As if the Blue Bulls’ bulk and Bok experience is not enough to worry about, Western Province will also have to deal with the Steyn factor.

J.J. Harmse – Sport24

It’s probably not coincidence that the banking group who launched a new kicking series, King of Kicking, this week, is using Morné Steyn in the advertising material.

And Western Province dare not make any mistakes within Steyn’s 50-metre striking range during Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final at Newlands.

Any incorrect binding at the scrums, a hand in a ruck or unwillingness by a defender to roll away, will give the country’s top marksman a chance to aim at posts. With a predictable result.

Steyn’s strike rate in the Currie Cup is even better than in the Super14 and for the Springboks, as confirmed by his kicking coach Vlok Cilliers.

“In the Super14 he succeeded with 64 out of 86 kicks, which gave him a success ratio of 74 percent. In a Bok jersey his strike rate is almost 90 percent, and in the Currie Cup he has now succeeded with 20 out of 23 kicks,” said Cilliers.

And if one listens to the experienced players in the Bulls team, there is no reason for this not to continue.

“We are definitely going there with the knowledge that we have the team and game plan to be successful in semi-finals and finals,” Bulls captain Victor Matfield said this week.

“These games are about using opportunities and limiting errors under pressure.”

Steyn has virtually been walking on water since May. Not only did his four drop goals in the Super14 semi-final effectively sink the Crusaders, but he also clinched the series against the British and Irish Lions with his boot. And just to show that it was not luck, Steyn scored 31 points against the All Blacks in a Tri-Nations test.

He scored 191 points in the Super14, 114 in the Bok jersey and has scored 61 iin the Currie Cup this year for a total of 366 in the season.

The 25-year-old Steyn’s handling has also been good this year, leading to numerous tries for the Bulls and the Boks.

The Bulls are likely to use their usual tactical kicking to pile the pressure on small players such as Gio Aplon and Joe Pietersen in the WP back three.

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  1. Grant v Steyn…

    Terror in Hooptown…

    Oh joy..

    Not to worry

    Your new Monty will save you once he finishes being a Capetonian and moering his cheek…

    Trust Jo or is it Joe with his silky smooth coifed hair and fashionably waxed legs and balls to do the job….

  2. i read in the pta news that the racist puke reckons province will not only beat the bulls, but also wallop them. Can’t wait to see him cry in pain as a bday present for me.

  3. No I meant Steff is your chief praise singer in the Cape so find out what he is writing…

    I was being facetious but the sea air has obviously adled your desert mummified brains

  4. “He scored 191 points in the Super14, 114 in the Bok jersey and has scored 61 in the Currie Cup this year for a total of 366 in the season.”

    Juxtapose that against the normal critique of a 10 that can kick:

    “But can he get his back line away?”
    “All he can do is kick.”
    “So and so is a better play maker.”

  5. Bet it’s the first time ever “Juxtapose” has been used on a rugby blog.
    Lovely word. Use it whenever you want people to think you are arty and sophisticated.

  6. Reply to fyndraai @ 1:55 pm:

    Ah a waNNabEEBohemian would love that word then

    an explanation for those whose anglo is equal to me best vrystAAtAnglo

      /ˈdʒʌkstəˌpoʊz, ˌdʒʌkstəˈpoʊz/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [juhk-stuh-pohz, juhk-stuh-pohz] Show IPA

    –verb (used with object), -posed, -pos⋅ing.
    to place close together or side by side, esp. for comparison or contrast.
    1850–55; back formation from juxtaposition

  7. When searching these loLLies- eish no reFFerence to BoD –

    came up


  8. ‘Kerfuffle’, a term for a commotion, suddenly became more popular in Britain in the 1960s. … Some specialists think kerfuffle is also related to the Irish cior thual, confusion or disorder. It seems to be a minority opinion, though.

  9. WhhOOOOha


    CALLIPYGIAN/kælɪˈpɪdʒɪən/Help with IPA

    Having well-shaped buttocks.

    This is a word about which it would be possible to generate many bad puns, thereby making an ass of oneself and becoming the butt of jokes. The subject matter — and the rather beautiful form of the word itself — has lent itself to adoption by word-hungry authors, even though the first recorded use was only in 1880. Thomas Pynchon wrote in Gravity’s Rainbow: “Those dusky Afro-Scandinavian buttocks, which combine the callipygian rondure observed among the races of the Dark Continent with the taut and noble musculature of sturdy Olaf, our blond Northern cousin”. Its origin is in Greek kallipugos, used to describe a famous statue of Aphrodite; that comes from kallos, beauty (as in calligraphy, or callisthenics, or the lily called hemerocallis) plus puge, buttocks.

  10. flibbertigibbet – Definition
    (n.) A silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person.

    Oh Yeah

    We have some of them okes here on RW

  11. defenestration – Definition
    (n.) An act of throwing someone or something out of a window.

    even some of those as weLL!

  12. serendipity – Definition
    (n.) The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
    (n.) The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
    (n.) An instance of making such a discovery.

  13. This one I have “researched” before

    DISCOMBOBULATE/dɪskəmˈbɒbjʊleɪt/Help with IPA

    To confuse, upset or disconcert.

    Another fine example of the speech of the wild frontier of the US of A, this came to life sometime in the 1830s. Whose invention it was we have no idea, except that he shared the bombastic, super-confident attitude towards language that also bequeathed us (among others) absquatulate, bloviate, hornswoggle and sockdolager.

    It has much about it of the itinerant peddler, whose qualifications were principally a persuasive manner, the self-assurance of a man who has seen every sort of reluctant customer and charmed them all, and a vocabulary he had enlarged by gross disfigurement of innocent elements of the English language. In this case, the original seems to have been discompose or discomfit. In the early days, it sometimes appeared as discombobracate or discomboberate.

    Here’s an example of a snake-oil salesman at work in 1860 (except that he was praising the water from the Louisville artesian well rather than any manufactured remedy). It was said to have been taken down verbatim: “It discomboberates inflammatory rheumatism, sore eyes, scrofula, dyspepsia, and leaves you harmonious without any defalcation, as harmonious systematically as a young dove”.

    Worth a dollar a drop …

  14. Reply to WiLLem @ 2:29 pm:

    lol OO, there are some unusual medical words also, you might want to check out:

    apparently some of these buggers are born with multiple openings, suppose it will be useful to alleviate oneself out of one’s thumb.

  15. Reply to cab @ 2:58 pm:

    apparently some of these buggers are born with multiple openings, suppose it will be useful to alleviate oneself out of one’s thumb.
    I know a few who does it
    from their mouths.

  16. What happened to the

    I’m tired of looking
    at this one.

    Or is she supposed to
    start stripping after
    three days?

  17. Reply to WiLLem @ 2:30 pm:
    As in “The Second Defenestration of Prague”, an important event of the 30-years war in which some representatives of the emperor was thrown out of a window by the local protestants.

    Evidently not the first time they’ve defenestrated somebody in Prague.

    Loffie should be thankful he was just fired.

  18. Reply to WiLLem @ 2:31 pm: You will like the book: “The Professor and the Madman a tale of Murder Madness and the making of the Oxford English Dictionary”.

    I read in there that the origin of “serendipity” is from a novel about some guys in Ceylon who kept making fortunate discoveries by accident and the the Arab word for Ceylon being something like “Senrendib”.

    Interesting shit, these fancy words.

  19. A picture of Julius Malema
    just landed, with the

    A po3s with a small pi3l.

    (He denied that there are
    things like hermaphrodites
    because the word does not
    exist in Pedi.)

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