Steyn's penalty 'cost' WP R10m

2010-02-23 08:55

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – Morné Steyn may have been born in the Cape, but his penalty for the Blue Bulls minutes before full-time in last year’s Currie Cup semi-final at Newlands cost Western Province R10m.

The chairperson of WP’s finance committee, Zelt Marais, revealed the full implication of WP’s failure to get a home final when the union on Monday announced its financial statements for the year ending 31 October 2009.

Steyn struck the decisive penalty minutes before the end after Fijian wing Sireli Naqelevuki’s high tackle on Jaco Pretorius.

Province were leading 19-18, but Steyn’s brilliant kick two minutes before the end condemned them to a 19-21 defeat.

“Had the team succeeded in making the final, there would have been an additional R10m for the group and the profit would have looked very different,” said Marais.

Naqelevuki is expected to be on the Stormers’ bench again for Friday night’s Super14 match against the Brumbies at Newlands.

While the figure of R10m is likely to infuriate Capetonians all over again when he takes the field, the perspective should be kept that other mistakes were also made prior to the disastrous high tackle.

Furthermore, the financial picture at WP is looking a lot less bleak than a few years ago.

There is a book loss of R88 000 for the year, but that can be put down to the depreciation of the stadium.

Province’s profit for the last financial year is in the region of R3m, which is encouraging as it was not reliant on the sale of property as in the previous year.

However, the benefits of a winning team were underlined on Monday. If the Stormers and WP make the Super14 and Currie Cup finals this year, it can strengthen the union with up to R25m, according to Marais.

“We realise we are part of a big company and have a responsibility. The players have acquitted themselves well so far,” said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

The Stormers are well on track after consecutive wins over the Lions and Waratahs.

They will have to take on the Brumbies without captain Schalk Burger and loosehead prop Wicus Blaauw.

Burger injured his hamstring early in the game against the Waratahs. Pieter Louw replaced him and his inclusion is likely to be the only change in the starting line-up.

Burger’s injury is not serious and should not keep him sidelined for more than 10 days.


  • Ex WP Fan - 2010-02-23 09:03

    It was not Morne Steyn's penalty that cost WP the game but the stupid coach who subbed that stupid NZ player 5 mins before the end. What possible impact could he have had?? Stop looking for excuses for your own stupid mistakes.

  • Oh the pain! - 2010-02-23 09:11

    Hitting them where it hurts the most! Not just on the field, but also their pockets! Now that win is even more satisfying!!!

  • Kevin - 2010-02-23 09:13

    Why Morne Steyn??? The high tackle cost them R10m not Morne Steyn's penalty kick!

  • John Clark - 2010-02-23 09:19

    Stephen - you got it wrong buddy - it is not Steyn's kicking boot that cost WP R 10m. It is the Fijian wing, Sireli Naqelevuki, brought on in the last 5 min off the game that made a high tackle and was penalised. From that angle and distance anyone could kick a ball over. So it was not Steyn that costed WP R10m!!!! The everyone's ones surprise, the Fijian is back this year after it cost WP from a home Final. I for one was shocked that WP still kept him. Last year he added no value to the team. I wonder what the clever brains behind the scene are making of Sireli Naqelevuki. Even players and clubs overseas are talking about him!

  • Mordor - 2010-02-23 09:19

    "One kick to rule them all"

  • BlueStorm - 2010-02-23 09:20

    Stormers are looking strong this year. I expect them to finally beat the Mighty Bulls this year.

  • Stephen - 2010-02-23 09:21

    what a load of rubbish -the team should have played better ad what does this have to do with rugby ,why put the blame on Morne steyn ,the Anti-bulls crusade by the press is getting a bit boring now

  • GKM - 2010-02-23 09:30

    The Figian cost me 500 bucks as well that day, but as you say the truth is that for one man to score 21 points with the boot, a lot of penalties were made before the Figian came on.

  • Norman du Plooy - 2010-02-23 09:30

    Born in the Cape, but is playing for the Bulls? How can this be? The WP do develop their own players don't they?

  • JSC - 2010-02-23 09:30

    It may be a professional sport where money matters a lot, but this type of comment is really bad advertising for WP Rugby.

  • StuartW - 2010-02-23 09:37

    @ Ex WP fan...not NZ but Figian....Steyn was just the end result of that idiot....but why are they bringing this up again? Don't these reporters have anything new to write about?

  • Werda - 2010-02-23 09:38

    Naqelevuki - the only sloth in World rugby - playing on the wing nogal.......get rid of this has been.

  • Bulla - 2010-02-23 09:40

    ...Sireli Naqelevuki is a very expensive player (mercenary)..!!! ....He he he ...!!

  • Frikkie - 2010-02-23 09:45

    Morne Steyn is overrated, he can't tackle to save his life and what is up with the hair, always the same hairstyle, he is not a good goal kicker at all, all his kicks are always in front of the posts when it is closer to the touch line they ask him to rather kick for touch

  • JOHN - 2010-02-23 09:47

    YAWN* I want money doo dah doo... Thats all i want... Money... Money can’t score a winning try… But you can buy Habbana and try… You had money… doo dah doo… Money… It gives the supporters such a thrill… Jeaque Fourie cost a massive bill… You want money… doo dah doo… Money… If only we could buy the ref… Well give him loads to be stone deaf… Well give him money… doo dah doo… Money… Naqelevuki didn’t score the winning try. Wish you could put him in a pan to fry… He cost us money… doo dah doo… Money… Now we are broke and cant pay our Eskom bill... Rather go home and take a headache pill... Thats wat you need Pill... dooh dah dooh... headache pill....

  • adrian - 2010-02-23 09:48

    You could say it was Bekkers high tackle in the first half that lost us the game - we didn't loose 3 nil. We lost a lineout on our own throw in the last 5 minutes deep inside the Bulls 22 that altimately gave the Bulls territory to be in a position to win if we transgressed.

  • Pieter (Bulle Bo) - 2010-02-23 09:48

    Ag shame province, complaining about your finances and blaming Steyn who just did his job while you are paying individual players up to R3 million each for your mercenary rugby team. It appears the investment was worth the while but paying these high salaries might just come back to bite u if u do not make the play-offs and/or finals.Habana and Fourie alone would gulp up the full profit of a semi-final or final.

  • Felix - 2010-02-23 09:56

    I've stopped watching rugby about 3 years ago. It's all about money, There is no more pride in what team you play for, as long as it's the winning team, and you can get the most money out of it. Why do we have overseas players in our teams, or is local not good enough. We spend millions in buying overseas players, but why not use that same money to develop local people.

  • HVR - 2010-02-23 10:00

    Jeez, the avg IQ in Pretoria astounds me. The article is conveying the point that the financial standing of a rugby union can change in one kick. NOBODY IS BLAMING STEYN FOR KICKING. This just clarifies the Blue Bull strategy, you let the 14 Pretoria brickheads to go forward and let the Cape born oke in the team do all the thinking and kicking.

  • Malema - 2010-02-23 10:00

    Stop living in the past boys....... Morne you beaut......

  • Joe - 2010-02-23 10:03

    They need to start laying the excuses ground work for when they move to the new Cape Town Stadium...

  • brenton - 2010-02-23 10:05

    How can you blame one man is this not a team sport Sharks Supporter

  • mooi man - 2010-02-23 10:07

    Frikkie I agree, he is overated as for the bulls, they are a good team. but the supporters are chops, please guys blou masjien???? huh???hehehehe chops I tel you!

  • GVT - 2010-02-23 10:09

    Agreed with Kevin , His name is SIRELI NAQELEVUKI ! He is clearly responsible for the High Tackle , and the scary part is that it was definately NOT the first time that this idiot has cost WP / Stormers ( Games & R ? ) due to high tackles and His infamous 'knock on's' with an open try line !

  • Henry - 2010-02-23 10:11

    I,m just wondering how much money Naqelevuki still has to cost the union before they deport his slow ass back to where he came from. I don't believe for 1 sec. that WP don't have upcoming wings to play. Where is the likes of JJ Engelbrecht who played 1 or 2 games and did very well, now he is out of the picture. Rassie wake up and smell the problem or go back to Bloem and smell the roses.......

  • martin - 2010-02-23 10:18

    @Frikkie, A bit jealous aren’t we, you must be a stormers supporter, MS is surely one on the best flyhalf’s in the world today, so old Frikkie (k@k name buy the way) maybe you should look further than the Stormers.

  • Frikkie - 2010-02-23 10:20

    I am sorry I made that ridiculous statement about Mornè Steyn. I have a bit of a brain problem. It (my brain) stopped working when i started supporting the Stormers

  • ARgH - 2010-02-23 10:21

    @John at 9:47, you mention WP don't being able to pay their Eskom bills yet ironically it was at Loftus where the lights went out during the Cheetahs game!

  • Anton - 2010-02-23 10:21

    Split the payback between Alistair and Sireli!! Why are they still around??

  • Richard - 2010-02-23 10:21

    I`t too late to cry now, WP players are to blame for bad discipline throughout the season with your new captain as the main ringleader,HOW MANY YELLOW CARDS DID BURGER GET LAST YEAR

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  • Bok4life - 2010-02-23 10:27

    @Kevin becos if he missed it they(WP) would have won! Morne ya Beaaaauttttyy!!!!

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-02-23 10:27

    First we buy Naqelevuki, but he turns out the be a flukie. Now we don't want to admit we are trots, but at least we got rid of old kots. Now we complain about 10 million rand, and forget that our team is not grand. So we buy Fourie and Habana, and hope we don't slip again on that banana! Ai Stormers, what's going on in CT ???

  • Frikkie - 2010-02-23 10:29

    Ek vrae onverskoning vir my dommer as grond kommentaar aan Morne. Ek weet sonder jou sou ons nie die B@L Leeus gewen het nie, want jy het 'n fantasitiese duikslag gemaak om 'n sekere drie te druk en dan ook nog die baie lang skop onder groot druk oorgeskop sodat ons die 2 de toets kon wen. Dan is jy ook die nuwe rekordhouer in die 3 nasies toernooi vir verskeie rekords wat jy laat spat het teen New Zealand met jou skopskoen en driee wat jy gedruk het. Ek is so jammer dat ek afgunstig is op die Blou Bulle en Morne Steyn. Jammer ek het nie oogklappe opgesit nie, maar 'n geboorte defek het 'n kortsluiting veroorsaak dat ek net 1% van wat om my aangaan kan waarneem.

  • Bla - 2010-02-23 10:34

    This is a brilliant example of how big sport is not sport anymore - pure business. A series of games is a tangible illustration of a business process. This year your honour and passion lies with the one team, the next year with another. "Passion" and "honour" can be commercially produced and rated by the size of the cheque at the end of game. I'm so sick of it all.

  • Henry - 2010-02-23 10:36

    ...Frikkie If you don't know what you are talking about shut up. Did you just get email for free and now you are making idiotic comments.... Steyn is a genius with the boot and anybody who don't recognize his tallent must be sniffing OMO. I support WP but still do recognize Steyn as one of the best kickers in world rugby. Frikkie shame shame shame....

  • Henry - 2010-02-23 10:37

    ...Frikkie If you don't know what you are talking about shut the f.... up. Did you just get email for free and now you are making idiotic comments.... Steyn is a genius with the boot and anybody who don't recognize his tallent must be sniffing OMO. I support WP but still do recognize Steyn as one of the best kickers in world rugby. Frikkie shame shame shame....

  • Mike - 2010-02-23 10:37

    This is a team sport. You win as a team, you loose as a team. We have know idea of the stupid team orders coming down from management. Just look at F1, another team sport.

  • TVS - 2010-02-23 10:38

    I think it's a joke that my first comment wasnt accepted, i never used any foul language all i said was it was an uninformative article as all franchises lose millions each year except the winner. DUH

  • @frikkie - 2010-02-23 10:51

    to begin with, rugby is not a fashion show, so your comment regarding the hair is laughable.... just finished laughing at you. then, can you show me one player than can kick better than morne steyn? just take a look who is in the springbok side and who is not and why, and then you will your answer.ek glo dat iemand in die springbokspan is omdat hy goed is en daar hoort, nie oor sy velkleur nie. ek gee nie eintlik om vir watter span jy ondersteun nie, die bulle is en bly 'n goeie span en dis net suur druiwe van jou kant af. so, gaan kyk eerder sokker of ballet dan.

  • Ghwappie - 2010-02-23 10:52

    After reading the comments by BB supporters on this forum, I can only conclude that they are somewhat intellectually challenged (for you Northern ouks, that means "dof".) Nobody in the Cape complained about Morne's kick, it was the sensationalist pseudo-journalism by Stephen Nell, who is probably the second worst sports reporter on the planet after JJ Harmse. And as to why a Cape Town born Morne Steyn is now playing for the Bulls: it was done to increase the average IQ of both teams.

  • mack die bloue - 2010-02-23 10:55

    Its water under the bridge ! watch we dont cost you more this year ! On another point ,I have stuck up for the Sharks in the pre-season ,but woops ,whats going on there ?I think they are a hugely unhappy camp !

  • Bloutrein - 2010-02-23 11:02

    @ARgH: You don't even know the South-African rugby stadions, why are you commenting on this blog, clearly a Stormers supporter! The lights went out at Vodacom park in Bloemfontein. Get your facts straights before making such stupid comments!

  • BULL BRAND - 2010-02-23 11:07

    Stef Nell jy's nogsteeds suurgat my mou maat....

  • Imboro - 2010-02-23 11:12

    Ask yourself why the bulls are always shrouded in contraversy, that penalty fell right into the refs hands again...most refs would not have given the penalty as it was a 50/50 decision but the ref on the day jumped with glee like most refs do when tyey are blowing the bulls because his pocket was lined once again with Loftus blood money and he could get away with giving the penalty...Look at matfield..cited for TWO incidents of thuggery last weekend and what happend...just as expected..NOTHING why...doesn't take a brain surgeon to see the pays again through the dreaded pretoria salute...Refs involved in the bulls games should be lie detected after the game because its becoming so obvious. A Team can play like they want when they know the result before the kick off. Bulls are vrot to the core...they are no where near the best players..BUT they are the best bribers.

  • George - 2010-02-23 11:13

    Most comments are puerile and utterly devoid of any thought. We all know the history behind the kick and no blame is being apportioned as some comments would have us believe. Most readers/commentators wouldn't pass a grade six comprehension test!

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-02-23 11:14

    @ARgH. No sir it was in Bloem not Pretoria !!!! Check before you wreck (your mouth) !!!!!

  • Theo - 2010-02-23 11:15

    ARgH 10.21....Power outage at Bloem, not Loftus

  • marc - 2010-02-23 11:20

    Maybe the Rugby Unions should start taking a look at the English Premiership where outragious players fee are bringing teams to their knees and close if not to bankcruptcy. Relying on finals to make ends meet is a form of Russian Roulette!

  • Malema - 2010-02-23 11:21

    @argh how dumd are you. That game was in Bloemfontein...... Our Loftus is in Pretoria! LOLLOLLOLLOL