Beauden Barrett This is one fancy constituent!
OPINION:Beauden Barrett’s penalty shot creep should spark World Rugby into stocking up on vanishing foam.
The All Blacks goalkicker was sprung by a sharp-eyed South African rugby supporter stealing metres behind the referee’s back prior to his one successful penalty kick in the team’s 16-16 draw with the Springboks on Saturday.
#SSRugby : Watch closely what Beauden Barrett does with the ball as he prepares for the penalty kick pic.twitter.com/jfSqgr456D
— Pieter van der Spuy (@PvdS13) July 28, 2019
Barrett’s act of gamesmanship was embarrassing for a player of his class, a 76-test veteran with over 2000 points in a 10-year first class rugby career.
The penalty was awarded close to the 22m line – meat and drink territory for any self-respecting school first XV kicker, let alone a two-time World Rugby Player of the Year with all the time in the world to practise.
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Barrett could have taken a single step back and slotted the kick at that distance. Such is his intimate affinity with every blade of grass at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, he could have kicked it blindfolded while rolling coach Steve Hansen’s victory cigar.
Instead, Barrett waited till referee Nic Berry’s gaze was averted and cribbed a few metres closer to the sticks.
Surely, the touch judges should be alert to this sort of scam.
It’s hardly a hanging offence – rugby players have been taking liberties for years (how many tapped penalties are taken right on the mark?).
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