17th July 10:10 AM
It's not really Barrett’s fault - Retallick
By Dhanjay Deo
Tuesday 12/09/2017
Beauden Barrett (Photo: AFP).

The nature of the All Blacks performances most of this season have left a little to be desired, lacking the fluency and command of their 2016 Rugby Championship charge.

Of their seven tests this year, the All Blacks have won five, with the defeat and draw at the back end of the series against the British and Irish Lions.

They were good for most of the opening test against the Lions, for the first half in Sydney, and for the last 10‑15 minutes in Dunedin.

On Saturday night against the limited Pumas they again took a long time to get going, trailing 22‑15 10 minutes into the second half before Vaea Fifita's wonder try sparked them into a 24‑0 last half‑hour.

The world 2016 player of the year Beauden Barrett has gone into somewhat of a funk as those speedy defensive lines have limited his space and taken away his time, and the result has been a little painful to watch at times.

But lock Brodie Retallick says it's not really Barrett’s fault and it's what other players are doing around him.

He says they need to be better at communicating the space to give Barrett the options.

Ryan Crotty, who ran the water on Saturday says the guys outside of first receiver have to feed the communications because Barrett is going to be looking at the ball.

The All Blacks will host the Springboks at 7.30pm this Saturday in Albany.

Source: Stuff.co  

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