Jacques Nienaber and Siya Kolisi have rallied around Manie Libbok after another erratic performance from the kicking tee for the rookie Springbok flyhalf on Saturday.
Libbok, making his fourth start in eight Tests, missed two penalties and three conversions as the Boks demolished Wales 52-16 in Cardiff.
While his game management, composure and tactical kicking was solid, Libbok had a similarly off-day in front of the uprights in the 5 August clash against Argentina.
The world champions conclude their World Cup warm-up preparations against New Zealand in London on Friday, and 26-year-old is set to retain the Bok No 10 jersey for what would be his first meeting with the All Blacks.
Yet, if there’s any urgent expectations for Libbok to improve his goalkicking, it’s seemingly not coming from Nienaber: “Was he bad?” the Bok head coach was asked post match on Saturday
“How many did he miss? Well, it’s just five shots, so he can keep on going.”
Skipper Kolisi added: “Those things tend to come right. He’ll get his confidence and he’ll kick very well. There are also other guys in the team who can kick.”
Nienaber is scheduled to name the matchday 23 to face the All Blacks at Twickenham before 1pm on Monday.
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