'Got no beef!' Jordie Barrett laughs off sledge from All Blacks teammate Rieko Ioane during Super clash

Hurricanes star Jordie Barrett has laughed off a sledge from All Blacks teammate Rieko Ioane on Saturday night, saying there is “no beef” between the pair.

Late in the first half of the Hurricanes’ 42-24 win over the Blues, Barrett came over with a last-ditch attempt to stop Ioane from scoring, which the Blues midfielder clearly objecting to the tackle as he aimed some choice language at his opponent.

Barrett played down the incident today, saying neither he nor Ioane could remember what was said.

“Yeah we had a chat about that after the game actually. He can’t remember what he said and neither can I, but he thought I dived on him after he scored the try but we both had a look at it and agreed that I tried to tackle him and stop the try” he said.

“It’s just one of those things – all light-hearted, certainly got no beef.”

Barrett said the win, which snapped a three-game losing streak for the Hurricanes, had added some much-needed confidence ahead of another NZ derby against the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes star said Ioane thought he had dived on him as he tried to stop the Blues midfielder from scoring. Source: 1 NEWS


'I'm sure they can forgive him' - Ireland legend O'Driscoll rushes to defence of Beauden Barrett

Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll has come to the defence of All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett, following his abject performance with the boot in last weekend's 36-34 loss to South Africa in Wellington.

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

The All Blacks first-five's missed efforts proved costly during New Zealand's loss in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

Taking to Twitter though, former Ireland skipper O'Driscoll highlighted that Barrett's place in a side is about much more than ability to kick goals, with his eye for the tryline seeing him standout above his contemporaries.

"Barrett scored FOUR (4) tries in the last game. They rarely need their conversions," O'Driscoll tweeted.

"I'm sure they can forgive him a poor night off the kicking tee."

Barrett's kicking capabilities were also defended by coach Steve Hansen, saying:

"Beauden has these nights."

Barrett converted only two conversions from six in tonight's 36-34 loss to the Springboks. Source: 1 NEWS

"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



'Folau slaughtered that last play' - Australian public turns on Wallabies star after Argentina loss

The Australian rugby public have unleashed on star Israel Folau, after his refusal to set up teammate Bernard Foley for a potential match-winning try against Argentina on Saturday night.

During the final moments of Australia's shock 23-19 loss to Los Pumas on the Gold Coast, Folau decided to run the ball at the Argentinian line, with Foley waiting unmarked to his right.

Instead, Folau was sandwiched by three Argentine defenders, surrendering possession to give the Pumas a famous victory on Australian soil.

Naturally, social media was abuzz with criticism towards Folau, with the defeat seeming to have hinged on the winger's selfishness,

"Israel Folau has absolutely cost Australia that Test match. Sorry, but that's just what happened," wrote AAP's Vince Rugari.

"Israel Folau has just cost the Wallabies the victory. 10m from tryline and Foley on his outside, open, he decided to take on 3 defenders himself," began Supersport's Derek Alberts.

"Knocks on. Criminal."

Former ABC commentator Peter Wilkins had some of the harshest words for Folau, saying:

"Folau slaughtered that last play. 50 times out of 50 it's a simple pass for the win. They'd set it up perfectly."

"Coach killer. You're only as good as your last performance/play."

"Butchery of the highest order from Folau with seconds left on the clock. Cost Australia the game," wrote the Irish Independent's Cian Tracey.

The loss to Argentina means Australia have dropped to an all-time low seventh in World Rugby's rankings.



Wallabies to fall to lowest world ranking after shock loss to Argentina

The Wallabies' weekend will go from bad to worse, with Michael Cheika's men about to plummet to their lowest World Rugby ranking.

The 23-19 defeat to Argentina on Saturday night will see Australia fall to seventh place in the latest world standings, with South Africa's stunning Wellington win seeing them rise from sixth to fifth.

Scotland will bridge the gap in between the two Southern Hemisphere sides in sixth spot, with the Wallabies expected to fall to their worst ranking.

Since the rankings' inception in 2003, the Wallabies have never dropped below sixth spot, although having won just two of their last nine games, things could be about to get a whole lot worse for Michael Cheika's men.

World Rugby's latest rankings will be revealed later today.


Are you happy the All Blacks lost? Breakfast host Hayley Holt says Springboks' upset win was good for sport

Are you happy the All Blacks lost to South Africa over the weekend? That’s the question TVNZ1’s Breakfast is asking this morning.

It was the upset no one was picking, but the Springboks’ heroic effort and an uncharacteristically bumbling effort from the All Blacks meant South Africa triumphed 36-34.

New Zealand were stunned 36-34 in Wellington last night. Source: 1 NEWS

The All Blacks first-five's missed efforts proved costly during New Zealand's loss in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

Breakfast host Hayley Holt is one who is delighted by South Africa’s first win in New Zealand since 2009, saying it is good for the sport.

“I think the All Blacks winning constantly is bad for the sport, we need the international teams to be able to beat our team,” she said.

A drop goal would have seen the All Blacks avoid last night's loss. Source: 1 NEWS

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

The All Blacks failed to overcome South Africa, losing 36-34. Source: 1 NEWS

“Otherwise, they’re going to look away and money is going to drain away from the game, we need rugby to be strong.”

Some are saying – very quietly – it may be good for world rugby that the All Blacks went down to the Springboks. Source: Breakfast