BEAU­DEN GOES THE DIS­TANCE

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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.

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