2011 Rugby World Cup - Hero of the Day
Cory Jane and Israel Dagg may have been the All Blacks fighting it out for the official Man of the Match award but the one who really caught our eye was Aaron Cruden.
After captain and star man Sam Warburton was sent off, the rest of the Wales players put in an incredible performance which ended in an agonising one-point defeat to France.
The dreadlocked and occasional eyeliner-wearing All-Blacks centre was a key figure in New Zealand's scrappy quarter-final win over Argentina.
As much as it grates to have to honour one of Ireland’s opponents, there was no denying the excellence of Wales’ powerhouse centre Jamie Roberts in Wellington.
Like Keith Earls last weekend, Ireland were served well against Italy by a winger who seems to be coming to the boil at just the right time.
There could have been any number of Tonga players singled out for special praise after their incredible victory over France, but we’ve gone for back row Sione Kalamafoni after an immense display.
Today’s Powerade Hero of the Day is Keith Earls, a man who was back to his scintillating best against Russia in Rotorua.
There were better All-Black performances than Richie McCaw’s against France, but today was all about honouring the inspirational All-Black captain on the occasion of his 100th cap.
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