In the absence of outhalf stalwart Beauden Barrett, the 23-year-old Chief put on a masterclass. He dictated the tempo of the game perfectly, knowing when to play territory and when to put his foot on the accelerator and really inject some pace into the New Zealand attack. He was rock solid in defence, recording a perfect tackle success rate. He bagged a brace of trys and was 7/7 from the tee. What a performance!
The young All Black winger was in scintillating form this morning as his side cruised to victory against France in Dunedin. He made three clean breaks, beating five defenders and gaining a total of 117 metres. He was rock solid in defence, good under the high ball and even managed to bag himself a hat-trick of impressive trys, the highlight of which being the incredible line he ran to score his second.
Called upon earlier than expected due to an unfortunate injury to Ardie Savea but the 30-year-old flanker needed no time to catch up to the pace of the game. He was relentless at the breakdown, consistently disrupting the speed of the French attack and forcing many penalties. He made countless bone-crunching tackles, some coming in key areas of the pitch. His Trojan efforts were rewarded when he crashed over the whitewash following a beautifully worked lineout set move in the first half.