The Blues have a real hero in star man Beauden Barrett at first-five eighth after his heroics last night. He brings a lot of creative and attacking ideas that helped get the ball rolling for his Blues team. The patience is there when the Blues bide themselves some time, especially when going up against a robust Brumbies defense. It helped his Blues side win penalties, as well as a couple of successful tries before he finished off the game perfectly with a drop goal kick by himself. He hopes to leave a legacy for Auckland by gifting them one or two Super Rugby trophies, while helping his side dominate this decade in place of the Crusaders.
The next standout Blues player is rugby league-turned-union convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck at inside centre. He loves being part of the attack by smashing his way through the Brumbies defensive line, as well as shielding the opposition half that helped the Blues gave a couple of clues on where to plant that TRY line. His physicality and pace also helped him flex his defensive contribution, especially when he successfully chased down Nic White at one point. He’s loving the XVs so far straight away after a decorated career in the NRL, as he hopes to nail down a Super Rugby title soon before putting his hat for All Blacks selection.
And Darcy Swain proved to be a menace to the Blues last night on the second row, having frustrated them a couple of times.
Yes, he would be disappointed with the yellow card over a rash tackle where the Brumbies dearly missed him that saw the Blues snatch a late lead ahead of half-time. But he never puts a foot wrong when it comes to his contribution on the pitch, thanks to his tall reach & mobility. He always ensured that the his Brumbies stopped the Blues from coming in its tracks defensively; He also formed a brilliant response going forward with the pace & physicality where the home side stayed well in this fight. Unfortunately, he dearly missed his backline where they weren’t firing like the Blues did, which was the one huge area that came to bite back the Brumbies.