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Steyn sets drop goals record

2009-05-23 19:06

Pretoria - Flyhalf Morne Steyn set a Super 14 record with four drop goals in the Blue Bulls' 36-23 victory over the Crusaders in their semi-final on Saturday.

Steyn also kicked three conversions and a penalty for 21 points while wings Bryan Habana and Akona Ndungane and number eight Pierre Spies scored tries for the 2007 champions.

Habana ran in the opening try in the 11th minute after taking a pass from a ruck just outside the 22-metre line, following a Stephen Brett penalty for the New Zealanders.

The Crusaders, however, enjoyed early dominance in the set-pieces and kept possession for long periods with patient phase play, wing Adam Whitelock eventually finding some space on the left touchline for their opening try.

Fullback Leon MacDonald converted and added a penalty before the visitors went into a 20-7 lead after 25 minutes when flanker Kieran Read robbed Ndungane of an up-and-under close to the posts and crashed over for a try which MacDonald converted.

The tone of the match changed on the half hour as the powerful South African forwards began to carry the ball.

Livewire flanker Deon Stegmann charged through three tackles before the ball was recycled and passed left where fullback Zane Kirchner showed quick hands to release Ndungane for his try.

Steyn added the conversion and then kicked two drops goals to level the scores at 20-20, with Crusaders number eight Thomas Waldrom having been yellow-carded for not releasing the tackled player in a ruck.

Spies then scored the try of the game, racing through from 60 metres on a magnificent solo run to send the Bulls into halftime 27-20 ahead.

Crusaders scrumhalf Andy Ellis scored the first points of the second half with a 51st-minute drop goal, but the Bulls remained in charge as they mended their problems in the set pieces and controlled possession and territory.

Steyn kicked an angled, 38-metre penalty in the 66th minute to extend the Bulls' lead to 30-23 before adding a drop goal three minutes later.

The 24-year-old then kicked another drop from halfway to break the record of three in a match held jointly by New Zealand's Andrew Mehrtens and South African Louis Koen.

The Chiefs will travel to Pretoria to take on the Bulls in next Saturday's final.

Reuters

Comments
  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-23 19:15

    Go Bulls. Next weekend will be your aswell. We will stand by you. SA is there. You make us proud.

  • Coenie Groenewald - 2009-05-23 19:56

    Morne Steyn deserved to be the Man of the match, but Pierre Spies may also have been nominated as Man of the Match. I thought it was over for the Bulls after the first 20 minutes, but the Bulls players was inspired by the quick try from Bryan who couldn't believe his luck when he went straight through the gap in the saders defence. Deon Stegman showed immence power at times, beating multiple tackles before going to ground. The new Center pair did not do to bad, Marius did what was expected of him, but next week it should be Wynand at inside and Jaco on outside center. Pierre's try surely was one of the tries of this season, a loose forward sprinting against a senter - Tim Bateman - for almost 70 meters, and guess who won the battle. I was very impressed, GO BULLS, BRING BACK THE TROPHY TO SOUTH AFRICA!!!!!!!

  • Chris - 2009-05-23 20:02

    From the sands of Saudi Arabia: Wow Wow Wow !

  • Deon - 2009-05-23 20:10

    Game of the year contender no doubt. The bulls are definitely the favorite to win again. GO BULLS!!

  • StormersFan - 2009-05-23 20:30

    Well done Bulls! Steyn had a good match, but credit must go to the forwards. What happened to McCaw? Spies had one of the best games of the season. Hopefully SNOR will take note of Morné Steyn - he is our best option on flyhalf right now.

  • Jaco - 2009-05-23 20:31

    No comments from those fiery Sharks supporters that were supporting the Crusaders?

  • Mike - 2009-05-23 21:05

    Well, let me be the FIRST to congartulate the Bulls a a excellent win over the Crusaders. Even more special is that it was achieved without resorting to any major "dirty" tactics. We look forward to the Cup marching to Pretoria.

  • wiledog - 2009-05-23 22:25

    whooohooo what a game! well done Bulls - ek is trots om 'n Bulls supporter te wees! maak weer so volg naweek!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-23 23:42

    Wat 'n rekord! Morne moet verseker ons springbok loskakel wees, hy het die hele super 14 goed gespeel en was 'n sletel rol vir die bulle! daar is nie 'n ander loskael wat by hom kom in SA nie. Saam met Fourie sal hulle die Leeus heeltyd op die agtervoet he. Ek hoop regtig ons sien hom in die springbok groep hy verdie dit. Spies is ook 'n doring gewees! Mooi so bulle maak SA trots volgende naweek!

  • Daniel - 2009-05-24 02:12

    Simply the BEST! Bulls do the talking on the field;o))))))))))

  • Hammer 01 - 2009-05-24 07:26

    Well done BULLS, you are the champions!!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-24 12:14

    Stick your dropgoal win right up ya. When will they change the scoring so that games cant be dominated by randomly scoring the equivalent of a penalty in front of the sticks from a kick and hope dropgoal from halfway. Clearly it takes skill but they arent earned in any sense and ruin great rugby matches where all the elements of a good game give all spectators what they came to see.

  • LILO - 2009-05-24 13:25

    Well done Bulls ! I am a Shark supporter, but as was the case yesterday I will be shouting for the Bulls again this coming saturday. Patriotism is stronger than provincialism.

  • barry smith - 2009-05-24 14:09

    We in Natal used to call him 'Nasty Booter' as he would win many games for the Bulls with his clever kicking. Yesterdays post by Naas suggested that most teams do not use the drop goal as an option to win games as in the past. Morne must have read his comments somewhere, to our surprise he kepted the Bulls in the hunt with the same tactics and now we rugger guys have another final in SA. Old Loftus Versveld would be very proud proud of the Bulls if he was still alive today. Go Bulls, Go!!. Make us rugger guys proud in SA !!!!!!! We are all behind you. From a Sharks supporter.

  • Bulls fan - 2009-05-25 08:37

    @Anonymous User5/24/2009 12:14 PM. Loser, you're team was outscored even in tries, so how would you have wanted to win the game in any case if you can't score more tries than the opposition (without the drop goals: 24 points for Bulls vs 21 for Crusaders, we still kick you @ss). AND the Crusader scored one drop goal !!!. Silly and real unintelligent blabbering there loser mate. GO BULLS.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-25 08:42

    Bly nederig, manne. Die hele land is trots op julle. Sien uit na Saterdag

  • Nikki - 2009-05-25 08:51

    I am so proud I am beside myself! Up yours all those Saders fans that wrote on here how they are going to down the Bulls! Go propagate (like a NZ website) somewhere else ya losers!!

  • Norman du Plooy - 2009-05-25 08:54

    Well done Bulls. What a good team effort. THIS is why you are in the S14 Final. Your teamwork is an example to all other SA teams. From a Cheetah supporter!

  • George Efstratiou - 2009-05-25 09:06

    As a ex-South African and ardent Bulls supporter now living in Cyprus, I could not find a pub that would broadcast this match as they are all soccer mad here. After some feverish "Googlin" I managed to find a direct Satellite link and was able to watch this spectacular game. Guys,you made my year with that gutsy comeback. MY BLOED BLY BLOU (Afrikaanse Griek)

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