In his first test start running the cutter for the All Blacks, Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett put on a masterclass on how to control a game and manipulate defence.
The first sign that it was going to be a good night for the 23-year-old was a break in midfield after a tighthead to set up flanker Liam Messam's try. Barrett left his opposite in his wake and had enough pace to draw the last defender and put Messam away. He had a number of other excellent touches in the match and his organisation was excellent. The only blemish on a superb evening was a record of 1-5 when kicking for goal. Granted, the track was sodden which made it that much more difficult.
Surely now Barrett will push to start ahead of Cruden come next weekend against South Africa in Wellington.
As Hurricanes supporters we should also acknowledge the work of wing Julian Savea, his double on the night making it 26 tries in 24 All Blacks tests. Hooker Dane Coles also had a strong game after being up-and-down in the first two tests of the year.