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Morne Steyn
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Personal information
Date of birth July 11, 1984 (1984-07-11) (age 25)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
School Sand du Plessis
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half
Clubs played for
Years Club / team Caps Points
Provincial/State sides
2003–present Blue Bulls 91 (757)[1]
correct as of 10 March 2010.
Super Rugby
2005–present Bulls 63 (586)
correct as of 16 March 2010.
National team(s)
2009–present South Africa 12 (137)
correct as of 10 March 2010.

Morne Steyn (born 11 July 1984 in Cape Town) is a South African rugby union player who plays at the fly-half position. He plays at number 10 for the Springboks internationally, as well as for the Bulls in the Super 14[2] and for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup. He was member of the team that won the 2009 Super 14, ending the season as the leading point scorer [3], and setting a record of 4 drop goals in one single match, in the semifinal against the Crusaders[4]

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South Africa

During early 2009, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers made no secret of preferring Ruan Pienaar in the Springbok number 10 jersey despite Steyn performing very well in the Super 14 tournament. Steyn was on the replacement bench during the second Test of the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa, when Pienaar's kicking game disintegrated. Steyn made a huge impression when he replaced Pienaar and immediately slotted two conversions and two penalties - including one from 53m out in the dying minutes of the game, which give the Springboks the match and the series in dramatic fashion.

On 1 August 2009 the Springboks won their match vs New Zealand in the 2009 Tri Nations Series in Durban with a score of 31-19. Steyn scored all of South Africa's 31 points (8 penalty kicks and a converted try).[5] This broke quite a few records, amongst them the record for the most points by an individual in a Tri Nations match - previously held by Andrew Mehrtens with his score of 29 against Australia in 1999 (One conversion and nine penalties). During this match Steyn also had one drop goal attempt come off the upright and pushed one more penalty wide of the posts. This was while earning his fifth Test cap and only his second start for the Springboks.

Records

  • World record for most points scored by a player who has scored all their team's points (31).
  • South African record for penalties in a test (8) - beating the seven achieved twice by former fullback and now kicking coach of South Africa, Percy Montgomery.
    • All of the above records achieved with his 31 points scored in the Tri Nations 2009 match against the All Blacks in Durban on 1 Aug 09[6]
  • South African record for most points in a test against Australia.
  • Fastest 100 points by a Springbok (8 Test matches)[7]
  • Most drop-goals in a Super 14 match (4).
  • Most drop-goals in a Super 14 season (11).
  • Most points scored against the All Blacks for a Springbok (31).
  • Most points in a Tri-Nations match (31), passing Christophe Lamaison's 29.

Bulls

  • Biggest points margin in a super 14 final (61-17)

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