Steyn ready to punish NZ
Morné Steyn (Gallo Images)
Auckland – The recipe will only be put to the test on Saturday, but the All Blacks can brace themselves for a hiding if their play lacks discipline against the Springboks on Saturday.
Morné Steyn, who scored a record 31 points for South Africa against New Zealand in a Tri-Nations Test last year, is kicking well and he can punish the Kiwis again even if a New Zealand Adidas ball and not a Gilbert is used.
“It does not make a difference to Steyn’s kicking,” Springbok kicking coach Percy Montgomery told Sport24.
“Morné is striking the ball well and I’m satisfied,” said the former Bok points machine.
“We trained this morning and he kicked very well. The ball is a little different, but it does not worry Morné.”
Last year, Steyn notched 95 points in six Tests in the tournament and succeeded with 23 penalties.
His kicking was inconsistent at Eden Park earlier this year when the Bulls lost to the Blues in the Super 14.
“We have not been there yet, but I understand that the new pavilions can make the wind swirl a little. But I doubt it will be a problem considering how well Morné kicked this morning,” said Montgomery.
The Bok points machine has not put a foot wrong of late. He scored 15 points against France and then 14 and 26 in the two Tests against Italy for a total of 55 to date this season.
This year his total of 192 points for the Boks saw him pass three of his predecessors – Henry Honiball (156), André Pretorius (171) and Jannie de Beer (181).
He now has Braam van Straaten (221) and Joel Stransky (240) in his sights.
Montgomery’s record (893 points) is far beyond his reach, with Naas Botha (312) also still safe in second place.