All Blacks and Hurricanes out-half Beauden Barrett had an eventful game on Friday against the Waratahs, where he received two yellow cards, a red and executed one of the best passes you will see all year.
The 2016 World Rugby Player of the Year winner has continued his stellar form into 2017 and is expected to line out for New Zealand this summer when the British and Irish Lions embark on their two-match tour of the world champion’s homeland.
Despite blowing a big lead in their Super Rugby clash with the ‘Tahs and Barrett’s red card, the game will be remembered for this.
— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) April 7, 2017
Already up 20-7 and attacking the Waratah’s try line and with a penalty waiting, Barrett shows his vision by spotting Wes Goosen way out on the near wing and delivered a laser-like pass a full 25 metres to the winger, who then finished off the move with a straightforward five points.
This is the kind of skill level that the Lions can expect in June and all concerned will be keenly aware of just how good Barrett is. Coupled with his game control and kicking skills is his ability to break through opposition defences and put the boot down.
Gatland and co. have just been put on notice.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena