Henry: Steyn one of the best in the world

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations on 29 Jul 2009 at 07:39
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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.


  • Only Bulls supporters would agree with Henry’s statement!! 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.09 07:42:46 by wpw Reply
  • he is blowing so much smoke up our arses, I am coughing in Abu Dhabi.
    Best Captain ,best kicker, very settled side, blah,blah blah!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.07.09 08:07:59 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 2) :


    Spot on bru!! We better not fall for this!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.07.09 08:16:45 by wpw Reply
  • @Whindy (Comment 2) :

    Windy – I SO agree… 😀

    he obviously do not have a degree in psycology..you see right through him.. 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.07.09 08:17:55 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Comment 5, posted at 29.07.09 09:10:02 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Sorry – pc gremlins working overtime… 😳

    Of Course they would prefer Morne to Ruan – They want to score more trys of Mornes bad defense….

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.07.09 09:11:41 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 2) : Not forgetting the best 13 in the world. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.07.09 09:18:27 by McLovin Reply

  • Some interesting stadia choices for the 2015 world cup.

    TWICKENHAM (London)
    The home of English rugby hosted the 1991 World Cup final.
    Capacity: 82,000
    Matches: Final; both semi-finals; one quarter-final; pool games

    WEMBLEY (London)
    England’s biggest stadium, and home to the England football team, which is to host two Saracens matches this season.
    Capacity: 90,000
    Matches: One quarter-final; pool games

    Arsenal football club’s new stadium has never staged a rugby match before.
    Capacity: 60,432
    Matches: Bronze medal match; pool games

    The only stadium being used outside England, the Millennium Stadium hosted the 1999 final and has hosted more Heineken Cup finals than any other ground.
    Capacity: 73,350
    Matches: Two quarter-finals; pool games

    OLD TRAFFORD (Manchester)
    Manchester United’s ground staged Argentina v England this summer.
    Capacity: 76,100
    Matches: Pool games

    ST JAMES’ PARK (Newcastle)
    Newcastle United’s stadium takes the tournament to the north-east.
    Capacity: 52,387
    Matches: Pool games

    ANFIELD (Liverpool)
    Liverpool’s ground staged warm-up games before the 1999 World Cup.
    Capacity: 45,000
    Matches: Pool games

    ELLAND ROAD (Leeds)
    Leeds United’s ground is more used to staging Test rugby league, with the Leeds Rhinos a fixture in the city.
    Capacity: 40,204
    Matches: Pool games

    ST MARY’S STADIUM (Southampton)
    Southampton’s ground has staged international football before and will represent the south coast.
    Capacity: 32,689
    Matches: Pool games

    RICOH ARENA (Coventry)
    Has hosted the EDF Energy Cup semi-final and Heineken Cup fixtures, including Munster’s win over Saracens in 2008.
    Capacity: 32,500
    Matches: Pool games

    WELFORD ROAD (Leicester)
    The home of Leicester Tigers is currently being developed into England’s biggest club rugby ground.
    Capacity: 30,000 (projected)
    Matches: Pool games

    KINGSHOLM (Gloucester)
    One of the most atmospheric grounds in England, Gloucester’s home could be expanded by 2015.
    Capacity: 18,000 (projected)
    Matches: Pool games

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.07.09 09:28:30 by McLovin Reply

  • So far the use of the Millenium Stadium is yet to be approved by the IRB.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.07.09 09:38:26 by McLovin Reply

  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 4) : even though – you would be surprised how many people would get caught by it.
    it seems such an obvious lie – must be a truth :mrgreen:

    I am more worried about this test.

    And Hello 😛

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.07.09 14:16:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 6) : As I said – I am more worried…

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.07.09 14:18:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 10) :

    Hello Rekki!

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.07.09 14:20:27 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) (Comment 12) : And what’s up with “Thunder Horse” No 10 ? is intellectualism out of fashion 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.07.09 14:37:04 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 13) :

    It’s my Native American Indian name…it means I am Wild and a free and i chase after what I want with great passion.. (I am still Prof. though) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.07.09 14:54:21 by Prof. Ice (Thunder Horse) Reply
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  • Morné Steyn’s match-winning and series-clinching performance kick for South Africa

    I have nothing against Morne – and he deserves his place in the Boks…but come on…


  • Comment 15, posted at 30.07.09 10:07:44 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 15) : + 5000

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.07.09 10:15:32 by wpw Reply
  • Henry is such a cad, Morne Steyn isn’t bad but best in the world? Please. He can kick, but aside from that he is useful nothing more.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.07.09 10:18:51 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 17) :

    What’s a cad?? 🙄

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.07.09 10:25:55 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) :

    Design programme… 🙄

    My architect friend throws that name around a lot… 🙂

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.07.09 10:33:33 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 19) : Close but thats the post 1900 name

    @wpw (Comment 18) : A sneaky bastard who fronts up while lying through his teeth

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.07.09 10:36:58 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 20) :

    Aha, So Voldy is also a ‘cad’ 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.07.09 10:38:26 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 21) : I could think of worse descriptions, but for the sake of this discussion yes 😆

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.07.09 10:41:47 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Henry sounds like a bit dim in his interviews. The British (read English) press would have a field day with him when they are losing :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.07.09 11:22:38 by Rahul Reply

  • “He [Steyn] is one of the best in the world, if not the best [kickers] in the world right now,” Henry said.

    Nothing wrong with that statement.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.07.09 11:46:10 by McLovin Reply

  • Henry’s simply saying Steyn is one of the best kickers, which he surely is.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.07.09 11:47:05 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 25) :

    At this stage of his career – I’d say even that statement is a bit flattering… but I’ll accept…

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.07.09 12:44:56 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 26) : I guess Henry didn’t see him at King’s Park in last year’s Currie Cup, then. Lost that game on his own.

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.07.09 12:52:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : I hope we don’t see a repeat performance on Saturday.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.07.09 12:55:16 by McLovin Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 26) : Acceptance is the first step…… 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.07.09 12:56:53 by McLovin Reply

  • Henry is obviously praying that Ruan can’t play for a while.

    Steyn is only the best because Henry is kak bang of Ruan returning.

    If the All Blacks dn’t give away umpteen penalties, we will lose this match.

  • Comment 30, posted at 31.07.09 07:09:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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