Morné feeling more relaxed

2010-06-10 21:00

Cape Town - Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn feels he is far more relaxed going into this international season than he was before he made his debut against the British and Irish Lions last year.

The Bulls flyhalf was a crucial figure in the impressive Bulls win in the 2009 Super 14, and perhaps played a more notable role from an individualistic point of view. Certainly this was not a year where he slotted over drop-goals with the impunity that he managed it against Crusaders in the 2009 semi-final and the Bulls used a more all-encompassing game-plan this past season.

But Steyn believes that he is more in control of his own game now than he was, and this might have the impact of helping him off-set the drawback of going into the new international campaign without his regular partner Fourie du Preez at his side.

Not for nothing is Du Preez regarded as the best scrumhalf in the world, perhaps even the best rugby player on the planet, and memories of one game where Du Preez was not there for the duration – the final Test against the Lions in Johannesburg last July – should sit uncomfortably with Bok supporters.

Steyn though reckons experience has made him a better player than he was then. And this season he is also a certain starter, whereas last year he started the international season as back-up to Ruan Pienaar and only got his opportunity as a replacement.

“I am feeling a lot more comfortable with my overall game than I did last year,” said Steyn in Cape Town on Thursday.

“I feel like I’m starting to express myself more freely, and hopefully that will help me with the Springboks.”

Steyn agrees that it is going to take time for him to adjust to a new halfback partner in the form of Ricky Januarie, and there is no doubt that there will be more pressure on him to front the field kicking, particularly as the booming boot of Frans Steyn at the back is also no longer there.

But while Januarie is a different style of player to Du Preez, Steyn says he is confident that the new halfback partnership will work out.

“It’s a bit unfair to compare anyone to Fourie as Fourie is undoubtedly one of the best tactical kickers in world rugby. But Ricky is a good tactical kicker in his own right so I don’t think there will have to be as many changes as people expect there to be.

“It will take time for us to settle, but hopefully we can start well against France this weekend and then build from there.”


  • Priester - 2010-06-10 20:08

    Morne is good but he needs to accept that Fourie will not always be at his side. He needs to mature and adapt his game to the needs of the team and not his individual needs. This will take time it is therefore my view that Morne will only “mature” in the next two years and become one of our greatest players ever. Nag ou Balsak, vat vir January...... en lekker slaap!

  • Sharky Andrew - 2010-06-10 20:36

    Morne Steyn isn' going to be as effective a player without Fourie Du Preez at scrumhalf. I reckon he made a bad decision extending his contract with the Bulls. he should've rather signed for a short stint overseas to work on his game there, rather than sign up for a kak union like the bulls, who re already having their star players fleeing for better environments to ply their trade, and who only perform well for a few years every now and then and are rubbish the rest of the time, I must say I'm looking forward to next year, I reckon its going to be a repeat of 2008, with the bulls not even making it to the second round of the Super 15, and the Sharks and Stormers flying the flag for SA, and competing for the Currie Cup final. after all the bulls current so called legacy was built on the back of some extremely unsportsmanlike performaces in 2007, and as the saying goes, only a fool builds their house on sandy ground. the bulls time at the top will come to an end soon, and I'm really looking forward to giving the bulls supporters their just deserves when that does happen. :-)

  • Andre - 2010-06-10 21:10

    He will feel more relaxed. Nobody knew he was the best in the world because Snorre only had eyes for Ruan Pienaar. Ricky the dworf will be the star of the season because the best players don't like having a braai with Helium. Makes me sick when people cannot see what is happening in front of their noses. Priester, he has matured already. Who is more matured, you? Keep F Steyn out of the team please. My mother has more ball sence than him! When my X wife had his hair style she used to make the same sh#t as him. at least she had t#ts. It's like calling Malema a hero!.

  • Priester @Sharky Andrew - 2010-06-10 21:11

    Sharky you comment emancipate your complete lack of sportsmanship. You are still weeping when your team has been beaten fair and square. I pity you as your suffering will be prolonged for many years to come. Apart from your obvious nightmare the Bulls, the Stormers and Cheetahs have a better chance to win a major cup than the Sharks as your team simply do not have the BMT to win a final of this magnitude. My bloed is blou (En groen vir ons Bokke!!!)

  • Paul - 2010-06-10 21:29

    Ai Ai Sharky Andrew, The Bulls only win every now and then???? I think you are talking about your own side mate. The Sharks wins only every now and then. The Bulls have won the most Currie Cups by far since they entered the competition, they have competed in the most finals, theyve won the most super trophies than any other SA side again by far. Stop talking nonsense please. And also the Bulls has the best player retention simply because they have the best structures. And they dont have to look for a new Flyhalve all over the world every season. Bulls are the best team in SA over a long period of time end of story.

  • Jakes - 2010-06-10 21:40

    Andre for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mot - 2010-06-10 21:48

    Eish Sharky, still chewing on those sour grapes since 2007? They must be really foul tasting by now. Must be a hard pill to swallow knowing how your union messes up player's careers one after another. Ruan Pienaar being but one recent example. Luckily we had Morne to step up and salvage the Bok's pride! And how good he turned out to be! Last year slotting a record number of drop goals in the S14, tis year breaking more records and scoring some tries. He is still to reach his full potential but fortunately he is still young (26)

  • Lefty@sharky andrew - 2010-06-11 07:27

    You must still be suffering from a hangover from 2008 . Get over yourself the Sharks is going backwards , when the Bulls have depth in their side . The Bulls dont go and buy a new flyhalf every year like the Sharks do . Get real man and get over your sour grapes . Morne is the top flyhalf in SA . GO BOKKE !!!

  • Bull-Terrier - 2010-06-11 08:34

    Say what sharky? Sharks to fly the flag? No man, you almost made me pee my pants laughing at you. You are a very funny man(?), even if you are bitter and twisted. You must get out a bit more dude, go smell the roses! Start being a big mouth when your team is actually at the top, not while they finish mid-table

  • @Sharky Andrew - 2010-06-11 08:57

    hey @@***le. For the meantime, why don't you just crawl back into your little hole and shut the fck up.

  • Redeemer - 2010-06-11 09:01

    OY Sharky Andrew. I have never seen a person with so little self respect. You do not know what you are talking about. I am a LION supporter (and still proud of it), but I will tell you that the BULLS Union is not a K@K union my friend. There is a very simple reason for that. Trophies, trophies ,trophies. You should open your eyes en get the K@K out of your head before making comments towards World class players. There are some of the players that can mature greatly in SA as they do over the Atlantic. They still play for pride and not for money. "SA has one of the greatest in depth players in the world with no shortage in talent...." A. Guth. World renowned Sport Annalist. The Boks will do well. It is time to build a team and get momentum up with the Rugby world Cup around the corner in 7 months time. So we might expect a few losses while Pieter is experamenting with a few new ideas. Look at the previous world cup. We had to lose to win. If you think you are a Rugby know how, do research, and reply with something more valid then your broosed ego.

  • @Sharky Andrew - 2010-06-11 09:19

    I think the biggest problem with the Sharks rugby union is that they cannot make a decision. Just how many players careers have they screwed up by playing them out of their prefered position. Please feel free to add to the list below. 1. John Smit (Well advanced) 2. Pocket Rocket 3. Ruan Pienaar (In progress) 4. Beast (Citizenship) 5. F. Steyn (in Progress)

  • booze buddies? - 2010-06-11 09:22

    Helium Peter and Ricky Januarie must be booze buddies...?! ..and "always-injured" Ralapelle..??

  • Gtr - 2010-06-11 10:36

    @ Sharky Andrew: 2008 has come and gone, with the Sharks winning their only title during the noughties, the CC, in that year, which is not that bad. Everyone that hates the Bulls, will remind us how crap they were during 2008, but those same people will forget that inspite of the dissaray of early 2008, we still reached the finals in the CC. So, for those of you that can't read between the lines, the Bulls managed to pull themselves together from a bad start, and finished the year a lot better than you guys give them credit for. They took that good form through to 2009, and won the S14, while The Sharks were tipped to win the S14. Where did the Sharks finish again? 5th or 6th? In case you have forgotten, many of the arm chair critics have been telling us that the Bulls wouldn't make it to the top half of the table during the S14, and how did that end? For the past two years? We were told that the 'wheels are turning'. I'm starting to believe that the Sharks best time was in 2007, and that they won't get close to that team that soon again. That was the best chance they had, and from here on end, I see tough times for them. The Bulls have the structures and depth. I believe they may strugle during 2012, but that will last one season. But looking at the bigger picture, if they won the Vodacom cup as well as the S14, I believe things look a LOT healthier in Pta, than anywhere else in SA. WP rugby is also slowly getting better. You are talking about foundations. The Sharks doesn't have any noteworthy foundations, they have to buy/import players. (Andy Goode, Hernandez) What does that say about a sandy foundation? The last noteworthy purchase that the Bulls made, was Bees Roux. If you compare the three, does anyone on the NH hemisphere know who Bees Roux is? I can understand your jealousy, so just suck it up, and realise there is more to life than Rugby. That's what many of the anti Bulls brigade would have let us know...

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