Is it possible to stop Beauden Barrett? In the space of one year, he has taken the All Blacks #10 jersey and redefined it.

Barrett’s try in Dublin last year is the stuff of legend, and it is possibly the redefining moment for the #10 jersey.

The subtleties involved and the precision of execution are things that separate the ordinary from World Class. These subtleties give insights into the minds of the All Blacks thinktank. They show what a #10 is capable of. But most interestingly of all, it shows up a number of Lions players, all of whom could be pulling on the fabled red jersey come June the 24th.

Can the Lions stop Beauden Barrett?

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I have seen, as you will have, attacking teams place a man directly behind a scrum, when central, to raise doubts in the defensive team about how to line up. Could this be done defensively?

    In order to stop BB could Farrell or Sexton start behind the scrum and if or when Connor Murray spots the ABs going for a move, by tilting the scrum before engagement or before the ball goes in, he signals to the player behind the scrum to move across to the side of the scrum where the attack will take place.

    IT relies on an intelligent, observant scrum half, good communication and a lot of homework. But if the scrum half can start to read the moves then they can communicate.

    What do you think?

    • Thanks for taking the time to put this down Owen Dallison. It is possible, but the comms and homework have to be next level. There has to be total trust in everyone on the field, much like Payne trusting his inside men. I like the thought of what you have proposed though. Again, thanks for taking the time. Cheers.

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