Rugby

Steyn surpasses Honiball

2010-06-20 22:30
Morné Steyn goes over for a try against Italy. (AFP)
JJ Harmse

Witbank – It was fitting that Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn should surpass the number of points scored in internationals by Henry Honiball with his second Test try here on Saturday.

Steyn’s try and contribution of 14 points in Saturday’s first Test against Italy gave him 166 points in his Springbok career of 14 Tests. That is 10 more than Honiball’s 156 in 35 Tests.

Whereas Steyn is renowned for his boot in his era as Bok general, Honiball’s trademark was his deadly defence and direct style.

However, the two have one thing in common: South African supporters can be calm about the man wearing the No 10 jersey.

The search for someone to take over from Honiball – a farmer in Bergville – is over.

Steyn pushed all the right buttons in an otherwise mediocre Bok performance and was one of few Bok players to emerge with credit. He did this in spite of sometimes mediocre service of Ricky Januarie.

Steyn’s second Test try was a beauty and he evaded a number of Italian defenders to dive over the line.

“Yes, it worked out. I managed to swerve in a different direction to the defenders on a few occasions. It was an enjoyable try because I’m not really the kind of flyhalf that scores tries,” Steyn told Sport24 afterwards.

“I surprised myself. I don’t know how it happened, but I managed to swerve in the right direction every time.”

Steyn’s only other Test try was against the All Blacks in Durban when he set a world record by scoring all the Springboks’ points in their 31-18 victory.

“The try was very nice and to kick over the conversion of the try (by Zane Kirchner) from the corner also calmed me down because it was a difficult one as the wind was bothering me,” said Steyn.

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