Amongst the excuses made by the NZ press and supporters after drawing the series with the Lions was that they would have won if Beauden Barrett’s goal kicking had been better in the second and third tests.
I think Steve Hansen may be able to relax and let Beauden just use his impressive skills in the running game.
Jordie Barrett started the final test and had an exceptional first start in the black shirt – but he didn’t get to take over the kicking from his brother – big mistake!
Last week the younger brother slotted a penalty and four conversions, mainly from the sidelines, to topple the previously unbeaten Crusaders.
Today in training, as if to send a message to Hansen, Jordie kicked a conversion from the sidelines – with his left foot!
Jordie has played Super Rugby for the Hurricanes at 10, 12 and 15 – it will be hard for the All Blacks not to find a starting place for him in the Rugby Championship and on the November tour.