Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
20 Jun 2014
6:00 am

Boot firmly on Steyn’s foot

Rudolph Jacobs

Match-winning Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn has not always been appreciated enough in his own country – but he continues to kick his detractors in the teeth.

Morne Steyn of South Africa during the 2013 Castle Incoming Tour rugby test match between South Africa and Samoa at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa on June, 21 2013. FILE PIC. ©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

One of four Boks in the backline with more than 50 caps, Steyn had class written all over him in last weekend’s clinical performance over Wales.

“It’s just great being back here with the guys and I’m really enjoying my rugby at the moment,” said Steyn, who is just one point short of scoring his 650th point in Test rugby.

Hailed by Bok coach Heyneke Meyer as a true warrior, Steyn put in an all-round performance where he turned the Welsh around with shrewd, pin-point tactical kicking.

“There were gaps opening up last weekend and Wales didn’t enjoy it much whenever we kicked behind them,” remarked Steyn this week.

The Bok pivot has once again cemented his place despite playing overseas for Stade Francais, especially after injuries to the likes of Pat Lambie and Johan Goosen.

“I haven’t always enjoyed sitting on the bench for Francais, but it helped me greatly in being rested and refreshed. Ideally a guy wants to play every Test and every game,” he said.

Steyn also lauded the roles the players on his inside and outside, scrumhalf Fourie du Preez and centre Jan Serfontein, played.

“Despite being just 21, Jan showed great leadership and proved he belongs at this level, while I really enjoy having the decision-making and calmness of Fourie there,” he said.

And while the Welsh have big centres in Jamie Roberts and Jonathan Davies Steyn pointed to the fact the Bok midfield are not midgets either.

“JP Pietersen is a big guy himself and has plenty experience, but the focus is to kick on from last weekend,” he said.