I loved this game. A true hard fought Kiwi derby.
The wonderful moments silence for the fallen Constable Hunt, with helicopter above. The emotion of Caleb Clarke who had in recent hours lost his grandfather, then being able to honour him with his try.
The continuation of the Blues resurgence for most of the first half. Then the great fight back from the tenacious Highlanders who got their noses in front shortly after half time.
This coinciding with the worst period of play from the Blues these last three games.Two lost lineouts, very poor box kicks and general sloppiness.
Then regrouping and scoring a majestic driving maul try. The impetuosity of the veteran hooker diving over the ruck to drop the ball short, and a dangerous breakout.
The cruel mistakes from the young Scott Gregory from probing kicks, he is a much better player than that.
The most beautiful pickup of a ball at speed from Beauden Barrett, just class.
Then to finish this enthralling encounter, the three battles won in the war when the trenches were threatened, down in the far corner, the maul, the scrum and the lineout. The newly arrived hooker with a grenade in his hand to be lobbed into said lineout. You could almost feel his trepidation.
The sweat of the coaches who could only sit and watch.Great game!!