Absolutely Incredible Beauden Barrett Star From England Game
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There’s absolutely no denying it. Beauden Barrett is undisputedly the best rugby player in the world right now. The back-to-back World Player of the Year is a phenomenal athlete and a key player for the All Blacks.
He’s one of the fastest players in world rugby, possesses incredible skill and can slice through pretty much any team like a hot knife through butter. But he’s not perfect. No player is.
The weakest part of Barrett’s game has always been his ability to score points from the boot. His place-kicking percentages are pretty poor and way off what a player of his ability should be hitting.
His kicking out of hand however is pretty decent, and has long been a weapon for both the All Blacks and the Hurricanes. Barrett can put the ball on a sixpence and has set up some wonderful tries over the years for both club and country.
But what about drop-goals? Well he’s either not very good at them, or just doesn’t fancy it all too often, because we’ve come across an incredible stat from New Zealand’s win over England on Saturday.
His drop-goal, which proved to be pivotal as the All Blacks escaped with a marginal one-point victory, was hi FIRST EVER in international rugby after 71 Tests for New Zealand. That is incredible.
So there’s no fear of Barrett dropping into the pocket against Ireland this weekend. But there’s every chance he’ll slide right through one.