The All Blacks coach IanFoster, praised both Beauden Barrett like number 8 Ardie savea behind the victory by 54-16 over Wales in Cardiff. Both were the main figures in a very productive afternoon for the Kiwis, who with seven tries, added the biggest win against the Red Dragons.
“He is a very strong player and he played a great game “, said Foster about Barrett’s effort after the triumph that maintains a healthy dispute of the position with Richie mo’unga. “I know that it is an eternal debate that we have and we have two outstanding players in the position”added the coach.
“The main focus should be on Beaudy right now. He played his 100th match and was able to show the best of his game. It’s your 100th match and you have a chance to show off some of your skills. He led us through a tense moment of the encounter. I couldn’t be more proud of him. “added Foster.
But the praise did not stop there and the coach expressed the importance of openness within the group: “Beaudy is always dedicated to preparing the team first and then himself, and that is his way of flowing during the week. We have some key leaders who are hugely influential in the team culture., very important to maintain high standards and ensure that we have the correct balance on and off the field of play.
“Barrett is one of those players who contributes a lot in the group space, so when they come out, they own the game. They design the party like architects. Beauden has that uncanny ability to defend two spaces because he knows he has the speed to make up for it. If we look at all the qualities he has, the ability to run fast and be decisive are what stand out ”, added.
Foster also praised Ardie Savea’s efforts., who returned to his defensive best side with the number 8. He ran hard and with telling spin, hitting eight of his nine tackles and effectively leading a dominant All Blacks trio.
“I just want him on the court”, said the coach and continued: “Love it the debate about whether he plays better than 7 or 8 because I have it too. I like it in both positions. What we enjoy about him as eighth is that he can participate a little more in the game and with the ball. Tonight we saw again what kind of player he is. “