Rugby Championship

Curwin Bosch backs Beauden Barrett: 'We all do this'

2019-07-31 19:57
Curwin Bosch
Curwin Bosch (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Sharks utility back Curwin Bosch seemingly has no issue with the fact that Beauden Barrett stole a few metres before kicking a penalty against the Springboks in Wellington last Saturday.

WATCH: Beauden Barrett moves ball closer to posts behind referee's back

A Springbok fan spotted Barrett nudging the ball forward with his foot while Australian referee Nic Berry had his back turned and posted footage of the incident on social media.

"Watch closely what Beauden Barrett does with the ball as he prepares for the penalty kick," Pieter van der Spuy states in the clip, which has been viewed more than 165 000 times on social media.

After watching the video, Bosch tweeted: "We all do this. Look at penalties kicked to touch and tell me if you find someone who kicks it on the mark."

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen earlier also told the Stuff.co.nz website that Barrett had simply done something many goal-kickers do.

"Look, you guys (media) have watched a lot of footy from club level right to the very highest level; I would say most goal-kickers have done that at some point in their time," the All Blacks mentor said.

"Is it right? Probably not, but they all do it. Is it any different than when you get a penalty and kick for touch and end up taking two strides past the mark to kick it out? It's just what happens in footy."

 

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