All Blacks No.9 Smith could match Genia
He might not be in Will Genia’s league just yet, but Ireland defence coach Les Kiss believes new All Black halfback Aaron Smith has the ability to get to the Wallabies No.9′s level.
The Highlanders halfback gave a sparkling display in his Test debut as the All Blacks thumped Ireland 42-10 in Auckland, leaving many commentators, including Kiss, extolling the 23-year-old’s virtues.
“He’s not the the same as Genia, but he’s a boy who’s heading in the right direction.
“He’s not Genia yet, but he’s got something in him, hasn’t he?” Kiss told reporters ahead of the second Test in Christchurch.
The 23-year-old posed questions around the ruck and set the backline away with his tracer-like passing ability, giving Daniel Carter an armchair ride, something the five-eighth appreciated.
“He’s got a great pass and so I can use that to my advantage, knowing that I can have a little bit more time and space outside me,” Carter said.
Kiss, a former Australian rugby league international, said Ireland would try to curb the danger the No.9 posed, but Carter was confident if Smith was given added attention by the Irish pack, he would cope.
“I’m sure he’ll be a threat, whether they target him or not.”© AAP 2013
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