Super Rugby Trans-Tasman: Behind the scenes - Blues players celebrate in changing room after title win

The victorious Blues wasted little time hitting celebration mode, after their victory in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final over the Highlanders on Saturday.

Emerging from the white-hot heat of an arm wrestle against the southerners, the pressure valve was well and truly released in the home changing room, as Blues players donned the ubiquitous championship tee shirts, and tucked into some brews and bucketloads of KFC.

Injury denied flanker Tom Robinson a chance to take the field in the final, but the Northlander was well prepared to mark the end of the Blues' title drought.

Blues player with the spoils of victory.
Blues player with the spoils of victory. Photo credit: Photosport

"She's ready, mate," Robinson says, patting his liver. "I've given the dog about 6-7 days worth of food and just said 'I'll see ya in seven days, Rocco'.

"There'll be a big party tonight. Party at Dalts' [Blues flanker Dalton Papalii] house... DJ Dalts will be on the decks."

Hoskins Sotutu was slightly lost for words, as he processed what had just taken place on the hallowed Eden Park turf.

"I don't know what to say about it," says the All Blacks No.8, while teammates sung his praises as "the best No.8 in the world".

"Everyone was against us, seeing all of those [social media] posts, all of New Zealand was against the Blues, everyone else supporting the Highlanders."

First-five Otere Black was slightly more introspective, as he reflected on the culmination of all of the great players who'd preceded them.

"It's pretty amazing," says Black. "It's probably the best feeling I've had in terms of my rugby career, more for the guys who have gone before us.

"Guys like Jerome Kaino, who had been here for so long and couldn't get there.

"This championship means so much for us, but for those fellas as well."

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