Beauden Barrett Super Rugby: Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett break new ground as perfect 10s

Beauden Barrett These constituents are unbelievable!!

Super Rugby playoff matches in Christchurch aren’t supposed to follow this sort of script but Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett elevated last night’s semifinal to the status of instant classic.

The match-ups of New Zealand’s two best No10s and teams were highly anticipated and yet sudden-death matches can be fairly dry and prosaic affairs (especially in near sub-zero temperatures), with one team (Crusaders) usually dominating the other and the result all but decided early in the second half.

Well, that’s how it normally goes. But not this time, not after Barrett and his side decided when 13-7 down at halftime that a conservative game plan wasn’t going to cut it against the defending champions who have never lost a playoff game at home.

And so the Hurricanes did what they do best; they played with an enthusiasm and joy that simply wasn’t there in the first half and it was started by Barrett and his supremely influential halfback TJ Perenara.

For every piece of quality play provided by Mo’unga, so Barrett had a response, t

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