POOR KICKING WAS NOT DUE TO STADIUM

Forsyth Barr Stadium chief executive David Davies said the enclosed stadium was not to blame for South Africa's poor kicking in their defeat to New Zealand.

The Springboks were left to rue missed goal-kicking attempts in their 21-11 loss to the All Blacks as they made only two successful scores in nine attempts. Accusations surfaced that the outcome of Morne Steyn, Frans Steyn and Johan Goosen's kick was due to unpredictable factors caused by the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Davies claimed it was too simplistic for players to blame the breeze, caused by gaps at the top and bottom of the covered stadium.  

Davies said: "My view is there was nothing atmospherically [to blame for the missed kicks].

"The reality is that, at times, people kick badly and are looking for any excuse."

Posted on 17/09/2012