Oz wary of Steyn threat

2011-07-20 12:36

Johannesburg - The Wallabies will be making a concerted effort to not give Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn too many shots at goal when the two teams meet in their Tri-Nations clash in Sydney, Australia hooker Stephen Moore said on Wednesday.

Steyn has built a reputation as one of the world’s most accurate goal-kickers and he seems to thrive on taking high pressure kicks.

But Moore said that the Australians had discussed plans not to let Steyn’s boot dominate the game.

“We have spoken about discipline being crucial, particularly in our own half, and even further out,” Moore explained.

“He (Steyn) is a big threat because if we give away penalties he is just going to knock them over from everywhere so we have to be really disciplined,” Moore added.

Moore also laughed off suggestions that the Springboks would be hampered by the absence of 21 injured and rested players that South Africa had left out of their Tri-Nations squad.

“South Africa have enough depth that they can send a team without some of their top-line players and still be very competitive,” the combative Moore said.

“I think it is a very strong side. Most of the guys are in good form and they’ve played well throughout Super Rugby. I think they are going to be a more than worthy Springbok side and they are going to be very tough and very physical and that’s the way I have read their selection,” he added.

Moore, a veteran of 56 Tests, is renowned as a powerful scrummager and he is relishing the challenge of facing off against the ‘Boks’ debutant props Dean Greyling and Werner Greef.

“Both the new props are from the Bulls so we’ve seen a fair bit of them and I’ve played against both of them and they’ve both had really good seasons. They are both very big blokes and they will be strong scrummagers and I’m sure that that is an area where they will try and impose themselves,” said Moore.

The 28-year-old Moore was part of the Australia team which suffered a shock 32-23 defeat at the hands of Samoa just a week before the Wallabies are due to open their Tri-Nations campaign against South Africa at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

Moore said that the Australians had identified what went wrong against Samoa and they would need to improve on those areas otherwise South Africa could exploit those weaknesses.

“We let ourselves down around the breakdown last week. Our ball carries and our cleanout work wasn’t good enough and we just got dominated around the ruck area,” he said.

“We need to improve because the South Africans will pose a good threat to us in that area. We need a mindset of being very aggressive in that area and having a good technique. Both of those things went missing last week and those are the things that we need to fix pretty quickly,” he explained.

Despite the surprising loss to Samoa Moore said that there had been a few positives to come out of the defeat.

“As far as the set piece is concerned it was a good start for us. Last week was our first week together and we did a lot of work on our line-outs and scrums. I think it was a fair start and we hope to do a bit better this week,” he concluded.


  • jk - 2011-07-20 12:40

    threat- if he gets the ball, and then he will kick it down field...

      Rocky - 2011-07-20 12:44

      they referring to his place kicking

      docraven - 2011-07-20 12:49

      Put it this way, i promised i would not say bad things about our players playing on Saturday!!!!!!!

      shucky - 2011-07-20 12:56

      jk you chop

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-20 13:04

      @jk - funny you mention that. Stats for Super 15 show that both Cooper and Genia kicked more than any other 9 & 10s in the competition - yet we are branded as being boring, kettle / pot

      Grunk - 2011-07-20 13:04

      That's why you cannot afford to have he, Frans Steyn (at fullback) and Du Preez in one side. He, Aplon (especially with his left foot ability) ) and Pienaar (better all round abilities and faster than Du Preez) make a better trio.

      Joe_Massahar - 2011-07-20 14:38

      "Most of the guys are in good form..." So Monre, who are the guys who are not in good form?

      watalife - 2011-07-20 15:25

      Drop,Skop & place will not feature this weekend..... they should drop,skop & place him into Soweto kaiser Chiefs....hehehe

  • jk - 2011-07-20 13:04

    shucky and doc- its not something bad, its just they way they gonna do it with a new team, and by the way, thats bulls & bok rugby, right?

      Dwerg - 2011-07-20 13:40

      I hope your wrong jk I'm as apposed to "Bulls rugby" as anyone and the worst examples of one sided backs, world wide, are Zane Kirchner who counters with up-and-unders only, Wynand Olivier (VO 5) who never passes. Morné Steyn did start his game as an inventive and running fly-half, but has unfortunately been tempered into something else

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 14:15

      Dwerg, the idiot is always wrong. He doesn't know the difference between a busdriver and a screwdriver.

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-20 16:47

      @ Dwerg : Peeps who don't like Bulls rugby tend to support teams whose trophy cabinets are barren. But you aren't one of them, right?

  • RobinAL - 2011-07-20 13:07

    Thet forgot about Ruaan Pienaar who can kick just as well.

      donkerhond - 2011-07-20 13:26

      Ruan Pienaar doesn't have the same stats as Steyn does when it comes to kicking for the posts. Although Ruan doesn't shave his legs like Morne does - 2011-07-20 13:47

      Not at goal though.

  • Anneleen - 2011-07-20 13:09

    The game is ON!!! Pale toe!!!

      vanrooyenmara - 2011-07-20 13:20


      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-20 13:34

      Let's all get behind ALL the Boks irrespective of what province they come from, country first!

  • Man.Dumisani - 2011-07-20 13:33

    Don't be surprised by a Bok win on Saturday. Wallabies looking shakey.

      Lance - 2011-07-20 14:53

      If our forwards dominate...and the ball makes it to our backline..its gonna be a try fest !

      donkerhond - 2011-07-20 15:42

      The ball will get to our backline. I just don't think it'll go past Meisiekind

  • Agile - 2011-07-20 13:35

    "Moore, a veteran of 56 Tests, is renowned as a powerful scrummager and he is relishing the challenge of facing off against the ‘Boks’ debutant props Dean Greyling and Werner Greef." It's Werner Kruger, not Greef. - 2011-07-20 13:52

      Ja ne.... With Werner Greeff neck injury and being a utility back, I doubt he'd be coming out of retirement to scrum down against the Wallabies on Saturday.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-20 14:12

      Well spotted. It really gets my goat when these reporters get it wrong, almost as bad as the commentators.

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-20 16:50

      @ Rob: True, but one has to have some latitude for online articles, which are generally written in a hurry so as to be current. Even a proof reader might have missed the Werner Kruger blunder. I sure did!

  • Andrew Serfontein - 2011-07-20 13:51

    Um... fail Sports 24! Unless of course Werner Greef is making a comeback as a prop? I believe you were going for Werner Kruger... LOL! Just putting it out there, take it, leave it, whatever.

  • Theuns - 2011-07-20 14:17

    ANY1 know where i can get ONE of those Shirt they train in??? Training kit that is...

      RobinB - 2011-07-20 15:06

      Become a Bok????

      GILLBERT - 2011-07-20 15:08


  • StBad - 2011-07-20 14:41

    I'de prefer to have a youngster earning his stripes down in the antipodes although Steyn is certainly the correct person for the job... he should bring a bit of stability and experience to fiery looking but inexperienced backline---> cannot wait for Saturday

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 14:44

      The youngsters earn their stripes with WP.

  • Greenpoizn - 2011-07-20 15:05

    Only comment worth reading @StBad

      docraven - 2011-07-20 15:32

      Bulldozer, looks like you cant keep up with all the comments hey Bud.LOL

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-20 15:33

      @Lloyd.....I love your Blue Bull fan video old chap. Love it! Who are the clutchplates dancing around with you? And who is the toad sitting on the chair with his flag?

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 15:33

      What are you talking about mummford?

      watalife - 2011-07-20 15:44

      @SAFFA Looks like malema who had a lekker paint job

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 15:55

      I haven't seen it. Will check it out though.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-20 16:02

      @Watalife - Howdy! I will get back to you with that info ASAP - just waiting for an opinion from a friend :) @Lloyd - watch it....and I reckon even you will agree, that NO team (not even the 2011 blithering Blue Bulls) deserves such 'support'. Crack up delux old Lloyd.

      Brannas - 2011-07-20 16:08

      The Aussies should be wary of all the Bulls in the team, they are the guys that will make it happen and not the rest of the quota players in the team. Kruger and Greyling will dominate the scrums, Rossouw and Van der Merwe will soften them up in front and Stegman will rule the breakdowns, Steyn will keep the score board ticking with his boot and Wynand Olivier will be the play maker and make thing happen in the back line. Those 7 players will be task to win the match, the rest only make up the numbers.

      Brannas - 2011-07-20 16:29

      @SAFFA. that video only shows that the Bulls supporters do have humour, something that the stormer and WeePee supporters lack by a mile, bunch of morbid moaners down in the Cape, must be something to do with the miserable weather there or something they drink,I'm not sure which. I think it's quite funny.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-20 16:39

      @Brannas, it's not only you Bulls fans who have a "sense of humour" (your words...) Your new kid on the block coach, Pine Pienaar seems to have an uber sick sense of humour as well. Have you seen your starting 15 to play the Cheetahs?

      Brannas - 2011-07-20 16:59

      @SAFFA.. I've seen the team, and at least I can be honest, I think the Cheetahs will win this game. The Cheetahs have a near full S15 team and the Bulls only have youngsters we know nothing about. Yes, you right this time, I can see a difficult season for the bulls.

      chappy - 2011-07-20 19:35

      @ Brannas - oh ja, the last 2 weeks of sunshine and mid-20's temperatures must suck in comparison to the weather up there lately....

  • watalife - 2011-07-20 15:23

    Drop,skop & palce this dutchman out of touch once and for all......

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-20 16:15

      I repeat, Super 15 stats show that Cooper and Genia are the "skop" kings.

      Brannas - 2011-07-20 16:17

      Explain "palce" please. Never heard of that one before.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-20 16:24

      @Brannas - a "PALCE" is what your wife checks for after you have passed out. I picture her distress, and sadness when she realises you are still ticking.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 16:30

      Sorry Brannas maar ek moes lag vir SAFFA se chirp. Dis die beste van die dag.

      Brannas - 2011-07-20 16:40

      @Bulldozer, ek lag ook lekker oor daai een, moet haar dit toegee, die teef is nogal skerp.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-20 16:45

      Ja, sy's een van die bitter min half intellegente WP supporters.

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-20 16:57

      @ Rob: You are correct, but it's the pressure kicks that count. Morne also attempts kicks at posts that others will often ply into touch. Nobody really takes the "SA flyhalf debate" seriously. We all know who's the dead cert when it comes to the crunch.

  • Nic Williams - 2011-07-20 16:10


  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-20 17:01

    The Tri-Nations is really fantastic for the Sharks, Cheetahs, Lions and Weerprobeer fans. Because now with seven out the fifteen players being Bulls, they can at last support a team that has a real chance of winning something, right?

      BardofAvon - 2011-07-20 17:16

      Sorry, I forgot - the Lions won the Super Ten in 1996 I think it was. Any old-timers out there who can confirm that please?

      chappy - 2011-07-20 19:37

      And here I thought we were all supporting the Springboks....

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-21 00:09

    It's going to take all 15 players playing full out to win this one! There is no such thing as a easy test. Don't let them lure us in to complacency! GO, BOKKE!!!!

  • joe joe - 2011-07-21 15:15

    @bambie .. not originals though.. at china city

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