Pat Lam may have had his job interview yesterday, but it was today that his side made the best possible statement as to why he should keep his job next season.
The Blues destroyed the Brumbies 30-16 in Canberra in their most impressive performance since they beat the Bulls in Pretoria in round three.
Forced to reapply for his job after a season ruined by injuries and painful losses, Lam did his chances of keeping his job no harm as he has demonstrated that through all of the suffering the team has experienced, there is an exceptionally talented bunch of players emerging.
Whether this win was enough to save Lam will be found out soon, but it would be cruel to dump him straight after he had masterminded a win over one of the Super Rugby's best sides.
The young guns like Liaki Moli, Charles Piutau, Francis Saili and Steven Luatua all had another outstanding game, but so too did winger Sherwin Stowers.
At times this year Stowers got game time only when no one else was available, he was the last option. But the Counties Manukau wing showed that Lam should have shown more faith his way this season as he stood out with a number of barnstorming runs.
The Blues played with energy and enthusiasm and some of the passing was sublime, while there were fewer of those coach killer moments that had blighted their campaign.
It was a woeful way for the Brumbies to end their regular season and it opened the door for the Reds, who were playing the Waratahs later last night, to overtake them.
While the Brumbies have had a better than expected season, they're still not a team up to the task of challenging for the title, but there is a nucleus of a team that could be up there in 2013.
This win means the Blues finish the season with four wins, far below what was expected of them when the season began, but two wins in their last two games shows that there is light at the end of the tunnel for their long suffering fans.
The Blues started the brighter with Stowers and Ma'a Nonu both making big breaks inside the first five minutes and they were rewarded with their opening try from Moli barging over from close range in the 12th minute.
The visitors struck again by opening up the Brumbies defence by quick passes and Daniel Braid having the strength to charge in for the points.
Either side of Zack Holmes penalties former Waikato winger Henry Speight ran through five woeful tackles to score their first try.
The Blues combined with wonderful interchange of passing to bring up their third try which Hadleigh Parkes finishing it off.
Piri Weepu kicked two penalties to one from Holmes early in the second half and the match deteriorated as a spectacle when a shower hit Canberra.
Two minutes from time Michael Hobbs landed a penalty to seal the win and send the team off for Mad Monday with spirits high.
Blues 30 (Daniel Braid, Liaki Moli, Hadleigh Parkes tries Piri Weepu 3 cons Weepu 2, Michael Hobbs pens) ACT Brumbies 16 (Henry Speight try Zack Holmes con Holmes 2, Jesse Mogg pens) at Canberra Stadium
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