Stick confident Kriel won’t handbrake Springbok attack: ‘He’ll put the wings in position to strike’ | Sport

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  • Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick was confident that
    outside centre Jesse Kriel would not apply the handbrake to the Springbok
    attack against the Wallabies.
  • Kriel replaced injured No 13 Lukhanyo Am for the Saturday
    11:35 kick-off game in Sydney.
  • The Boks are hoping to recover from two successive losses to
    the All Blacks at Ellis Park and Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick was confident that
outside centre Jesse Kriel would not apply the handbrake to the Springbok
attack against the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.

Kriel, who replaces injured No 13 Lukhanyo Am, has often
copped criticism for “dying” with the ball and not allowing the ball
to flow to the wings on attack.

Am, his very antithesis, is known for allowing his outside
backs to flourish, when he is on the ball, with killer finisher Makazole
Mapimpi the chief beneficiary.

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“All players on the field get a level of freedom from
the coaches to take opportunities when they can spread the ball to the
wings,” said Stick ahead of the 11:35 (SA time) kick-off.

“No player hasn’t been given that power in the game. I
trust that Jesse Kriel will be able to utilise those opportunities and put the
wings in position to strike.

“Sometimes, people don’t understand that you have to be
direct at first to give the team momentum.

“You saw last week that, when we sent the ball too
early wide, we were marshalled into touch and that’s not what the coaches want.

“The players know that, not just Jesse but Damian
(Willemse and De Allende). When the chance is there, they will use it.

“You’re playing against teams with strong defensive
systems as well.”

The Boks are hoping to recover from two successive losses to
the All Blacks at Ellis Park and Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Rookie Canan Moodie makes his Springbok debut at No 14 in
place of Warrick Gelant, who drops to the bench.



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