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Beauden Barrett criticised after getting away with oldest goal-kicking trick in the book

Beauden Barrett criticised after getting away with oldest goal-kicking trick in the book
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After New Zealand and South Africa’s 16-16 dramatic draw in Wellington on Saturday, there have naturally been a number of talking points as the old rivalry appears to be heating up ahead of the World Cup. One moment in particular has angered South African fans.

After initially dominating the first half, South Africa gave away another penalty early in the second, when Malcolm Marx looked to have won the steal at the breakdown but referee Nic Berry said that there was no clear release.

At 7-6 up, the All Blacks opted to keep the scoreboard ticking along as Beauden Barrett stepped up and Kieran Read had a chat with the referee.

The mark was quite clear to see, but with Read and Berry’s backs turned, Barrett gave the ball a little nudge ahead, closer to the posts.

While this is something that most goal kickers would have tried – and executed successfully – at some point in their careers, seeing it done so blatantly like this in a tight Test match has angered South African fans, who haven’t held back with their assessment of it on social media.

It has been compared to ball tampering in cricket, and called ‘blatant cheating’. While others have said it’s simply gamesmanship, and the extra few meters probably wouldn’t have made a huge difference at that distance and angle.

South Africa went on to score a late try and Pollard’s successful conversion gave them a 16-16 draw.

Here’s another look at this particular talking point:

4 Comments

  •  katman
    katman
    11:18 AM 30/07/2019

    Having this happen, as well as Pollard having to take his final kick about 7m wider than the try for the match-deciding conversion, does not sit well at all.

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  •  dsteyn-dwgmail-com
    dsteyn-dwgmail-com
    5:00 PM 29/07/2019

    Also in the news, water is wet. 

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    •  pickay
      pickay
      9:39 AM 30/07/2019

      Yeah, but still that's not what you want to see. God forbid at any point we'll have to introduce the shaving foam spray they us in soccer!

      Reply
      •  danknapp
        danknapp
        8:25 AM 02/08/2019
        Top Comment

        I don't want to alarm anyone, but I saw a scrum half feeding the ball to his own man in a match recently!

        Reply


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