Despite scoring 64 points in his last three games, Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn believes he still he has much to improve on.
Steyn was once again at his best in front of the sticks at Newlands on Saturday slotting seven penalties and a drop goal for a personal haul of 24 points. While the 25-year-old was pleased with his goal kicking on the night, there are a few areas he will be working on ahead of the Boks’ second Tri-Nations clash against the Wallabies on 29 August.
‘I’m very happy with the way I am striking the ball at the moment and I think it is all down to the work I’ve been doing in practice,’ Steyn told keo.co.za. ‘But I think there is still a lot of room for improvement.
‘There are some areas of my game I am still not 100% happy with. My tactical kicking still needs work. I had one kick that went out on the full tonight, so I still need to improve there.
‘My defence is another area where I need to do some work.’
Having now started Tri-Nations games against the All Blacks and the Wallabies Steyn believes they are two very different teams who provide different challenges.
‘The All Blacks have a great pack of forwards and a very dangerous backline, while the Wallabies are very good at the breakdown and with a pair like Matt Giteau and Berrick Barnes you never know quite what to expect.’
One of the other stars for the Boks on the night was Heinrich Brussow who was once again a menace at the breakdown, where he had the upper hand over the highly rated George Smith, but the youngster believes the Boks’ efficiency at the breakdown is down to a solid group effort.
‘The Aussies are a good side at the breakdown so it’s not easy, Brussow told keo.co.za. ‘I have to give credit though to guys like Bismarck du Plessis and John Smit and I think as a team we did really well in that department tonight.’
The Wallabies were at one stage in the game reduced to 13 men, yet the Boks were unable to register any points during that time and while Brussow admits it was disappointing, he praised the Australians for their play during that period of the game.
‘We tried to take advantage when they were down to 13 men and we came close on two occasions towards the end of the first half, and we said at half-time that we needed to score during those five minutes when they were still down two men.
‘But I think they played really well when at that time and slowed the ball down, so it wasn’t easy to score points.’
By Andrew Worling, at Newlands