WATCH: South African schoolboy kicks MAMMOTH Frans Steyn-esque 50+ metre drop goal

Dylan Coetzee
Split with schoolboy and Fran Steyn.

Split with schoolboy and Fran Steyn.

A schoolboy by the name of Ronan Bastiaanse from Hoerskool Waterkloof took inspiration from Springboks legend Frans Steyn as he kicked a mammoth drop-goal during a match this weekend.

The young star could be seen patrolling the backfield in a clip shared by France kicking coach Vlok Cilliers when the opposition cleared the ball to Bastiaanse’s 10-metre line. He caught the ball and immediately knew what he was going to do.

Bastiaanse had his eyes set on a drop goal and shaped to kick, striking the ball beautifully as it sailed over the posts much to the disbelief of everyone in attendance.

Following in the footsteps

Any South African that showcases the ability to kick long distances will almost inevitably be compared to two-time Rugby World Cup winner Steyn who made his name doing just that.

Steyn’s canon boot was first shown to the the rugby world during the 2007 World Cup in France where he settled in as a brilliant centre replacement for Jean de Villiers. The then teenager linked up with Percy Montgomery as the Springboks’ goal-kickers, punishing the opposition teams from all parts of the field.

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Shades of Steyn’s classic

Interestingly Bastaanse’s drop goal has shades of a Steyn classic during his time with Racing 92 when he, too, shocked his opponents with a long-range drop-goal.

The game was against Clermont who cleared the ball into Racing’s half, one of Steyn’s teammates caught it and laid it off to the South African who only had one thing in mind.

Steyn absolutely nailed his drop kick almost in his sprint and even from 55-odd metres out the ball still easily cleared the posts and the dead ball line in an effort that could have gone over from 10 metres further back.

The strike was so pure the commentators had no other reaction than simply laughing at one of the greatest drop goals one will ever see.

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