The inexplicable decision by All Black that Hurricanes fans won’t believe
If All Blacks and Hurricanes No12 Jordie Barrett had a chance to go back in time and do things differently against the Brumbies in the Super Rugby Pacific quarter-final, there is one particular moment that he surely would change.
That moment came in the final seconds of the match, as the Hurricanes were trying to score a match-winning try just metres from the Brumbies’ line.
With the score at 37-33 in Canberra, the ball found itself into Barrett’s hands, where he decided to take on three Brumbies defenders and score himself. But someone on Reddit has pointed out that Barrett had a very simple pass to his right which would have put Bailyn Sullivan in for an easy try.
Obviously it is easy to pick a thing like that apart when watching replays, but most people would back an All Blacks No12 to make the right decision, and had Barrett done so, the Hurricanes would be in the semi-final.
From the resulting ruck from Barrett’s carry, Ardie Savea did cross the line but he was held up, which ended the game. Both Savea and head coach Jason Holland questioned the decision after the match.
“You look back to qualifying (fifth) … part of the battle around coming to Canberra is the 50-50 calls don’t go your way here,” Holland said.
“You just bite your tongue when journalists ask you questions straight after the game because that’s just the way it is.
“There’s not much to be said about it, Ardie’s just said he scored the try.”
Savea added: “I can sit here and argue but it’s done now so it’s one of those things … (I’m) gutted,” he said.
“The journey this team has been through and I thin k it all hit me at once just reflecting on the relationships that you build and the season that we’ve had and it just all came down to a moment.
“A moment that didn’t go our way and I just feel for the boys … it’s heartbreaking.”
While this may be the case, the Hurricanes could have made it much easier for themselves.
Here was Barrett’s carry: