AllBlacks want Goosen one-on-one

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James Mortimer     04 Oct 2012     Getty Images

Goosen, who has been rewarded with his first test cap this year after a strong season with the Cheetahs, started ahead of Morne Steyn against the Wallabies, and while he might have had the same kicking malaise, attacked the gainline consistently.

It was this flat approach that had the Springboks attack click into gear, something that was noticed by the All Blacks, especially considering that the Free State prodigy’s style is more akin to a New Zealand playmaker than a South African backline general.

Goosen has already featured for three tests, giving the All Blacks plenty of tape to analyse, and the World Champion’s back coach Ian Foster said that he was still fresh to the test scene despite his obvious skills.

“He distributes the ball well and he's quite happy to run if it's on,” Foster said.

“He's a good all round player, but he's still finding his feet in the international game. This one on Sunday is going to be big for him."

The All Blacks are no strangers to sending plenty of traffic down the 10 channel, with the ploy reaping rewards against the Wallabies, and one would expect the likes of Ma’a Nonu and co to give Goosen a stern examination.

"As a 10 you have to make your tackles," Foster said.

"He'll be put under pressure. Hopefully, if we attack well, we'll expose him in one-on-one situations.