Steyn surpasses Honiball

2010-06-20 22:30

JJ Harmse

Witbank – It was fitting that Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn should surpass the number of points scored in internationals by Henry Honiball with his second Test try here on Saturday.

Steyn’s try and contribution of 14 points in Saturday’s first Test against Italy gave him 166 points in his Springbok career of 14 Tests. That is 10 more than Honiball’s 156 in 35 Tests.

Whereas Steyn is renowned for his boot in his era as Bok general, Honiball’s trademark was his deadly defence and direct style.

However, the two have one thing in common: South African supporters can be calm about the man wearing the No 10 jersey.

The search for someone to take over from Honiball – a farmer in Bergville – is over.

Steyn pushed all the right buttons in an otherwise mediocre Bok performance and was one of few Bok players to emerge with credit. He did this in spite of sometimes mediocre service of Ricky Januarie.

Steyn’s second Test try was a beauty and he evaded a number of Italian defenders to dive over the line.

“Yes, it worked out. I managed to swerve in a different direction to the defenders on a few occasions. It was an enjoyable try because I’m not really the kind of flyhalf that scores tries,” Steyn told Sport24 afterwards.

“I surprised myself. I don’t know how it happened, but I managed to swerve in the right direction every time.”

Steyn’s only other Test try was against the All Blacks in Durban when he set a world record by scoring all the Springboks’ points in their 31-18 victory.

“The try was very nice and to kick over the conversion of the try (by Zane Kirchner) from the corner also calmed me down because it was a difficult one as the wind was bothering me,” said Steyn.


  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-06-20 23:29

    well if he wants to be a better flyhalf then Cooper and Carter his running game will also have to be top-notch.....and being a former inside centre his defence is always pretty solid, i hav noticed he does at least one judo-throw each match he even managed to up turn Castro!!! a phenomenal player this Morne for the future :) haha

  • johan peters - 2010-06-21 05:26

    mooi so morne, jy maak my trots, bly kalm en nederig en mooi dinge vorentoe sal nog kom

  • BALSAK - 2010-06-21 06:12

    It's good to have an accurate goalkicker, but SA needs an all round no.10. A flyhalf like Dan Carter, the coaches needs to work on the other aspects in steyn's game eg defence and attack etc, as Morne Steyn is only a kicking flyhalf like Naas Botha. This one dimensional play(Steyn and Zane) of just kicking in the air, is frustratting most SA supporters. Those who've watched the All Blacks/Wales game on saturday, will know what I'm refering to, when I talk of an ALLROUND performance by a flyhalf.

  • Gerhard@ Balsak - 2010-06-21 07:44

    Balsak, although I can understand your refrence to the AB - Wales game and Carter's performance. It's not in South-African rugby styles to have a flyhalf like that. We have quality in most of our backs, but it's not at all below par of that of any team in the world at the moment. Morne, altough a kicking flyhalf, is nothing like Naas. His defence is outstanding for his position. His attacking rugby is better then most flyhalfs in SA rugby. Just because he scored only 2 tries for the Boks, does not realy reflect on his capabilities on attack, ask the 'saders, they can tell you all you need to know. It's still early in the season, lot of combinations aren't working like it should yet, but it should not be expected this early in the season. Winning rugby is what MOST SA supporters are looking for!

  • piepies - 2010-06-21 07:50

    We wil lose the rugby world cup next if he plays 10,his got no defence or vision and his goal kiking is only at par,thiers better goal kickers in SA today!

  • Orion - 2010-06-21 08:03

    @ Balsak - last time I checked, Morne has outplayed Carter in the Super14 and last year's Tri-Nations. When he started, Morne was definitely one dimensional but not anymore - he has added other aspects to his game as well. Your comment would ahve been valid 2-3 years ago, not so much anymore - you cannot rate Carter after one game at home against the Welsh when he had an average Super14.

  • @balsak - 2010-06-21 08:03

    you are clueless boet. Sure steyn is no dan carter but all round flyhalf he definitely is. Give him a year or two, open your eyes and you will see he is on par (or maybe even better) dan carter.

  • Polly Otter - 2010-06-21 08:10

    Who would you pick in Morne's place then Balsak?

  • Bull-Terrier - 2010-06-21 08:19

    To that huge rugby genius bulsak - And when did SA ever have a flyhalf like Carter? But then I guess your non one dimensional backlike choice is something like this: 9 Januarie, 10 Grant, 11 Aplon, 12 de Jongh, 13 Fourie, 14 Habana, 15 Peterson?? O YES, NOW I REMEBER, that was the backline that was outscored by this one 9 du Preez, 10 Steyn, 11 vd Heever, 13 Pretorius et al, 14 Hougaard, 15 Kirchner in the S14. You truly are a one eyed plank

  • JJ - 2010-06-21 08:19

    Jy kan nie die 2 verlgelyk nie, dit maak Morne nie n beter speler omdat hy meer punt opstapel nie, hy nog nie die helfde wat Honiball was nie, moet nie legendes vergelyk met average spelers nie, jy Steyn vervang met Francois, Grant of selfs Peinaar(op n goeie dag) en jou span sal geensins slegter af wees nie. As jy wil skryf oor hoeveel punte hy opstapel moet hom nie vergelyk met legendes nie, geen van die bokke wat nou speel sal eendag afgaan as groot name( Dani Gerber, Carel du Plessis) nie, hulle was wereld bestes, ouens wat jy 1ste kon kies, vandag kies ek vir jou n 2de Bokspan wat die A span enige tyd sal klop, noem n posisie en ek kan jou 2 name gee van ouens wat beter of net so goed is. Vat nou bv Pierre Spies wat n pateet die laaste paar wedstryde Vermeulen is 10 maal beter en op vorm. If you need to write an article, write about how pathetic the Boks played, I mean making the Italian player man of the match show how pathetic the where

  • steve - 2010-06-21 08:24

    Let's put this in perspective...Morne had an 'off season' and was head and shoulders the most successful flyhalf in the Super 14. Cooper was the most artistic if you like but Morne is simply outstanding and the Boks are lucky to have him. He would make any other international team! 31 Points last year against the All Blacks and creaming the 'Saders TWICE ...this man is a legend in the making.

  • Nikki - 2010-06-21 08:25

    @ Balsak & Piepies... Your names say it all. Referring to yourselves as genitals & then trying to pass off your "immense" rugby knowledge....Ha-ha-ha-ha!

  • Renoldus@BALSAK en Piepies - 2010-06-21 08:30

    Met julle twee name moet julle maar `n date met mekaar reel daar in die Kaapse vlakte waar julle vandaan kom. Smaak my julle is ERNSTIG skeef met die snaakse name en kommentaar wat julle lewer. Julle sal seker vir Janewarie en Grant in die bokspan wil sien? Wat `n grap.

  • BMTSteyn - 2010-06-21 08:30

    @ Balsak - if we wanted your opinion, we'd flush the toilet. you're comments are as worthless as ever. what a child Well done Steyn, you surely are rising and improving at an alarming pace - we are proud of you and the rest should be afraid... very afraid!

  • Axeman - 2010-06-21 08:38

    Balsak, perhaps you should first learn something about rugby. What a ridiculous comment. Steyn, Tackled, passed, kicked and scored a swerving try. What more do you want - should he jump in the lineouts too? Dan Carter is the best fly half and possibly backline player the world has ever seen and Morne is getting close to him. Pls save the ignorant comments like SA need an all-round Flyhalf for your living room. Steyn is the most all-round flyhalf SA have ever had.

  • David - 2010-06-21 08:46

    @Balsak, You obviously missed the gist of the article. Look at the stats - Morne started his "green" career last year against the Lions; played 14 games vs Henry's 35 and already past him with score. I believe that Morne has matured a lot since getting the "gree". Give him a chance - he is developing

  • Axeman - 2010-06-21 08:54

    Balsak, perhaps you should first learn something about rugby. What a ridiculous comment. Steyn, Tackled, passed, kicked and scored a swerving try. What more do you want - should he jump in the lineouts too? Dan Carter is the best fly half and possibly backline player the world has ever seen and Morne is getting close to him. Pls save the ignorant comments like SA need an all-round Flyhalf for your living room. Steyn is the most all-round flyhalf SA have ever had.

  • Bosch@Balsak - 2010-06-21 08:55

    Balsak seems your eyeballs are in your balsak, causing blindness. Which means your asshole is your mouth, fiting since you talk shit. Dan Carter had one good halve of rugby in 6 months of rugby. Steyn has been winning games for a year now. Steyn played with a poor 9 on the inside and two poor guys at centre on his outside, and still came out good. As for Zane, did he not create Habanas try and score one himself? But still you want him and Steyn out. Sour grapes because their Bulls perhaps? Two guys performed well in the backline and the same two Balsak wants out, shows real wisdom this drol. Enough said.

  • vet9 - 2010-06-21 08:59

    Hy moet goed wees om alles bymekaar te hou as hy bal kry van Ricky af hy het nou weer gewys hoe swak hy is al die probleeme het by hom begin saterdag en hy sit druk op sy mede spelers.

  • Jack - 2010-06-21 09:14

    Lert it go guys. The Stromers (and balsak & piepies) are still hurting after Orlandtus. Steyntjie, you're OK, young man. Keep at it. Your consictancy says it all. Grant and company on the other hand have had their chances and they screwed up. Mark my words, Steyn will be in the Green & Gold for many years to come, if he is managed correctly and remains injury free.

  • @BALSAK - 2010-06-21 09:20

    BALSAK YOU ARE AN IDIOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You do not know what you are talking about. Morne has stepped up beautifully. Look how well we did last year against the Lions and the Tri-nations teams.He even helped the Bulls win in 2009 and 2010. Last year he was voted Super 14 Player of the Year and is in the running this year as well. So please spare as your useless drivel.

  • BALSAK - 2010-06-21 09:20

    Why do the GUYS keep on commenting on what other BLOGGERS are saying, instead of commenting on the TOPIC under discussion?? Some are ALSO VERY PERSONAL in their comments!! @Polly Otter, I will still pick Morne, but as I've said the coaches must just work on his other swak plekke!!! I would have prefered Peter Grant as his DEPUTY !!

  • BC - 2010-06-21 09:27

    I think Steyn still has a way to go to 'surpass' Honiball. He's a much improved all round player this year but still a bit predictable whereas Honiball, because he was so fast and tough always had the opposition asking the question, 'what is this guy going to do now?'

  • GW - 2010-06-21 09:35

    steyn is not a flyhalf ass,all he can do is kick well.wonder how many tries has he scored or even created. his defense is shocking,he is definetly not in the same league than carter or cooper however did not play well against england. its no use you play one or 2 games well and then think u are the best. the bulls won the super 14 but hell guys wake up its tri nations soon.

  • Province - 2010-06-21 10:03

    Thought Morne was the best Bok player on Saturday and once again delivered a good all-round performance in a fragmented team. He is clearly miles better than anyone else in the mix at the moment and very very close to being the complete package. With reference to the comments by Balsak (the Cape bergie) and the resulting responses (from some Northern inbreds) it is unfortunately clear that this forum is frequented by many ignorant provincial fans and very few informed rugby supporters. Sad.

  • Gerhard @GW - 2010-06-21 10:15

    What a load of rubish comes out of your mouth? Have you been watching an rugby for the last 2 years? Just or or 2 good games? Are you for real? GW ou boet! Waar val jy uit? Your comment is warrented, unfair against the player and without any fact or reality! Stop you stipid comments! If you do not know how or what to comment on, just don't do it all!!! Balsak, as much as I hated your first comment, I actually agree with your second comment to getting Grant to deputy Morne, I am sure it will help Grant's inconsitency in his game, as well as getting him up to standard, should Morne get injured. Divvie needs to test some combination, but he needs to stop playing around and actually testing on something worth while. Lets see what happens this weekend... But I have all confidence, this year will be great for Springbok Rugby!!!

  • @Ballsak - 2010-06-21 10:25

    Maybe if you take a minute to think about what you type people wont get personal. Its not just you but calling yourself BALSAK kind of paints a target on your back.

  • Boerseun - 2010-06-21 10:33

    Morne jy het kop bo die ander uit gestaan. Met al daai has-beens( January, James, De Villiers en Geo moes nooit gewees het Aplon) wat om jou was het jy goed gedoen! Go Morne Go Bokke!

  • Andre - 2010-06-21 11:04

    At the beginning of the Rugby season last year South Africa was desperately searching for a flyhalf. All the wannabees had a chance to show their mettle. Only one came to the party, Morne Steyn. Not even my province's Ruan Pienaar was that outstanding. However, he will never let us down. In his short time in the position he produced flyhalf rugby that we did not have for a long time. As they say in the classics," die een se dood is die ander se brood" If Hougaardt did not leave to go to England, Steyn would most probably have still been a mediocre centre next to "Liefling" Irony is Hougaardt is playing centre lately.

  • Chuck - 2010-06-21 13:38

    Morne is my hero! Balsak ek stem saam met jou oor een ding, ek sal ok vir Grant as Morne se Deputy kies! Ek weet nie hoekom hulle met Ruan as loskakel sukkel nie veral as hy nie daar wil speel nie, plus Geelkart "Butch" James het ok net hierdie naweek weer gewys dat nie laag duikslae uit te voer nie. Dit moet altyd hoog of met die skouer wees! Ek het dit laasweek gese en ek se dit weer! Ons het hom nie nodig nie, nie vir senter nie, en defnitief nie vir loskakel nie!

  • GW@Gerhard - 2010-06-21 14:07

    Gerhard,Its only when you take the piece of wood out of your eye will you realise what i have said.back steyn for all u want its your democratic right how ever ignorant or stupid it ease. U are sitting back now and wondering how u could back the baby bok's after there pathetic preformance? the same u will feel in month's 2 come..Gerhard ou boet, is jy weer kom kom net by.....

  • Mag@Balsak - 2010-06-21 14:16

    Maybe people won't get personal if you save your idiotic WP comments for the currie cup and start supporting the Springboks for a change. Morne is one of the most consistent flyhalf SA rugby has ever seen. Well done!!

  • @ balsak - 2010-06-21 14:21

    Firstly, i'd like to sincerely congratulate Morné Steyn on this achievement... Well done Morné! I for one am very proud of you. Keep up the good work and just do your best and stay humble champ. Now to Balsak or whatever his name is...!!! Stay off forums and blogs like this if all you can do is judge...! And maybe you should support the ABs if you feel that way...!!!

  • Baas Koos - 2010-06-21 16:20

    @ GW... yes you are correct! Because of Steyn, we lost the brittish lions series and we lost the tri nations las year neh?? JOU BROOD!!!!!!

  • WP Man - 2010-06-21 17:04

    Steyn is 'n uitstekende losskakel. Maar 'n groot deel van sy sukses is te dankie aan die beste no. 9 in die wereld. Om regverdig te wees, die Stormers besef ook Peter Grant nie kan presteer met Januarie langs hom nie. Dus het hulle Duvenage ingespan. Wie die beste van die twee is? Moeilik om te sê - elkeen het goeie EN swak eienskappe. Feit van die saak is dat ons bevoorreg is om twee losskakels soos Steyn en Grant tot ons beskikking te hê. Net jammer De V is te onnosel om dit te besef. Liewe vok, 'n has-been James is deel van de V se toekomsplanne maar nie Grant nie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bull-Terrier - 2010-06-21 17:15

    @ GW , yes everybody is entittled to an opinion. it is just hard not to respond to comments that are only posted to offend and have no basis of fact. Now the best basis from which to evaluate performance at this stage is the S14. In the S14 two flyhalves scored 5 tries, one was Cooper, guess who the other was? Go and look it up. Go and look up what team scored the most tries and what was the percentage between forwards and backs. Then you post your opinion because then you will not come forward with the drivel that you have. Don't be a plank.

  • Standing Ovation - 2010-06-21 19:01

    Congratulations Morne, you are brilliant. An ace kicker with amazing BMT, who scores great tries too. I don't think Fourie can take much credit for Morne's brilliance, who kicked that winning penalty against the British Lions all by himself? A moment like that was not Fourie's. Morne has big balls and his record since shows it was no fluke. Better than Carter in my book. Best wishes for the future Morne. From a Sharks fan. PS. If only the Boks could tackle like Honiball did... he should be a consultant coach!

  • Eish! - 2010-06-21 19:25

    Tog snaaks dat so baie Morne Steyn afkraak. Morne het nog net twee S14 seisoene gespeel (voor dit het hy die bench beman) en 14 toetse gespeel 3 daarvan as plaasvervanger om die reeds teen die Leeus te red onderandere - onthou julle nog (Honibal 35 Carter 68), dus nog 'n groentjie maar sy rekord is alreeds ongelooflik. Gee die man kans om nog te groei. Daar skort niks met sy verdediging nie. Wie is Cooper nou weer, oo daai kapokhaantjie wat vir die Reds speel. Letop maar op Carter val ook maar goed uit die bus uit as jy hom nie beweeg ruimte gee nie. Ek sien daar is nog ouens wat nog nie kon aanbeweeg het nie. Die Stormers het die S14 final verloor en het wel 2 drieë gedruk nadat die game as 'n contest verby was een was 'n onderskep en die ander deur 'n voorspeler, waar die bul se enigste drie deur 'n vleuel gedruk was wat sy man moes klop. Die rede vir die Bulls se min drieë het bygedra tot die Bulls se strafskop punte, dis mos beter om 3 af te staan as 7 of hoe. Kyk wie het die meeste 3'e in die S14 gedruk (Bulls 47 vs Stormers 37). Nogal snaaks dat die skoppende losskakel se span die meeste 3'e druk (dit was in Naas se jare ook maar so in die Curry beker van ouds). Steyn is die beste wat ons het - ons het nie vir Carter of Cooper nie so vergeet die vergelyking.

  • Bez - 2010-06-21 20:51

    Mornè is a legend in the making and he hasn't even started to use his left boot yet. Imagine how good he'll be once he can kick with both feet - ala Naas Botha, whose scoring average in tests he's also surpassed already. Lem Honiball was a legend, for different reasons - no one can claim that either is better than the other - but who is the most VALUABLE to the team? Who would you rather have there in minute 79 with two points behind and the chance of a penalty or a drop goal just inside the opponents' half? Mornè gets my vote. At least we now have a proper rugby player breaking all Springbok records - not like that sissie Montgomery that was nursed throughout his career and given all the "sitters" at goal so he could stack up the points. Mornè can defend and doesn't flinch at contact. And once he has outside backs that he can trust with the ball in hand who can beat their defenders, i'm sure he'll send them away just as Carter is doing with his. Untill then he can gladly pressurise the opposition with those high bombs in thèir territory - it works more than it doesn't.

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