Stick hails Steyn’s impact on Boks

Date published: October 5 2016

Springbok back-line coach Mzwandile Stick has hailed the impact of veteran fly-half Morne Steyn on the team’s performance ahead of Saturday’s clash with New Zealand in Durban.

Steyn returned to the Boks’ starting line-up for the first time in over two years in last weekend’s clash against Australia in Pretoria and kicked all his team’s points in a much needed 18-10 victory.

The 32-year-old is set to wear the Boks’ number 10 jersey against the All Blacks on Saturday and Stick explained how Steyn’s presence has helped the team.

“He’s very experienced and he brings some calmness in the backline,” Stick told Sport24.

“You saw what happened on the day (against Australia), when we got opportunities to take the points he did exactly that.

“That was one of the things that was lacking from previous games. When we get opportunities to take points we were guilty of not taking them.

“With Morne Steyn, every time we get an opportunity in their own half it’s three points.”

Steyn has faced the world champions on 12 occasions, winning four of those Tests.