In between, Jordan was dynamic, cool and hardworking in virtually all facets of play, seamlessly switching back to No 15 in the closing stages when Sevu Reece came off the bench as significant impact infusion. (Flyhalf Richie Mo'unga also had a stellar game.)
SILVER: TANIELA TUPOU (Reds)
But the Reds survived the inconvenience to prevail 32-26 in an engrossing match (streets better than Brumbies v Rebels) ... with Tupou an important paver of the way, I felt.
The bustling young Tongan-born customer, with 19 caps for Australia, gave raw - but eternally gutsy - Waratahs No 1 Angus Bell, 20, a serious working-over at scrum time and was busy in general play too.
BRONZE: JORDIE BARRETT (Hurricanes)
He was very quickly in the game as his long, floated pass to SA-born right wing Kobus van Wyk gave the No 14 the simplest of dot-downs.
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