Super Rugby Form Watch: Crusaders
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Games played: Maori All Blacks v Brazil, Maori All Blacks v Chile
The scoop: Bryn Hall was rewarded for his consistent form for the Crusaders in Super Rugby and North Harbour in the Mitre 10 Cup with a spot in the All Blacks squad for the Test against Japan in Yokohama. Although his Crusaders team-mate Mitchell Drummond was preferred in the match day 23 against Japan, Hall got plenty of game time when he joined the Maori All Blacks in South America. Against Brazil, Hall came on from the bench and helped speed up the Maori All Blacks game as they stretched out to a 35-3 victory. The 26-year-old started in the nine jersey against Chile and was rewarded with two well taken tries in the 73-0 rout.
Points scored: 10 (two tries)
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Games played: All Blacks vs Australia (Yokohama), All Blacks vs England, All Blacks vs Ireland, All Blacks vs Italy
The scoop: If Scott Barrett was playing for any other country on the planet he would likely be a first pick in the second row. Despite being stuck behind one of the best locking combinations the All Blacks have ever seen in Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett has continued to impress in the black jersey. Barrett’s work rate on the Vista Northern Tour was impressive. The 1.97m lock got through the full 80 minutes in a herculean effort in the All Blacks 37-20 win over Australia before two punchy cameos against England and Ireland. Barrett rounded out the tour with a solid all-round display against Italy with four lineout takes and six tackles underlining his value as tireless worker.
Games played: All Blacks vs Australia (Yokohama), All Blacks vs Japan, All Blacks vs England, All Blacks vs Ireland, All Blacks vs Italy
The scoop: Richie Mo’unga was one of the busiest All Blacks on the Vista Northern Tour with appearances in all five Test matches. While four of his appearances were from the bench, Mo’unga played the full 80 minutes in the All Blacks 69-31 win over Japan. The 24-year-old pivot was in sublime touch in Tokyo with 22 points scored, including his first Test try. Deputising for Beauden Barrett for the remainder of the tour, Mo’unga was influential in his appearances from the bench. Mo’unga’s playmaking ability, tactical game and defensive organisation ensured the All Blacks momentum never wavered.
Points scored: 28 (one try, seven conversions, one penalty)
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Games played: All Blacks vs England, All Blacks vs Ireland
The scoop: After missing the Japanese leg of the tour due to glandular fever, Jack Goodhue was immediately inserted as the All Blacks starting centre for the two big Test matches against England and Ireland. Playing the full 80 minutes in both matches, Goodhue’s hard running proved a handful for the defence with two or more players often required to put him down. But it was on defence were Goodhue was most impressive. In the 16-9 loss to Ireland in Dublin, Goodhue racked up a game-leading 19 tackles in a lion-hearted effort. Together with Ryan Crotty at the Crusaders, Goodhue is set to form one of the most imposing mid-field combinations in Super Rugby.
Games played: All Blacks vs Australia (Yokohama), All Blacks vs England, All Blacks vs Ireland
The scoop: With Dane Coles out injured for much of 2018, Codie Taylor has had a big year in the number two jersey for the All Blacks. In between getting a much-needed rest against Japan and Italy, Taylor started the Test matches against Australia, England and Ireland. The All Blacks set-piece has been dominant this year and Taylor has played a big role with his pin point lineout throwing and strong scrummaging. In the torrid forward battles against England and Ireland, Taylor didn’t take a step back against his Northern Hemisphere opponents and will be looking forward to recuperating his body over summer before beginning another big Super Rugby season in 2019.
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