Morne Steyn said: “For kickers, special occasions like this-you have put in all your hard work throughout your career. You dream of playing like this to win a game or a series of games. Fortunately Yes, all the hard work today has paid off.”

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Morne Steyn takes a penalty

South African coach Jacques Nienaber praised the steely nerves of flying half-man Morne Steyn because his “fairy tale” return to the Springboks led to a penalty kick that won the series against the British and Irish Lions, 12 years ago. A repeat of his feat.

Steyn, 37, came off the bench. Two minutes after Saturday’s 19-16 victory over the Lions, the team defeated the world champion with a score of 2-1.

This was his first test in five years. His return to the team surprised many people, but he was rewarded for his good domestic form and extraordinary calmness under pressure.

“To be honest, I was sitting between my legs and I didn’t see the penalty kick,” Nienaber admitted

“I am happy that he has the opportunity to play again. This is a fairy tale 12 years later.”

Steyn replaced Handre Pollard, who was resting on game day, and Nienaber admitted that his choice in the 23rd game was a touch with Elton Jantjies, who had been the second choice for the past few years.

“Moen’s choice was an hour-long discussion between the coaches of the two players (Steyn and Jantjies). But we think his experience in this particular environment is the key.

Steyn, the center, reacted to his team members after the winning penalty kick in 2009

Steyn, the center, reacted to his team members after winning a penalty kick in 2009

“But tribute to Elton, we had three incredible first halves, and in preparing for us (the Lions first half offensive threat) Finn Russell, he could not have been better in a week. .”

Nienaber was appointed in January 2020 after Box won the World Cup a few months ago and is expected to conduct 13 tests during the preparation phase of the Lions Series.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match against Georgia was eventually reduced to just one.

Highlights of South Africa's victory over the British and Irish lions in the Castle Lions Series

Highlights of South Africa’s victory over the British and Irish lions in the Castle Lions Series

Highlights of South Africa’s victory over the British and Irish lions in the Castle Lions Series

The team also had to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, which prevented the leading players from training, while Nienaber himself was confined to his hotel room and only trained them a few times before the first test.

“Even those who are not active have to sit in their hotel rooms for 7 days (isolated),” Ninabel said. “Rasi (Erasmus) took over to help those who were not active.

“But we believe that there is no time to make excuses. You have to move on and make another plan. This is what we did.”

For Steyn, this is another memorable moment in his career. Although he has never been a member of the World Cup champion team, he has now defeated the Lions twice.

“It is a wonderful feeling to be part of this whole thing after 12 years,” Stein told reporters.

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber praised all the adversity his players experienced in the test series with the British and Irish Lions

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber praised all the adversity his players experienced in the test series with the British and Irish Lions

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber praised all the adversity his players experienced in the test series with the British and Irish Lions

“Then got the last kick again, almost in the same position, just closer to the old leg. Fortunately it passed. It was a good day for South African rugby.

“For kickers, on such a special occasion-you have put all your hard work for your entire career, and you dream of playing like this to win a game or a series. Fortunately, all today The hard work paid off.”

Half the sky admitted that he thought his blog career was over some time ago, because the last time he played in the competition was in 2016. But after six years in France, he returned to his hometown to play for the Bulls in Pretoria, his state is too good for the selectors to ignore.

“I didn’t expect to play for the Springboks again. I thought it was over. At this moment, I just accept it year after year. As long as I can play for the Springboks, I will do it,” he said.

“I will never say no to the team, as long as they want to choose me, I will be on standby at any time.”

The Bock team will start their rugby tournament at home in Argentina next weekend.





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