It’s not the kicking of Mornetjie that grieves me
September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
Everyone is getting frustrated with the Boks kick-and-chase game in general, and that of Morne and Kirchner in particular, so it’s with interest that I see that, believe it or not, Morne is actually not a kicking flyhalf.
According to the stats he:
- Kicked=8 (40%); Ran=2 (10%); Passed=10 (50%) vs Argentina in Cape Town.
- Kicked=9 (27%); Ran=1 (3%); Passed=23 (70%) vs Argentina in Medonza.
- Kicked=6 (27%); Ran=5 (23%); Passed=11 (50%) vs Australia in Perth.
No, it’s not his kicking that’s the problem, it’s the fact that his kicking, running and passing game is so ineffective.
Interesting comment from Heyneke Meyer: “I’m a big believer in a guy sticking to his strengths, and I think Morne is a great player in his own right. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, so I don’t think that he needs to change the way he plays. It’s more about the outside backs who must use their opportunities”
So it’s not Morne’s fault that the backline doesn’t perform?