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Steyn eyes next milestone

2012-05-16 14:32

Johannesburg - As Morné Steyn prepares for his 100th Super Rugby match in the Bulls jersey this weekend, the pivot is already targeting the next milestone.

Steyn will become only the sixth Bulls player to reach the magical ton as he follows in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Danie Rossouw and Bakkies Botha.

The pivot said if everything worked out well for him, he hoped to become the first Super Rugby player to reach 150 matches.

Former Wallaby scrumhalf George Gregan currently holds the record for the most appearances in the competition, with 136 caps.

"You don't want to go on forever, but maybe I can become the first player to play in a 150 matches," Steyn said.

Steyn made his Super Rugby debut for the Bulls against the Waratahs in 2005.

He had a bittersweet start to Super Rugby as a replacement when he left the field with an ankle injury a few minutes after making his debut.

The 27-year-old had to wait until 2008 to finally move out of Derick Hougaard's shadow.

"I waited for a long time behind Derick Hougaard to get my chance and those days 50 matches was the big milestone," said Steyn.

"The right things happened at the right time and I have been blessed with few injuries to reach 100."

Steyn said he had to wait patiently for his time to shine and added that he could have lost faith and left for a different team.

He, however, stuck it out and went on to become the top points scorer in the competition in both the 2009 and 2010 season's.

Earlier this year, he became only the second player in Super Rugby history behind the Crusaders' Dan Carter to pass a 1000 points in the competition.

Steyn said he had set his sights on surpassing Carter as the highest points scorer in Super Rugby history.

The incumbent Springbok flyhalf has amassed a total of 1134 points so far while Carter has scored 1289 in his career.

Coincidentally Steyn also played his 50th match against the Highlanders in 2009 at Palmerston North, where they lost 36-12.

Steyn said the three Super Rugby titles he had won with the Bulls was undoubtedly the highlights in his career with the Pretoria-based side.

"It is great to follow in the footsteps of legends like Fourie (Du Preez) and Victor (Matfield). I think it is a blessing," he said.

"I think every Super Rugby title we have won in 2007, 2009 and 2010 is at the top of my list."

The Bulls' reliance on Steyn's metronomical kicking boot was evident in the side's losses against the Blues and the Stormers when he grappled with his kicking.

"I must say I struggled with my kicking in two matches, but so far it is going well," Steyn said.

Steyn said he had to go back to the basics to figure out what he did wrong to find his rhythm and timing again.

Despite the hiccups in those two matches, Steyn is still the leading points scorer in this year's competition on 161 points.

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Comments
  • Dirk - 2012-05-16 14:38

    Congrats Steyn! "I must say I struggled with my kicking in two matches, but so far it is going well," Steyn said. Hahahaha, dit is scary om te dink dat hulle daai games kon gewen het as hy synced was. Donner ek sien uit na die 2de Junie.

      Maaifoedie - 2012-05-16 14:53

      Yes, he did well but now he should make way for the best: Peter "Bash" Grant.

      Dirk - 2012-05-16 14:56

      Grant is King!

      Pierre - 2012-05-16 15:25

      This guy has just about broken every record there is, and still these sad little men keep bashing him, thinking that by doing so they will hide their own shortcomings, in more than one way. Sad stormpies.

      Dirk - 2012-05-16 15:30

      Blikemmer Pierre dit was diep.

      Pierre - 2012-05-16 15:37

      dankie dirkie. geweet daars n swiet na jou vernoem?

      johan.fortuin1 - 2012-05-16 17:49

      Dirk,sou graag daar wou wees,maar dis vrek duur om al die pad uit die Kaap te travel.Beplan om dit volgende jaar te doen.Blou Bul groete hier uit stormpiesland.Gaffel hulle Bulle

  • Papa-storm - 2012-05-16 14:39

    minste tackels ooit ?

      Dirk - 2012-05-16 14:41

      Om 'n 100 games te gaan sonder om een keer te tackle moet 'n achievement op sy eie wees.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-16 15:22

      Nee man, wees 'n bietjie fair. Dis omdat hy vir Spies as sy tackle coach het.

      Jean - 2012-05-16 15:55

      Super Rugby 2012 Tackles made so far: Morne Steyn 97, Peter Grant 76. True to Stormers tradition never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Julle ouens weet so min van Rugby af dis eintlik komieklik. In die begin van die seisoen se julle die Bulle is boring...dan druk ons ALWEER die meeste driee, maar soos ek se...Stormers laat nooit die feite in die pad van 'n goeie storie kom nie.

      Harold - 2012-05-17 06:27

      Jean, your comment is the best of the last 3 years. Well done!!!

      Papa-storm - 2012-05-17 09:51

      ou jeantjie ons praat weer op peter grant se honderste ne

      Harold - 2012-05-17 10:17

      Papa, he'll never reach that milestone. He's to interested in the Japanese Yen.

      Jean - 2012-05-17 10:41

      Ou Papa-Stormpie....Peter Grant is op 72 caps. So nog so twee of drie seisoene dan sal hy honderd slaan in Super Rugby (miskien)....en teen daai tyd staan Steyn al op 100 Springbok caps en Grant wag nog steeds vir sy eerste. Give credit where it is due....Morne Steyn is a champion! Ek hoop Grant kan vir julle 'n koppie wen want 11 jaar ruk nou so bietjie hand uit. Kyk so bietjie na Steyn se rekords en laat ons so bietjie weet oor Grant s'n (Hy is nie eers die top scorer in Japan nie!). Hou julle negatiwiteit van die Bulle se artikels af asseblief. Ons gaan wees nie suur op julle artikels nie (seker omdat ons nie suur is nie). BLOU BULLE BO (Alweer en Nogsteeds)!!!

      Jean - 2012-05-17 10:53

      Peter Grant is 8th best scorer in JAPAN in 2012....Steyn 1st in Super Rugby. Compare Grant with Steyn.....don't make me laugh.

      Jean - 2012-05-17 11:47

      Hier is nog 'n beauty: 2012 MISSED TACKLES: Morne Steyn 11, Peter Grant 28!!!! Classic!!! Steyn has even got less missed tackles than Lambie (excellent on defence) who missed 12 tackles.

  • Stirrer - 2012-05-16 14:40

    100 Super games in a Bulls jersey is not a milestone, it's a millstone.

      Johan - 2012-05-16 21:50

      @Stirrer As you can see everyone is absolutely killing themselves laughing at your joke. You are brilliant

  • shauns4700 - 2012-05-16 14:44

    He is still not a great player. His only there because of kicking, bad defence , there must always be someone helping him tackling!

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-16 15:39

      Ask Tish to help you with your English

      BlouJob - 2012-05-17 06:32

      Ek dink Tish is net so stupid.

      David - 2012-05-17 08:22

      Did you even read the previous comments,steyn 97 tackles, grant 76. His defence is still better than his biggest rival and he scores more points,get your facts right before accusing someone,if you want to do that,go work in parliament.

      Jean - 2012-05-17 11:46

      Hier is nog 'n beauty: 2012 MISSED TACKLES: Morne Steyn 11, Peter Grant 28!!!! Classic!!! Steyn has even got less missed tackles than Lambie (excellent on defence) who missed 12 tackles.

  • Acta - 2012-05-16 14:53

    He will most probably reach all his milestones, imagine what he would of achieved if he didn't have such a big setback in the beginning!? He must just not get too carried away with breaking records as this will come,no doubt, and put his focus on the present, not that he hasn't been doing it.

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-05-16 15:11

    Morné Steyn's records: * World record for most points scored by a player who has scored all their team's points (31). * Most points scored against New Zealand (31) in a single test * South African record for penalties in a test (eight) – beating the seven achieved twice by former fullback and now kicking coach of South Africa, Percy Montgomery. (All of the above records achieved with his 31 points scored in the Tri-Nations 2009 match against the All Blacks in Durban on 1 August 2009) * South African record for most points in a test against Australia. * Fastest 100 points by a Springbok (eight Test matches, three as replacement) * Fastest 200 points by a Springbok (16 Test matches) * Fastest 300 points by a Springbok (24 Test matches) * Fastest 400 points by a Springbok (33 Test matches) * Most drop-goals in a Super Rugby season (11). * Most points scored against the All Blacks for a Springbok (31). * Most points in a Tri-Nations match (31). * Most drop-goals in a Super Rugby game (four) (in the 2009 Super 14 semifinal against the Crusaders) * Most drop-goals in Super Rugby (22) * Most drop-goals in a Super Rugby season (11 in 2009) * Most penalties in a Super Rugby season (51 in 2010) * Most points in a Super Rugby season (263) - beating Dan Carter's record of 221 set in 2006.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-16 15:13

      * Steyn also holds the record for most consecutive successful kicks at goal in Test play since statistics for that category were first kept in the late 1980s. He had a streak of 41 successful attempts that ended on 6 November 2010 against Ireland. The previous record was 36, held by

      Raymond - 2012-05-16 16:24

      And still useless. Most tackles missed by a Springbok - countless Reason for SA losing against Aus in 2011

      bernard.ingram - 2012-05-17 08:03

      Morne Steyn has also scored the most tries by a flyhalf for the Boks!

  • Kenny - 2012-05-16 15:11

    Snaaks hoe net WP supporters hulle twee sent gee.

      Stirrer - 2012-05-16 15:21

      Ons sou meer gee as hy meer werd was.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-16 15:47

      Oupa moet jy nie trollies in die "mall" gaan stoot nie?

  • WernerZA - 2012-05-16 16:51

    Legend!

  • James - 2012-05-16 17:03

    But who is this Morne stain they talk of?

      Johan - 2012-05-16 21:48

      The guy sitting with 3 Supercups (3 more than the Stormers) and current Conference leaders. Also many Curriecups and Vodacom cups since 2002. Baie baie dankie meneer

      Harold - 2012-05-17 06:29

      His 3 Super cups is more than the whole Stormers team combined.

      David - 2012-05-17 08:26

      wait till the 2nd of june then you will know who morne steyn is. Everyone will then be asking,where were the stormers, the stormers must be shivering in their boots just thinking of coming to loftus on the 2nd

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-17 14:18

      Dis jo baas en jo miesies, se hero!!! so skoert nou, gaan polish daai kruiwa.....

  • RetiefC - 2012-05-16 17:40

    Baie geluk Morne! Voorwaar 'n mylpaal. Blou Bul groete!!!

  • Heinrich - 2012-05-16 22:45

    Steyn jy kan nie die eerste een word wat 150 super rugby caps agter ju naam wil he nie!!!! Die site praat van George Greagan met 134 caps of iets!! Wat van NATHAN SHARPE!! Hy het al klaar oor 150 Caps!!!!!

      Harold - 2012-05-17 06:30

      Good point.

      BlouJob - 2012-05-17 06:33

      Uiteindelik. n Stormers supporter wat raak vat.

      bernard.ingram - 2012-05-17 08:07

      158 Nathan Sharpe Western Force (2006-2012: 88); Reds (1998-2005: 70) 141 Keven Mealamu Blues (2001-2012: 130); Chiefs (2000 - 11) 140 Stirling Mortlock Rebels (2011-2012: 17); Brumbies (1998-2010: 123) 136 George Gregan Brumbies (1996-2007) 136 Caleb Ralph Reds (2011: 1); Crusaders (1999-2008: 126); Blues (1998: 6); Chiefs (1997: 3) 132 Phil Waugh Waratahs (2000-2011) 131 Greg Somerville Rebels (2011: 16); Crusaders (1999-2008: 115) Still a long way to go, but go you good Blue thing!

      Japjapjap - 2012-05-17 14:25

      hey klein penkop, moet jo nou hier probeer slim hou ni en moet nou ni Morne blameer vir di stormers24 se oneidige baie&groot blapse ni- di sitbokke by 24 het weer deurmekaar geraak met wallaby rugby en Super rugby?? so vra jo pa om jo gat se slat, dan gat speel jy...

  • Terence - 2012-05-17 10:17

    I thing they might be refering to him becoming the first player to play 150 games for a single team/franchise, maybe???

      Terence - 2012-05-17 11:08

      ThinK* Apologies...

  • Vincent - 2012-05-17 12:41

    Give that man a Bells! He is hated by rugby supporters of other local/domestic teams/franchises, but the moment he wears the green and gold, he is praised by those very pundits, and regarded as the best fly half in the world. Go Morne, keep it up!

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