VIDEO: All Blacks' new powerhouse wing destroys Wallabies
REACTION: In only his second Test match, Caleb Clarke has well and truly announced himself to the world.
The 21-year-old was phenomenal in the All Blacks’ 27-7 win over the Wallabies and he has had social media buzzing about his ability out wide.
Clarke created Wallaby headaches with plenty of tough and effective runs.
He finished with 123 run metres in attack. He also beat 10 defenders and made three linebreaks in the process.
Just a couple of minutes into the second half, a couple of strong runs from the wing contributed to the 10 phases of play which saw Jordie Barrett cross for his second try in two weeks.
This is phenomenal.
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But then, four minutes later, it was the All Blacks No.11 who once again stood out, with a moment of individual brilliance. It appeared to be just an ordinary clearance from Wallabies flyhalf James O’Connor, but Clarke made something special out of nothing.
In this particular play, he returned the ball with intent, bumping off five defenders on a 40-metre run. After running through the defence of James Slipper and Nic White, most impressively, Clarke managed to somehow stay on his feet near the 22-metre line when five gold jerseys attempted to stop him.
He was eventually pulled down by White, but the damage was well and truly done. The All Blacks had numbers out left, and a nicely weighted pass from Richie Mo’unga to Ardie Savea, saw the hosts attack with a six on one.
Still, Savea had no need to pass and ran in for the All Blacks second try in just under seven minutes.
Running off, Clarke received a standing ovation from the Eden Park crowd, his home venue. It seems that Clarke has a promising future in the All Blacks.