COMMENT:

Beauden Barrett had a terrific Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland, but man of the match?

Don't think so…and I'm among Beaudie's greatest fans.

Why does rugby even bother with man-of-the-match awards. They almost always go to first five eighths or fullbacks or anyone who scored a couple of tries.

Advertisement

The people adjudicating them can't distinguish between the forwards so they find a safe haven with a famous back.

Beauden Barrett certainly qualifies on that score. He got the gong in Tokyo.

But this was a game where the All Black pack had to stand up. They went further,

Advertisement