New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has heaped praise on the three Barrett brothers who played a major role in their 63-0 rout of Canada at the Rugby World Cup.
Beauden, Scott and Jordie all touched down for the All Blacks during the nine-try win and they become the first trio of brothers to start for New Zealand in a World Cup match.
Their contribution could have been higher had it not been for handling errors denying Scott and Beauden further scores.
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Nevertheless, Hansen was quick to praise the Barretts in his post-match press conference.
“They are pretty handy. Beau is an exceptional footballer. The only way he didn’t score another try right at the end was fatigue got him.
“Scott is also playing very well, and he’ll be going back to his non-flashy way of scoring tries after tonight (he dropped the ball when attempting to touch down). Jordie is playing with a lot more control and patience.
“When you’re blessed, you’re blessed – and the three of them are blessed. Their parents should be proud of them tonight.”
The bonus-point win sees New Zealand lying second in Pool B behind Italy, who have yet to face Hansen’s side and meet South Africa later this week.
The 60-year-old maintains that Tuesday’s win will be used as a stepping stone to prepare them for the rest of the group games.
“We have come away with some confidence about what we are trying to do, starting to build and grow. We have done a lot of work at training, way harder than we normally would, and we will come away (from tonight) with a lot of confidence. We’ll bank this one.
“What we’ll probably do (now) is go away and have a look at the whole game and break it down and look at the critical things we set out to work on, how they are going, and then we’ll move on from that.”
New Zealand’s next game is against Namibia on Sunday, October 6 with kick-off at 1.45pm (local time).