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Sat Apr 19 21:33:15 SAST 2014

Morne 'still has the kicks'

SBU MJIKELISO | 04 July, 2012 07:310 Comments
2012 SupeRugbY: Vodacom Bulls training session and press conference
Morne Steyn during a Bulls training session at Loftus Versfeld on July 03, 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa
Image by: Lee Warren / Gallo Images

THE Boks did not fiddle with Morne Steyn's kicking style.

Louis Koen, Springboks kicking consultant, insists there has been no tampering with the flyhalf's technique during the three tests against England, in which Steyn converted only 12 of 22 attempts.

At the weekend, playing for the Bulls against the Cheetahs, Steyn missed just one kick in six attempts in the 40-24 victory at Loftus.

"He's been kicking successfully for the past 10 years, so I went into the three weeks [of test rugby] with the attitude that we're not going to change anything in his technique. The moral of our three weeks was repetition and creating good habits," Koen said. "Having worked with him for three weeks, I don't think his kicking is where it should be. He's a fantastic kicker; technique-wise he's brilliant."

Koen said Steyn was not far from "turning the corner" and producing the meticulous goal-kicking standards fans have come to expect of him.

The two remaining Super 15 rounds and play-offs provide players not considered for the England series a chance to force their way into the Four Nations Springbok squad.

Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant and the still uncapped Elton Jantjies could be included.

"[Bok coach] Heyneke is looking for a specific player at No10 to suit his game plan," Koen said.

"I'm 100% convinced that Peter Grant has got everything in his armoury to play in the Springbok team and play the type of rugby that Heyneke wants to play. If I have to be critical of Grant, he can still work on his organisational skills," said Koen.

"A lot of people have come down on Steyn in the past couple of weeks because of his kicking, but if you are involved in the team you get to see all of the little things he executes well, like organising the backline strategy. Although he is often judged on his kicking, as an organisational flyhalf, Steyn is one of the best that I have ever seen."

Grant has scored 36 of his 39 attempts at goal in the Super 15 so far, a 92% success rate, while Steyn, with significantly more attempts, has scored with 66 of his 89 attempts, a 74% success rate. Jantjies has slotted 38 kicks in 46 attempts so far this season, an 82% strike rate.

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