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Beauden Barrett Brilliantly Finishes Thrilling Moment Of All Blacks Counter-Attacking Genius

Beauden Barrett Brilliantly Finishes Thrilling Moment Of All Blacks Counter-Attacking Genius

When the All Blacks open the floodgates, they open them wide.

The moment which triggered their opening on Friday came 29 minutes into the All Blacks' Lions Test series warm-up game against Samoa.

Samoa had threatened early, though failed to take advantage of some promising positions against Steve Hansen's side. They found themselves once again inside the All Blacks 22 with nearly half an hour gone at Eden Park. However, the ball was turned over five metres from the line, ending up in the hands of Ben Smith.

The All Blacks fullback started a move which was finished by the dribbling skills of Beauden Barrett. It also involved a brilliant offload from scrum-half Aaron Smith and a little bit of juggling from Sonny Bill Williams.

It was far from an easy finish for Barrett though. Williams' pass was headed for the deck until the All Blacks out-half controlled the ball with his foot and then perfectly judged a kick towards the Samoa line.

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The try and conversion put the All Blacks ahead 14-0. It was their second try of the game after Anton Lienert-Brown had scored the first after 12 minutes.

The All Blacks eventually ran out 78-0 winners.

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