If the theory is right, then when Beauden Barrett turns up at some stage for the Blues next year, he'll wave a magic wand and transform them into a championship team.

There's long been universal agreement from those who know plenty to those who know less, that Super Rugby is all about the No 10s. Have a good one and you are a chance of winning the title; don't have one and forget about it.

No team has strengthened this theory more than the Blues. When they won in 1996 and 1997 Carlos Spencer was the most exciting first