Springbok flyhalf Manie Libbok. Photo: SuperSport screen shot

WATCH: How special phone call helped Libbok’s goal-kicking

Check out this analysis video that highlights a key change Manie Libbok made to his goal-kicking approach following advice from a coach.


Springbok flyhalf Manie Libbok. Photo: SuperSport screen shot

In the absence of injured Handre Pollard, Stormers star Manie Libbok has shot up the pecking order to now stand as the first-choice Springbok flyhalf heading into the World Cup.

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Once again this past weekend, Libbok proved that he is one of the most effective distributors in the game with his ability to fire off bullet passes in either direction, while his ambidexterity to kick with both feet adds a dimension to what he can offer.

However, his accuracy in front of poles has been a talking point, especially after another rather inconsistent goal-kicking display in the warm-up game against Wales earlier this month.

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If World Cup history is anything to go by, there is no doubt that having a goal kicker with a success rate of more than 80% can often be a massive make or break factor – especially in high pressure matches that can often be decided by small margins.

With Libbok already taking on plenty of responsibility with his starting role at flyhalf despite having played just nine Tests, there were some critics who suggested the Springbok coaches should consider taking some of that goal-kicking pressure off his shoulders.

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It shouldn’t be forgotten that both Faf de Klerk and Cheslin Kolbe could quite capably take on the job of kicking at goal, while Damian Willemse could assume that duty when he comes off the bench.

However, this past Friday night, Libbok delivered a faultless performance in front of goal against New Zealand as he slotted a number of tricky kicks after notably making a few technical adjustments.

SuperSport pundit Swys de Bruin has now interestingly shared how Stormers kicking coach Gareth Wright helped Libbok rediscover his natural goalkicking style.

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Check out the video analysis of Libbok’s goal-kicking:

The flyhalf has backing of coaches

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Manie Libbok
Manie Libbok may well be the most important member of the 33-man Springbok squad selected for this year’s Rugby World Cup in France. Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

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