Rugby Union 4 years ago

Cruden Crisis is Barrett Blessing

  • Cruden Crisis is Barrett Blessing

All Blacks first five-eighth Aaron Cruden has done something he'll regret for awhile and I'm not just talking about missing the flight to Argentina. He's also opened the door for Hurricane's first five-eighth Beauden Barrett to cement his spot as the incumbent All Blacks pivot.

Barrett will start just his second test match at first five-eighth tomorrow morning against the Pumas in La Plata and he is likely to reprise that role when the team faces South Africa a week later. There is no doubt about Barrett's ability with ball in hand but, as of this moment, the jury's still out on his ability to control a game and his defence. These two games give him the opportunity to silence his critics and show everybody that he deserves to be in the role ahead of Cruden.

Cruden's mantra as the best first five-eighth in the country has taken time and with games under his belt, just keeps getting better. I've got a feeling all it's going to take for Barrett is game time also and tomorrow he gets the perfect opportunity.

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