Note to self - Don't kick the ball to Caleb Clarke

Caleb Clarke made his starting debut for the All Blacks yesterday. How did we go?

Yeah, not bad.

It would be pretty fair to say the Wallabies were not at their best yesterday. Something like 20 turnovers and 40 missed tackles.

You wonder how they only lost by 20?

It was the 21-year old who stole most the show, destroying the Wallabies brittle defense with some damaging ball carrying.

When James O'Connor chipped a ball down to him in the 46th minute of the game, every Australian got a little bit nervous.

24 seconds later, the All Blacks had their first try of the second half.

Clarke got through White & Slipper, shrugged off Koroibete & Banks and then fended off the skipper Michael Hooper. A 50m odd run resulting in front foot ball and a huge overlap for the AB's, with Ardie Savea scoring in the corner off the very next phase.

The comparisons to the late great Jonah Lomu have already begun, with New Zealand Rugby seemingly unearthing another superstar.

123m and 10 tackle busts were the stats and Clarke was given a standing ovation as he was replaced after 65 minutes.

The best bit? He seems to be a really likeable character and someone that even the most staunch Wallaby supporter can appreciate.

I haven't back many winners lately, but it'd be betting that Dave Rennie and the Wallabies coaching staff will be devising a game plan that involves starving Clarke of any ball when the two sides meet again in a fortnight's time.

Caleb Clarke, wowee.


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