A lot has been said about who the Springbok flyhalf should be. Many believe that it will be Morne Steyn because of his kicking game. Viking and I did a quick analysis of all the Super Rugby games involving our five premier flyhalf options up to round 13. Thanks to Rugby Stats for the data.
Peter Grant leads the stats in terms of accuracy, although he has only attempted 23 kicks to date. Feel free to interpret that one for yourself. I tend to go with the argument that he only makes limited attempts because he is a limited kicker. Elton Jantjies, although 3rd most accurate, has only attempted 32 kicks at goal. In my opinion these figures are not worth a great deal as the statistical significance is fairly low.
Johan Goosen, Morne Steyn and Pat Lambie managed in excess of 50 attempts each. Goosen has attempted 56 kicks with an accuracy of nearly 86%, with Lambie slotting nearly 80% of his 54 attempts. Steyn was the worst of the South African flyhalf contenders with less than a 75% success rate. What is also noticeable is the erratic performance that Steyn has delivered from the tee this season, ranging between 38% and 100% per game. Goosen again leads the pack in terms of consistency, ranging between 78% and 100% per game.
Bottom line is that Steyn is not the golden boot of the past and one has to ask whether it would not be worthwhile giving someone else the number 10 jersey for the upcoming tests against England. A lot will depend on the playing style that Meyer will employ in the upcoming tests. Will it be a Bulls kicking approach, a Stormers defence approach or a balance between the two that the Sharks seems to use? So, the team thet Meyer picks for the first test will tell us a lot about the type of game the boks will play.
|Peter Grant||Pat Lambie|
|Morne Steyn||Johan Goosen|