Rugby Championship

Newlands boos helped Steyn

2013-08-26 12:30
Morné Steyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn says the chorus of boos at Newlands has helped him prepare to kick well in hostile environments.

Steyn produced a flawless goal-kicking performance over the weekend, as his five penalties and one conversion helped the Boks sneak a 22-17 win over Argentina in Mendoza.

He was under pressure when kicking though, as jeers from the crowd and even some journalists would have upset many an astute goal-kicker.

PICS: Boks' Mendoza win

But the Bok pivot says he is by now used to kicking in a hostile environment.

"That's how things go in their soccer stadiums. But it's also something we're used to in South Africa. It's about the same if you go and play at Newlands. You slowly get used to it," Steyn told Die Burger.

Steyn's kicking is red-hot at present, with his six out of six on Saturday preceded by 12 out of 13 the previous week in Soweto.

South Africa's next Test in the Rugby Championship is against Australia in Sydney on September 7.

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