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Steyn: I just wanted to have a good season


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Springboks, Super 14 on 25 May 2009 at 07:05
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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.



61 Comments

  • I hope # 46 reads this.

    THIS is how you respond when asked about your chances of being a Bok.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.05.09 07:09:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • i am racked with doubt this morning

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.05.09 07:39:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    If it happens I won’t have much of a problem with it. It won’t be the first time a player earmarked for a spot doesn’t make it because he had two injuries during the season.

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.05.09 07:41:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Some news re: Bok training squad:

    Meyer Bosman has been added to the training squad… I’m too lazy to put up a thread… :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.05.09 07:54:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : him ahead of Ruan? No, i think all round he has less to offer. Still, deserves the back up spot

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.05.09 08:03:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    I couldn’t be bothered about it, it is only for the warmup in Nam. He will drop out as soon as the Bulls are in the squad.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.05.09 08:11:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : morning :razz:

    one of the reasons many people would put steyn ahead of ruan is because of kicking drop goals – must say the guy does it very well and his place kicking improved lots as the season progressed.

    other than that i also think ruan offers more all round and truth be told when looking at saturdays game my MOM would be Fourie du Preez – i thought he controlled the game. and this must take a lot of pressure from flyhalf.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.05.09 08:32:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • i think morne deserves a spot, whether its on the bench or not, if we cant penetrate their defence then he can score those mighty drop goals for us to win

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.05.09 08:48:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I think he(Steyn) is the ideal player for the Lions series, I would not touch Ruan for this series, he is injured, probably a bit low on confidence and the rest would be good for him, and ideal for his return in the tri nations. Morne solves the kicking problem, is looking good, he was even breaking the game line on Saturday which is something I have never seen him do. It’s a confidence game and he is high, on the stuff at the moment

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.05.09 08:56:48 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 9) : there is some logic in what you say.
    however, Morne is still untested at national level. I think it would be quite risky to test him at the Lions series in the starting role.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.05.09 09:12:14 by rekinek Reply
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  • I missed the first 30 or so minutes of the semi and at some stage while watching the Morne Steyn Stats appeared and the worrying one to me was. “Defenders beaten – 0″ At the very next move he DID beat one.

    The question in my mind is that in at LEAST 30minutes of play he didn’t beat one defender?????? :shock:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.05.09 10:50:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : i would say he had a good game. but he was bit invisible during the first half and i really felt it was “faerie” running the show.
    i can’t remember now whether he was involved in any of the tries.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.05.09 11:02:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • On the one hand I think PdV has decdied it should be RP and he should stick to it if he is fit.

    on the otherhand you HAVE to have a kicker of Steyn’s ability in the side and how good will RP’s kicking be if he has a sore left ankle and a sore right knee.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.05.09 11:14:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Morning Darren :razz:

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.05.09 11:21:04 by Rahul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : kicking, kicking, kicking – saffas are obsessed with this kicking issue. not saying it’s wrong but it would be funny if the kicking does not play a role this time round.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.05.09 11:27:00 by rekinek Reply
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  • drop goals are a boring and unimaginative way to win a rugby game. I prefer a flyhalf to offer something else in addition

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.05.09 11:30:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 14) : :mrgreen:

    Bloody work is getting in the way of my social life again. I need to free up more time to be on here. :evil:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.05.09 11:32:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : on bit different subject – until when do I have time to submit my CC FL?

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.05.09 11:32:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    I prefer to win.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.05.09 11:35:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nice heading… I was thinking it was F steyn with a sob story…

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.05.09 11:37:26 by Rahul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    Yup, the trophy does not have a column which says how you won, it says; Bulls, S14 Champs of 2009…

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.05.09 11:43:14 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 21) : Note to self: remember this comment for next Monday :razz:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.05.09 11:46:13 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 20) : :razz:

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.05.09 11:46:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : Agreed – winning rugby any time!

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.05.09 11:48:43 by diablo Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :
    Would have been nice if the Sharks had been successfully unimaginative in their game against the Bulls the other day.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.05.09 11:56:28 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 18) : Obviously no one knows the answer….

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.05.09 12:01:23 by Rahul Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 18) :

    @Rahul (Comment 26) : :smile:

    When the CC FL launches there will be an announcement thread and it will probabaly be with at least a week or two to go before the competition starts.

    Comp starts on 10 July, so there is still pleeeeeeeeenty of time. :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.05.09 12:06:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 26) :
    RANGERS!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.05.09 12:07:17 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) :

    Nice picture of Victor Matfield there.

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.05.09 12:08:46 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 29) :

    My new Avatar? :lol: Didn’t think of it as Victoria, but now that you mention it. :cool: :mrgreen:

    This will in future be my “I support the Bulls” avatar. :wink:

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.05.09 12:11:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 28) : We won the league!!! I had to go look it up quickly :oops:

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.05.09 12:13:25 by Rahul Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :

    While we are on that subject. here is the perfect avatar if you are supporting the Southern Kings against the Lions. (Thanks to jarsonx for the info)

    The Southern Kings’ jersey.

    Southern Kings Strip

    It looks cool IMO

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.05.09 12:14:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i feel the chiefs are going to be a whole different kettle of fish. they have a day and a half extra to rest than the bulls, and they are by far the most attacking team in the s14 this year. where everyone else kicks the ball away the chiefs back themselves. the bulls have an impressive team, and it was the only thing that kept me watching the game on saturday. i had to fight back the nausea everytime they showed the inbred bulls fans, but the team was excellent. it actually pees me off to see how much better their buying department is than the sharks.

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.05.09 12:21:17 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • ksa and his bloody avatar changes every two minutes. :lol: :lol: :lol:
    and it doesn’t suit you cos you mona lista out of everyone on this site.

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.05.09 12:26:18 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 33) :

    Tries scored this season with SF tries in (*)

    Hurricanes 49 (1)
    Blues 47
    Chiefs 43 (2)
    Force 42
    Bulls 37 (3)
    Brumbies 36
    Lions 36
    Reds 36
    Highlanders 32
    Sharks 31
    Waratahs 28
    Stormers 28
    Crusaders 27 (2)
    Cheetahs 26

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.05.09 12:27:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i also realised why morne hasn’t been injured while ruan has. morne is protected by his scrummie and the loosies. if the sharks scrummie and loosies never had their head so far up their … they could take a lot of pressure off ruan. oh well, whats lost is lost.

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.05.09 12:29:37 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : and against…? sorry i meant to add their defence, but got stuck on the bulls. also remember they had a shit start to the season. after the sharks game everything clicked (how many tries should they have scored in that game), but before that the played two big teams away from home, whereas the blues were shocking on defence and the hurricanes had a nice fixture list.

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.05.09 12:33:38 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 31) :

    :oops: Found out this morning.
    I knew we were close to winning it though…

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.05.09 12:34:11 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 36) :

    Or maybe, just MAYBE, it is because Ruan runs at the opposition and Morne Steyn doesn’t.

    Just my opinion, use it, don’t use it, entirely up to you. :razz:

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.05.09 12:35:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) :

    Can’t tell – where can we see the bigger picture? :razz:

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.05.09 12:40:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 37) :

    Tries let in during the season with SF tries in (*)

    Waratahs 21
    Crusaders 22 (3)
    Sharks 28
    Stormers 29
    Chiefs 30 (1)
    Bulls 33 (2)
    Force 33
    Hurricanes 35 (2)
    Highlanders 35
    Brumbies 41
    Cheetahs 41
    Blues 46
    Reds 49
    Lions 56

  • Comment 41, posted at 25.05.09 12:41:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 40) :

    I’m afraid that is as big as it gets.

    Even the anlarged picture is the same size. :oops:

    http://www.buystash.com/the-southern-kings-players-tight-fit-rugby-shirt-405-p.asp

  • Comment 42, posted at 25.05.09 12:43:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I see TT is back to his old ways!!! :roll:

  • Comment 43, posted at 25.05.09 12:45:22 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : this is also true. but if your scrummie is giving you the ball as the opposition are bending down to take you in the ribs, that also doesn’t help. if ruan could get that ball a split second earlier i think it would make a world of difference. i want to see ruan with du preez on his inside.

  • Comment 44, posted at 25.05.09 12:46:40 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) :

    I have bigger images if you want…

  • Comment 45, posted at 25.05.09 12:48:12 by Morné Reply
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  • CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 46, posted at 25.05.09 12:48:48 by Morné Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 41) : shoo so it is very evens between hurricanes and chiefs. apt semi then.

  • Comment 47, posted at 25.05.09 12:51:51 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 45) :

    cool. please.

  • Comment 48, posted at 25.05.09 12:52:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 47) : and the chiefs are 3 to 2 tries up against the top scoring team. so stats don’t tell the full story. only some of it.

  • Comment 49, posted at 25.05.09 12:55:59 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 43) : someone has to keep the blog alive when there is nothing to talk about. :twisted: :twisted: i see you have given up.

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.05.09 12:57:00 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 48) :

    Sent

  • Comment 51, posted at 25.05.09 12:57:23 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 51) :

    I sent some other info too… :)

  • Comment 52, posted at 25.05.09 12:57:53 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 52) : like a trojan type info… :twisted: :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 53, posted at 25.05.09 12:59:17 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 45) :
    Are you insulting KSA’s images? :twisted:

  • Comment 54, posted at 25.05.09 13:00:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 36) : our scrummie was to busy to keep the ball for himself. you could argue that in a way he was protecting ruan :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 25.05.09 13:04:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 52) :

    Thanks.

    Any particular reason you sent it twice? :wink:

  • Comment 56, posted at 25.05.09 13:06:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 53) :

    Exactly!

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 56) :

    Must have clicked sent twice…

  • Comment 57, posted at 25.05.09 13:08:11 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 57) : :smile:

    Thanks.

    I have loaded the bigger pic on the cool reception thread

  • Comment 58, posted at 25.05.09 13:09:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 54) :

    I think your comment # 40 was the one that did that. :wink:

  • Comment 59, posted at 25.05.09 13:11:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 55) : i never looked at it that way… :lol:

  • Comment 60, posted at 25.05.09 13:24:06 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • A drop goal counts 3 points, just like a penalty goal. But unlike a penalty goal you may take it anytime from anywhere. Once the ball is in the air it becomes impossible to defend.

    Any team that declines it as an option, do not only lack imagination, they possess stupidity in abundance.

  • Comment 61, posted at 25.05.09 21:58:57 by fyndraai Reply
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