It is the first time that a team from outside New Zealand has won in Wellington since 2015, as the Argentinian outfit came away 28-20 victors.
Barrett started the game superbly, and his scything run through the heart of the Jaguares defence set up Vaea Fifita’s try in the opening minute of the match.
However, he made a huge error only ten minutes later, as he palmed the ball dead in goal after a kick through, as they often do in rugby league. This is illegal in union, and it cost his team a penalty try, and ten minutes in the sin bin.
SuperRugbyNZ: ?? Yellow card and penalty try = game on in Wellington.
— ItsAllRugby (@ItsAllRugby_com) May 17, 2019
This was an error that set the tone for the entire match, as the Hurricanes never gained the lead again. In the absence of Jordie’s brother Beauden, the backline failed to function all game. This was also down to the Jaguares pack, who competed ferociously at the breakdown and defended resolutely after conceding the early try.
However, Barrett’s mistake was fairly inexcusable, and many fans on Twitter could not believe that he would do something so fundamentally wrong.
This is how the fans have reacted:
Jordie Barrett must have played a bit of league back in the day… #HURvJAG
— Two Cents Rugby (@TwoCentsRugby) May 17, 2019
Barret gave away the penalty try, he could have caught that ball, kicked a penalty short of touch at a vital time of the game got turned over a few times, they were all pretty poor but he cost them a lot
— Richard (@rneoman) May 17, 2019
Jordie Barrett is having a bit of mare.
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) May 17, 2019
Jordie Barrett has not played well tonight. Just like his brother in his earlier days, inconsistent and rough around the edges. Give him a couple of years though and he'll be some player #HURvJAG ?
— Alex Dillon (@alexdillon33) May 17, 2019
Just dont like Jordie Barrett. The guy is so inconsistant its sickening. I honestly don't know what Steve Hansen and co sees in him. #HURvJAG
— ItDoesntMATAwhatyouthink (@RooiKoosUTD) May 17, 2019
Jordie Barrett is still young and vastly talented but gee he has the odd brain explosion. #HURvJAG
— Paul Cully (@paulcullystuff) May 17, 2019
In the act of foul play the player commiting the foul play is removed from the situation. So in this situation with Jordie Barrett being removed the try would have been scored. He should know the laws of the games better.
— Ashwin Ranchhod (@NZFatso) May 17, 2019
As seen, many have been critical of Barrett’s erroneous performance as a whole. The 22-year-old did not have his greatest game, and it was marked by a number of errors throughout.
However, despite being rough around the edges, many realise that he is still young and has the potential to develop into a world class player. His run in the opening seconds of the match is an indication of what the 6ft 5 utility back can do, albeit it was not his night against the Jaguares.
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