Barrett to lay off kicking

Date published: June 28 2015

Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett has said he will avoid kicking during the week leading up to Saturday's Super Rugby Final against the Highlanders.

The All Black, who helped lead the 'Canes to a home match in Saturday's all-New Zealand showpiece, struggled with tightness in his right knee and hip.

And with victory over the Brumbies sealed, he's reevaluating his preparation.

"I really wanted to kick this week and I did plenty of repetition. I wanted to do the prep and I definitely over-kicked this week, which was why I was tight out there," he told The Dominion Post after Saturday's impressive win in Wellington.

"It's another learning. I was too eager because I wanted to be good tonight, so I will definitely pull it back for next week."

He added: "The knee was fine, it was more around my hips and once they go it's very sore and restricting. It's something I've been battling my whole career, but I'm not making any excuses and Jimmy (Marshall) is more than capable.

"My legs are wrecked, but I'll take a lot from it, I got rid of a bit of rust out there. I'm just glad to be back in the driver's seat. I was more than happy for him to take over. I was struggling just to kick for touch. I kicked a bit too much this week and I tightened up, so I've got to really be careful not to over work during the week. I need to trust my technique and my routine that I can deliver on the day."

Barrett was thrilled to secure a first final for the Hurricanes since 2006 and praised the Wellington crowd who turned out.

"It was amazing. The first 20 minutes when we were controlling play we had a few opportunities, the crowd was just erupting. You can notice the difference when it's full compared to a regular game. It will be a sell out next week and we're pumped about it," he continued.

"We're so excited. I'm personally looking forward to resting up a couple of days to make sure I'm fresh for next Saturday. It's going to be a huge occasion, it's something we've aimed for right from the start of our season at our camp in Gisborne. All the boys will turn up to work next week with smiles on our faces, just like we have all season."