Wallabies preparing a surprise for Boks chasing up-and-unders

2012-09-07 00:00

CAPE TOWN — An Australian Football League coach by the name of Paul Roos may be the Wallabies’ secret weapon in their Rugby Championship Test against the Springboks in Perth.

Roos, who is no relation to former Bok captain Paul Roos or the school in Stellenbosch, is a former coach of the Sydney Swans football team.

According to skynews.com.au, Australia are preparing for an aerial bombardment against the Boks. But after a few sessions with Roos the Wallaby backline are confident they can stand up to the challenge.

Roos, who guided the Sidney Swans to the Australian Football League (AFL) premiership in 2005, passed on some crucial technical tips about how best to deal with high kicks.

Australian centre Berrick Barnes said Roos had given them a different perspective on rugby union moves.

In AFL, the tackler may smash a shoulder or hip into the face of the player who is trying to catch the ball without even attempting to contest the catch.

Without a trace of irony, Barnes said Roos taught them “some subtleties” to execute such moves. “Just sort of technical stuff. Kick the knee up, staying straight, attack the ball — just giving us a touching on what the AFL boys were doing.”

The Boks, especially their flyhalf Morné Steyn, are renowned for testing the opposition with high kicks.

So will Australia’s own Paul Roos be their secret weapon come tomorrow? Only time will tell …

The game at the Patersons Stadium kicks off at 12:35 pm (SA time) tomorrow.

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