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Springbok kicker defends Barrett against accusations

2nd August 2019, 17:11 by Simon Barlow

Beauden Barrett has been defended by Springbok kicker Curwin Bosch over accusations of cheating in the recent Test draw in Wellington.

Some South African fans were up in arms when footage emerged of Barrett 'stealing' a couple of metres before he successfully kicked a penalty in the gripping Rugby Championship clash with the Boks that finished 16-16.

Barrett toed the ball a couple of metres further ahead of the spot marked by match referee Nic Berry when the official turned his back to talk to All Blacks skipper Kieran Read.

The footage was posted on social media, with some fans even going as far as to label Barrett's actions as 'cheating'.

However, Bosch – a goal kicker himself – gave a measured and informed response to the raging debate.

"We all do this. Look at penalties kicked to touch and tell me if you find someone who kicks it on the mark," the 22-year-old Springbok tweeted.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen also echoed Bosch's sentiments, dismissing the incident as something "most goal kickers have done".

"Look, you guys (media) have watched a lot of footy from club level right to the very highest level; I would say most goal kickers have done that at some point in their time," Hansen said.

"Is it right? Probably not, but they all do it.

"Is it any different than when you get a penalty and kick for touch and end up taking two strides past the mark to kick it out? It's just what happens in footy."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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