Looking for a kick



September 27, 2016
Looking for a kick


Toetie denies Bok SOS and ropes in Koen to aid kickers.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has denied that he asked for help with his assistants as he roped in kicking guru Louis Koen.

There were reports this weekend that Toetie had wrote to Saru, saying that his backroom staff was not up to scratch.

Backline coach Mzwandile Stick, defence coach Chean Roux and attack coach Johan van Graan have all come under fire, with the Boks losing four of their six matches after taking their posts this year.

But Coetzee says: “What SOS have I sent?

“That’s something you guys [the media] have created. I don’t read the papers, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.

“I’m happy with what we’ve got right here at the moment in terms of coaches. If I had a problem with my coaches, I would let them know and I would let SA Rugby know.”

Still, former Bok flyhalf Koen joins from the Saru coaching mobi unit as South Africa look to get back to winning ways when they meet Australia at Loftus this Saturday (5.05pm).

Of Koen’s contribution, Toetie says: “Louis has always been part of the South African Rugby Union Mobi Unit, and he has always been part of us.

“Unfortunately in Nelspruit he couldn’t be with us. It is good to have Louis back, the players really do benefit from his experience.

“The ineffective kicking puts our defence under massive 
pressure, you guys can recall the last time we played against Australia what happened in that game due to poor kick execution and Israel Folau has also been really good in the air.

“That obviously leads to line breaks which puts our defence under pressure.”

Toetie also defended his decision not to call up in-form Lions inside centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg and stick with Damian de Allende, who he eventually dropped last night.

He says: “Rohan enjoyed a wonderful Super Rugby competition with the Lions, and is probably on the radar [for the end-of-year tour].

“But I don’t get emotional when I assess players. I look at the stats.

“And if you consider what Rohan can do [breaking the line], we have that in Damian at the moment.”

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