Rugby World Cup 2019: Beauden Barrett dedicates man-of-the-match performance to 'Grandad Ted'

All Blacks utility Beauden Barrett has dedicated his man-of-the-match performance against Ireland to his late 'Grandad Ted', who died last week.

Barrett scored one of the All Blacks' seven tries as they ran away 46-14 winners to book their place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, where they'll face England next weekend. 

The All Blacks all wore black armbands as a mark of respect to the Barrett family. 

"It's been an emotional week for my family," Barrett said after the match, as he struggled to hold back the tears.  

Rugby World Cup 2019: Beauden Barrett dedicates man-of-the-match performance to 'Grandad Ted'

"All we wanted to do was play well for him tonight, so thinking of you up there. Love you Grandad Ted."

All three Barrett brothers played against Ireland, but there was a touching moment as Beauden set up a try for Jordie. 

"It was special. Being out there with my brothers is always special. It's something we can cherish."

On beating Ireland, Barrett said they'd learnt from their mistakes when the two teams last played in Dublin last year. In that match, the All Black were held tryless and lost 16-9. 

"We've learned from our previous games against them and it was about us taking those learnings and performing well tonight.

"We thought if we stick some points on in the first 20 it would help the outcome of the game, challenge Ireland and how they would play being behind on the scoreboard. Thankfully our start allowed us to do that.

"We're really proud of that performance. We knew in previous games against Ireland they've probably got the better of us up front and we knew it had to start there. 

"The work the big boys did to dominate most parts of this game certainly helped the backs to exploit the space. It was a huge effort, we put a lot into this."

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