For me it's not enough to be promising. You have to be a regular consistant performer.
So what if I haven't remember that game? Hard to remember brilliant games by the kiwis when on most occassions bar those very special ones we've had our arses wooped by 50+ points every time we play the Roos
All the more reason to remember the few occasions when we've really shone: 30-16 in the Centenary Test in 2003, (a 56 point turnaround from just a few months earlier), 38-28 in the opening match of the 2005 Tri-Nations, (our first win in Sydney for 46 years), and the 24-0 in the 2005 Tri-Nations final, (Australia's first non-scoring match for 20 years, Australia's first series loss for 27 years, our first series victory over Australia for 52 years, and our equal highest winning margin over Australia since beating them 49-25 in 1952).
And your question was: "when has he seriously excelled as half apart from playing in the SL???" It was a pretty simple answer.