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Naas, Lem & Braam: It must be Morne Steyn

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, Bulls, In the news, Springboks, Super 14 on 26 May 2009 at 10:48
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Morné Steyn’s excellent performance for the Bulls on Saturday raised plenty of eyebrows, including those in the British and Irish Lions’ practice.

Stephen Nell writes for Sport 24 that The Lions coach, Ian McGeechan, upon arrival on Monday, gave the impression that the Lions had taken note of good individual performances by South Africans in the run-up to the long-awaited Test series.

“Four drop goals in a match is not bad to give us a heads-up,” said McGeechan.

“I’m also convinced that Peter de Villiers (Springbok coach) is very happy that various players who are part of his team are currently playing good rugby. It was quite impressive of the Bulls to come back the way they did … Peter definitely has several options among his loose forwards.”

The big question remaining after Steyn’s performance, is whether it was good enough to make the Bok squad ahead of Ruan Pienaar?

Naas Botha, Henry Honiball and Braam van Straaten, three previous Bok fly-halfs, most certainly think so.

“He (Steyn) must be a sure pick against the Lions. He gave good performances throughout the Super 14, and he was once again excellent against the Crusaders on Saturday,” is Botha’s opinion.

“He does everything brilliantly. All that remains is a chance for him to make his mark at Test level. The fact that he’s good at drop kicking is equally important. When the Bulls needed points at crucial times, he was the one who kept the scoreboard rolling,” continued Botha.

Van Straaten is as adamant: “In Test rugby there is no place for elaborate moves. His tactical kicking is excellent, he knows how to keep the ball in front of his forwards, and how to make his opponents turn around. It is clear that both he and Vlok Cilliers (the Bulls’ kicking coach) spent quite some time polishing his kicking. His four drop goals against the Crusaders bear testimony to this. He seems to be the solution for South Africa against the Lions.”

Honiball also believes Steyn deserves a place in the Bok group for his consistently excellent performance throughout the Super 14.

“He is playing the best rugby of his career, and has more strengths than any other would-be fly-half. On Saturday he played a very big role in the Bulls’ victory over the Crusaders. He must be a shoo-in for the Bok squad.” said Honiball.


  • John is going to love the chance to crumple these guys up.

    Mallett: Target John Smit

    Stephen Nell

    Cape Town – The British and Irish Lions should exploit the Springbok gamble to play John Smit at tighthead if they want to win the Test series in South Africa.

    This is the opinion of Nick Mallet, the former Springbok coach, who described South Africa’s set scrum as a “weak spot” in their outfit in a report for the The Telegraph in England.

    “This is one area where the Lions can really test South Africa. Andrew Sheridan or Gethin Jenkins should make a target of Smit. It is a lot to ask of a hooker to anchor your scrum against the Lions.”

    Mallett believes the Lions’ tour to New Zealand in 2005 derailed after the All Blacks early on removed their captain, Brian O’Driscoll, with a spear tackle.

    “Smit is very important to South Africa, because he is one of the country’s big leaders. He was the inspiration in last November’s record win over England,” said Mallett.

    “He is not South Africa’s best captain of all time, but he is on Francois Pienaar’s level.”

    Mallett believes like other experts that the first Test in Durban will be crucial in the series.

    “If South Africa wins, I believe they will win the series with 3-0. But if the Lions find a way of winning, then Peter de Villiers will be under enormous pressure. South Africa could lose the plot if they lose the first Test. No other country turns against their own rugby team as badly as we do.”

    Mallet said the Lions would have to take on the Boks up front, tactically kick for position and then score points with penalty kicks and drop kicks. He nevertheless believes South Africa will win the series.

    “It will be an arm wrestle, and I think the Boks will have stronger arms.”

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.05.09 11:30:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • “It will be an arm wrestle, and I think the Boks will have stronger arms.”

    Actually I think that Bakkies just has a harder PK. 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.05.09 11:33:48 by Ollie Reply
  • Braam Van Stadig!! 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.05.09 11:37:05 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : :mrgreen: 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.05.09 11:44:15 by Charlie Reply

  • @Ollie (Comment 2) : Another former stormers great, he could kick though!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.05.09 15:00:21 by Whindy Reply
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  • “He is not South Africa’s best captain of all time, but he is on Francois Pienaar’s level.”

    Barney will kick Francois ass

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.05.09 15:28:56 by Claytie Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 6) : yeah… I wasn’t sure about this one, though… was he implying that Pienaar was the greatest, or that there is some other, unnamed shadowy figure who trumps both of them? Gary, perhaps?

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.05.09 16:37:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • not much flyhalf discussion here :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.05.09 17:26:45 by rekinek Reply
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