BEAUDEN GOES THE DISTANCE
The All Blacks were in a bit of trouble when they played France in late November 2016.
It had been a huge year for the visitors. The game in Paris was their 14th and many of the senior players had been involved in every one.
The All Blacks looked tired, flat and as coach Steve Hansen would say later, his side were on their last legs and crawled over the line.
The game was tight in the first half and early in the second, it looked as if France were the side with more momentum.
They were pressing close to the All Blacks line and looked certain to score in the left corner when they moved the ball there.
But All Blacks first-five saw what was happening and timed things perfectly to charge out of the line and intercept the pass.
Barrett, of course, had the pace to go all the way and it was a 14-point turnaround and a move that effectively won the test for the All Blacks.
“I was sort of scrambling back and just, sort of, got the angle right,” Barrett said. “If you can get that angle right…if the pass beats you, you can intercept it. It is one of those opportunist things. You don’t plan it. I was quite happy.”
RUN BEAUDEN RUN Beauden Barrett went 95 metres to score this critical try.