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Steyn produces masterclass

2012-05-04 14:26

Melbourne - Morne Steyn produced another metronomic goalkicking display slotting 16 points with his boot, adding a try and setting up two others as the Bulls overcame a spirited Melbourne Rebels 41-35 in their Super Rugby match on Friday.

GALLERY: Rebels v Bulls

Steyn managed five conversions and two penalties, and did not miss a shot at goal, as the Bulls won their fourth successive match.

"It was pretty exciting from the stands, high intensity, good attacking from both sides, maybe not the best defensively from us but good to get the win," Bulls captain Pierre Spies said.

"We needed these points," he added of the victory that propelled them to the top of the South African conference on 42 points, one ahead of the Stormers who have a bye.

The match was one of milestones for the Melbourne side, with Mark Gerrard making his 100th Super rugby appearance, while club captain Stirling Mortlock was making his first of the season from the replacements' bench after he recovered from a long standing calf injury.

It was also their first match since they parted ways with enigmatic flyhalf Danny Cipriani, who has returned to England early. The former England international has signed with Sale for next season.

The first half was helter-skelter as both sides secured a bonus point by scoring four tries each with Melbourne's captain Gareth Delve crashing over after the hooter had sounded to vindicate his decision not to take a penalty shot at goal and ensure the match was evenly poised with the Bulls leading 31-28.

The second period, however, failed to live up to the first as both sides adopted a more conservative, patterned approach for the first 20 minutes before Steyn's deft chip kick ahead was gathered by JJ Engelbrecht to crash over and break the shackles.

Cooper Vuna struck back immediately for the Rebels for his second try, with Kurtley Beale adding his fifth conversion, before Steyn slotted a 72nd minute penalty for the Bulls to give them a 41-35 lead that they held until the final whistle.

Reuters

Comments
  • Stormkaap - 2012-05-04 14:29

    Op 'n drafstappie oppad na ons 4de koppie (4 meer as die Stormers) AI DIS LEKKER OM 'N BULL TE IS TE IS

      Stormsaam - 2012-05-04 15:20

      Listen dingbat.. stop using my pseudonym.. or do you suffer from an inferiority complex.. get a life

      Stormsaam - 2012-05-04 15:48

      @fake Storm Listen inbred, go count the number of Super trophies you have won

      Thomas - 2012-05-04 23:55

      I am just glad he's playing for us and not somebody els!!!!!!!!

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 09:48

      Die Beste in die Weste. Wat kan mens sê? Jy kan nie klas koop of afrig nie. Jy word gebore daarmee!!!

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-05-04 14:31

    masterclass? he had a good day with the boot.period. defense was shocking - as always. and some of his tactical kicking was poor...

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-04 14:48

      @Frans: Read and weep: Morne Steyn's achievements: # World record for most points scored by a player who has scored all their team's points (31). Most points at 2011 World Cup 2nd highest points in the 2011 Super 15 # Most points scored against New Zealand (31) in a single Test by any player. # Most points scored against the All Blacks for a Springbok (31). # Most points in a Tri-Nations match (31). # South African record for penalties in a Test (eight). (All of the above records achieved with his 31 points scored in the 2009 Tri-Nations match against the All Blacks in Durban) # South African record for most points in a Test against Australia. # Fastest 100 points by a Springbok (eight Test matches, three as replacement)[8] # 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 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 penalties in a Super Rugby season (51 in 2010) # Most points in a Super Rugby season (263) # 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.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-04 15:04

      Hy is darem nie tweede op die lys van meeste tackles mis soos Peter Grant nie. Bul groete.

      Schaun - 2012-05-04 17:24

      frans,visserdsb lmfao... wat rene vir jou gese het, sit dit in jou pyp en rook dit. man of the match by far he was. as bulle vandag n grant,of n pienaar gehad het, dan het hulle hulle eie pink gatte gesien gooo bullls. Good game for first over there

      Tokolos - 2012-05-05 09:49

      Frans... Tokolos sal like om jou sussie te shock!!!

      paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-05-05 12:37

      Frans, is jy stupid of blind. Die man het so goed verdedig dat die Ausie kommentators daarvan, en van sy lang, suksesvolle lynstaanskoppe melding gemaaak het. Hy het gedruk en Engelbrecht laat druk met 'n skop wat dir Ausie kommentators, 'the work of a genius fly-half" genoem het. Wees provinsialisties sonder om eenogig te wees.

      Raymond - 2012-05-06 11:07

      @Rene Don't forget to add ~ Reason the Boks lost the 2011 QF

  • Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-04 14:32

    First SA to achieve 1100 points, his list of achievements is just getting longer and longer. He had a superb game!

      John - 2012-05-04 15:05

      Impressive Rene, BUT a fly half is not in the team only to kick!! It would perhaps be instructive to see some other stats about passing, tactical kicking, line breaks, tries scored, tackles made etc. This would give a more complete picture and be far more interesting.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-04 15:09

      @John, but I think that is why he had such a great game today, he did not JUST kick. All round good solid performance, scored a try, distributed the ball well, tactical kicking resulting in tries, great passing today. He has been a concern of late, but he made up for it today.

      gawievdm - 2012-05-04 15:10

      John Dis seker omdat hy net skop dat die Bulls nou al die meeste driee in die kompetisie gedruk het.

      Johan - 2012-05-04 15:22

      Agree with john a 10 doesn't need to kick 99% of the ball he gets!!!! if you are on about all his records for kicking why not go and play that stupid game Australians play where one just kick everything!!!!!! its boring to watch a game of the bulls where everything is being kicked!!!!!!!!!

      Bergelmir - 2012-05-04 16:31

      As hy nou nog net kan leer om te tackle...

      Bergelmir - 2012-05-04 16:44

      dis seker hoekom die bulle so baie driee afgestaan het in die kompetisie sover (21 totaal)

      Schaun - 2012-05-04 17:28

      john... sck it up bru. dont you think that stormers or any other team would of had more cups in office if they had someone thats flyhalf and could convert penalties. stormers had one, and with that one(joel) south africa won 95 world cup. w.p get it in your head, not nice rugby but to win cups needs a flyhalf that can kick

      Burtfred - 2012-05-05 08:30

      René, Are you Mornés mom? Or grannie?

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-05-04 14:36

    Steyn jou YSTER ! ! !

      Stormsaam - 2012-05-04 15:21

      Yes but Spies was crap as usual and Bulls defence sucked.. and just imagine that their defence coach is going to coach the Boks

      Stormsaam - 2012-05-04 15:35

      Spies was absolutely brilliant, no question that he should be the Bok captain

  • Stormkaap - 2012-05-04 14:51

    Dit raak al bietjie vervelig hoe baie die Bulls die Superkoppie wen, 4de een oppad.

      Stormsaam - 2012-05-04 15:36

      @Storm Fact

  • Pedro - 2012-05-04 14:58

    \Steyn produces masterclass\......wait for it Against the Rebels whaaa enough said he hasn't produce in such a long time I thought the article was about Dale steyn.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-05-04 15:05

      11 Jaar geen cups whaaa enough said. Bul groete.

      BlouMasjien - 2012-05-04 15:08

      @pedro, net n stormpie sal so dom wees om n berig by Rugby met krieket te verwar

      Stormkaap - 2012-05-04 15:08

      @Blouvit Dis 16 jaar sonder 'n koppie, hulle het die ding nog NOOIT gewen nie. (WP is 11jr in die Currie cup) Ek weet, foeitog, dis absoluut pateties

      Pedro - 2012-05-04 15:22

      Steyn,Meisiekind,spies = the real pink panther

  • Pierre - 2012-05-04 15:25

    That's nice for them. Pity all their supporters are a bunch of tappits

      Stirrer - 2012-05-04 15:42

      That's why they call it the "Blou masjien" - every time Steyn kicks you see 50,000 tappits jumping up and down.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-05-04 15:51

      @Pierre, I would have liked to insult you, but with your intelligence you wouldn't get offended.

      Hannes - 2012-05-04 16:30

      @Pierre, Don't you know that it is cool to be tappit and Zef. You better keep up with the trend boet.

  • Bergelmir - 2012-05-04 16:34

    As 'n trotse WP/Stormers ondersteuner sal ek krediet gee waar dit toekom - Geluk aan die bulle met die oorwinning. Maar ek sou vrees as ek julle was: 5 driee afgestaan teen een van die swakste spanne in die kompetisie... die chiefs en die highlanders lek hul lippe af...

      Hannes - 2012-05-04 16:38

      Dit was n klein glipsie. Niks om bekommerd oor te wees nie, maar as n bull ondersteuner vra ek om verskoning daarvoor. Ek gaan net nie omverskoning vra omdat die ons (Bulls) bo die Stormers le op die log nie. hehe

      Bergelmir - 2012-05-04 16:54

      Julle moet maar hierdie week geniet, want die volgende drie weke gaan hel wees :) groete uit die kaap

  • Jacobus - 2012-05-04 17:14

    stormsaam. dink jy nie eerder jou naam moes stormaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaappppppppppppppppp gewees het nie

      Stormsaam - 2012-05-04 17:38

      Enige iets ou Jacobus, solank ek net nooit in my lewe 'n bruid oor die pos hoef te bestel nie

  • Jacobus - 2012-05-04 17:17

    ja , julle bekke is groot, folgende naweek hoor jy nie van die blou supporters nie, dan loose hulle

      Stormsaam - 2012-05-04 17:39

      @Jacobus Mens spel volgende met 'n "v" Hoeveel jaar in graad 1?

      Schaun - 2012-05-06 11:55

      sy beste jaar op skool was sy 6de jaar op graad 2

  • nhlaka.thusimemela - 2012-05-04 22:28

    Steyn is a great player,the stormers fans are just jealous

  • Jco - 2012-05-06 08:46

    Baie geluk aan die Bulle. Goed om die punte te kry in 'n weg wedstyd. Daar is nog drie oor en een is die Chiefs. Groot asb. kry die verdediging reg. Geluk ook aan die Sharks wat die Highlanders geklop het. NZ groete aan almal in SA.

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