'Beauden has these nights' – All Blacks firm behind Barrett's boot ahead of World Cup

The All Blacks are firmly behind the kicking ability of Beauden Barrett, despite the missed opportunities squandered in last night's 36-34 loss to South Africa in Wellington.

Barrett, 27, missed four of his six attempts at goal, ultimately proving crucial as the All Blacks slipped to a first loss at home to the Springboks since 2009.

Addressing media today though, coach Steve Hansen says that the All Blacks are firmly behind Barrett as their first choice kicker going into next year's World Cup in Japan.

"Beauden has these nights," Hansen began.

"He's had them before, but then he comes out and kicks 100 per cent the next time.

"That's the nature of goal kicking - sometimes it hurts you.

"You've just got to hope that all the stars don't line up in the one night - last night they did."

The first-five missed four kicks in New Zealand's shock loss to South Africa. Source: 1 NEWS


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