Barrett’s four missed conversions ultimately proved the difference as the All Blacks succumbed to their first loss of the championship, but Hansen stuck by the back-to-back World Rugby player of the year in the post-match press conference.
Meanwhile, assistant coach Ian Foster admitted the coaching staff had considered the possibility of changing the goal-kicker, but left it to the leadership group on the field to decide.
“We talked about the possibility of changing,” Foster told the New Zealand Herald.
“Beaudy I think kicked two of the first four. I admire him for stepping up and he hit the post with his last two, so that shows you the margins. I know that they would have discussed it… but Beaudy obviously thought he was kicking pretty well.”
“I’d add to that too,” Hansen said.
“Goalkicking is a really difficult job… Tiger Woods hits a good golf ball but now and then hits a bad one. It’s part of our sport. You only have to be that much out and you don’t get the results.
“We could sit here and say, ‘yeah, kick a couple of goals and we win the game’, but that’s not why we lost the game.”