Braam eyes kicking shootout

2011-10-06 09:10

Wellington - Australia's coaches may need to give a little more thought to the identity of their kickers just in case Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa does go to a place kicking shootout.

Asked to name the Wallabies' five candidates, kicking consultant Braam van Straaten immediately reeled off a list.

"There's definitely enough kickers in the squad," Van Straaten said Thursday.

"If you look down the line, it will be first James O'Connor, Quadey, Coops, Kurtley Beale. So that's four already."

Not quite.

A voice called out from the rear of the room: "That's three, mate. Quades and Cooper are the same player."

A chuckling Van Straaten swiftly inserted the name of Berrick Barnes at No. 3 in his list between Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale, but acknowledged that Australia may be pushed to find a fifth reliable boot if the scores are level at the end of extra time.

"I don't think there's many teams out there that walk around with five kickers," the former South Africa flyhalf said.

"Now saying that, I might just have to get (prop) Benny (Alexander) in for a technical session."

The Wallabies could really be in trouble if Alexander is called upon to participate in the shootout — which is the tiebreaker if quarterfinalists are locked in a tie after extra time — no matter how willing the big forward is.

But South Africa's kicking options are also diminished after centre Frans Steyn pulled out of the tournament because of injury.

If the kickers do struggle - in a shootout or during the match - Van Straaten is adamant that it won't be because of the wild Wellington wind or the much debated match ball.

England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson has been the most high-profile player to query the ball after his usually reliable left boot faltered and left him with a success rate of less than 50 percent with his shots at goal.

"I've had a kick out there as well and the ball travelled really true," said Van Straaten, who was involved in the official launch of the ball in South Africa in April. "There's no different sweet spot, I don't know where that comes from. I've missed the sweet spot altogether. There's nothing wrong with the ball, let me tell you.

"It's the best ball I've kicked in my life. It's a really, really good quality ball, nice and heavy and the flight is true and natural. I think it all comes down to technique."

Van Straaten conducts most of his work with the Australia players from back home in George, South Africa. He watches footage of the players online and sends his analysis back to the Wallabies, with any questions or outstanding issues talked over via Skype.

"Whenever I come into camp, it's only really the subtleties we work on," Van Straaten said.

"Getting them nice and compact and getting them to strike it really nicely. There's been some really, really good progression and what's wonderful is the way I've been received into camp."

In contrast to previous years, the Wallabies' squad is a multicultural, multinational group, with Van Straaten just one component assembled by New Zealand-born coach Robbie Deans.

The former Springbok said he'll have no split loyalties when he comes up against his home country on Sunday.

"It's a professional era and I'm here to do a job, to get these guys to have a great day out on the field," Van Straaten said.

"Robbie Deans is a New Zealander and (scrum coach) Patricio Noriega is an Argentinian but we all work together to get the result."

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  • Anneleen - 2011-10-06 09:17

    Quadey Coops! Go Bokke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      adrian.bruwer - 2011-10-06 10:09

      Braam - welcome to the World of Traitors!

      flowing river - 2011-10-06 10:56

      Typical traitor..........Gone into the enemies camp.....wats rong wid all these white peepple!....eish......frum crikit to rugbe and steeling in Nu Zeeland...snot good at all!

      pants - 2011-10-06 11:08

      @ Adrian & flowing you guys were loving Eddie Jones when we won RWC2007? Just saying!!

      brok3news - 2011-10-06 12:24

      Unskinny Bob - Too often used as an excuse for incompetence and irrelevant qualifications. Try another. Most white ppl in SA flourish.

      JINJ - 2011-10-06 17:55

      @flowing River....more like flowing crap!

      theprodigy - 2011-10-06 18:54

      yea but Eddie Jones didn't move here did he, Braam did it for a visa, there is a difference, an example of someone that coaches abroad but still remains loyal to SA, is Gary Kirsten, yup Braam is a traitor!!!!

  • nzbro - 2011-10-06 09:18

    man now this just leaves a really bad taste in the mouth.Where is the loyalty? First Jones assists boks, now braam assists oz to beat the boks? now we just need Carlos spencer to chat to morne then I have seen & heard it all.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-06 09:30

      Sparkys, ....hopefully you and the Protea-flower-team supporters will be quiet after Sunday.... ..........Go all Blacks..!!! .........2011 World Champions = All Blacks...!!

      nzbro - 2011-10-06 09:31

      dont go there bro. I can be very nasty too if I so choose and we both know you lot cant handle it so keep it clean & Let it go aye ?

      Igenatius - 2011-10-06 09:36

      @ Sparkys - HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I'm not usually one for insults hurled at each other on this forum, but that was damn sharp. Man I remember when Braam was on form, he was such a pleasure to watch! He was one of those fly halfs that was spectacularly well rounded. From what I've seen, it looks like AUS have been struggling a bit with their kicks. Not a place you want to be nervous about when it comes to the final stages of a WC!

      brok3news - 2011-10-06 09:39

      Johnny-BB - when your pale ferns get to play in the 3rd/4th playoff hopefully then you will shut your hole.

      DeonL - 2011-10-06 09:44

      Loyalty does not pay the bills.

      Johnny-BB - 2011-10-06 09:49 al the Protea-flower-team-supporters.... ...enjoy....!! .... ..untill Sunday... ......he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he he..!!!

      nzbro - 2011-10-06 09:56

      DeonL unfortunately that is true. Loyalty does not pay the bills. I do miss the good old amateur days when loyalty was worth a whole lot more.Needless to say I am not a bok fan but this crossing over to the other side for money just does not go well with me & it will not be doing the boks any good at all.or any rival team for that matter.

      Unskinny Bob - 2011-10-06 10:19

      France by 9? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      bliksembende - 2011-10-06 10:52

      @Makatees staak die kinderagtigheid man.As jy nie as 'n volwasse kan gedra nie bly liewe stil. Ek is siek van julle slegte maniere op hierdie forums.Vat vir braam die veraaier aan wie ons bokke gaan laat verloor.

      The Patriot - 2011-10-06 12:05

      nzbro, hopefully the boks win Sunday, otherwise what value does a final have for you if you play Ozz and win? A great victory like in '87 without the Boks, where the Barbarian Hakka lost on the rebel tour in SA? Me I'm hoping for a NZ vs Bok final. To be the best you must beat the best, right?

      Sakkie Van de Spuy - 2011-10-06 12:16

      @ nzbro...please dont go are such a keyboard warrior..., while antagonising people on this site with your continuous misinformed trolling, you actually warning people "dont go there bro"... My typing hand is shivering....please dont go there... are and probably will remain an apartheid dinosaur...Do you know, what happned to the dinosaurs? They became extinct, because the could not adapt to their environment...learn from the parts my friend, then adapt and embrace to the future. Regarding the actual post...Braam is a kicking is his job. Just like John Mitchell, he trains the "opposition", but in their heart they still supprt their country. Unlike the apartheid dinsoaur, continuously trolling this site.

      aman - 2011-10-06 18:07

      Go Argentina!!!

      theprodigy - 2011-10-06 18:56

      Please let Argentina F**ck the All Brats up, we will be forever grateful to them!!!!

  • marco - 2011-10-06 09:27

    Dean Ryan,SkySports Pundit: "Getting the balance right is very difficult,but we can all sit in armchairs on this side of the globe and pass judgment on the most difficult of jobs:The Head Coach at the rugby World Cup...Quick predictions for the quarter final Dean says..."South Africa to steamroller Australia and to win by five (9/2 with Sky Bet),but the first try to come from the Aussies and the returning Digby Loane could be the opening try scorer". So even Dean Ryan reckons we'll beat Australia.Go Bokke!!!!!

  • jconn1 - 2011-10-06 09:44

    me as a springbok is gonna woeter a ship shag sundag

      People Hater - 2011-10-06 17:19

      Exactly! .........(wtf????)

  • chirpee24 - 2011-10-06 09:49

    I guess counting wasn't braam's strong suite, "If you look down the line, it will be first James O'Connor, Quadey, Coops, Kurtley Beale. So that's four already." Looks like three to me

      Gavin - 2011-10-06 10:09

      read the article again.

      My Comment - 2011-10-06 10:35

      Read the rest of the article...

      JJK - 2011-10-06 15:42

      Coops = Adam Ashley-Cooper?

  • skull - 2011-10-06 09:50

    Say it ain't so please say it ain't so. Why the flippen Aussies if there is one team all Bok Supporters despises is the Aussies and now we have to play against them and a former Bok what a traitor.

  • Clark Kent - 2011-10-06 09:59

    would be great if he coached the guy that kicked the Proteas out of the cup

      Ian - 2011-10-06 14:25

      Even better if he coached the Siver Ferns or the Wallaroos.

      aman - 2011-10-06 18:10

      Trolling again Bob?

  • Sakkie Van de Spuy - 2011-10-06 12:08

    Dear superboy, Although I have the opinion that Morne Steyn will cost us the WC, due to his defence and inability to get our backline going, make not mistake, Morne Steyn, can and will, make his penalties felt... Additionally, we have Butch (kicked well in the Heinekin cup) and Lambie. Rather, hope that your Ausie kickers learn somehting from a South African...A players fromt he country and team you hate.

  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-10-06 15:20

    All you people who call him a traitor are just being ridiculous. Why deny him a job?

  • blackfan - 2011-10-06 15:53

    @@ brok3news. A little bit touchy -sound like a bigot to me or what?

  • JINJ - 2011-10-06 18:05

    Johnny BB works for N24

      JINJ - 2011-10-06 18:08

      ...reason i say that is i just payed him out and then my comment vanished. ssssshhhhaaaaammme little johnny Bad Breath i was only just getting going...

  • innocent.msibi1 - 2011-10-06 18:09

    morne steyn will kick the aussies out of rugby world cup come sunday!!!

  • innocent.msibi1 - 2011-10-06 18:11

    steyn to kick australia out of rugby world cup come sunday!!!

  • walkertexas - 2011-10-06 22:57

    He is no traitor .We who live here in Aus have come to the land of milk and honey . Transport works , no crime , poverty is almost non existant . no malema . The only good thing left in SA is rugby

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