Mortlock keeps faith in Oz kickers

Date published: July 29 2015

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Australia will turn their kicking struggles around by the World Cup according to former skipper Stirling Mortlock.

The Wallabies have struggled from the kicking tee so far in the Rugby Championship, with Quade Cooper, Bernard Foley and Matt Giteau all missing kickable shots in the first two matches.

Despite landing just 56 percent of their kicks in the competition, Australia could claim the title with a win over New Zealand in Sydney in ten days.

But Mortlock, who was Australia's goal-kicker at the 2007 World Cup, knows that it is an area that will have to pick up before the Wallabies head to England later this year.

"It's an important cog that goes into the whole machine of your weaponry going into a big campaign," Mortlock told AAP.

"Goal-kicking is particularly important in Test matches because, first and foremost, it's about pressure and kicking your goals builds scoreboard pressure.

"In a World Cup campaign, things are exacerbated. In particular, the pressure is exacerbated when you go into sudden-death football.

"It's of such importance historically at the World Cup and I'm sure the players and coaching staff are putting a lot of emphasis on it.

"The reality is it's only been two games into the Rugby Championship and those numbers (percentages) are skewed on the downside," he added.

"I've got a lot of confidence the guys will put the work in to build up our capabilities so that it is a strength at the World Cup."

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