All Blacks and Boks set for kicking duel



October 6, 2016
All Blacks and Boks set for kicking duel


Kiwis min gespin about who Toetie calls to play

New Zealand are ready for anything the Springboks might throw at them on Saturday (5.05pm).

With coach Allister Coetzee having two completely different flyhalfs in Morné Steyn and Elton Jantjies to call on, the All Blacks could care less who the Boks send on at Kings Park.

In Jantjies, the Springboks have a playmaking flyhalf, while Steyn is viewed as a better kicking option.

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster, though, tells StuffNZ: “We’re not just preparing for a kicking game.

“Every time we’ve come over here for the last four years the South African team has been very fast with a lot of open phase play with the kicking designed to help shape the defence, so that’s probably what we’re expecting.”

Of the flyhalfs, he adds: “Both him [Steyn] and Elton [Jantjies] have played really well for SA.

“They’ve got good choices and we’re prepared for both.

“Certainly, it does flag a slightly different style and it worked for them pretty well at Loftus against Australia so they might do it again.”

Bok backline coach Mzwandile Stick, meanwhile, says his manne have a kicking plan in place to keep the likes of Ben Smith and Israel Dagg from counterattacking.

The former Sevens ace says: “We’ve done our homework as a coaching staff and we know New Zealand and Australia are totally different teams.

“You’ve got Ben Smith at the back who is a top-class player who can play the kicking game very well and is also very dangerous on the counter with Israel Dagg next to him. We’ve got a plan in place and hopefully it’s going to work.”

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