Steyn: Flyhalf contest healthy

2011-05-19 17:31

Johannesburg - Incumbent Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn believes the increased competition for the number ten position will lead to improvements in his game.

This year's Super Rugby competition had seen a marked improvement in flyhalf play at the South African franchises.

The much improved Peter Grant is back in the spotlight after a stint in Japan with prodigious flyhalves, Patrick Lambie and Elton Jantjies also fighting for a Bok starting berth.

Cheetahs flyhalf Sias Ebersohn has also in recent weeks shown that he is a future prospect in the number ten position.

This weekend, however, focus will switch to the battle between Steyn and Lambie in the Sharks versus Bulls clash in Durban.

"The great thing about the Bulls is that we do not really focus on individual battles…the battles like the one between me and Patrick Lambie will, however, always be there," Steyn said at the launch of the Absa Kicking School at Cornwill Hill College in Pretoria on Thursday.

"I think the competition is good for the country and with the return of Ruan Pienaar, Butch James, Frans Steyn and I don't know who else, the competition will increase."

Steyn believes that these battles for the flyhalf position will keep him on his toes and force him to work harder to retain his spot in the Bok side.

The Bok pivot feels there is still room for improvement in his play.

"My accuracy at goal is at 80% and you always want to be at 100% but it isn’t always possible," said Steyn.

"I can still improve on all elements of my game," said Steyn.


  • RobinHood - 2011-05-19 17:47

    We should have already seen the changes - so clearly he is not improving. We know what we have here - and it is not enough. Go Grant

      Grunk - 2011-05-19 18:00

      Grant - on last week's performance?? Morne may not at the top of his form but he hasn't done anything yet to lose his place - and nobody has yet shown on a consistently regular basis that they have a better kicking consistency - and that wins Test matches.

      RobinHood - 2011-05-19 18:06

      I agree - last week was BAD - but I still would like more imagination at 10

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-19 18:54

      @Grunk - I want to disagree on that, I think Sias has been very consistent and has become more and more with every game and he has shown he can think very tactically.

      Ruan - 2011-05-19 18:59

      Ag please, Grant has played only 2 good gamesin Super Rugby and has a long way to go!!! Steyn at worst still better and Lambie definately a strong second!

      Whoosa - 2011-05-20 05:41

      @ Robin Hood -Imagination?? Grant?? That from a side that scored the least tries thus far? Grant is k#k, the only thing he can do is kick for goal. His kicking out of hand is awful, no distance. Morne not at the top of his game, but come on. You will never win anything with grant as a flyhalf, he doesnt have the x-factor, no match winning skills! (well the stormers team is lackink x-factor)

      Riaan Bell - 2011-05-20 08:01

      Grant chokes the moment he is under pressure, but Lambie and Steyn are made for the big moment..Grant is otherwise not to bad..just needs to get his team out of their own half when they are under pressure and there is still enough time for him to learn hw to do it..

  • Lloyd - 2011-05-19 17:48

    Master vs student.

      Marcell - 2011-05-19 19:00

      Welkom terug.

  • Marius Swart - 2011-05-19 18:12

    Sy spel kort werk maar ons kan nie sonder hom WB toe gaan nie.Ons moet ook darrem erken die Bulle se pak het dit nie maklik vir hom hierdie jaar al gemaak nie.Hoop egter Grant of Lambie kry kans in die Tri - Nations om te speel en onder druk pale toe te skop sodat ons kan sien waarvan is hul gemaak is in toets rugby aangesien Morne nou al herhaaldelik gewys het hy kan onder druk skop en jy slegs WB wen as jou skopper 100% op al selinders vuur.

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-19 18:55

      Persoonlik voel ek hulle moet Sias 'n kans gee met die drie nasies. Glo hy kan almal verras.

      Marius Swart - 2011-05-19 19:41

      @Vrystaat.Wel ten minste kan hy skop en speel goed die laaste twee weke.Hy kan net beter as n' Janjies wees van die Lions

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-19 22:44

      @Marius Swart - As jy na die punte kyk en in ag neem dat hy in die begin nie gespeel het nie en hy is hoer gelee as die ander behalwe Steyn dan gee dit beter prentjie van wat hy eintlik doen

  • WPBEFONK - 2011-05-19 18:32

    Order of MERITS : Grant, Steyn, Lambie

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-19 18:59

      What about Sias ? Look at the stats and the way he plays ? he at least deserves a change with the coming tri nations

      Kevin - 2011-05-19 19:46

      Order of Merit - Lambie ,Grant .end of story

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-19 21:25

      @ Kevin - end of what? Who are you again? @Vrystaat - he is still a bit wet behind the ears, but certainly a prospect next year.

      !!Vrystaat!! - 2011-05-19 22:48

      @GraemeBB - might be wet yes, but look at the points, take into account he did not really play in the start and he already scored more points than Lambie and Grant and he and Steyn are the only ones who actually still try drop goals. And his percentage of kicks over is actually very good. And lets face it the backline of the Cheetahs moves very good and he is a key in that part. He can at least be given a change in the Tri- Nations. Not always because one is new means one is useless Frans Steyn was 19 if I am correct when he played world cup, why was that not seen as to wet ? Because at that time his stats was in his favour. Thus Sias has proven is worth already more than some other players.

      GraemeBB - 2011-05-20 11:41

      @Vrystaat - In a RWC year, I think that the Boks will stay with the tried and tested - thats all. I rate Sias, and want to see what he does in the end of the S15 season. He will play against all the top SA teams. I think you boys are going to run riot this weekend!

  • slg - 2011-05-19 18:37

    The Springbok era ended a long time ago. These are the Proteas.

      Marcell - 2011-05-19 19:01

      The stompies are the chokers, not the Springboks.

      slg - 2011-05-19 20:30

      It's not a popular idea, I understand, but it's the truth. Political interference ended the Springbok era. At least we have the memories.

  • ikilladabull - 2011-05-19 18:56

    I am a STORMERS supporter but I honestly do not rate Peter Grant as a flyhalf. As far as the WC goes I would take Steyn and James. Kicking out of hand is a huge aspect of flyhalf play and Grant is seriously lacking in this department. Admittedly Steyn doesnt possess all the flair in the world but does the basics well. In a close semi or final, I would have a dependable flyhalf thats tried and tested at international level. I'd give Lambie, Sias and Jantjies a run during the 3N but no WC tickets for them. 2015 maybe.....

  • Adop - 2011-05-19 18:59

    Grant's performance was again a flash in the pan. Lambie, Jantjes, Ebershon and Lionel Cronje had beter games than Grant. He cannot perform under pressure not before and after Japan.

      What de D... - 2011-05-19 19:51

      @ Adop - Ga kyk sokker man.... Steyntjie vou as die pak voorspelers sukkel....hy kannie takties speel nie....

  • Kevin - 2011-05-19 19:44

    Steyn is a kicking fundi ,not a flyhalf

  • Theuns - 2011-05-20 07:27

    At current recent form 80%, still improve, you will be awesome, you got the pedigree....Go for it Morne!

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