Rugby Championship

Steyn vital in four-try quest

2013-10-03 10:06
Morné Steyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer believes flyhalf Morné Steyn will play a key role in their quest to claim a four-try bonus point win against the All Blacks at Ellis Park on Saturday.

In order to win the Rugby Championship, South Africa must beat New Zealand with a four-try bonus point and at the same time prevent the Kiwis from getting any bonus points themselves.

Meyer believes Steyn has improved his attacking game and is running better lines close to the gain line.

"Morné's worked on his game and we've made a few tweaks and he's certainly taking the ball flatter than before and attacking the line," Meyer told the Cape Times.

Meyer also said the fact that Fourie du Preez is there makes it easier for the pivot. "The ball's also coming out quicker. So once that's sorted out, then you can work on better running lines at 9 and 10 and you create more options for your flyhalf. Morné's obviously a key guy for us this weekend," continued Meyer.

Kick-off is at 17:00 on Saturday.

Teams:

Springboks:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht/Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16, Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein/Juan de Jongh

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau

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