Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
South Africa kicking coach Louis Koen says fly-half Morne Steyn, above, still has a part to play in the Springboks' future plans.
South Africa kicking coach Louis Koen says fly-half Morne Steyn, above, still has a part to play in the Springboks' future plans.

Springboks back Morne Steyn to return

Morne Steyn may have been dropped but South Africa kicking coach Louis Koen says the fly-half still has a future with the Springboks.

 

Morne Steyn still has a future with South Africa despite being dropped after a disappointing start to the Rugby Championship, said Louis Koen, the South Africa kicking coach, on Tuesday.

The Pretoria fly-half missed Saturday's 31-8 win over Australia and with 20-year-old Johan Goosen playing a key role in ending a five-match losing streak against the Wallabies, the chances of him receiving a quick recall to the side appear remote.

Koen expects the 28 year old to make a rapid return to favour in the face of increased competition from Goosen and the Currie Cup-winning youngster Elton Jantjies.

"Morne has played a lot of rugby recently ... for three years consecutively at a very high level, and the pressure was starting to build," Koen said. "Fatigue does definitely have an effect on kicking, but he has a sensational technique and he will be back, I believe that with my whole heart.

"I believe Morne will still be an integral player for the Springboks in the future."

The Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer had been accused of putting too much faith in Steyn after the star of the 2009 and 2010 campaigns lost his kicking touch and struggled to spark the team in attack.

While the head coach may have finally lost patience and dropped the player, Koen said he had logged every practice kick the Springboks had taken this year and Steyn was the most consistent, succeeding on 88 per cent of his 620 attempts.

The former Springbok fly-half added that those statistics pointed to the disappointing performance being a result of a mental problem, although Koen acknowledged that he was "no expert on the mental side of things".

The Springboks face New Zealand in the final round of matches in the inaugural tournament in Johannesburg on Saturday, where a victory over the newly crowned champions would secure second place in the final standings.

sports@thenational.ae

twitter Follow us @SprtNationalUAE

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 Al Ahli's Ismail Al Hammadi, left, battles for the ball during the Arabian Gulf Cup final between against Al Jazira at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on April 19, 2014. Al Hammadi hit the game-winner in the 81st minute for Ahli. Al Ittihad

Al Ahli maintain course for domestic treble with victory over Al Jazira in Arabian Gulf Cup

Al Ahli maintained their hopes of a domestic treble with a superb comeback victory against Al Jazira in the Arabian Gulf Cup final on Saturday night.

 Alex Kacaniklic, left, of Fulham tackles Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur during their Premier League match at White Hart Lane on April 19, 2014, in London, England. Clive Rose / Getty Images

Tottenham keep pace in chase for European places with victory over Fulham

Swansea appear to be safe after rallying past Newcastle while Crystal Palace continue their winning streak

 On a track described as a ‘tyre-killer’ in Shanghai, Lewis Hamilton went untested on his way to a 34th pole – the most by a British driver – yesterday. Carlos Barria / Reuters

Hamilton has sympathy for fans hung out to dry with wet tyre rules

The Briton takes his career's 34th pole - the most by a British driver - but sympathises it was not ideal for the ticket-paying public.

 Yuzvendra Chahal, centre, and the Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates celebrate after the bowlers set up an easy win over Mumbai Indians. Pawan Singh / The National

Bowlers set up Bangalore as Patel stand tall over Mumbai

Mumbai bowlers gave early hope but Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers' unbeaten stand of 99 ensures second defeat for the men in blue in Dubai.

 Roelof Kotzee is leading UAE to unchartered territory. Sarah Dea / The National

UAE step into the unknown ahead of Asian Five Nations

Performance manager Roelof Kotze will give 12 players their first experience of international rugby, but there is also minimal information on Singapore ahead of first Test in Dubai on Wednesday, reports Paul Radley.

 Novak Djokovic of Serbia winces in pain during his semi-final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 19, 2014. Federer prevailed to set up an all-Swiss final with Stanislas Wawrinka. SEBASTIEN NOGIER / EPA

Ailing Djokovic will ‘just rest now’ while Nadal not pressing the panic button

Djokovic says only rest will help is injured right wrist after he falls to Roger Federer on Saturday, and Nadal suffers just his third career defeat in Monte Carlo when he slumped to a shock 7-6, 6-4 quarter-final loss to compatriot Ferrer on Friday.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National