Let the debates about New Zealand's best first-five resume. Pick either Beauden Barrett or Richie Mo'unga after their performances against the Blues and Bulls, respectively, this weekend, but a few things are without question - their quality, form and their importance to their sides.

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Barrett's performance in the Hurricanes' 22-12 win over the Blues at Eden Park was a bit like his season; a slow-burner which grew in intensity to the point where he burned brightest at the final whistle.

His cool head at the helm in what was a messy and typically tough derby was crucial and so was

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