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Scott Barrett explains why he shushed Nic White after All Blacks try

By Finn Morton
(Source/Stan Sport)

Lock Scott Barrett has explained why he decided to shush Wallaby Nic White after the All Blacks scored a crucial try during their Bledisloe Cup victory at the MCG on Saturday.


Playing in front of more than 83,000 people at the ‘G, the All Blacks took control of the Test after overcoming a slow start.

Following a try to Will Jordan, the All Blacks took a 12-point lead into the sheds. There seemed to be a widespread feeling throughout the world-class venue that the next try was going to play a key role in determining the victor.

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The Wallabies, who had young playmaker Carter Gordon at the helm, threw everything at their heavily favoured opponents.

Phase after phase, moment after moment, the Aussies refused to throw in the towel.

Australia controlled possession for the first 18 minutes of the second term, but failed to convert their attacking pressure into points.

The All Blacks wouldn’t make the same mistake.

Prop Taniela Tupou was yellow carded – and also left the field with an injury – which gave Jordie Barrett the chance to kick for the sideline. The field possession proved too good for the visitors.


Replacement Caleb Clarke ended up fighting his way over for the pivotal score in the 59th minute. The All Blacks were thrilled, just look at Aaron Smith – the veteran No. 9 jumped up in celebration.

But as the All Blacks began to make their way back to halfway, lock Scott Barrett shushed Wallaby halfback Nic White. The reply on the big screen received a chorus of laughter from the packed stadium.

About 30 minutes after the full-time siren had sounded, Barrett spoke with reporters about the Bledisloe Cup win over the Wallabies – and of course, that exchange with Nic White.

“In the heat of the battle there’s probably a few words (to the ref) of holding him at the breakdown,” Barrett told reporters.


“Probably cleaned him out a couple of times earlier too so it wasn’t the first time I heard him complain the referee.

“Not usually like me, I usually get back to halfway and worry about the kick-off.”

Wallaby Jordan Uelese had a front-row seat to the exchange, and was clearly shocked by what had just happened.

Uelese was caught in slow-mo with a stunned look on his face – shifting his focus from Barrett to White with his eyes wide open.

It was an uncharacteristically cheeky thing for Barrett to do, but the Crusaders captain just put it down to “the heat of the battle.”

“It’s probably the heat of the battle I guess,” he added. “A few words of advice to the ref so I was quietly trying to say something there I think.”

The All Blacks locked up the Bledisloe Cup for another year and claimed The Rugby Championship crown with a 38-7 win in Melbourne.

Wing Mark Telea was impressive as the All Blacks put on a second-half point-scoring blitz against Eddie Jones’ Wallabies.

“It’s really pleasing, it was a huge effort. Weathered the storm of the Aussies, particularly around that halftime period.

“Pretty proud of the combined effort really.

“They always have breakdown threats there and they probably looked at the South African game last week and saw that they disrupted us.

“Will Skelton and the like actually did that for a wee bit tonight. Our nine’s didn’t have the cleanest ball for a lot of that game. I think that was probably the storm that we weathered.”

The two teams will go head-to-head again next weekend at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium.


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Nice One Bruvva 354 days ago

OJ continues his tirade of hate to all things Kiwi. Very tiresome like a cracked old record.

Eric 355 days ago

Nic white is a shithead, bad for the sport and bad for Australia is a whiner and a cheat

Bob Marler 355 days ago

Nic White probably squawks and squeals all game. Needs to be shushed eventually.

Like my grand dad’s parrot.

Paul 355 days ago

Aussie sabotaged their own team by appointing Gollum as their coach !! 😂

john 356 days ago

The All Blacks are getting very arrogant beating a Wallaby team that has been sabotaged by kiwi coaching for 4 years.
Pride before fall.

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Shaylen 5 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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Jon 11 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

I think the main problem here is the structure of both countries make up. They are going to have very similar.. obstacles(not problems). It will just be part of the evolution of their rugby and they’ll need to find a way to make this versatility more advantageous than specialization. I think South Africa are well on the way to that end already, but Ireland are more likely to have a hierarchical approach and move players around the provinces. Ioane is going to be more than good enough to lock up one of those available positions for more than a few years I believe though. Morgan would definitely be a more long term outlook. Sacha to me has the natural footwork of a second five. Not everything is about winning, if a team has 3 players that want to play 10s just give them all a good go even if its to the detriment of everyone, this is also about dreams of the players, not just the fans. This is exactly how it would be in an amateur club setting. Ultimately some players just aren’t suited to any one position. The example was of a guy that had size and speed, enough pace to burn, power to drive, and speed to kick and pass long, but just not much else when it came to actual rugby (that matched it). New Zealand has it’s own example with Jordie Barrett and probably shows what Reece Hodge could have been if the game in Australia had any administration. Despite the bigger abundance of talent in NZ, Jordie was provided with consistent time as a fullback, before being ushered in as a second five. Possibly this was due to his blood, and another might not have been as fortunate, but it is what it was, a complete contrast to how Hodge was used in Australia, were he could have had any position he wanted. When it comes down to it though, much like these young fellas, it will be about what they want, and I think you’ll find they’ll be like Hodge and just want to be as valuable to the team as they can and play wherever. It’s not like 63 International Cap is a hard thing to live with as a result of that decision!

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