Steyn – SA’s kicking machine
Morné Steyn had a really bad run in the Rugby Championship last year - he scored just 34 points, compared to Dan Carter's 58. Even Bryan Habana outscored the fly-half, courtesy of his seven tries.
His success rate was a disappointingly low 65% for the six match series, compared to Wallaby Berrick Barnes's 88% success rate. Many people, including yours truly were calling for Steyn's head. He was easily the most talked about South African rugby player on social networks … and not necessarily in a good way.
But love him or hate him, statistically speaking Steyn is our best kicker. His form during the 2013 Super Rugby campaign and the incoming series against Samoa, Scotland and Italy also proved a truer reflection of his ability with the boot and kicking his critics into touch.
Steyn has scored 530 points in 45 appearances for the Springboks - that's an average of 11.77 points per game in case you were wondering. He holds the world record for the highest number of points by a player who scored all their team's points in a game. That also happens to be the record for the highest number of points scored by a South African against the All Blacks, and in the same game he set the record for the highest number of successful penalty kicks (eight) by a South African too.
But wait, there's more … he holds numerous records for the points "milestones" reached in the green and gold - 500 points in 43 matches.
In the current Springbok setup, Steyn outstrips everyone else in terms of points scored. Bryan Habana is a distant second on 250, but holds a record of his own … top Springbok try-scorer with a tally of 50. So, obvious then that he will probably hold on to that mantle for a long time still. Is there anything left to play for?
If you care about records, then yes … he still has some way to go to catch up to Percy Montgomery who currently holds the crown for most points scored for the Boks. Montgomery (who played fullback) amassed 893 points in his 102 caps. This included 25 tries.
Will Steyn get there?
I suspect he might. In fact, if Morné Steyn can remain "in form" and injury-free, he should match and exceed Montgomery's record by the time he hits the showers at the end of his 76th Springbok game. When is that, you wonder? Either just before or during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
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