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Boot could land Bok spot


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Springboks, Super 14 on 1 Feb 2009 at 07:21
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Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn, is relishing the chance to emerge from the shadow of Loftus darling Derick Hougaard.

For the past five years, Steyn has played second fiddle to the man known as “Liefling” by the Pretoria faithful. He’s done it with good grace, and always performed in Hougaard’s occasional absence.

But since the Springbok moved to English club Leicester, the most important job in Bulls rugby has fallen to Steyn full-time — and he’s delivered .

Last year, he must have come close to selection for the Bok tour. This year, he finally is first choice for the Super 14 on a weekly basis.

The popular perception is that the Springbok selectors have already settled on a team to face the British Lions, but Steyn suspects that he could push for selection .

With Ruan Pienaar likely to play at scrumhalf in the Super 14 and Butch James in England , there is a slight gap for another flyhalf to slip through. And Steyn wants to be that man.

“My confidence has grown knowing that I’m the first choice and that I will play most of the games during the Super 14,” Steyn told The Times’ Craig Ray.

“I’m very relaxed and I’m looking forward to it because I know I won’t be on the bench most of the time. To gain confidence you have to play regularly, and I’m finally getting that chance .”

In 1997 the Boks lost to the British Lions because they did not have a consistent goal kicker . With the international retirement of Percy Montgomery, the kicking has fallen to James and Pienaar.

With James possibly out of the reckoning and Pienaar’s kicking erratic, the Boks could fall into the same trap . Steyn could help them avoid it.

Lions coach Ian McGeechan talked up Pienaar’s credentials as Bok flyhalf, possibly knowing that his iffy goal kicking could play into the touring team’s hands.

“I was impressed with the Boks’ whole approach in the November internationals last year and I can’t see that being changed,” McGeechan said about a possible South African goal kicking weakness.

Barring injury, Steyn has four months to prove himself a viable option for the Boks.

“If I can keep playing like I did in the Currie Cup and improving on that, I believe I can push for the Springbok No10 jersey,” Steyn said.

“There is tough competition from Ruan, Andre Pretorius and others, but I think I can do it.”



36 Comments

  • Knew this post must be in a Bulls blog/site. Had to scroll up and check the heading when I read the comment that Ruan’s kicking is erratic. Morne forgot to mention Gadget Boy and perhaps Peter Grant.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.02.09 09:11:14 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
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  • besides, since when is Ru going to play scrumhalf?

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.02.09 10:06:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • What a crap article! Typical Bulls media… They’re talking about Pienaar like he’s making his debut! Its all very well to talk about Steyn (who I think is overrated anyway), but he can only be as good as his team.

    Is Pretorius really still in contention for flyhalf?

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.02.09 12:10:14 by Frisbee Reply

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  • He hasn’t a hope.

    Btw – anybody heard about Hougie lately.

    I wonder if he’ll get any gametime now that Heyneke is back in SA.
    With Toby Flood playing so well too and tipped for a possible England flyhalf start now.

    So play a washed up SA neverbeen before the next English mesiah?
    Thankfully Houdie might still get a hit-out if Flood makes the 6N squad.
    But then, ironically, Hougie will still be playing second fiddle.

    Might he then also be on his way back to Jakaradastad?

    Where does Morne “first choice” Steyn sit then?

    At least the boy has confidence in himself.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.02.09 13:56:32 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Wassup with Voldy today?

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.02.09 14:02:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh Riyadh is a lovely airport to be sitting in. :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.02.09 15:06:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 1) :

    @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    All part of the method to make it look like Steyn actually has a chance of getting a Bok call up.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.02.09 15:09:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : he has no big match temperament, that lad. None whatsoever

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.02.09 15:38:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    YIP! They would actually be more dangerous had they had Liefling at 10 than they will be with Steyn at 10.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.02.09 15:53:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Liefling, love him or hate him, was always a man for the big occasions

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.02.09 16:25:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : whats potting there?

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.02.09 18:46:19 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 11) : site was down all morning

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.02.09 19:47:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • “Lions coach Ian McGeechan talked up Pienaar’s credentials as Bok flyhalf, possibly knowing that his iffy goal kicking could play into the touring team’s hands.”

    Sure. Ian is using the techniques he learnt while working with the Black Ops. :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.02.09 22:28:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : iffy kicking? Is it really that bad?

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.02.09 22:36:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • iffy kicking my hairy white arse.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.02.09 22:42:20 by McLovin Reply

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  • hellooo :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.02.09 07:31:37 by wpw Reply
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  • test

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.02.09 07:35:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : failed.

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.02.09 07:38:19 by blckshrk - Go Serena! Reply

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  • wot you testing, wes? The site has been live for almost a year now

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.02.09 07:44:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :
    Nope, but it amazes me that the author tries to turn praise into Pienaar into criticism in such an tenuous fashion.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.02.09 07:53:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Probably testing the new avatar… :smile:

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.02.09 07:55:29 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) :

    hehehe

    spot on!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.02.09 07:57:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : Ruan is going to shut so many people up this year! I can’t wait

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.02.09 08:01:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) : lucky I have a wide monitor :-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.02.09 08:02:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :
    I agree.

    Time for class again – cheers! :grin:

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.02.09 08:02:45 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I see ‘Pool won yesterday. A bit bloody late now, isn’t it?

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.02.09 08:09:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    ggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr :evil:

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.02.09 08:09:37 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    Its not over until Big Fish’s mama sings… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.02.09 08:10:22 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • @wpw – Take that Chelsea!!! (Comment 28) : but they had the bloody thing there for the taking, then they choked. AGAIN!

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.02.09 08:13:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :

    The season is not over yet dude!!!

    There is still something like 14 rounds left (of games)

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.02.09 08:15:18 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • @wpw – Take that Chelsea!!! (Comment 30) : yeah, but they won’t get ahead of Man United again. In this life, you have to take your chances when they’re offered to you.

    LOSERS.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.02.09 08:25:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    U sure you don’t support Man Utd??? :roll:

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.02.09 08:27:10 by wpw - Take that Chelsea!!! Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :
    He’s already fed a couple of people generous slices of humble pie…but they keep coming for more.

    According to the match report for the Sharks XV warm-up…he did quite well. I’m expecting him to shine this season…more than he usually does anyway…

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.02.09 08:42:57 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 33) : careful… KSA will accuse you of WP-mediaism :)

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.02.09 08:52:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :
    Not really worried about Man Utd right now…that’s how we got to this mess anyway. We were cruising on top and Rafa tried to engage in mind games with Mr. Gum and that pit a lot of pressure on our guys.

    With more than 10 games left…and a lot of big fixtures…I’m execting more drama.

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.02.09 08:54:43 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : :roll: Nowhere near that…

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.02.09 08:55:34 by blackshark Reply

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