Media catch All Blacks off guard
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?