For a guy so big, Takei'aho's motor is something else. He's just into everything.
He had 24 carries and 10 tackles. Most of those carries were quality too.
I don't think I've seen a player have 24 carries before. Is that a record?
Just like last week, there was a big penalty count against us in the 1st half, but we somehow still came out of the half with the lead, then in the 2nd half, we adapt a bit and really start taking control of the game.
Patty and the backrow were very good tonight. Akira will get another start next week after that performance.
Setpiece is functioning really well this season, and we still have Karl T to come back into the team.
The defense in tight was a bit iffy at first, but it just got better as the game went on. Was nice to keep them tryless.
Nice of the team to dedicate the win to Blues fan, Constable Michael Hunt.
Doesn't feel like a Bledisloe test week. Could be because it's a dead rubber? Maybe because it is in Japan? Maybe because it's already Wednesday and Hansen hasn't baited Cheika yet.
Don't expect the last one to happen this week as the most rancid bait will be saved Eddie no doubt.
Plus the team hasn’t been named yet.
When is that by the way?
With Beauden off contract next year, it's good to see Perofeta's signed beyond 2023. If Beauden bails after next season, we don't need to panic on who'll be our 10 in 2024.
He could be, but he's unproven as a 10. Needs to be playing 10 regularly to develop, but can't seem to get much time there for Auckland or the Blues.
With Plummer out, maybe he gets some game time there for Auckland this year.
So the 'talk' this morning is that LF comes in for Jordan, QT is at 12 and SB is at 6.
You have to wonder if this is guesswork from journos or actual knowledge as there's no mention of where Clark fits, who starts at 10, whether AS is ready......
This is the actual team.