Goosen will find form - coach
Cape Town - Cheetahs backline coach Hawies Fourie believes flyhalf Johan Goosen will soon find his goal-kicking range again.
Goosen struggled with his kicks at goal in the first two Super Rugby games this year, returning below par figures of 3 out of 6 against the Sharks and 1 out of 4 against the Chiefs last week.
However, Fourie said the Springbok has sufficiently recovered from a niggling left heel injury and believes it’s only a matter of time before he finds the range which saw him amass 145 points in nine Super Rugby matches last year.
Fourie told the Beeld website
that Goosen is putting in the extra practice as they prepare to face the Highlanders in Invercargill on Saturday.
“He gets worried if he misses one kick. I told him to be calm and not put too much pressure on himself.”
Fourie said for a kicker to regain confidence he must first knock over a few easy ones from close range. Goosen missed with difficult attempts in the last two games which contributed to him only boasting a 40% success rate.
But the coach is adamant that his young star will regain the magic touch which made him a Springbok in 2012.
“Johan works hard enough at his kicking. I’m sure we’ll see him kick like we know he can within a week or two. Last year he was successful with something like 86% or 87% of his kicks.”
The Cheetahs are still winless after two rounds and currently sit last on the overall log
Their clash against the Highlanders at Rugby Park kicks off at 08:35 (SA time) on Saturday.