All Blacks and Hurricanes flyhalf has reminded the rugby world just why he is the reigning back-to-back World Player of the Year by pulling off this sublime piece of skill, pulling off a juggling intercept before throwing a no-look pass inside to Ngani Laumape.
With eyes in the back of his head, Barrett anticipates the support line of Laumape and releases a back-hand flick only moments after gathering the ball. He had to sprint 20-metres off the lineout to get a tip on the ball as the Blues tried to link with the midfield following a messy ball off the top.
The try was Laumape’s fourth of the night, as he became just the seventh player in Super Rugby history to score four in a game. He is the second Hurricane to join that list this season, his teammate Ben Lam achieved the feat against the Rebels earlier in the year.
The Hurricanes scored five other tries from their own set-piece, including one from Barrett, to beat the Blues 42-24 in Wellington and retain fourth spot on the ladder.
They will travel to Hamilton to play the Chiefs in a match with a home quarter-final at stake while the Blues will finish their season against the minor premiers Crusaders in Christchurch.
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