Newest All Black sends message to selectors after dominating Highlanders

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Mark Telea Highlanders Blues February 2023
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Recently capped All Black winger Mark Telea started his 2023 campaign in emphatic fashion producing a starring performance in the Blues 60-20 demolition over the Highlanders.

After receiving a call-up last November on the All Blacks end of year tour with Will Jordan out injured, Telea scored two tries on debut at Murrayfield against Scotland.

In his first outing of Super Rugby Pacific he continued that hot streak, the Blues winger ran riot over the hapless Highlanders clocking up 202 running metres on 13 carries whilst beating 13 defenders.

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Telea made four clean breaks, scoring two tries whilst assisting on two more for the Blues in the eight try rout. Statiscally, it was one of the all time Super Rugby performances.

Praise for Telea flowed in from media and fans alike with claims he is ‘the best winger in New Zealand’ and is sure pick for the World Cup squad later this year.

Comparisons were made to the playstation game Jonah Lomu Rugby after looking unstoppable in Dunedin.

The Blues No 14 had the first try of the night when he finished a one-on-one with Highlanders halfback Folau Fakatava, reaching out to place the ball down after a low tackle.

Telea nearly had his second after the Blues launched a counter-attack from an errant Highlanders’ pass following a long break by Finlay Christie. Beauden Barrett finished the movement after Telea managed to find an offload.

The Blues right edge combination then combined to produce a scintillating piece of play, with All Blacks centre Rieko Ioane linking with Telea before receiving the return ball to coast away untouched.

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