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Tee time: Will SA's 'Unlocked' be decided by place-kicks?

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Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn lines up a shot at goal during their Super Rugby Unlocked encounter against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on 16 October 2020.
Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn lines up a shot at goal during their Super Rugby Unlocked encounter against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on 16 October 2020.
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Six matches... and five of them decided by a margin of seven or fewer points.

That is the state of play after the first two rounds of South Africa’s Super Rugby Unlocked competition - suggesting, just for one thing, a palatable element of strength versus strength.

But it is also a reminder that if this pattern of tightness in the results column continues, accuracy of place-kicking could be a major determinant in several further matches... and possibly even the ultimate destination of the silverware.

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