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Fri Apr 25 10:17:23 SAST 2014

Want to kick? Fine

LIAM DEL CARMEin Taupo | 20 September, 2011 06:540 Comments
2011 Rugby World Cup: South Africa v Wales
Heinrich Brussow during the 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South African and Wales at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand
Image by: Steve Haag / Steve Haag Gallo Images

HEINRICH Brussow broke one of the rules of the Springbok team on Saturday and had to pay up.

The flanker, a devil in the loose but no demon with the boot, got his foot onto the end of a chip kick against Fiji that set up a try for teammate Frans Steyn.

It was a reversal of roles. The Bok forwards have been told by kicking coach Percy Montgomery to avoid kicking. Brussow's breaking of the rule copped him a fine from his team, it was said.

But he wasn't out of pocket, according to team spokesman Andy Colquhoun.

"He'll just have a Coke or something like that," said Colquhoun.

Rather than an official sanction, the "fine" seems to have been one of those team punishments designed to prevent a player from getting too big for his boots.

Not that there was any danger of Brussow, a self-effacing man if ever there was one, succumbing to swagger.

Captain John Smit saw the humour in the fine.

"I'm glad to see the guys are practising their kicking," he said.

Smit is an authority on the delicate art of tactical kicking.

He set up Victor Matfield for a try with a neatly placed kick against the Wallabies in 2009.

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