For Morne Steyn, undoubtedly South Africa’s form flyhalf in this year’s Super 14 competition and the man whose 21 points on Saturday sealed the Crusaders’ semifinal fate, said he had dreamt of playing for the Springboks but it was not his aim at the outset of the season.
“I just wanted to have a good season, play well and help the Bulls have a good year,” Steyn said after the Bulls’ 36-23 win at Loftus to qualify for the final.
“It did go well for me this season, but I don’t expect anything because of my present form. That’s up to the guys higher up.”
Steyn gave Bulls kicking coach, former Springbok Vlok Cilliers, the credit for his good kicking form and also the fact that he has become an accomplished kicker from hand.
“Vlok works hard with us, and the credit must go to him,” said Steyn after his four drop goals, three conversions and a penalty. He missed only a long drop attempt and one that hit the uprights.
SAPA reports that he also gave credit to senior players Fourie du Preez, Wynand Olivier and Jaco Pretorius, who play next to him, for his form this season.
Steyn, like his captain Victor Matfield, said it was a good experience to play at Loftus before a full house in such an important game.
“You know they’re on our side; there is support when you do well and less noise when you kick. It was great.,” Steyn said.
Teammate Pierre Spies, son of a Springbok hurdler with the same name who scored many a try with his pace and long legs, scored a try his deceased father would have been proud of on Saturday.
Getting a pop pass from Du Preez after a Crusaders chip kick, he ran 50 metres with power and speed, leaving Saders centre Ryan Crotty in his wake to put the Bulls 27-20 up after they had trailed 20-7 only 24 minutes into the game.
“As Morn said, some days the ball comes our way, others not,” said Spies, a modest giant who admited he was having a good season. “But I want to become even better,” he added.
And to the Chiefs, who they meet in next weekend’s final, that must have been an ominous warning.Tweet