The Beauden Barret try was one of the most controversial moments arising out of yesterday's Ireland v New Zealand clash. Barrett has offered final clarification of the incident.
Beauden Barrett seemed fairly sheepish yesterday in his interview with RTE after the Ireland v New Zealand match. The reason for his sheepishness was because in scoring a try he tried to get too close to the sticks and ended up nearly being tackled out of a score by Jonny Sexton.
Barrett apologised to All Blacks fans in that interview after the game but he wriggled away from the question of whether or not he had actually grounded the ball.
However in an interview with New Zealand media (on stuff.co.nz) - perhaps because he knew he would face less hostility in doing so - he came across as more certain about the incident:
I grounded it...the second angle didn't look good but I knew that part of the ball had hit the ground in the first angle, so it was just a relief.
I can understand why the crowd got in behind it…but I was comfortable I grounded it.
The reporter went on to write:
If he was to walk through any of the pubs around Aviva Stadium, or in the Temple Bar area in Dublin, he wouldn't find many Irishmen or women prepared to let him get away with that one.
Damn right he wouldn't.