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Steyn Bok weapon at Cake Tin

2011-09-07 22:02

Cape Town - Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn is confident that he will be at his very best when kicking at the posts during the World Cup.

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New Zealand, with it's trying conditions, is renowned as a place where goal-kickers struggle, and South Africa's first venue for their clash against Wales is particularly well-known to be an Achilles-heel for place-kickers. 

The Boks tackle the Welsh at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington and the "Cake Tin", as its more popularly known, has proved to be many a place-kicker's worst nightmare over the years. The often swirling wind inside the stadium makes goal-kicking a very tough skill to master.

However, according to the Beeld newspaper, the Bok pivot is confident he will be able to master the expected trying-conditions. "We have played here a number of times, so I know the conditions well," said Steyn.

The Afrikaans daily also reports that Bok fans can be assured that their kicking ace is ready and raring to go. He is kicking the ball well in practice and has no problem with the new Gilbert Rugby World Cup ball.

Steyn also believes the fact that they have played at the ground more often than their Welsh counterparts could give them a slight advantage. "It could count in our favour a bit - the fact that we have played here a couple of times, and probably no one from Wales."

Steyn feeling confident about his game, especially his kicking game, will be welcomed by Springbok fans all over. History has shown that World Cup tournament's are won by team's with good place-kickers.

Earlier in the season there were fears that Steyn could have fallen out of favour with Bok coach Peter de Villiers when he was sent over to Australasia with the so-called Bok "B-team". But a stellar performance in the Boks' last Ti-Nations encounter - where he kicked all of their points in the 18-5 victory over the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth - has cemented his place in South Africa's starting line-up.

"That was a bit of an up-and-down period (the Boks took a hammering in Australasia), but I think all the guys are now positive again after what happened in Port Elizabeth.

"The coach probably had a few things he wanted to try out.

"I'm just happy things worked out fine for me," said Steyn.

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Comments
  • GraemeBB - 2011-09-07 23:23

    I must concede that I was irate about the way Steyn was treated. I wont say that I am his biggest fan, due to the fact that he has let his running game go, and has become a kicking flyhalf. I think he should be well balanced, as he started out as a flyhalf who could run his line. I was also concerned that his tactical kicking was blind, as if he just follows instructions, and doesnt play each ball on merit. So I am not blind to his shortfall. However, to move him to 15 was a poor call. This performance in particular opened the door for Butch. I thought that was unfair on Steyn, as he hasnt played 15 in forever. Good thing he was moved back to flyhalf, as he is the best kicker in the country, and that is as valuable as water. Lets hope he uses his noggen, and plays a better tactical game - then we will truely be a force. Go Bokke

      Neilson - 2011-09-08 02:08

      There was quite a few misconceptions duering the build up regarding Steyn. Some people was saying he could not tackle, maybe they forgot his try saving tackle on Monye against the Lions to name just one. Yes, at full back he missed a tackle. On average Gio missed around 4 tackles per game and still some people wanted him to play full back! Morne is a average player for the Bulls, but luckily a really good one playing in green.

      transkeidave - 2011-09-08 05:11

      same here but still think he needs to be allowed to be more expansive--the structures are to predetermined and make us predictable--lets see what happnes on sunday because it is going to be like a final--wales believe they can win so we will need to be on top form to weather this storm--win wll and we will be fine for the rest--go bokke

  • LDP - 2011-09-08 00:25

    A team needs an outstanding place kicker to win the world cup. Games are so tight, especially towards the end of the tournament, that it often comes down to 3-5 points. A miss or two can cost a team the cup. Glad to have Steyn back and in kicking form. Bokke for back to back RWC champs!!

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-09-08 00:39

    FRANCE BY 6! jean claude van damme 4 next bok coach! is pine pienaar francois pienaars grandson?

  • Prowler - 2011-09-08 00:47

    Here's my team for the WC: Ghost, Basson, Pietersen, WO, Jacque Fourie, Morne, Fourie, Yster Spies, Danie Rossouw, Brussouw, Victor, Bakkies the Enforcer, Werner Kruger, Chilliboy, Dean Greyling

      Howzitekse - 2011-09-08 01:48

      Is Yster Spies related to Pierre "Softy" Spies who is a passenger in the current bok squad?

      Rob Rabbit - 2011-09-08 05:42

      You should rub the blue out of your eyes.

      Oom Filimon - 2011-09-08 07:08

      @ Howzitekse - your name tells me you are a dof tappet/plank, and your comment tells me you know nothing about rugby. Stick to tiddlywinks........

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-09-08 07:11

      sorry - this is the bulls side except for pietersen and Jacque fourie.... anybody that can still think that WO deserves a place in any rugby side has no idea... come on - the Springboks are about more than the Bulls...

      The Observer - 2011-09-08 19:40

      hehehehehe

  • gooinat - 2011-09-08 07:08

    Steyn will start against Wales,against the likes of Samoa and Fiji I would go with Butch who is a lot more physical than Steyn!!!

      gooinat - 2011-09-08 08:11

      Morning Ace,baie lekker dankie,just a bit of fun between the two of us,thats all.Can you imagine how boring it would be if everbody liked your comments,lekker daggie!!!

      gooinat - 2011-09-08 08:30

      I would never have thought that of you my friend,you bring a tear to my eye.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-08 09:52

      Where did all my comments go?

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