Morne Steyn is excited at the prospect of gauging himself against the world’s best flyhalf in Matt Giteau.
With Dan Carter having been out since February and having played just one provincial match last weekend, for the time being Giteau has taken the mantle of the world’s top No 10 in his absence. Week after week in the Super 14 he led the Force with his all-round play, and Giteau will have a similar impact on the Wallabies’ fortunes in the Tri-Nations.
Steyn and Giteau faced one another in the Super 14 at Loftus, but the Bok flyhalf realises this will be a far different occasion.
‘He’s one of the best flyhalves in the world and it will be good to get to measure myself against him,’ Steyn told keo.co.za. ‘It’s a great opportunity all-round to see how I’m going.’
Steyn also measures himself against one of the iconic No 10s in the world game in Jonny Wilkinson.
‘I’ve read Jonny’s books and that inspired me to work hard. The effort and practice he puts in all pays off. He’s dropped one or two important goals against the Aussies before, so hopefully I can do the same,’ he said in reference to the 2003 World Cup final.
‘I haven’t met Jonny before but would love to sometime in future.’
Steyn will start his second consecutive Test as the Boks’ first-choice No 10, but doesn’t feel there is any more pressure now to entrench himself in the team.
‘It’s great for both Ruan [Pienaar] and myself – any competition is good competition,’ he said. ‘I’ve had a dream start to my Test career, but I’m just keeping my feet on the ground.’
Steyn has missed just two attempts at goal out of 20 in his time in a Bok jersey, but he says he won’t stray from the basics that have seen him reach the top.
‘My kicking form started in the Super 14 and every week we’re all working hard with Percy [Montgomery]. Some days it doesn’t go too well, so you stay out there a little longer and work a little harder.
‘You’ve just got to stay calm, stick to the basics, and work hard – I probably kick between 200 and 300 kicks a week.’
By Grant Ball, in Cape Town