Let’s face it, Beauden blew it for the All Blacks

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    Beauden Barrett is a wonderful rugby player, in my opinion the world’s leading No.10.

    But coming into this British and Irish Lions tour, his one obvious potential weakness was his goal kicking. And thus, it has come to pass that his kicking has been crucial in the outcome – not just of one match, but the entire series.

    Barrett missed kicks at goal that a Test-level goal kicker should get, and with the second and third Tests coming down to such tiny margins, the fact remains that Barrett blew it for New Zealand through his unreliable goal kicking.

    Despite his excellent play during general play, his form from the tee was just not good enough and ended up in the first drawn series ever between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions.

    As unpalatable as it may be, New Zealand Rugby and its supporters would do well to consider this undeniable fact in their analysis of their drawn series with the Lions.

    While the All Blacks have tended to dominate recently to a point where they have not needed goalkicking to beat teams such as the Wallabies and South Africa, in close matches they need to ensure all necessary points are taken. Unfortunately for them at the moment, Beau just isn’t doing the trick.

    New Zealand needs to find a consistent goal kicker to fill the shoes of Dan Carter, who won a number of close matches for the All Blacks during his fine career. While Carters don’t come around all the time, there has to be someone in the All Black setup that can kick more reliably.

    Fortunately, they have plenty of depth in the fly half department. What do you think, Roarers? Who should come in to replace Beauden Barrett for the All Blacks?

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    • July 9th 2017 @ 5:59am
      Mike said | July 9th 2017 @ 5:59am | ! Report

      Good. Yeah he’s better than any 10 we have in Oz, but with him, Read and Co, the ABs are finally showing cracks compared to what they used to be with McCaw and Carter. Took a lot longer for the cracks to show than anticipated. Unfortunately the woeful state of Oz rugby means we are not in a position to exploit these weaknesses this year.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 8:59am
        Jeffrey said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:59am | ! Report

        I think you and many others have forgotten that the ABs were missing a bunch of players that absorb the pressure and make the right decisions when needed. I’m talking about Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Coles for his line-out throwing/all round dynamic play and even SBW for his physicality and offloading skills in midfield. Add to that guys like Liam Squire and the unavailability of the two first choice wings, and I feel people talking about the cracks in the ABs dues to a test where they played with 14 men and also last night’s test are basically jumping to conclusions too quickly.

        One must also give the Lions a lot of credit. I don’t think the ABs will face that type of rush defense and defensive pressure from any individual nation in world rugby, so their ability to play their high paced game will be a lot easier to execute against other teams.

        • July 9th 2017 @ 1:58pm
          Frank O'Keeffe said | July 9th 2017 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

          SBW is the second largest reason NZ didn’t win that series.

          • July 11th 2017 @ 6:31am
            Galatzo said | July 11th 2017 @ 6:31am | ! Report

            Close, Frank. But I feel that SBW is the main reason the ABs lost the series.

          • July 12th 2017 @ 7:56pm
            Henry honey balls said | July 12th 2017 @ 7:56pm | ! Report

            Harsh to blame it on SBW when discipline has been a general issue with the ABs for a while now. In their last 10 games they have received 6 cards. 5 yellow and 1 red. NZ have also tended to get cards in closer games where frustration builds. All games that they won easily, Samoa, Italy and Italy they didn’t get carded however, in tighter games v the Lions, and Ireland the cards came out. The penalty count is also quite high.

        • July 10th 2017 @ 1:29pm
          mtiger said | July 10th 2017 @ 1:29pm | ! Report

          Nah, it is just a fact that cumulative caps (including with those mentioned) would not be close to 2011-2015 Allblacks.

          Unfortunately, for the highs provided by the Super flyhalf (not goalkicker) who also doubles up as the 3rd winger, challenge the Allblacks when playing with a normal flyhalf, albeit with a higher kicking percentage.

          Have faith in Barrett, it is the job of the other 14 too, to make it work.

        • July 13th 2017 @ 5:42am
          adastra32 said | July 13th 2017 @ 5:42am | ! Report

          Not sure that your last para will be so. England have an excellent defence coach Paul Gustard (ex-Saracens like Andy Farrell) who I am sure will be working with the team’s Lions/Saracens spine (Kruis, Itoje, George, Farrell, the Vunipolae) to create some more high pressure headaches for the ABs when they next meet.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 3:05pm
        Mielie said | July 9th 2017 @ 3:05pm | ! Report

        “The All blacks are finally showing cracks.”

        Wishful thinking perhaps.

        Imo, the British and Irish Lions are forminable. You cannot play against them with 14 men, and win.
        Some kicking practise is required, yes. But cracks, no.

        Which poor Rugby team is going to play the All Blacks next?

        The trophy remains in the All Black showcase.

        The Poms, though very impressive and formidable, did not beat the All Blacks in the series.

        • July 9th 2017 @ 8:23pm
          MH01 said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:23pm | ! Report

          When did the English team play NZ? Are you referring to the lions?

    • July 9th 2017 @ 6:27am
      Corporal Punishment said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:27am | ! Report

      I don’t think BB cost them the game/series. All black ill-discipline was the biggest culprit. By the senior players no less. Sonny Bill and Kaino cards, and Read’s stupid penalty for shirt pulling are prime examples.

      This 2016/17 AB side is simply not as strong as the 2015 side, and there is a lack of depth in a number of positions particularly 12, 13, 14 and 15. Or at the least, a lack of depth of experience.

      In hindsight, the woeful 2016 Wallabies and Boks papered over these problems.

      As an AB fan, I’m not too bothered about it. We’ve had a fantastic run since 2010, unprecedented really. It had to come to an end at some point, with defeats and forced rebuilding. I think we’ll be on the upward curve by 2019, although that’s not a guarantee of success in the WC of course.

      I’ve also got to say I have been impressed by the speed of the Lions backs, and the improvement in the skills of their team across the board with some glimpses of lovely interplays between players down the right and left wings, and some great little offloads by forwards in the tackle. The AB’s may have set the standard, but the NH teams haven’t been sitting still that’s for sure.

      • Roar Rookie

        July 9th 2017 @ 6:33am
        samalavich said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:33am | ! Report

        agree there CP the lions back play has been really good, especially when you think of what people were saying prior to the series. they weren’t able to finish off a lot of chances they created but showed they have it in them.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 6:44am
        Shop said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:44am | ! Report

        The North are definitely on the improve. Australia have if anything been back pedalling at a rate of knots.

      • Roar Guru

        July 9th 2017 @ 8:57am
        Kashmir Pete said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:57am | ! Report

        I’ve also got to say I have been impressed by the speed of the Lions backs, and the improvement in the skills of their team across the board with some glimpses of lovely interplays between players down the right and left wings, and some great little offloads by forwards in the tackle. The AB’s may have set the standard, but the NH teams haven’t been sitting still that’s for sure.


        Concur 100% – quite a joy to see


      • July 9th 2017 @ 9:01am
        mzilikazi said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:01am | ! Report

        Good to see such a well balanced and sensible post, CP.

        “In hindsight, the woeful 2016 Wallabies and Boks papered over these problems.” Correct, IMO….and also the NZ teams in SR playing against such awful Australian teams. Very easy to become complacent, to be overconfident.

        • July 9th 2017 @ 11:59am
          Corporal Punishment said | July 9th 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

          I agree MZ, the SR results are quite misleading it seems.

          Re sensible and balanced, I am certainly sore about the ref changing his decision on the offside penalty. However, even if we’d got the penalty and kicked the goal, and held out for the remaining minute or so to win, I still would have been unhappy with the result. The Lions suffocated the AB’s and we seemed unable to counter it. A victory would have felt hollow.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 1:50pm
        Black&White said | July 9th 2017 @ 1:50pm | ! Report

        Some very good points CP but there’s no escaping the fact that at the top level you must have a reliable goal kicker and BB has shown himself to be anything but both at Super Rugby level and test level. In every other respect he has few peers, but poor goal kicking will always be the difference between winning or losing a tight game.

        Had BB nailed his kicks in both the second & third tests against the Lions the ABs would have won, end of story, Until the AB selectors find a reliable goal kicker this will continue to be their achillies heel. .

    • Roar Rookie

      July 9th 2017 @ 6:29am
      samalavich said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:29am | ! Report

      I think the fact that he got 100% in the first test meant that they decided to persist with him even after a few easy misses, and this made sense in the 2nd test as there was no other better option on the field. The 3rd test however there was, and I’m surprised that jordie didn’t get a chance after that first up miss which while not quite a gimme was certainly one you’d expect a test kicker to get. if you watch right on half time jordie gets tackled out of play around the 10m line, as everyone jogs off to the sheds he slots a drop kick – pretty sure it was on the 40m line either 5 or 15 in from touch, it was on the run and from what i could see he gets it. doesn’t mean he would have got more off the tee but he’s been fairly good for the canes so far this year. Maybe one of the reasons is that they didn’t want to put more pressure on him in his first test start and just let him concentrate on the rest of his game. anyway is what it is and no point wondering what if…. oh and if you look at the lions farrell had a few wayward kicks early on – i think in the first test and the coaches kept faith in him and how many did he miss after that?..
      Nah on second thoughts can him he cost us the match and should never wear black again!!!! i always said he was crap even when he got player of the year that time. as for ben smith, he should go too, did nothing in this game.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 7:00am
        riddler said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:00am | ! Report


        i was watching the french stream and they highlighted that in their half time chat.. it was a very impressive droppie,.

        even with no pressure etc.. still a mighty fine kick.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 8:43am
        mzilikazi said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

        “Nah on second thoughts can him he cost us the match and should never wear black again!!!! i always said he was crap even when he got player of the year that time. as for ben smith, he should go too, did nothing in this game.”

        Totally agree, Samalavich…get rid of all these sub standard players. !! Just send them across the “ditch”, and they might get a few games for the Wallabies. !

      • July 9th 2017 @ 8:55am
        mzilikazi said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:55am | ! Report

        Good post, samalavich. I too wondered if Jordi might be given a go when Beauden missed one…you are probably correct re not putting pressure on him. Did not see him hit that kick post whistle……he is a very confident young man…as is his brother….look forward to seeing them play together more in future years…even though I am an Irish Australian ! I just appreciate great players !

      • July 9th 2017 @ 4:14pm
        Londoner said | July 9th 2017 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

        Agree Jordie should have been the kicker. Beauden is an amazing player but he’s not a world class kicker…misses too many at this level. As a Lions Fan though, Im grateful for this…….

    • July 9th 2017 @ 8:21am
      Jock Cornet said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

      All teams crack under pressure. SBW cost the abs the series because he cracked. Unfortunately the wallabies don’t have the skills to pressure the abs, the Boks maybe and England will.

    • July 9th 2017 @ 8:29am
      robert said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

      ben smith to right wing dagg to retire and jordie at fullback and the goal kicker problem solved

      • Roar Guru

        July 9th 2017 @ 8:33am
        Fionn said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:33am | ! Report

        Moving Ben Smith off the wing is crazy.

        You simply don’t move the best player in the world in their position out of their position—especially when that player is the best back (if not player) in the world full stop.

        Barrett to right wing?

        • July 9th 2017 @ 9:50am
          Kiwi in Europe said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

          Yah Jordie to the wing if Smith is available makes more sense.

    • July 9th 2017 @ 8:49am
      mzilikazi said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:49am | ! Report

      “Let’s face it, Beauden blew it for the All Blacks” I am very disappointed to see you use this headline, Clifto. And I am also critical of the content and tone of your article.

      I would like to suggest that you might sit back, review the series, and then write a very different article.

      I would have thought that many would see this as a totally absorbing series, showcasing the multi faceted talents of many of the worlds best players, with two coaching teams that handled the many challenges they faced very well in the final analysis.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 7:36pm
        Buckman said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:36pm | ! Report

        Hear, hear.

        Beauden kicks them and maybe the lions win with a more expansive game forced on them. Ludicrous assertion.

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