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Andries Coetzee reinvents the art of passing with new technique

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Lions and Springbok full-back Andries Coetzee has added a new dimension to the art of passing.

Footage has emerged from a game between the Lions and Sharks at Johannesburg last weekend, where Coetzee was seen passing the ball in the most unorthodox fashion.

Instead of throwing from low to high, swinging the hands through an arc and keeping the elbows close to the body - as is the norm and how all kids are taught when they first start playing - the Lions man threw from high to low, almost in basketball-style fashion.

But, as you can see below, the change of technique clearly didn't affect his accuracy as he found his intended target with apparent ease. 

Nevertheless, it seems an unnecessary risk, at best, reckless at worst. Surely it would just be easier for him to pass using the standard generic method.

The 27-year-old may feel that he can get some extra speed and power on the ball, which could then make it easier to expose any gaps in the opposition's defence - hence why it has been called the 'Rocket' pass on YouTube.

Of course, there is another explanation. He might have just wanted to show off a bit and entertain those watching.

It comes back old-age debate about sport being an entertainment business versus the need to win.

Coetzee, capped thirteen times by the Springboks, would seem to subscribe the former, giving the fans something to get excited about and pundits something different to discuss. 

Super Rugby Rd 1 - Lions v Sharks

By all accounts, Coetzee had a barnstorming first game of the season, not putting a foot wrong for eighty minutes as the hosts beat the visiting Sharks 26-19 in the first round of Super Rugby fixtures of the season.

But will antics, such as his unorthodox passing, influence the national team's selectors into thinking he's more of a show-off than a reliability?

Let us know if you think Coetzee's technique will catch on in the comments below!

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