Beauden Barrett clearly didn’t take kindly to younger brother Jordie leapfrogging him in the Rugby Boss player rankings 2 weeks ago. He has been on an absolute tear since, racking up a ridiculous 300 metres gained in the last 2 weeks, beating 13 defenders, with 7 clean breaks and 5 try assists. Oh, and he seems to have sorted out some uncharacteristic discipline issues that saw him concede 4 penalties, 2 yellow cards and see red across 2 games.
You can see from the chart above that Beaudy is clearly trending in the right direction, capped by last nights 37.1 point fantasy night. This is great news for the Hurricanes, and especially the All Blacks as the Lions series starts to loom large. There have been a host of injuries to key positions (Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Waisake Naholo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Lima Sopoaga, and Dane Coles to name a few). The All Blacks know how to pace themselves during Super Rugby in key years and it’s not especially alarming to see some slow starts to the season by All Blacks, while other players come to the fore. But it is definitely reassuring at the same time to see a player who might arguably now be New Zealand’s most important, Beauden Barrett, begin to assert himself. He showed last year how devastating he can be, and he has the ability to almost single-handedly carry the All Blacks on his back, as he did in Dublin in November.
Beauden is back at the top of the Barrett family in the latest Rugby Boss player rankings, storming in to 3rd place while brother Jordie drops a place to 12th. Jordie, by contrast, has had his steady progression come to a grinding halt.
If you had him in your lineup last night you won’t be thanking him for the -4.1 points he got you, courtesy of his old achilles heel of missing tackles re-emerging. He missed 3 tackles last night, which puts his season stats at a very alarming 11 tackles made, 10 tackles missed. The All Black selectors won’t be calling any time soon until that area of his game gets addressed.