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On what was dubbed "Blue Friday" six years ago, 15,000 Northlanders went along to Okara Park. Photo / File

Rugby: Blue-blooded fan power

Six years ago, it was Northlanders' bums on seats that saved the Taniwha from sliding down a division. Now, Northlanders have again helped keep the team going. In 2008…

Taniwha winger Jone Macilai scoring one of Northland's two tries as the team lost 26-21 in what was their first semifinal appearance since 1997. Photo / Duncan Brown

Rugby: Taniwha beaten but unbowed

Despite a record-breaking season, the 2014 Taniwha side is not happy with their ITM Cup Championship semifinal loss to Hawke's Bay in Napier. Northland was taught a…