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Two-test Springbok Curwin Bosch defended All Black Beauden Barrett after an eagle-eyed South African fan noticed him rolling the ball a couple of metres towards the goal posts before kicking a penalty in last Saturday’s Wellington test.
The Springboks supporter spotted All Blacks fullback Barrett nudging the ball with his foot while referee Nic Berry had his back turned during the 16-all draw in the Rugby Championship, posting TV footage of the incident on social media.
Some believed Barrett should not have indulged in such gamesmanship and kept the ball at the mark where the penalty was awarded. But others asked why there wasn’t a similar outcry about RG Snyman illegally entering a ruck prior to smacking into All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick and dislocating his shoulder.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen dismissed the incident, saying Barrett had simply repeated an action performed by many goal kickers. Bosch, a Springboks squad member and a goal kicker, spoke out on social media, replying to the video which sparked the debate.
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