Bulls bank on improved Steyn

2012-10-15 20:03

Pretoria - Despite a man-of-the-match performance on Saturday at Coca Cola Park, Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar told the website that his kingpin flyhalf Morné Steyn will have to take another step up in this weekend’s Currie Cup showdown against the Sharks in Durban.

Steyn made a welcome return to form on Saturday but was the first to admit the forward domination laid a perfect platform for him to play.

But considering the season he has had, and the dip in confidence, there was more than enough to be happy about in the way he played, with the Blue Bulls sneaking into the semi-finals of the competition with their powerful performance on Saturday.

There is no doubt there will be a lot of attention on the duel between Steyn and Patrick Lambie, especially with a spot on the end of year tour coming up and no certainty who will take the No 10 jersey at that level.

Lambie impressed in the big win over Griquas as well, although for both flyhalves you can make the argument that they were hardly tested, given the dominance their packs had up front.

That definitely won’t be the case on Saturday as the two teams meet for the right to challenge for the premier domestic trophy with the Sharks favoured to start as heavy favourites given the season they have had thus far.

Pienaar said he was impressed with Steyn’s resolve, especially as he had his fair share of boos from Lions fans on Saturday.

“I’m happy for Morné, and we expected fans to boo him when he kicks for post. He went through a tough spot and as management we backed him and I’m glad he came through. His self-confidence was good and hopefully he can take another step up next week,” Pienaar said.

The Bulls coach said he believed Steyn needs to take that step up, and prove himself again, not because the public wanted it, but because he wanted to do it for his team-mates.

“Morné will want to come out next week and play better, not to prove his critics wrong, but more for himself and for the team that he wants to prove something. I’m looking forward to seeing how he plays against Patrick, and he will have to be better and take another step up from our win over the Lions.”

Pienaar said the important thing for the Bulls to work on this week is accuracy, as they need to ensure that from their setpieces to their kicking game, all is spot on. If not, the Sharks impressive home record speaks for itself.

“A semi-final is a funny type of day, you have to be accurate in putting pressure on the other team. The last time we beat the Sharks in Durban was in 2006 and I think they only lost one game this year at home, and that was against the Chiefs,” Pienaar explained.

“It will definitely be a tough one, but we’ve given ourselves an opportunity and it depends now how accurate and how spot-on you can be. There is a lot of work ahead of us this week to maybe give ourselves an opportunity of a final.”

While the task will be difficult, if Pienaar’s side can pull it off, it will be one step away from an unbelievable comeback considering they were languishing close to a promotion/relegation game until last Saturday.


  • kaptein.spies - 2012-10-15 20:21

    After this season we would have won 5.5 Curriecups in the last decade. That is 5.5 more than poor WP It's starting to get boring, give us some competition please Next

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-15 21:04

      YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNNN. Where have I seen this before, oh wait I have seen it 10 000 times posted by kaptein retard. The retards retard.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-15 22:08

      But facts right little stevie?

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-15 22:41

      Look I do agree that you are retarded and the maturity of a 5 year old.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-15 22:43

      That sentence makes no sense. Please make full sentences so us intelligent people can try to understand when you talk "village idiot"

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-15 23:29

      @macziekpk, well you are a Vlou Nulle supporter of the worst kind and reached the level of multiple fake Facebook profiles, so 1 + 1 is probably advanced for you. Blue jean pants wiff a belt.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-15 23:33

      @stevie boy But at least not 11yr cupless

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 00:51

      Paramedic Spies, how about the compitition you had in Bloem 17 August, Newlands 1 September, Moftus 8 September, Kimberley 15 September, Kings Park 28 September?

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-16 02:37

      ...losers.. ...chokers.. ..cupless... ...Enough said... ......... Bhwaa ha ha ha ha ha...!!

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-10-15 21:06

    Lambie and Butch by far the best flyhalfs last weekend!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-10-15 21:10

      Yip - that's probably why they got man of the match. . . . . . . ?

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-15 22:09

      Couples, sharing a facebook account, how awkward !

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-16 02:29

      ...Morne steyn... .man of the match... Simply the best...! proven by the stats...

  • Carlo Gieljoumie - 2012-10-15 21:06

    Seriously this guy can't kick for what his life is worth guess who is coming to STORMERS WP jou lekker ding

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-15 21:11

      Die papsak loop mooi sien ek !

  • sean.mitchell.3591 - 2012-10-15 21:09

    Morne will not be booed in Durban. Sharkie says 'We don't boo the opposition,' and, as a regular attendee at Kings Park, I'm proud to say it's true.

      stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-15 21:56

      Thats why we consider the Sharks worthy competitors and sportsmen, not like the gomgatte from jogburg and the skollies from the cape!

  • sean.coomer2 - 2012-10-15 21:12

    I reckon the sharks should put JP on full back he''ll eat up that possession that MS is going to be kicking down his throat.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 00:54

      I'd like to see JP running at Hougaard. Hougaard will get such a skrik, his tattoos will fall off.

  • sean.coomer2 - 2012-10-15 21:15

    Lambie should be springboard fly half. I reckon he''ll prove that again this weekend.

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-16 02:23

      ...overrated midget..

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 02:51

      Springboard flyhalf??? You probably meant Springbok flyhalf. And I agree. He totally overshadows Turnstile Steyn at 10.

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-15 21:53

    Hougie will pull a Habana on the Sharkies!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-16 00:55

      Hougie will pull a hammie when JP goes past him and he does not know which side JP went past him.

      heiku.staude - 2012-10-16 07:17

      What go for intercepts and leave his defensive line in tatters? Yeah sure bring it on...

      martincandis.vanstaden - 2012-10-16 13:25

      Chrisin, hougie speel no 9 vir bulls nie 11 soos in bok span. Baie beter op 9.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-16 02:45

    ...Morne Steyn... ...simply the best.. proven by the stats... ...holder of MANY records...!!

  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 11:33

    i want to say bad things about herold verster but can't go onto his article, so here goes: herold jou d**s

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-16 11:34

      and wp suck balls.

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