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Morne Steyn to Stade Francais?

November 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

The French rugby web site, Le Rugby Nistere, reports that Morne Steyn met with Stade Francais management in London. Apparently the French club has has Morne in their sights for a while now.

If one believes the team, Richard Pool-Jones have already found their happiness in the person of Morné Steyn. The international springbok (28, 42 caps) Stadistes leaders have met in London on the sidelines of Test Match between England and South Africa. And there would be more than a few details set to formalize its coming.

Translation by Google Translate so forgive the mistakes.

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Morne Steyn: Great or not so great?

September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

A lot has been said about Morne Steyn and his defenders love to quote his point scoring records. His apologists like to tell us that he won matches for the Boks with the boot and some people even want us to believe that he’s the greatest South African flyhalf ever.

But looking at some lesser known stats they tell a different story.

Tries scored per year:

Morne took over in 2009 and not only did our tries reduce by half but our winning percentages have been in the mid 50 percents consistently.

Year Mat Won Lost Draw Win % Tries
2003 12 7 5 0 58.33 36
2004 13 9 4 0 69.23 45
2005 12 8 3 1 70.83 46
2006 12 5 7 0 41.66 22
2007 17 14 3 0 82.35 81
2008 13 9 4 0 69.23 42
2009 12 8 4 0 66.66 21
2010 13 7 6 0 53.84 36
2011 9 5 4 0 55.55 24
2012 7 3 2 2 57.14 13

Tries per player:

Looking at our leading try scorers one sees that their try scoring took a knock after Morne became the Bok flyhalf.

Total With Morne Without Morne
Player Matches Tries Matches Tries Matches Tries
Bryan Habana 81 43 35 11 46 32
Jaque Fourie 69 32 26 8 43 24
Jean de Villiers 79 20 33 3 46 17
JP Pietersen 45 14 21 4 24 10
Fourie du Preez 62 13 19 3 43 10


Another thing people often mention is that Fourie du Preez was the general and that Morne’s game took a knock since Fourie isn’t there anymore. Well, the stats prove it.

Bok winning percentages:

Fourie du Preez’s overall stats: 70.16%
Morne’s overall stats: 58.53%
With FdP and Morne both playing: 68.42%
With only Morne playing: 50.00%


Read into these stats what you will but they tell me that we cannot afford to continue with Morne as our flyhalf.

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It’s not the kicking of Mornetjie that grieves me

September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Everyone is getting frustrated with the Boks kick-and-chase game in general, and that of Morne and Kirchner in particular, so it’s with interest that I see that, believe it or not, Morne is actually not a kicking flyhalf.

According to the stats he:

  • Kicked=8 (40%); Ran=2 (10%); Passed=10 (50%) vs Argentina in Cape Town.
  • Kicked=9 (27%); Ran=1 (3%); Passed=23 (70%) vs Argentina in Medonza.
  • Kicked=6 (27%); Ran=5 (23%); Passed=11 (50%) vs Australia in Perth.

No, it’s not his kicking that’s the problem, it’s the fact that his kicking, running and passing game is so ineffective.

Interesting comment from Heyneke Meyer: “I’m a big believer in a guy sticking to his strengths, and I think Morne is a great player in his own right. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, so I don’t think that he needs to change the way he plays. It’s more about the outside backs who must use their opportunities

So it’s not Morne’s fault that the backline doesn’t perform?

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Does size count with Heyneke Meyer?

August 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

I get the impression that size is more important than skill with Heyneke Meyer.

Flyhalf: At flyhalf Mornetjie is his blue-eyed boy while both Elton Jantjies and Pat Lambie warmed the bench in the last two tests without seeing a minute’s game time. In Jantjies’s case Mornetjie had a horrendous time on the field and later Meyer’s excuse was that it was the wrong time to bring Jantjies in for his first cap. I’m not sure what his excuse is for not giving Lambie game time.

However, everyone seem to expect HM to call up Johan Goosen shortly now that he’s fit, but then Goosen is much bigger than both Jantjies and Lambie and he will still gain some weight too.

Morné Steyn
HEIGHT     184 cm
WEIGHT     91 Kg

Elton Jantjies
HEIGHT     176 cm
WEIGHT     88 Kg

Johan Goosen
HEIGHT     184 cm
WEIGHT     87 Kg

Fullback: At fullback Meyer’s first choice in Zane Kirchner with Lambie as his backup. But then Kirchner is bigger than Lambie and it will be interesting to see how soon Heyeneke Meyer calls on Jaco Taute once he’s fit again, leaving Lambie out in the cold.

Zane Kirchner
HEIGHT     184 cm
WEIGHT     92 Kg

Pat Lambie
HEIGHT     177 cm
WEIGHT     87 Kg

Gio Aplon
HEIGHT     175 cm
WEIGHT     80 Kg

Jaco Taute
HEIGHT     187 cm
WEIGHT     95 Kg

Centre: Heyneke Meyer’s preference of JJ Engelbrecht over Juan de Jongh should come as no surprise – JJ is bigger.

JJ Engelbrecht
HEIGHT     190 cm
WEIGHT     94 Kg

Juan de Jongh
HEIGHT     177 cm
WEIGHT     84 Kg

Hookers: Funny enough, HM went against the trend to call up Craig Burden but considering the alternatives: Deon Fourie (smaller), Willie Wepener (not very good), Callie Visagie (injured) and Hercu Liebenberg (also not very good), he had no choice but now that Bandise Maku is back I’m sure he can expect a call-up soon if he shows that he’s match fit over the next two weeks.

Craig Burden
HEIGHT     184 cm
WEIGHT     98 Kg

Deon Fourie
HEIGHT     177 cm
WEIGHT     98 Kg

Bandise Maku
HEIGHT     183 cm
WEIGHT     104 Kg

So it seem size does matter to Heyneke Meyer.

Other positions:

Flanks: Surprisingly CJ Stander has not been called on but then, Jacques Potgieter is bigger.

Willem Alberts
HEIGHT     191 cm
WEIGHT     119 Kg

Marcell Coetzee
HEIGHT     190 cm
WEIGHT     106 Kg

Jacques Potgieter
HEIGHT     194 cm
WEIGHT     115 Kg

Heinrich Brussow
HEIGHT     181 cm
WEIGHT     102 Kg

Siya Kolisi
HEIGHT     186 cm
WEIGHT     99 Kg

CJ Stander
HEIGHT     190 cm
WEIGHT     106 Kg

Number 8: With Spies and Kankowski unavailable Duane Vermeule should be a shoe-in not that he’s back.

Pierre Spies
HEIGHT     194 cm
WEIGHT     108 Kg

Ryan Kankowski
HEIGHT     195 cm
WEIGHT     108 Kg

Keegan Daniel
HEIGHT     188 cm
WEIGHT     100 Kg

Ashley Johnson
HEIGHT     185 cm
WEIGHT     105 Kg

Duane Vermeulen
HEIGHT     193 cm
WEIGHT     108 Kg