Morné Steyn’s match-winning and series-clinching performance for South Africa in the second Test against the British and Irish Lions is haunting the All Blacks ahead of their crucial Tri-Nations Test against the Springboks in Durban on Saturday.
Rugby365 reports that Steyn was named at flyhalf in place of the injured Ruan Pienaar in the only change to the Bok starting XV that beat the Kiwis 28-19 in Bloemfontein last week.
All Black coach Graham Henry was only stating the obvious when he told a media gathering in Durban on Tuesday that Steyn is “a very good kicker of the ball”.
The Kiwi coach felt South Africa have shown their hand and they plan to “kick the leather off the ball: in Durban on Saturday.
“He [Steyn] is one of the best in the world, if not the best [kickers] in the world right now,” Henry said.
“I think he might kick the ball a bit more [than Pienaar], he will play in the pocket a bit more so he has got the opportunity to kick it – a bit more time.”
Bok coach Peter de Villiers said Pienaar was being “managed” after spraining his ankle early in last Saturday’s win.Tweet