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Victory over Samoa just the start: Barrett

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/06/2017 Robert Lowe

The All Blacks have just whitewashed Samoa 78-0, but Beauden Barrett believes they have plenty of improvement in them.

The star playmaker scored two of his side's 12 tries at Eden Park in New Zealand's only hit-out before the three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions.

As dominant as Friday's performance ended up being despite Samoa asking questions early on, Barrett says it is only a start.

"I think we can certainly get better in all areas of our game, on defence and attack," he said.

"That's the exciting thing. It's a different beast around the corner and we have to get better."

Barrett's first touchdown made him the fifth All Black to score 300 Test points.

The first five-eighth also landed seven conversions from eight attempts for a personal haul of 24 points in 61 minutes.

The Test was the 26-year-old's 50th, having made his debut replacing an injured Aaron Cruden in the first half of the 60-0 win over Ireland in Hamilton in June 2012.

Making the night extra special was having younger brothers Scott and new cap Jordie also in the match-day 23.

"I'm pretty proud to hit the 50," he said.

"It feels like yesterday that I played my first and now I've got two brothers in the squad. It's unreal so I'm excited about the few weeks coming up now."

Both lock Scott, 23, and outside back Jordie, 20, came off the bench in the second half, making it the first time three brothers have appeared in a Test for New Zealand.

They just missed out on being on the field together, with Beauden coming off a couple of minutes before Jordie ran on.

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