Perenara lauds calming Barrett

Date published: July 16 2017

Hurricanes scrum-half TJ Perenara has praised the quality of youngster Jordie Barrett after he helped them to victory over the Crusaders.

Barrett was moved into the outside centre position from full-back before kick-off when Vince Aso was ruled out and he slotted in with ease.

He scored a try and kicked 11 points in the 31-22 win at Westpac Stadium and Perenara was quick to hail the younger Barrett’s showing.

“I’m continually impressed with that kid. You wouldn’t think it was his first season of Super Rugby, you wouldn’t think he was 19, 20-years-old,” said the scrum-half to Stuff, with the Hurricanes’ triumph seeing them travel to Canberra instead of Cape Town next weekend.

“I’ve played a lot with his brother [Beauden] and I see a lot of those same characteristics out of those two men. They step onto a footy field and not much fazes them, regardless of what the moment is, regardless of what the score is.

“They’ve got very good characteristics in terms of how they perform under pressure, what their demeanour’s like under pressure and I think they bring a calming aura to a team. And they’re both good at footy.”

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