Rugby Championship

Hansen: Barrett is 'pretty good'

2016-10-10 14:06
Beauden Barrett (Getty)

Durban - It is a rare thing to see All Blacks coach Steve Hansen smiling. 

That was the case once more following his side's 57-15 annihilation of the Springboks in Durban on Saturday. 

Speaking after the match, Hansen was as composed as ever as he won with the grace and humility expected of a fine champion coach. 

He was incredibly complimentary of the Springboks and coach Allister Coetzee, and urged the All Blacks not to get carried away despite their record-equalling 17 straight Test wins. 

But there was one moment when the New Zealand boss revealed his dry sense of humour. 

It came when he was asked about the performance of flyhalf Beauden Barrett. 

Now 25-years-old, Barrett has stepped out of the shadow of Dan Carter to emerge as the main man behind this All Black attack. 

He struggled with the boot on Saturday, kicking 3 from 7, and was also not at his best in the first half. 

But Barrett was simply sublime in the second 40 minutes as he scored two tries himself and guided the All Black attack to a memorable win.

"He's pretty good," Hansen joked. 

"They told us we wouldn't be able to replace the other guy (Carter) but we've always said that if you cut down the tall trees the little trees will grow.

"He's growing. He's not the finished article yet and I'm sure Fossie (Ian Foster, backline coach) will have plenty to say about his game tonight."

Hansen had kind words for Barrett's parents, too. 

"He's showing us that he's a quality footballer and he has some wonderful attributes that you can't coach; speed being one of them," said Hansen.

"It doesn't matter how good a coach you are, you can't coach people to run faster. We have to thank his mother and father and probably God for those genetics."

Read more on:    all blacks  |  beauden barrett  |  steve hansen  |  durban  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Saturday, 29 September 2018
South Africa v Australia, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 17:05
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Argentina v New Zealand, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 00:40
Saturday, 06 October 2018
South Africa v New Zealand, Loftus Versfeld 17:05
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Following the win over the All Blacks in Wellington, Springbok supporters will be counting down the days until the return fixture at Loftus on October 6. How do you see that match ending?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.