This past weekend’s rugby was a relentless display of Blues players and their skill-set on the field and across the world.
The All Blacks hammered the USA Eagles on their own turf inChicago this past Saturday. It was a historic occasion for the New Zealand side, playing their first game against the Eagles on American soil. The AllBlacks dominantly displayed the grit of rugby for the American Football loving country.
The All Blacks scored12 tries, two of which came from members of the Blues 2015 squad. Lock Patrick Tuipulotu and winger Charles Piutau both scored in the opening half, contributing to the 74-6 final scoreline.
Blues players Frank Halai and Francis Saili were also among the try-scorers for theBarbarians in their rollicking 40-36 loss to Australia at Twickenham.
The arrival of the Barbarians at Twickenham always brings an air of excitement and with the expert guidance of Blues coach Sir John Kirwan, the invitational side brought panache and flamboyance in abundance. That included a quarterback-style throw by Blues loose forward Steven Luatua from the first lineout.
It proved an exhilarating 11-try feast for fans.
Meanwhile in Kobe, Japan, the Maori All Blacks ran riot with a 61-21 victory over the hosts.
Blues first-five Ihaia West enjoyed a 26-point haul for the Maori All Blacks with a try, six conversions and three penalties and produced a stunning display of his skills.
Blues lock Hayden Triggs had a strong game, prominent in some strong defence and physical clearing out at the breakdown, which was a key to the fast-ball that ignited the Maori All Blacks backs.
The two sides meet in Tokyo this weekend.