Man­ager hails Bar­rett in new fly-half po­si­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - THE SCORE -

NEW ZEALAND 71 NAMIBIA

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was full of praise for Jordie Bar­rett’s per­for­mance at fly-half in the 71-9 vic­tory over Namibia.

Bar­rett has played most of his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer at full-back or on the wing but made his first ap­pear­ance at num­ber 10 for the All Blacks in Tokyo.

New Zealand named only two spe­cial­ist fly­halves in their World Cup squad in Richie Mo’unga and Beau­den Bar­rett, mean­ing the util­ity back was given the op­por­tu­nity in the piv­otal role.

He re­sponded with a 21-point haul from a try and eight con­ver­sions.

Hansen said: “I was re­ally pleased with Jordie Bar­rett at 10, he played very, very well.

“To be the third­choice first-five (fly­half), and our two su­per­star first-fives not play­ing ... he got us round the back well.

“We ended up scor­ing (11) tries so there’s a lot to like about it,” he added.

Hansen was not happy with his side’s first-half dis­play as they led only 10-9 with 30 min­utes played.

He said: “The first half was pretty dis­ap­point­ing. We didn’t turn up with the right at­ti­tude and Namibia made us pay for that.

“It’s a good les­son, isn’t it?

“Se­cond half, there was pretty good stuff in it.

“It didn’t hap­pen in the first half be­cause we had a poor at­ti­tude. They had more in­tent than us and played bet­ter than us in the first half.”

Namibia coach Phil Davies could not have asked any more of his team de­spite the heavy de­feat.

He said: “I’m very proud of the ef­fort we put in, par­tic­u­larly our ball re­ten­tion and line breaks in the first half.

“We knew we were play­ing against the best team in the com­pe­ti­tion, the cur­rent cham­pi­ons but we gave it all we could.

“I couldn’t ask any more of our play­ers. We’re very proud of them.

“The score­board looks a bit painful but there was lots to take out of the match.”

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