Joel Stransky: Drop goals could decide World Cup

Former South African flyhalf Joel Stransky expects drop goals to play a key role in the knockout stages of the 2015 World Cup, even though there were just three kicked during the pool stages. Stransky kicked South African to their first ever World Cup in 1995, kicking two drop goals and three penalty goals in the 15-12 victory over New Zealand in the final. He said he expected the tries to dry up in the backend of the tournament. “The accumulation of points comes in the big games, in the pool stages teams are still playing to score tries,” Stransky said. “They are keeping the ball in hand and there is a little less fear of failure and fear of losing. “I think as you get into the knockout stages you will get more small points accumulation and the drop kick might fall in as a winning form of points.”   Despite a disappointing start to the tournament, Stransky still thinks the Springboks are good enough to win the World Cup, even though they'll likely need to beat bo
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