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Steyn bossing the kicking stats

2012-05-15 12:19

Cape Town – If Super Rugby statistics are going to carry any weight in Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s deliberations over the flyhalf spot against England next month, then incumbent Morne Steyn is only entrenching his position.

The Bulls No 10 rules the roost in just about every boot-related category in the competition after Week 12.

According to latest figures in the Sydney Morning Herald, the 27-year-old heads up five departments.

For starters, his 12-point haul in the latest victory (27-24) over the Waratahs on tour last Friday boosted him to 161 overall points in 2012, nine clear of next-placed counterpart Aaron Cruden of the Chiefs (152).

These prolific scorers are due to lock horns very shortly: the Bulls, who first play the Highlanders this Saturday, meet the Chiefs in Hamilton on May 25 in a match which may go a long way to determining who tops the overall table at the end of ordinary season.

The men from Pretoria presently head the standings, one point ahead of the Waikato outfit.

Steyn also hogs top spot for most penalty goals (32), conversions (27) and dropped goals (2).

Just as significantly, the out-of-hand authority of his kicking is reflected in the fact that he sports the most kicking metres, according to the latest stats: an impressive 4,294m.

That places him fairly narrowly ahead of compatriot Joe Pietersen (3,914m), the diminutive Stormers fullback who gets surprisingly strong distance himself on touch-finders and in-field kicks – both players are a long way ahead of anyone else in Super Rugby in that regard.

And if anyone is tempted to suggest that the figures only confirm a “robotic” characteristic to Steyn, they should bear in mind that he is clearly not doing a shabby job in mixing up his game.

That is because the Bulls currently boast 36 tries – an average of just under four per game. It is a tally matched only by the Hurricanes.

The flyhalf is obviously regarded as a vital conduit in attacking play, so it suggests Steyn is back playing more adventurously out of the “pocket” he has often been accused of occupying a little too stubbornly in the past.

Adding further to the rosy picture surrounding his current form, he has the distinction of making his 100th Super Rugby appearance when the Bulls tackle the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday.

Another South African featuring especially prominently in the various Super Rugby stats right now is the Sharks’ dynamic No 7 Marcell Coetzee: he heads up the category for most tackles (168) – three more than Zimbabwean-born Force captain and fellow loose-forward David Pocock.

Considering that he is also a confident runner with the ball tucked beneath an arm, Coetzee could just force himself into Bok contention at blindside flank, where the national side has a problem with several injured customers at present.

Bulls wing Bjorn Basson has just slipped to second for most tries (7), behind Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes and the Chiefs’ amazing pick-and-go phenomenon near the tryline, shiny-domed loosehead Sona Taumalolo – they both boast eight.

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Comments
  • Harold - 2012-05-15 12:21

    One of the greatest. Ever.

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-15 12:36

      dit kan ni wees ni-dis ni reg ni-onmoontlik?? morne steyn- speel hy ni vir di BULLE ni..??nee, hy is dan mos een demensioneel, kan ni skop of hardloop of pass of driee skep ni?? hierdie weepee stats is 'gefix'... kyk, hulle gaan nou-nou onverskoning vra en se di opwindende superster Peter very Grant is di beste in alles en net agter hom is di ongelooflike asemrowende Jou Peterseun! kyk, julle sal sien??

      Jono - 2012-05-15 12:42

      Steyn 77.24% en GRANT 95.24%!!!!! Ek dink Grant moet n kaans kry om die Groen en Goud te dra maar dit sal nie gebeur nie...nie met die nuwe afrigter nie!

      Jono - 2012-05-15 12:51

      @Japjapjap....dit klink my Steyn kan op sy eie speel. dit klink nie asof enige van die agterspelers enigiets doen nie??? en moenie vir my se dit begin by die nommer 10 nie...asseblief! en julle maak asof hy al die driee gemaak het! uit die 36 kon net 5 wees agv van hom en die res kon gewees het agv van die forwards wat hul maai af werk of vir hom genoeg tyd te gee om met die bal te werk, cause G forbid he cant get slow bad ball!!! Jy is so diep in die ou se hol op as hy nies dan vee jy sy neus af!

      Jono - 2012-05-15 12:54

      @blueraven...Ek verstaan maar jy vergeet baie vinnig van iemand wat vir ons baie wedstryde gewen het met sy skoen wat nie eers verder kon skop as my suster nie! En kyk die naweek hoe baie tackles steyn maak en hoe baie hy wag vir n flank om liewer te kom tackel?!

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-15 12:56

      @jono,Most Kick Metres, Steyn 4294, Grant 1823. Most Try Assists ,Steyn 6de op stats. Most Missed Tackles Grant 4de op stats(25)

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-15 13:04

      @jono- shoe jono, ek het nooit so' daaraan gedink ni,... ek bedoel, dat morne steyn op sy eie, kan speel?? miskien moet ons afrigter dit bietji probeer- veral teen weepee?? moet se dit sal snaaks lyk... weepee 12, BULLE-(MS) 28... kommintaar"-jou peterseun het met 3 strafskope geslaag ep peter very grant het nog 'n strafskop oor gesit=12, vir die Bulle he Morne Steyn 3 driee gedruk en 2 self verdoel, en ook met 2 strafskoppe en 'n skep skop geslaag.... klink goed, maar ek dink enige van di Bulle kon dit net so, vir ons gedoen het??

      Jono - 2012-05-15 13:23

      Most kicking meters is irrelevant aangesien hy nie lyn toe skop nie. so daai is n hond stat aangesien enige iemand die bal kan skop en hoe meer jy skop hoe beter vir jou stat en kom ons wees ernstig, steyn skop die meeste dus het hy die meeste meters maar anyway. O ya...jy kan nie n miss tackle he nie as jy nie vir n tackle gaan nie!? @Japjapjap...julle kon ons nie laas wen met 15 op die veld nie, meskien sal daai werk teen die Lions?!

      Jono - 2012-05-15 13:24

      o ja ou bloues...jy miss die mees NB stat van n nommer 10!!! 77% succes rate...not to bad but not to great!

      Stirrer - 2012-05-15 13:32

      Morné's stats for most kicking meters is not surprising, since the Bulls play most of their games at altitude. I wonder if there is a comparable statistic on kicking metres at sea level? Kudo's to Joe Pietersen for being close to Steyn in that department, although the Stormers play most of their games at sea level.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-15 13:47

      @jono, There are none so blind as those who will not see.

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 13:51

      raven jou commin trol gaan was skottelgoed los die madam se acer

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 13:56

      bloues depends which site you go look for stats on the new zealand 1 grant not in top 10 for missed tackles but kopdoek right up there then go to oz site its other way around

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-15 13:56

      @jono, 24 van die Bulle se 36 drieë is deur die agterlyn gedruk

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-15 13:57

      @Harold, agree. MS holds the record for a lot of categories in SA and yet the haters will hate! I rather have him in my team than play against him. He had 2 off games with the boot this season but reading some of the comments on this blog it seems most people have permanent off days in 'thinking' department.....TRAGIC!!!!

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 14:14

      het ek nie vir jou gese gaan was skottelgoed nie jys baie commin hou van slegse en beledig iemand maak aanmerking/observasie dan jy op jou besem stok vergelyk bietjie statistieke van verskillende oorde af bokkie net so by the way lions minste tackles gemaak beteken dit hul is bo op die log of probeer net nie ? ook onder die minste gemis net so is cheetahs en sharks weer bo aan lys so om te se die ou mis 50 kan nie tackle terwyl ander site wys spies mis 21 uit 22 probeer slae

      Chrono - 2012-05-15 14:29

      @Jono, jy moet onthou dat Steyn baie skoppe aandurf wat Grant nooit sal oorweeg nie. Vandaar die verskil in die slaagsyfer. Kan jy onthou hoe die Bokke die toer teen die Leeus nou onlangs beklink het?

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 14:34

      sussie word groot en praat rugby of zip it gaan na die link wat rene gelos het of na die ozzie lot sydney morning herald daar is verskille morne is nogsteeds bo aan maar stats kan baie meer volledig en akuraat wees om eintlik ernstig op te vat dis braaivleis stories 1 vinnige voorbeeld smh grant mis 25 verusco is hy nie daar maar spies wat nie op smh verskyn is daar met 21 as jy nou rerig so verveeld is kan jy elke liewe speler se stats vergelyk daar is ander sites ook soos espn waqt net so onvolledig is bv geelkaarte

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 14:47

      @chrono hoeveld dun lug goosen sou daai skop aangevat het anderkant sy eie 10m lyn voor die pale taute skop hul ook van daar f steyn probeer daai tipe skop seevlak nie so maklik

      Jono - 2012-05-15 15:43

      steyn het skoppe gemiss binne die opponente se 10 tree. So asb moenie vir die ou verskonings maak nie! hy skop nie meer so goed soos wat hy voorheen geskop het nie. Hy maak nie tackles nie omdat hy soos daniel carter is, pieperig en klein serig! op die ou end gaan hierdie in sirkels! jy kies steyn omdat hy vir jou span speel en ek vir Grant omdat hy beter is. Bulle is soos manchester united supporters. het dit nou eers besef, stadig van my maar ja!

  • Bryan - 2012-05-15 12:28

    And all the nay-sayers keep bleating about him being one-dimensional!!! Sorry, but the stats speak for themselves... He is the only match winning option for the Boks..!!!

      Saffa - 2012-05-15 12:34

      Until Goosen is fit of course.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-05-15 13:50

      Saf, I was just thinking that the only reason he is bossing the stats is because Goosen has been injured.

      Debbi - 2012-05-15 17:16

      Lambie still the BEST

  • JouMa - 2012-05-15 12:29

    whahahahaha

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 13:53

      kom sit op my skoot skattie

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 14:17

      dis hoe ons bulls fans dit like castle in die hand pens op die kniee horings op die kop terwyl ons wors braai agter op die ford bantam

      JouMa - 2012-05-15 14:39

      jy ook nie eintlik aangesien bitter min van jou aanmerkings gaan oor rugby

      marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-15 17:24

      Gaan wawawawa jouma.

      JouMa - 2012-05-16 08:56

      marko monique is lekkerrrrrrrr

  • ccpvandam - 2012-05-15 12:33

    In pink or blue, Bulls are on top!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-05-15 12:37

      I think you should have added a "Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" or a "yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy" or an "awesummmmmmmmmmm" to your statement. You just seem like that sort of chap.

  • Acta - 2012-05-15 12:33

    Stats don't lie. On form. He will def wear the green and gold No.10. No doubt. Anybody know where I can look up all this stats and compare to other players?Pls.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-15 13:15

      @Acta, try this web-site, quite comprehensive I find it to be: http://www.Verusco.com/

      Acta - 2012-05-15 14:39

      @Rene, thanks a lot.

  • steyts - 2012-05-15 12:34

    Waar is die persentasies??? Dis alles goed en wel dat hy soveel oorgeskop het maar hoeveel keer het hy geskop pale toe? Ek kan aan 'n redelike klompie skoppe dink wat hy gemis het!!

      Deon - 2012-05-15 13:20

      Ek stem, alhoewel die nuwe skopper van Cheetas ook goed geskop het in 2de helfte en 100% slaagsyfer het. Steyn het 'n af dag gehad teen die Blues.

      Saffa - 2012-05-15 13:21

      P-E-R-S-E-N-T-A-S-I-E-S vra hy ou Daantjie, PERSENTASIES, NIE prestasies. En die ou wat vir jou die 'duimpie op' gegee het kort ook 'n klap dat hy wakker kan skrik.

      steyts - 2012-05-15 13:28

      Nogal lank bloudaan dis hoekom ek weet dat dit is belangrik om 'n skopper te he met 'n hoe persentasie handhaaf met skoppe anders kan dit 'n span wedstryde kos!! Is dit nie Morne Steyn se boot wat hulle die game gekos het teen die stormers vroeer vanjaar e teen die blues nie??

      steyts - 2012-05-15 13:29

      @blueraven - ok fair enough, maar as hy daai twee dae geskop het soos verlede jaar en 2009 het hulle daai games gewen, so indirek het hy vir die bulls daai twee wedstryde gekos!!

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-15 13:36

      @saffa- jy sukke al weer- jy moet net pasop, voor jy ni 'n klap teen di grond kry, met daai groot seekoei lyf van jo..?? onhou siffi, enigiets wat enige BUL kwyt raak IS sense... enigeiets wat siffi en haar 'classy' haasbek kroesaders brabel, kort spesiale aandag- as jy so aanhou verloor jy nou-nou nog tanne...

      Saffa - 2012-05-15 13:46

      @Japjapjap - common truly IS the perfect colour for you......

      Saffa - 2012-05-15 13:47

      Nou het Blou Daan sy comment verwyder want hy besef hy sit die pot heel mis........Dalk maak my vorige comment meer sense as julle Blou Daan s'n gelees het.

      WernerZA - 2012-05-15 18:03

      Jy wil seker se Grant se persentasie is baie hoer... Ai, as sy span net n paar meer driee in die hoekie kan druk sodat hy getoets kan word... Maar nee, hulle wag tot die ref vir hulle n penalty gee voor die pale... Geen wonder. :)

      steyts - 2012-05-16 09:02

      Werner ek is nie 'n groot Grant fan nie.. Ek is meer 'n fan van iemand wat sy backline kan wegsit en goed kan skop in alle aspekte. Goosen is op die oomblik loshande die beste in SA, dan Lambie dan eers Steyn...

  • Paul Botha - 2012-05-15 12:34

    The Master!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-05-15 12:40

      So you're the servant I take it? Might I order a Coke Zero while you are here?

      Pietie - 2012-05-15 15:37

      @Saffa STFU!

  • Wayne - 2012-05-15 12:36

    Well done to Steyn, and it's not been his most successful season yet, had a horried time with the boot in some matches. 1 thing I would also like to point out, Patrick Lambie. Great defender, kicking has improved a lot and a nice attacking running player. I honestly believe his best position is flyhalf, but because of Steyn where do you put him? Fullback? I just think he must start. Think HM has actually got some good talent to choose from this season so far.

  • Braston - 2012-05-15 12:37

    Morne Steyn is the obvious choice for bok 10. Stormers groete!

      Jason - 2012-05-15 13:11

      no he isnt. just because the boy can kick doesnt make him a no 10

      Braston - 2012-05-15 14:12

      Steyn can control the game with his boot, that doesn't mean he kicks al the time. Look @ the waratahs bulls game, steyn was brilliant .

      Anele - 2012-05-15 17:32

      What do u think of Steyn at ten and Lambie at twelve?

  • John - 2012-05-15 13:20

    I think if Heyneke has half a brain he will go back to the WC and put this into perspective. Yes Morne is having a great season but he is not the complete package. Lets face it he has played behind a pack going forward the entire season. When the Bulls pack came under pressure (Stormers & Sharks) he was shaky to say the least. His defense, goal kicking & line kicking were poor. Goosen, Lambie & Grant all as good maybe better.

      Harold - 2012-05-15 13:32

      If you watched the Bulls/Waraths game on Friday, you would've seen the Bulls scrum getting pushed back all the time. Despite this, Morne had a blinder. You argument hold no water.

      Jed - 2012-05-15 13:50

      Agree, 100% John , Steyn can’t miss tackles he does not attempt (the world cup proved he was a weak link in defence). He is S.A's worst goal kicker by far. And we don’t need his big boot if Frans Steyn is playing. Sorry Bulls supporters you are the only Fans in the Country that wants Steyn at flyhalf.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-15 14:08

      @vallemj , thanks for the laugh.

      Jed - 2012-05-15 14:12

      Well is he better than Grant or Goosen , maybe we can throw Elton Jantjies in there as well? Just a question?

      Pietie - 2012-05-15 15:43

      @vallemj that baby on your profile pic knows more about rugby than you do!

  • Shayne - 2012-05-15 13:31

    Sport 24 please tell us or find out what the latest on F Steyn? Last we heard he was leaving Racing Metro and possible returning to Sharks. That was 2 months ago! What's the latest there? Btw.. Nicely done Morne..

  • Andre - 2012-05-15 13:44

    die verskil is dat Grant se agterlyn nie kan driee druk nie-hy weet nie hoe om vir hulle te pass nie.

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-05-15 13:50

    @jono, 24 van die Bulle se 36 drieë is deur die agterlyn gedruk.

  • Schalk - 2012-05-15 13:54

    Well done - Stats prove he is decent, i am just happy he is over the poor start where he missed more than what he could convert, i do however believe you cant compare Grant and Steyn. the 2 players have 2 different teams with 2 different playing styles etc...and therefore you cant compare. i do believe coming to the test that Steyn must be Nr1 and Lambie could be back up - with the talent (goosen etc...) coming thru i cant see Grant making green & gold soon, Grant does have a FAR better kicking to poles % but thats about it - i do like his playing this season more wher eyou occassionally se a line break etc...

  • Armandearl - 2012-05-15 14:39

    I believe MS must also be one of the players with the most consecutive playing hours. When last was he injured and missed a game. Critisize his defence al you haters may, old Buurman van Zyl orderd Naas Botha not to defend if its not going to give away a try because his Flyhalf must almost certainly always be on his feet to kick the ball. Pat, Peter and Marius are all prone to injuries because they try to defend to hard. If a flyhalf have to defend the whole game there must be something wrong with the looseforwards.

  • Frankie - 2012-05-15 14:39

    Niemand kan stry ni Steyn kan skop! Mar dis hoe ver dt gan! Grant isi veel slegter ni! Goosen is die een wat ons nodig ht vir die Bokke!

      Stefan Erasmus - 2012-05-15 18:38

      stem saam Francie,Goosen is die hele pakkie,kan verdedig skop en driee druk! Steyn kan net skop!Sy agterlyn kry nooit die bal nie!

  • Richard - 2012-05-15 14:41

    Hey guys! Well done to morne for his stats. Just have a few question marks over his defence? He is not a good defender and there has been plenty of tries in that channel. Do i think he is as good as dan the man not chance. I think lambie and grant are more rounded fly halfs and how many kicks has morne missed compared to grant ?

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-05-15 15:42

    Pity Johan Goosen is not around......he was leading by a country mile till he went down inured...

  • aidan.w.naude - 2012-05-15 16:20

    This is why Sa rugby has under-performed of recent. Maybe Chelsea can sign him as he kicks more than a footballer.

  • WernerZA - 2012-05-15 18:14

    Mmm if grant's team would score more tries in the corner, we could actually compare... But alas, he has to wait for the slim pickings of penalties in front of the posts to amass such a wonderful percentage. Morne, you are a machine...

      JouMa - 2012-05-16 08:57

      infront of the post he is also not too far you clown

  • Popeye - 2012-05-15 21:31

    Mooi Steyntjie, die oom is moer trots op jou !

  • Donovan - 2012-05-16 12:14

    If you go look at the penalty stats than Morne better be on top, I mean the Bulls arguably has received the most penalties awarded to them. Thats arguably how they win or stay in matches most of the time.

  • Dawie - 2012-05-16 12:54

    The problem is you cant have this argument in SA............we cant stand anybody from another province except our own. In my opinion there is no one better for the jersey than Lambie ( or even Fullback) given the scrumhlf is hougaard. Lambie only came back recently and if you look at all the games that the sharks played well it was the games that Lambie was on Flyhalf. We cant go on stats since stats is based upon having a sloud flyhalf that does all the basics.........currently we have so much flyhalf talent thet the no 10 jersey is past the "basics" phase and we can look at having our own " carter" in SA. Im not a BULLS fan at all but it will be a sin not to give the chosen no 10, hougaard on halfback.The "little' guy is the only scrumhalf that doesnt slow the ball down for his own............

  • dexter.louw - 2012-06-11 12:13

    @jono.qmann - Kicking stats (punte gewys) is verluiend, want dit vat nie in ag van waar die skoppe plaas vind nie. Een ou kan 20 skoppe van voor pale oor skop en die ander ou 18 uit 20 van langs die kant af. Dan se dit die ou wat van voor die pale oor geskop het is die beste want sy stats se hy is beter? Dis hoekom jy na die ander stats moet kyk as jy spellers kies

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