Stopping Beauden Barrett is always a priority for the opposition when the All Blacks take the field.
"Beauden's in pretty rich form at the moment. He's one of the threats we've got to make sure we can control," Wallabies defence coach Nathan Grey said ahead of last weekend's Bledisloe Test.
And he had reason to be concerned. The scintillating five-eighth was the chief destroyer in the All Blacks' 42-8 and 29-9 routs in the first two Bledisloe Cup stoushes against Australia in Sydney and Wellington.
While he has scored the most tries, and has been the architect of the world champions' attack, proving almost impossible to contain at times, he isn't on form in one pivotal area.
He is the worst goal kicker in international rugby right now, according to statistics gathered by goalkickers.co.za, which ranks the kicks by all players around the world.
Goalkickers.co.za bases its ranking of the kicks on a number of factors, including the distance of the kick, angle, altitude and score difference (to indicate pressure).
For the 2016 Rugby Championship, Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez tops the list with 20 out of 23 conversions, followed by South Africa's Morne Steyn and Australia's Bernard Foley.
Barrett's teammates, Lima Sopoaga, who has a 100.0 per cent success rate with 3 out of 3, and Israel Dagg, who also has 100.0 per cent, with 1 out of 1, slot in at fourth and fifth place positions on the scoreboard.
Barrett comes in at 12 position, with a 65.1 per cent success rate after nailing only 28 out of 43 conversions.
For the entire year, Barrett falls even further down the list, with the lowest rating of 36 kickers in all international rugby games.
The average rating for kickers who have had more than 20 kick attempts in 2016 is 5.83 out of 10, NZME reports. Barrett falls short with a rating well below average, at 3.910.
Barrett success rate up to October 10 was 69.1 per cent, or 38 out of 55. The top four kickers average 84 per cent.
The energetic first-five earlier admitted that his goal-kicking needs considerable work.
"As much as I'd like to make every kick, it's just not possible," Barrett said.
"It's about how I bounce back when I miss and I'm working on that."
While his kicking is not on point, the 25-year-old brings a great deal of skill to the field.
"He steers them around exceptionally well. He's got a lot of positive attributes: great speed, good decision-making and he can hurt you if you make errors," Grey said.
Even Wallabies back-rower David Pocock has sung his praises.
"He's been outstanding this year, a real threat," Pocock said of the reigning Super Rugby Player of the Year.
"The thing about New Zealand is if you focus too much on someone like Beauden, it opens up gaps for a whole bunch of other attacking players around him.
"From what we've seen this year, it's important to control him but easier said than done and you don't want to put too much focus on one player."
With the southern hemisphere firmly in their pocket, the All Blacks head north on Friday looking to settle some long-held questions before the Lions come to town.
The world champions will head Stateside to take on Ireland in Chicago on November 5, before jetting to Europe for Tests against Italy, Ireland again and France.
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ALL BLACKS NORTHERN TOUR 2016:
- All Blacks vs Ireland, Soldier Field, Chicago, November 5
- All Blacks vs Italy, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, November 12
- All Blacks vs Ireland, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, November 19
- All Blacks vs France, Stade de France, Paris, November 26