Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Barrett sees red for All Blacks in Australia Test

Barrett sees red for All Blacks in Australia Test

The hulking lock was given his marching orders by referee Jerome Garces shortly before the end of the first half, after he was deemed to have shoulder charged Wallabies star Michael Hooper in the back of the head and neck.

"There were numerous occasions we got offside when we didn't need to", he said. "Our discipline was poor early in that first half and we missed 20 tackles out of 90 in the first half".

There is nothing to say that if the All Blacks beat Australia at Eden Park next Saturday the two-match series will be decided on tries scored, metres gained, phases completed or total respective sheep populations.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, basking in a rare victory over their trans-Tasman rivals, voiced sympathy for Barrett, but said the referee was doing his job. "They went through the regulations but I feel for the opposition player as well".

Australia played particularly well and deserved the win.

There was no let up in Australia's attacking intent and Marika Koroibete crossed from close range before Hodge used his quick feet to capitalise on another O'Connor assist, although Ngani Laumape's excellent individual effort restored some pride for the visitors.

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The Wallabies now lead the Rugby Championship clash in Perth by 26-12 at half-time and Barrett's dismissal will make it very hard for Steven Hansen's men to mount a second half comeback.

"It really puts the blowtorch on these guys, as they said all along that the Bledisloe Cup is the second priority behind the Rugby World Cup".

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While the Kiwis lifted, the Wallabies selections backfired.

He said the Wallabies must improve, just as the home side would.

Coach Steve Hansen confirmed Goodhue's injury concerns saying definitely he won't be available next week.

Then the All Blacks led from a devastating move up the left, a loose touch in the midfield allowing the jinking Aaron Smith to send through Rieko Ioane despite Australian appeals for a forward pass.

Or you will have forgotten that the last time Australia won a Test match at Eden Park in September, 1986, the Russians were still calling the recent explosion at Chernobyl a "slight malfunction".

"We are just building our belief", centre Kerevi said.

A six-week ban usually follows such a dismissal and Barrett will miss the second Bledisloe Cup Test against the Wallabies in Auckland next week, which the All Blacks must win to retain the trophy they have held since 2003.

They will have survived one of sport's great ordeals.

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