Burrow to kick the habit
Great Britain star ready to let Sinfield take over kicking duties
By Tony Curtis. Last Updated: 29/10/07 12:27pm
Burrow: Kicking king
Great Britain ace Rob Burrow has admitted he will happily give up the kicking duties to Kevin Sinfield despite a near-faultless display again New Zealand in the first Test.
"Kev is a fantastic kicker. I don't mind taking the responsibility but I hope he is back next week to take the duties back off me."
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With Sinfield laid low by a stomach bug, Leeds team-mate Burrow stepped up to the mark at late notice to take over the kicking.
And the diminutive scrum-half showed off his all-round talents by landing all four attempts at goal in the 20-14 win at Huddersfield, while his tactical kicking was superb.
However Burrow, who was named man of the match, will have no qualms about seeing Sinfield restored to the role should he be passed fit for the second Test at the KC Stadium.
Burrow said: "I'll have a word with him later for dropping that on me at the last minute!
"Kev is a fantastic kicker. I don't mind taking the responsibility but I hope he is back next week to take the duties back off me.
"I practise with Kev and that's important at times like this when it does fall to someone else to make sure you're not caught out.
"I didn't realise the goalkicks made the difference but they were quite easy, weren't they?"
Although Great Britain fully deserved their victory at Huddersfield, Burrow knows that New Zealand will improve for the second Test in Hull.
"It was their first hit-out over here and it's always hard after travelling a long way," said Burrow.
"They will be better but we'll be better as well. The majority of our side have been together a week and it was always going to be scrappy.
"But quality teams will get better and better.
"It was not the prettiest performance but we got win and that's the most important thing."