have seen many people come and go over the years, seen many things good and bad. Time to remember whanau
The only game in town. The only story in town this week. The finals of Super Rugby will be between the top two sides for sure,and between the top two New Zealand franchises of 2015; The Highlanders based in Dunedin and the Hurricanes based in Wellington City. At the commencement of the season bookmakers were giving odds of about 215 -1. Much shorter odds now. Neither side has won a Super Rugby title in the first 20 years of the competition.

Both teams won their semi-finals convincingly against Australian teams last weekend. The Hurricanes at home beat the ACT Brumbies based in Canberra, while the Highlanders travelled to Sydney to play the defending NSW Waratahs.

It has been 6 years since two New Zealand teams met in a final and many years since the two current finalists played in a final.

As I said above it is the biggest game in town, in New Zealand and anywhere around the world next weekend.

New Zealand really has sports in its DNA, none more than rugby union. NZ recently won the World Under 20's title and will defend its Rugby World Cup title in England later this year. Next week an All Blacks team will play its inaugural test against Samoa in Samoa.

Tickets went on sale yesterday for the Super Rugby final at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. Controversy reigns at present because the tickets sold out in a minute. Scalping claims still persist, but 5000 more tickets will go on sale tomorrow.

This is the most anticipated rugby game so far this season, outside of the coming Rugby World Cup tournament later this year.

So those Kiwis who have missed out on buying tickets can join the rest of rugby and sports fans and watch the game on Sky Sports Channel 51 at 7-30pm; Australians will be watching on Fox Sports.
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