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Steyn crosses 1 000 points

2012-03-03 21:00

Bloemfontein - Flyhalf Morne Steyn became the third player to score 1 000 Super Rugby points as he converted all six of the Bulls' tries and added three penalties in their impressive 51-19 hammering of the Cheetahs on Saturday.

Steyn joined Canterbury Crusaders flyhalf Dan Carter (1 272 points) and Australian Stirling Mortlock (1 031) as he became the first South African to reach four figures. He has now scored 1 012 points in 91 games, all for the Bulls.

The Bulls went to the top of the standings with nine points despite finishing the match with 13 men after Francois Hougaard was harshly red carded in the 64th minute for a tip-tackle and flank Jacques Potgieter was yellow carded for a shoulder-charge in the 78th minute.

However, such setbacks failed to stop the Bulls from charging to victory and condemning fellow South African side the Cheetahs to the bottom of the table.

Props Dean Greyling and Werner Kruger scored the first two Bulls tries from close range, while Cheetahs flyhalf Johan Goosen kept the home side in touch with his immaculate kicking ability as he scored three penalties to narrow the gap to 17-9.

The Bulls kept piling on the pressure as wing Bjorn Basson scored another try to open up a commanding 31-12 lead at halftime.

Following the interval, Akona Ndungane burst clear of the Cheetahs' defence and passed inside for fullback Zane Kirchner to score.

Steyn landed his second and third penalties to stretch the lead to 37-12 after 58 minutes.

"We're very disappointed but credit to the Bulls, tactically they were better than us and credit to their defence," Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss said.

"We were on their line for a while but we couldn't get through."

Hougaard was then red-carded, despite centre Robert Ebersohn twisting around in the tackle and going to ground head-first.

That interruption temporarily caught the Bulls off guard and Strauss pounced to score Cheetahs' only try.

Bulls quickly regained control and scored two more tries in the last 10 minutes through replacement centre JJ Engelbrecht and Kirchner.

"It's easy to play well when 15 players are so willing to work hard for each other," outstanding Bulls hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle said.

"Morne Steyn is a special athlete, well done to him."

Reuters

Comments
  • Blou-Daan - 2012-03-03 21:24

    Mooi so Morras, regtig trots op jou......!!!!!!

  • johan.peters3 - 2012-03-03 21:38

    my blou hart voel goed vanaand, goed gedoen my manne

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-03-03 21:39

    Well done Morne

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-03 22:29

    almal wonder seker nou of die gehele strompelers span di afgelope 10 jare al meer as 1000 punte aangeteken het?? dinki so ni...

      Ruan van Niekerk - 2012-03-03 23:34

      Jou ik het nie meer nommers as wat daar verskillende letters in jou naam is nie.3!!! Nie gedink dis moontlik vir iemand om 'n gat van homself te maak as sy span so mooi gewen het en sy speler so goeie record gekry het nie. Gaan slaap liewer ou bul!

      Blou-Daan - 2012-03-04 05:05

      @Ruan van Niekerk Ai, ek verstaan dit raak nou ongemaklik vir julle grootbek manne wat die stormpies ondersteun, maar as jy gaan kyk sal jy sien daar steek tog waarheid in Japjapjap se kommentaar.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-03 22:41

    Bets flyhalf in world rugby

  • Ruan van Niekerk - 2012-03-03 23:36

    Awesum morne. Reel nou daai aussie in en dan daai kiwi.

  • Andy - 2012-03-04 08:29

    Let me be the one to call a spade a spade. During 09 when the Boks conquered NZ...........it was actually the Boks (SA) that wanted rules/interpretations changed hence forth. Nothing to do with Brussow....it was actually SA wanted "new interpretations of the break down" (Varsity Bosch) As for the WC and BL, the Boks were lucky you weren't reduced to 14 players with Burger eye gouging Pocock once again. SA were lucky to beat Wales and Samoa yet judging by this website you'd think the Boks are better or at least played better than OZ or NZ? It's time to get over it Saffas, NZ and OZ are miles ahead and we don't need to fake injuries to play during S14/15 or tri-nation rugby especially during a WC year We all know who played dirty, you don't need refs to say that..........BTW, I'm selling arm bands at cut price........armbandswingers@cry.moan

      Shaun Robinson - 2012-03-04 08:46

      @ANDY - Hey Andy... Here's a Sheep.

      Koos - 2012-03-04 09:10

      guess what?............................D.0.0.$

      Bootman - 2012-03-04 10:05

      Andy someone needs to bliksem you with a spade.

      Patrick - 2012-03-05 06:46

      @shaun - hey shaun... where's your super rugby trophy. bootman someone needs to bliksem you with a winning super rugby team.

  • David - 2012-03-04 12:24

    Yep. As you say Andy. He are legend. I mean 'Steyn crosses 1000 points'!!! Are journos actually writing some of these headlines, or is it the tea boy??

  • Kerneels - 2012-03-04 13:04

    yes boytjies julle maak n man darem regtig proud man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • brits.jan - 2012-03-05 15:44

    Waar is al die manne wat woensdag nog om en oor Wynand wou hardloop en sien niks van ons is jammer wynand en jy het beter gespeel as al die groot bekke nie nee ouens gee krediet waar jy moet.Geluk bulle jul het goed gespeel.Selfs ou Havies Fourie is stil gespeel hoop nie hy maak weer dieselfde fout daar anderkant nie.

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