Schoolboy kickers worry Braam

2012-05-04 07:49

Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Braam van Straaten is not impressed with the quality of goal-kicking from South Africa's top schoolboys.

Van Straaten, who has worked as Australia's kicking coach for the last few years, attended the recent Wildeklawer SuperSchools event held at Diamantveld High School in Kimberley.

Some of the country's top schools were in action, including big names like Paarl Gymnasium, Grey College, Affies, and Paul Roos.

Van Straaten told Volksblad the goal-kickers were poor, despite the windy conditions.

"I believe the kicking is not up to standard. Here are one or two chaps that kick really well, but they'll have to look at their technique."

The former Bok believes the wind definitely played a role in the kickers' accuracy. "It's a skill to kick in the wind and these kickers are not kicking well in the wind.

"If something lacks in a kicker's technique it shows up under pressure. A few of them are not too bad. I think it's just to get them at a level where they kick well under pressure," said Van Straaten

He suggests they get someone to help them work on their techniques in order to improve.

Apart from the Craven Week, the Wildeklawer SuperSchools event is the biggest schools event in the country.


  • Johan - 2012-05-04 08:42

    Ag Braam please... I was never impressed by the way you played! You couldnt pass and were very very slow.... Why are you here? Go coach your aussie brothers... Dont critisise our schoolboys

      ocajian - 2012-05-04 08:54

      This applies to kicking for poles?

      Eduard - 2012-05-04 10:28

      John, shut up and listen for a change...he is pointing out a problem and is suggesting a kind of a solution.

      Nayrb - 2012-05-05 04:11

      What does a Springbok flyhalf know about kicking!!! Read the article again Johan - dan sal jy verstaan.

      Ruan - 2012-05-21 13:06

      Johan you're a chop!!!

      Llewellyn Serfie Serfontein - 2014-06-22 11:47

      Johan as jy hom so kan kritiseer hoekom speel jy nie in die groen trui nie?

  • John - 2012-05-04 08:43

    lookin for a job braam? is your contract finished in aus.

  • clintonwoohoo - 2012-05-04 08:46

    what a tool ,why doesnt he just go ask them for job with his hat in his hand !

  • Jason - 2012-05-04 09:00

    Nice top, chop...

  • susan.ueckermann - 2012-05-04 09:09

    Miskien moet hy dit oorweeg om skoplesse vir die skoolseuns aan te bied. My seun is 0/13 en die kanse is groot dat hy 0/13 craven span kan maak, hy skop glad nie sleg nie en het al 72 punte aangeteken vir die seisoen. Hier is geen ordentlike skop afrigters in ons streek nie [Valke] en hy sal baie welkom wees.

  • Saffa - 2012-05-04 09:23

    Braam knows what he is talking about folk.....whether his words hit a nerve or not. It remains fact that Braam is one of the most respected kicking consultants in the rugby world. A chap like James o Connor is testament to that. The way I see it, Braam corrects kicking even if a chap is already kicking at 85%, Braam make a few changes and corrections to the chaps style, which pushes said chap up to a 88% kicker. Having listened to Braam talk at various times - it is pretty obvious to anyone with half a brain that while he might not have been the flashiest player around....he CERTAINLY is flashy in terms of knowledge and technical correction.

  • basiladams.basil - 2012-05-04 12:32

    So we have a problem @ school level? Why don't u look @ all the schools b4 u make or release a statement like that Braam? The schools u looked at r only 1 sector in the schooling system,bet u Gio aplon is not from the same system I follow school rugby and I see some pretty good kickers at the schools but they not from the so called \top\ schools that's y u can make statements like that!

      Nayrb - 2012-05-05 04:18

      He made a statement regarding the kicking at that event, not all schools in general.

  • Llewellyn Serfie Serfontein - 2014-06-22 11:46

    Braam is correct.. i am a grade 10 student and has been asked to kick for my team, it is a huge responsibility.. kicking is one of the most important things in rugby.. Braam helped our 1st XV kicker, JT Jackson.. you will hear of him some day, but he hasn't miss anything yet.. so go ahead Braam give your advice

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