Me­dia catch All Blacks off guard

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Buenos Aires: The All Blacks are used to skip­ping out of tack­les but some of the ques­tions posed to them in Ar­gentina have proved harder to dodge. Since Ar­gentina were wel­comed into the Rugby Cham­pi­onship, this is the All Blacks’ fourth stop in Buenos Aires and there still re­mains a sense of awe that comes with wel­com­ing the world’s best rugby team, even in a foot­ball-mad coun­try such as this.

To be fair to the lo­cal jour­nal­ists, the lan­guage bar­rier makes life dif­fi­cult for play­ers and me­dia alike. But on Wed­nes­day, elu­sive backs Beau­den Bar­rett and Is­rael Dagg were put on the spot with some tricky ques­tions at the press con­fer­ence. Here’s a snap­shot of how things played out: Ques­tion: How can we beat you, please tell us?

A slightly per­plexed Bar­rett, in an at­tempt to side­step that one, says to Dagg: “What do you reckon?”

Dagg: “I don’t want to tell you that se­cret. I don’t know,” he says, laugh­ing. “We don’t want to lose.”

Bar­rett: “You have a lot of po­ten­tial and if you can play rugby for 80 min­utes we’ve seen them chal­lenge for 50 min­utes - it will make it very dif­fi­cult for us.” Ques­tion: Which of the Pu­mas play­ers could be an All Black? Bar­rett and Dagg look side­ways at each other. Ques­tion: Take a few sec­onds and think about it. Dagg: “Cap­tain Creevy”, he of­fers, re­fer­ring to Ar­gentina’s world-class hooker Agustin Creevy Bar­rett: “Colesy [Hurricanes cap­tain and All Blacks hooker Dane Coles] won’t be happy with that mate”, he jibes. Dagg: “As third hooker .... ” Bar­rett, ever the diplo­mat, chimes in to help his mate out of a tight spot: “Their team has a lot of po­ten­tial so a lot of them could be from what we’ve seen.” Dagg com­mends Bar­rett: “Good an­swer.” Ques­tion: What is the key to win­ning, win­ning, win­ning? Bar­rett: “We have high stan­dards and we live those each day. “We don’t want to let the jersey down so we have to strive to be bet­ter.

Ques­tion: In the end it’s all about the jersey?

Bar­rett: “Ab­so­lutely.”

Beau­den Bar­rett.

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