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Super Rugby: Beware NZ's own ?Niel Burger?, Boks!

28 Jun 2020, 23:40 GMT+10

Blues wing dynamo Caleb Clarke tops the pile in this exercise after the latest round, looking a ceaseless livewire.Crusaders fullback Will Jordan is back on our "podium" again, after a mature display against the Chiefs.Open-side flanker Dalton Papali'i was another standout for the Blues, greatly helping their third win on the trot.

Western Province, during their record-breaking Currie Cup heyday in the 1980s, unearthed an unusual type of gem in one of their wing berths.

Older South African enthusiasts watching the Super Rugby Aotearoa nail-biter between the Blues and Highlanders at Eden Park on Saturday might well have spotted "Burger qualities" - and more - in the hosts' Caleb Clarke, even though his role is in on the left side of the field.


Ironically, Clarke and the versatile Ioane - currently wearing No 13 for the Blues - are likely rivals for the All Black No 11 jersey, as the latter is the incumbent, from the bronze medal playoff triumph over Wales at RWC 2019.

The ambitious young 'Saders fullback made my "podium" last week ... and fully deserves to be visiting it again, by my book.

But he had an eagle-eyed Jordan supporting on the inside, and the No 15 put the gleeful finishing touches to the sudden breakout.


Earlier in the match, he was right up with play to cash in on loosie colleague Hoskins Sotutu's charge-down near the enemy try-line and duly apply the key finishing touches.

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