Steyn eyes another record

2012-02-27 14:01

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - With Elton Jantjies stealing the limelight at the weekend with his record-breaking penalty haul, it is easy to miss the fact that the Springbok incumbent Morne Steyn is honing in on a unique record.

Steyn’s 18 match-winning points against the Sharks for the Vodacom Bulls not only gave his team another victory at Loftus Versfeld and set the tone for their season to come, but it also moved him into third place in the all-time Super Rugby points scoring stats, passing one Andrew Mehrtens on the way.

Steyn now stands on 991 points, just nine short of becoming the first South African player to pass the 1000 point mark, and only the third in the history of the Southern Hemisphere competition.

Steyn is still 40 points behind Melbourne Rebels captain Stirling Mortlock, who holds second position, and almost 300 points behind the trend setter and his All Black counterpart Dan Carter, who has the most points with 1272 in the competition.

But the importance of his boot – remembering he missed two kicks as well on Friday night – are one of the key foundations in the Bulls camp, especially when things weren’t going their way on Friday night.

The Bulls game plan has been much-maligned over the past few seasons, but on Friday night the aerial bombardment primarily played a role because of the knowledge that referees were to be much stricter at the breakdowns.

The idea – and it’s not a new one by any stretch of the imagination – is to play the game in the right areas and wait for the mistakes.

Steyn did his role perfectly in this respect, peppering the Sharks with up and unders that forced them into mistakes and caught them behind the advantage line.

The Bulls forwards, in full flight and physical on their home turf, did the rest, as referee Jonathan Kaplan had little hesitation to give a string of penalties.

And then, in the right positions, the rest was back to type. The Bulls stranglehold pattern offered Steyn the perfect opportunity to slot a few more penalties – taking his tally to 177 in the competition thus far.

The icing on the cake for the home side was the sublime drop – Steyn’s 22nd in Super Rugby that sealed the victory for the Bulls.

Now this coming weekend Steyn heads for his hometown – ironic in the sense that he was snatched by the Bulls scouts to come to Pretoria under the noses of the Cheetahs – where he is likely to reach that milestone.

This weekend was very much about the flyhalves, and how the likes of Pat Lambie, Elton Jantjies and Johan Goosen are all on the way up.

But it was also a reminder that Steyn, so comfortable in his kicking role for both the Bulls and the Boks, is not done yet. Those who want to write his playing obituary may have to wait some time yet.


  • Jed - 2012-02-27 14:09

    Owww that record, I thought it was the least number of tackles for the past 3 years record...... Oops.

      Jed - 2012-02-27 14:12

      Or what about the least meters gained record?

      Papa-storm - 2012-02-27 14:19

      dude this is boring (bulls) rugby kick kick kick the game away

      Papa-storm - 2012-02-27 14:24

      how about best haircut

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 14:51

      How many records do your teams' flyhalves hold?

      Jed - 2012-02-27 15:00

      Bulldozer, not many to be honest we tend to run the ball. BlueRaven, how many games did you guys win in 2002?

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 15:02

      Vallem, playing millionaire rugby, but still no cups.

      Papa-storm - 2012-02-27 15:06

      its a team sport not a flyhalf sport you box (in afrikaans)

      Jed - 2012-02-27 15:15

      Fair enough Raven my Little Cupcake, Lets talk about last year how many Semi's did you make or we can take a look at the Log as it stand now if you want......

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 15:25

      Raven, it's all about the conference cup for them. Ha ha ha ha h ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

      Papa-storm - 2012-02-27 15:26

      dammit this raven chick is feisty

      Jed - 2012-02-27 15:32

      And all Bulls supporters do is look at the Past not the Future as it stand we have a better chance of winning than you and you almost made the Semi's but did not.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 15:52

      Jy moet hulle dit gee. Hulle beker kas is vol gees.

      Lion - 2012-02-28 16:55

      @ Dozer and Raven.... Ignore these idiots. They have selective memory when it comes to the Stormers or WP for that matter. It's early days in the competition and they already bought the polish for the trophies the press say they are going to win. Let them be. The Kings will replace them next year.

      Lion - 2012-03-02 04:01

      What is the difference between the Stormers and the Proteas? Nothing... They both CHOKE when it matters

  • Sargon - 2012-02-27 14:11

    I dont care how the Bulls beat the Sharks , just so long as they do.

  • Lionel - 2012-02-27 14:13

    With the boring brand of rugby(kick,kick,kick) the Bulls play its no wonder he is third !!!!

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 14:20

      Yawn,biiiig strrreeeetch,ag Blue,get over yourself,trophy story is very lame,come up with something bit more original!!!

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 14:26

      Played 11 lost 11,hey Blue!!

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 14:32

      I forgot,also the loss to the Kings !!!!You can pick yourselves up all you want but you will still have that hovering over your heads!!!!!

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 14:39

      There we go again about the trophies,can't you talk about anything else????

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 14:44

      @Blueraven - our chaps don't need to win trophies....they win hearts and minds :)

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 14:48

      I will give you credit for winning 3 Super titles and thats as far as it goes...............2 that were won with forward I will only give you credit for one,hows that???

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 14:52

      Yes Saffa, every young rugby player's dream. I don't want to win cups, just hearts and minds.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 14:58

      Lionel, which ever way, you still have 0.

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 15:02

      Blue,I just watched it over again and those passes were definitely forward,scouts honour:):):)

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 15:09

      Hearts and minds boys, hearts and minds..... :) On that note, a serious question Raven and Dozer. When Spies commented that the Bulls 'are not comfortable with ball in hand and that is why they reverted to the kicking game' - did you chaps not feel the same shiver of apprehension I did in terms of what this means for the Boks? Heyneke up until December was talking up the new vision and style of the Bulls - and how things change in rugby - and how he booted the players who didn't fit into his new expansive vision - and how he bought players with the new vision in mind etc etc..........He then appointed Spies as captain, and now Spies says the Bulls aren't comfortable with ball in hand? So who is bluffing who? And to be fair - in the warmup against the Cheetahs, the Bulls scored a few great individual tries, but for the most - it was still skop en jag? SO: was all the talk smoke and mirrors? And SERIOUSLY: what does this mean for the Boks? Not an attack on the Blue behemoths at all chaps - just a question.

      Lionel - 2012-02-27 15:09

      Dozey,which ever way,Bulls still play cr@p boring rugby!!!

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-02-27 15:33

      Did you watch the game on friday how was it a boring game every time the bulls bombed the sharks with kicks they had me on the edge of my seat, looks like supporting a sh@t team like the stormers have taken away your ability to be excited(ag shame)

      Bames - 2012-02-27 15:39 about boring, having done the full circle Lionel is back to where he started with: the Bulls play boring rugby. Duh! Doesn't take a lot to exhaust his small little mind. Like Blueraven said: 3-0!!! Put that in your pipe and smoke it! ...for the next 12 years it seems...

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 16:38

      @Saffa We get it now, you don't rate Spies. You've commented on that over a 1000 times in the last year. Anything else you can write about? YAWN

  • Nico - 2012-02-27 14:21

    Well done to Steyn :) Hope he gets those records quick!!

      Kevan - 2012-02-27 14:29

      bulls 2, walsh 1. to be correct.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 14:53

      Kevin = plank.

  • Saffa - 2012-02-27 14:30

    I for one am damn disappointed the Bulls didn't deliver on their promise to dish up a new brand of rugby. Morne Steyn used to be a really good running flyhalf back in his 'bench' days - and I was hopeful that a new playing vision MIGHT just see him revert back to being the player he used to be - because that wouldn't half be bad news for the Boks.(A great balance between kicking(which we know he can do) and running and passing (which we know he USED to be able to do)) Could all of his flair genuinely have been coached out of him - and if so who is to blame? The new Bok coach? I wait patiently to see if the Bulls really DO have this new expansive gameplan hidden away - and IF Morne Steyn can REMEMBER how to play it.......

      Jason - 2012-02-27 14:42

      @Saffa, problem is that Meyer is going to adopt the style, that worked for him so well at the bulls, for the Boks! which might leave us all a little flat for excitement. To be truthful though, I just hope they win games.

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 15:13

      @jasoneye - I have no problem with how the Boks play if we win games.....winning ugly is still winning - BUT: as we have seen, International rugby has certainly moved beyond the skop and jag (in a big way) and one HAS to have a plan B - not optional! If we purely rely on skop and jag, Meyer's record is going to be a poor one. I would be very disappointed if Heyneke relied on 'skop and jag' as HE was the preacher of the NEW LOOK Bulls playing style/vision etc up until right before he was appointed Bok coach. He cleaned out the cupboards at the Bulls, players etc etc, brought in Pine Pienaar for Currie Cup etc - so surely to goodness if he advocated all this "rugby changes and we must change with it" talk - he must put his money where his mouth is?

      Hugh - 2012-02-28 10:15

      Saffa, if you recall the way the AB's use the kicked ball to their advantage, a quick line out or counter attack. Leave the opposition in a far worse position then had they kept the ball. I think we will see more of this playing against the NZ and Aussie teams. This tactic wont work there.

  • verweyc - 2012-02-27 14:52

    Give the devil his due, not that Morne is the devil, but to achieve a 1000 points in Rugby, after playing half his career from the bench is a real achievement. Well done to Morne from a Stormer Supporter

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 14:59

      Hats off Chris. A Stormers supporter with integrity.

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 15:14

      Stuff you Dozey - I was not nasty to Mornetjie in my comment.

      Bulldozer - 2012-02-27 15:26

      Sory Saffa. It' just that there are so few of you.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 16:33

      @Saffa YAWN

  • derrick.dawson - 2012-02-27 14:57

    Why all these negative comments about Morne Steyn? He is a brilliant kicker and wins games for his team, not just the Bulls, but the Boks as well. If he stays injury free he will overhaul DC for first place. Well done Morne.

  • Jason - 2012-02-27 15:16

    As the only method the bulls have of scoring he is most definitely going to smash every record there is.

  • Christian J Denyschen - 2012-02-27 15:23

    Go Bulls!! hoe trotd maak jul my darem nie. ek dink as die stormers nog n jaar gaan sonder n beker moet hulle en die kings ma saam smelt. laastens hierdie een is vir al die stormers +?+(*_*)+?+

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 15:32

      Well knock me over with a pink rugby jersey Christian old chap. You speak Hieroglyphics?

      S - 2012-02-27 16:36

      Klingon, Saffa, Klingon. And that's only after the first klippies 'n coke.

  • Doc - 2012-02-27 15:38

    The Bulls are still a very real threat despite a cupless season last year and I know this not because I am born blue blood but becuase everyone still hates them. You dont hate a team that poses no threat, I hated Stever Waughs Aussie team, I especially loved to hate Shane Warne, now? I dont hate them anymore, I think they kinda sweet and harmless. As long as you coastal boys still hate us we know we are in good shape and to add insult to injury we will keep buying your best players before you even know that they have talent, thats how good we are.

      Saffa - 2012-02-27 15:49

      I hate the fans....not the team. And no old chap, I am not threatened by a 300 kg morbidly obese man in a pink jersey.......

      Jason - 2012-02-27 15:49

      I would think that its more the arrogance of the supporters we dont appreciate (not hate), as far as the bulls being a threat Im not so sure. Look at their pathetic performance against the sharks, better pray kick boys up and under tactics work.

      Nic - 2012-02-27 16:23

      Well said Doc! Obviously touched a nerve there...

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 16:36

      @Saffa You've got some serious issues. YAWN

      S - 2012-02-27 16:40

      Doc, us Stormer fans don't hate the Bulls. We actually also think they are kinda sweet and harmless, especially while wearing their pink jerseys with the Hello Kitty logo.

      Doc - 2012-02-27 16:54

      Just for the record Saffa and S the point of the pink jersey is to distract the apponents, being that all Aussies and New Zealanders are fairies the jersey should do its job just fine. Seeing how you are all going on about it, it must be doing its magic on you as well cause suddenly you all checking the blokes out.

      S - 2012-02-27 17:10

      @Doc - no, we're not checking the guys out, we're just happy for you that the Bulls and their fans accepted their confused sexuality at last and decided to come out of the closet. The other teams won't be distracted so much as laughing their butts off :D

      Hugh - 2012-02-28 10:23

      You stormers guys are just jealous the Pretoria guys got the pink jersey first, you all coming from the pink city an all. Don't you also have a "Butt watch" programme on the CT roads as well? Brings on a whole new meaning to the crouch; touch; engage phenomena.

  • Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 15:55

    Goodness, are there any records the Bulls don't own?

      Jason - 2012-02-27 16:04

      You mean aside from most kicks in a game, highest up and under, most wins with only 10 players, most drop kicks, drop goals, punts, knock ons and lowest aggregate team IQ, lowest aggregate coaching IQ, lowest aggregate supporter IQ , ugliest fans ...

      Charl - 2012-02-27 16:15

      most points in super rugby, most successful team... just to mention2

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 16:32

      3 Time champions, you make me proud. 3 more than the Stormers BWA HA HA HA HA

      S - 2012-02-27 16:43

      Five years propping up the bottom of the log. That's five years more than the Stormers.

      Doc - 2012-02-27 16:57

      @S 3 years of making sure SA ain't the laughing stock of Super Rugby.

  • Dan - 2012-02-27 17:41

    makes me think of the years everyone that was not Northern Transvaal, hated Naas Botha, but absolutely loved him when he won games for the boks!!!!! the man is making SA rugby history.

      Hennie - 2012-02-28 16:46

      Hi Dan, Not being rude Haas could never play the game,he could read the game and thats it, he knew exactly where to be on the field to not get tackled,I do not recall that he ever broke through a defensive line EVER!!!

      Lion - 2012-02-28 17:18

      Hennie. Jy is 'n Idioot

  • Jaan - 2012-02-27 19:57

    Steyn wanted to join the Stormers but they turned him away. Apparently Jaques Fourie left because he found the Stormer/WP setup to intense and trainning to hard.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-27 23:42

      @Jaan Klim kaal op jou boetie, jy irriteer en verveel almal

      Lion - 2012-02-28 17:21

      Jacque Fourie left because the standard of proper rugby declined since he left the Lions for the Stormers.

  • Patrick - 2012-02-28 03:28

    he sucks!!! he is 1 of the WEAKEST defenders in world rugby!!!

  • Francois - 2012-02-28 15:48

    Good luck Morne, great to be the leading SA player but it will be just the same as the Stormers being SA Conference champs. Now go get that record!

  • Hennie - 2012-02-28 16:42

    Hi BlueRaven, Just so you are also in the pic,the very first SA team to win the super trophy was fortunatly not the bulls,but the Lions,although it was super 10 still it was not the bulls,and you are not as unique as yoy thought!!Sorry for bursting that bubble.

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