Rugby Championship

All Blacks wary of Steyn drop goals

2016-10-05 12:52
Morne Steyn and Francois Hougaard celebrate (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The All Blacks are wary of Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn’s ability to slot drop goals.

Steyn kicked two drop goals in last weekend’s 18-10 win over Australia in Pretoria and the Kiwis are wary of a repeat performance in Durban on Saturday.

"The tight forwards might get a let off there but with Morne in there they'll have a bit more of a kicking game so we'll have to adjust," New Zealand hooker Dane Coles told the Stuff.co.nz website. "They might have a crack at some dropped goals so we've got to make sure we put pressure on Morne because he's pretty clutch at those three pointers."

Steyn’s boot was vital for the Boks last week as he contributed all his side’s points.

But despite Steyn’s presence, the All Blacks aren’t expecting a kick-at-all-costs approach from their hosts.

"I don't think they kicked too much but clearly when teams kick you open the door for counter attacking opportunities and if they're there we want to be good enough to take them," New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster said.

“We're not just preparing for a kicking game. If you go back to the last four Tests we've played here they've been very fast, open and a lot of phase play with the kicking designed to help shape the defences so that's what we're expecting."

Saturday’s Test at Kings Park is scheduled for 17:05.

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