Goosen compared to Carter
Johannesburg - It may be to add more pressure onto his young shoulders, but Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen was paid the ultimate compliment when one
of New Zealand’s leading rugby magazines asked the question on their
cover this week - “Is this the new Dan Carter?”
According to the supersport.com website
, the 20-year-old Goosen, currently in Sydney with his teammates as they
prepare for their Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs on
Friday, was given the honour by New Zealand Rugby magazine, Rugby News,
who used the comparison to Carter, a World Cup winner and World Rugby
player of the year, as the future of South African rugby.
Goosen has already played for the Boks and started against the All
Blacks at FNB Stadium last year but his season was curtailed by injury
and the youngster has played down comparisons to Carter in an interview
in the magazine.
For one, Goosen points out he is far from the wunderkind that everyone
says he is, and believes his tactical kicking needs to improve
significantly if he is to make the same sort of impact on world rugby
that Carter did for the All Blacks.
“I think I must listen to that praise and let it come in and go out,” he
told Rugby News, “I must keep my head in the game and focus on what I
“(My tactical kicking) is a weakness in my game, so I am working hard on
it,” adding he had taken many tips from working with veteran Morne
Steyn during last year’s Castle Rugby Championship.
It was good to see the youngster slot all his kicks as the Cheetahs
shocked the Highlanders in Invercargill on the weekend, and given the
confidence he received from the win and his own resurgence in play,
there is hope that if he stays injury free he could reach the heights
others think he can.
For now though, he simply wants to play.