Steyn is a points machine

2011-02-09 22:30

JJ Harmse

Pretoria – No, he does not count his successive penalties. Every kick is approached as if it’s the first of the match.

So says Morné Steyn, the biggest points machine in Super Rugby for the last year or two.

He needs only 243 points this year to become the first South African to notch 1000 points in the competition.

“I just hear about it sometimes. Like last year when I slotted 41 successive kicks or something like that. It’s definitely not something that is at the back of my mind when I kick goals,” said the friendly Bulls player.

Only two players – Dan Carter (1078) and Stirling Mortlock (1019) have passed the 1000 mark.

Steyn may also reach the mark this year, particularly with there being four more matches. Last year he scored 263 points in the tournament. It’s the most by any player in a season of Super Rugby.

Steyn’s four drop goals is the record for the most drop goals in a match and he is the joint holder of the record for the most drop goals in Super Rugby with Andrew Mehrtens, namely 17.

Mehrtens, Carter (twice) and Steyn are the only players to have scored 200 points in a series.

Steyn’s dominance is placed in perspective when one considers that only three other South Africans have scored more than 500 points in Super Rugby. They are Louis Koen, André Pretorius and Peter Grant.

However, Steyn is not resting on his laurels. He is practicing his kicking on the Loftus B field every day.

Kicking coach Vlok Cilliers said that Steyn’s work ethic could clearly be seen in the statistics.

“I sometimes work out exercises for him aimed at getting him to kick better systematically. But then he kicks everything over from the outset and I have to work out new routines to give him a fresh challenge,” said Cilliers.

“Morné’s hard work in training is definitely a lesson for aspiring kickers. He is also working hard at his tactical kicking. It’s an important year for Morné and it looks as if he’s going to have a good season.”


  • Stompies - 2011-02-09 23:56

    Go Grootbul

      Johnny - 2011-02-10 08:09

      ....SIMPLY THE BEST...!! .......GO BULLS...!!!!

  • Jonrae - 2011-02-10 00:56

    Lyk of die steriods begin werk op die armpies soos boetie Spies!Een vd swakste Int no 10's tussen top 10 spanne in die wereld.Kan nie stempel afdruk op game en is useless buite SA.Gaan ons WB kos.Die AB's wag vir hom!

      owenlentz - 2011-02-10 03:34

      T.W.I.T, you see a guy whos job is to work out every day have muscles and you shout steroids. Just becuase you re fat and useless dont add retard to your creds.

      Karoobloed - 2011-02-10 04:18

      The funny thing is Owen - the tough guys from more than say 30 years ago did not have such defined knopspiertjies. I guess they just did not work out hard enough those days... I share Jonrae's cynicism, but judging by the super defined torsos in many in other international teams (hallo Sonny Bill Williams), the Boks are definitely not alone. So I guess fair in away.

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-10 06:34

      @Jonrae. Blah blah blah blah blah blah. Stormers = losers = 11 jaar!!!!!!! @Karoobloed. Wake up idiot. Those years the players had to work and could only practice in the evening. Today the players can train the whole day long. Your ignorence is beyond comprehension.

      Wow! - 2011-02-10 07:05

      Guys lets understand something - 30 years ago, Rugby was an after work game. Today it is work. They spend far more time in the gyms than they ever did then. Actually, virtually no time was spent in gyms back then. It was spent playing and practising - not pushing weights. The players today are fitter and stronger, but then again that is what they are paid for.

      THE PUNISHER - 2011-02-10 07:21

      @owenlentz - dude, sorry to say, but i'm afraid that is a steroid or musclebuilding booster body you see there. not with all the weight training in the world, will ANYBODY build muscle that fast.maybe in 5 years time. last year morne was still quite slim, but not anymore......... I have been in that industry and know what i'm talking about

      CAR6006 - 2011-02-10 07:29

      Watse kwas is jy nie... LMFGA... Jy is seker een van daai fokker wat met n bier op jou boep pens sit en rugby kyk want jy is te donners lui om iets aan jouself te doen... As jy iemand beters sien of kry om die werk te doen, noem hulle... of het jy vergeet dat dit Steyn alle punte al aangeteken het teen magtige all blacks in een wedstryd... Jy ken niks van rugby nie man... niks...

      burger.hoon - 2011-02-10 09:13

      kom ons kry dit reguit, jy kan eerstens nie van n foto so iets se. tweedens daar is sterk nie illigal supplements op die mark wat jou bou. die ouens kan nie kanse vat nie. derdens net morries kan lekker skop in SA en dis die punt van die artikel. help nie jy het n play maker wat nie kan skop. Morries sal dit uitfigure die playmaking maar punte kom eerste. Bulle!

      tau.leoster - 2011-02-10 09:16

      @Jonrae Besef jy dat steriods 'n verbode middel in professionele rugby is? Vir watter rede dink jy was Bjorn Basson en Chilliby Ralepele onlangs in die kollig? Omdat professionele rugbyspelers getoets word vir verbode middels. Ek kan nie vir een oomblik glo, dat iemand wat 'n belowende loopbaan (Let Wel: LOOPBAAN) in rugby het, soos Mornè Steyn, daardie loopbaan op die spel sal plaas deur so 'n STERK verbode middel te gebruik nie. @Karoobloed Soos Pappa Smurf en Wow! reeds genoem het, het rugbyspelers van 30 jaar terug 'n ander loopbaan gehad en was rugby slegs hul sport. Met ander woorde, hulle moes in die dag by een-of-ander werk sit en slegs in die aande vir 'n paar uur rugby oefen. Dis vanselfsprekend dat hul spiere nie die helfte so ontwikkel kon word, soos wat vandag se spelers se spiere word nie. @THE PUNISHER Bear in mind, that 30 years ago, they didn't have the supplements (such as USN, Biogen and others) that players are allowed to use today. I have personally witnessed transformation of muscles, without the use of steriods, that even surpasses that of Mornè Steyn's...and those transormations took place in a mere 3 months. It's called the USN 12-Week programme and, myself and a few other people I personally know have done it and believe me, the transformation in our muscles was phenominal. What I'm saying is, to get muscles of that nature and size, WITHOUT the use of STERIODS, is definitely possible. .

      Izak - 2011-02-10 10:59


      Theuns - 2011-02-10 13:32

      @ Jonrae. Ek dink jou brein is een vet klier, gaan vir 'n workout....! En hou op om op die website te speel jou pa gaan jou d@nn&r.

      Johnny - 2011-02-10 13:44

      @Jonrae, ....die Bulle oefen in die gim ......en lê nie heeldag en papsak suig soos die Stormers nie...

      owenlentz - 2011-02-11 04:21

      @Punisher -What Industry have you been in to long?Taking juice or playing rugby? Do you have a pic of morne last year January without his shirt on? Bet he looked about the same. Hey and "dude", when it comes to building muscle naturally it doesnt take 5 years. Believe me, Im in the industry, and I know

      MCRugbyfreak - 2011-02-11 14:29

      Ek is n Lion en hou nie vd Bulle nie maar ek dink jy praat nou bollie hierdie ou is goed maar n losskakel is ook maar net so goed soos die tipe balle wat hy kry en hy het bietjie onnodige presure gehad die jaar maar het nogsteeds goed gevaar.As hy games wen v die springbokke is hy jou hero en nou crap jy hom uit!Ek wens hy kry daai extra punte in die super 15 die jaar want hy is een van die greatest!

  • Wessel - 2011-02-10 07:07

    Smurf moet nie jou kennis mors op 'manne' wat kwaad opstaan in die oggend nie...julle is mislukke bliksems so vroeg in die oggend...hoe dan?!!!! Die knaap lyk goed en hy het homself voorberei vir die 2011, geniet dit Morne'!

  • Wow! - 2011-02-10 07:07

    Guys lets understand something - 30 years ago, Rugby was an after work game. Today it is work. They spend far more time in the gyms than they ever did then. Actually, virtually no time was spent in gyms back then. It was spent playing and practising - not pushing weights. The players today are fitter and stronger, but then again that is what they are paid for.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-02-10 07:12

    I have a lot of respect for Morne's abilities and sometimes, I feel he gets criticized more than he ought to!

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 15:34

      Don't talk like that , you will be crapped out by the blue trio from Danville , but since I have already been crapped out , must agree with you , plays a game the way he is told to , so not his fault if he is a bit 1 dimensional !!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-11 17:59

      Cliffie - it is the first time (probably the last) that you have made a statement that reflects a process of thought - I however think that you merely agree with Mike, because you seek acceptance - which you have only recieved because you are a Stormer. I cant think that it can be about the content of your comments. But it is not your fault that you are 1 dimensional iether. You will again spew crappy remarks at any one who supports the Bulls, and that is true to your character. You like calling people idiots on the net - you inspire us all.

  • sean - 2011-02-10 07:27

    Quite the little muscle man is'nt he, his face on the other hand looks like he just swallowed one of those sour wormas lol

  • Ragged-Tooth - 2011-02-10 07:32

    It's obvious they used Photoshop to doctor this photo. Morne Steyn never runs with the ball.

      Jean - 2011-02-10 07:47

      hahaha! Good one!

      Otello - 2011-02-10 08:01

      Do you watch rugby or is it a figment of your imagination. Morne scored all those tries without ball in hand.

      Corrie - 2011-02-10 08:04

      Tell it to the trophies prick.....

      Johnny - 2011-02-10 08:15

      @Ragged vrot Tooth, ....sour grapes...?? .......Bulls are S14 Champs X3....

      Jik - 2011-02-10 08:25

      One trick pony...

      Ragged-Tooth - 2011-02-10 08:26

      Ag shame blou Nulletjies, already struggling with your sense of humor? It's gonna be a VERY long season for you lot, boring rugby, no sense of humor, baby blue paint and not forgetting, Stof Stevesuyer....imagine if you don't win the cup, you might as well go drown yourselves in the roodeplaat dam knowing that you'll have to face the year with nothing to live for. Win or lose, I still live by the coast.

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-10 08:41

      I live 7km from Woodbridge Island, 15 from Blaawberg, 22 from Clifton, 24 from Camps bay. All this while supporting the champion Bulls team. Living the dream. Your point is??????

      Ragged-Tooth - 2011-02-10 08:58

      Thank you smurf, I'm now able to order a nuclear strike on your approximate location. Good bye.

      vdwjasper - 2011-02-10 10:03

      Careful Ragged tooth, that last remark might have triggered some American digital recognition system. And you know: the CIA never sends South Africans to Guantanamo Bay.They lock them away in the Bulls change room, where they have to eat polony sandwich...forever.

      Theuns - 2011-02-10 15:11

      @ragged tooth only your teams gets the runs when they have the ball, especially when they face the bulls...!

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 05:46

      It is a pity the Nats are not in power anymore , we could have used group ares act , NO IDIOTS IN CAPE TOWN , then PAPPA CLOWN would have to leave !!!

  • dupreezjl - 2011-02-10 07:58

    Don't you see guys... He's wearing a POWER BALANCE bracelet. That's how he did it! :)

  • Jim - 2011-02-10 08:21

    Steyn is a kicking freak who can"t play rugby.

      Jim - 2011-02-10 08:50

      Oh dear did i touch a nerve there.Lets be honest here, he is not in Carters class,Wilkinsons class or any other international flyhalves class.

      burger.hoon - 2011-02-10 09:16

      name one flyhalf that is so success full at kicking in SA and also a excellent playmaker. ONE

      watalife - 2011-02-10 10:35

      @ buger.hoon well you are really dumb, he was subed many times last year and he could not win one game for the boks 2010. he is no class for carter,wilkonson even lambie is far better than steyn will ever be. The reason the boks lost last year is because of the old bulls style rugby, drop,skop & place this style will not do it anymore.Playmaker? WTF!!!! vat af daai blou hout bril van jou en check die game lekker iut.

      Johnny - 2011-02-10 13:49

      @Jim, ....and you are a rubbish talking freak...!! ...He he he he he he he ...!!! ..

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-10 23:00

      watalife - Lambie couldnt even kick a ball 20 meters from the post, and I certainly didnt see any improvement when he entered play. I saw us nearly lose every time Steyn was taken off - hey, watalife you lead, making up history as you go along - what a joke.

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 05:47

      GraemeBB : You clowns are the ones who like to use selective history - IDIOT

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-11 18:01

      Another brilliant comment from Cliffie in District 6.

  • Delacruise - 2011-02-10 08:25

    To all the idiots out there. If you follow the proper diet and a proper training program any regular guy can look like Steyn in 3 to 4 months. WITH NO SUPPLEMENTS. So stop your bullshit and get behind our boys. Whether its stormers bulls or whatever, they are all from SA. If we destroy the AB on home ground in the Super games the we are 10 steps ahead of them for the WC.

      Ragged-Tooth - 2011-02-10 08:31

      Oh no, didn't you know, the blou Nulle aren't from South Africa, they're from pre-taw-re-ya.

      Roger 01 - 2011-02-10 09:15

      Finally !!!!!!!! A lone voice of reason in the wilderness. This site is open to the enemy too, we better stick together.

      watalife - 2011-02-10 10:37

      Wake up and stop snaffing, its not going to happen with or without steyn.

      Chuck - 2011-02-10 10:37

      @Ragged-Tooth(less) - your name and mentality is a disgrace to the picture you using !!!

  • premiere - 2011-02-10 08:30

    I feel so sorry for all the people commenting here about Morne and trying to break him down. And that all just because the province they support does not have a number 10 that can come close to him. He kicks a world record for the most consecutive conversions and people comes on here and say he is so bad and is going to cost us the WC?? But it should be expected, losers can never handle it when someone actually succeeds..

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-02-10 09:18

    @Pappa Smurf - that puts you in DU NOON mate.....

      Pappa Smurf - 2011-02-10 09:50

      Struggled with Geometry, did you? Let your neighbor, who actually passed grade 5, teach you how to read a map.

      Zee - 2011-02-10 14:28

      Lol!! Naw he must live close by I reckon, but Du Noon would be perfect for him - sort of like Pretoria in a way :) In all seriousness though Morne is a machine when it comes to kicking - a very valuable asset to any franchise/country. If he works on his running game a little, he would be the best flyhalf in the world.

      CliffBradley - 2011-02-11 15:36

      F*7K , Geometry , idiot Its geography Pappa Smurf

  • Makutu - 2011-02-10 09:54

    He's a good kicker. Watch out for Elton Jantjies though. Someone needs to teach Patrick Lambie how to kick too.

  • Dr. No - 2011-02-10 11:06

    Records: World record for most points scored by a player who has scored all their team's points (31). Most points scored against New Zealand (31) in a single test South African record for penalties in a test (8) – beating the seven achieved twice by former fullback and now kicking coach of South Africa, Percy Montgomery. All of the above records achieved with his 31 points scored in the Tri Nations 2009 match against the All Blacks in Durban on 1 Aug 09[6] South African record for most points in a test against Australia. Fastest 100 points by a Springbok (8 Test matches, 3 as replacement)[7] Fastest 200 points by a Springbok (16 Test matches) Fastest 300 points by a Springbok (24 Test matches) Most drop-goals in a Super Rugby season (11). Most points scored against the All Blacks for a Springbok (31). Most points in a Tri Nations match (31). Most drop goals in a Super Rugby game (4) (in the 2009 Super 14 semi-final against the Crusaders) Most points in a Super Rugby season (263) – Beating Dan Carter's record of 221 set in 2006. Steyn also holds the record for most consecutive successful kicks at goal in Test play since statistics for that category were first kept in the late 1980s. He had a streak of 41 successful attempts that ended on 6 November 2010 against Ireland. The previous record was 36, held by Chris Paterson of Scotland.[8][9] Need I say more?

      Stompies - 2011-02-10 11:26

      Niemand is so blind soos die wat nie wil sien nie Ek dog rugby is daar om geniet te word, maar hierdie is meer 'n bymekaarkom plek vir suurgatte as iets anders.

      Mrgreeky - 2011-02-10 11:31

      No!! - 2011-02-10 13:23

      Dr No Voeg ook by dat hy met daai "pressure" skop gehelp het om die reeks teen die Leeus te beklink en dat hy deel was/is van die span wat 3X die Superbeker gewen het!!

      Theuns - 2011-02-10 13:36

      Awesome just simply Awesome...!

      Midnic - 2011-02-10 15:19

      That's impressive!

      GraemeBB - 2011-02-10 23:07

      No, not in the class of Jonny, nor Carter. He may play a different game, but he is in a class of his own. If we are to defend our title, I cant see it happen without this man - PERIOD. - 2011-02-11 08:52

      Dankie tog Patricia Lamboudtjie was nie in die B&I Leeus reeks nie, dan sou sy weer soos verlede jaar gechoke het en sou ons nog 12 jaar moes wag om die Leeus te wen. Wonder of al die BJ's in Durban iets daarmee te doen het?

      Theuns - 2011-02-11 11:56

      @GreameBB Ek dink jou gesprek is te diep vir baie lesers om te verstaan!

  • mycousin - 2011-02-14 02:17

    Legend in the making,lets hope he has a great Super Rugby season injury free,followed up by a success full world cup. GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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