Rugby-Bok coach hails Steyn achievement in beating Lions 12 years apart

7/8/2021 10:55:00 PM

Rugby-Bok coach hails Steyn achievement in beating Lions 12 years apart

Rugby-Bok coach hails Steyn achievement in beating Lions 12 years apart

CAPE TOWN : South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber hailed nerves of steel from flyhalf Morne Steyn as his 'fairy-tale' return to the Springbok team led to the penalty that won the series against the British & Irish Lions, a repeat of his feat from 12 years before.The 37-year-old Steyn came off the bench to k

CAPE TOWN : South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber hailed nerves of steel from flyhalf Morne Steyn as his"fairy-tale" return to the Springbok team led to the penalty that won the series against the British & Irish Lions, a repeat of his feat from 12 years before.

The 37-year-old Steyn came off the bench to kick the winning points two minutes from the end of Saturday’s bruising 19-16 victory over the Lions that saw the world champions to a 2-1 series victory.It was his first test in five years and his return to the squad surprised many, but he was rewarded for good domestic form and his exceptional calm under pressure.

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Rugby-Steyn the hero again as South Africa edge Lions to win seriesCAPE TOWN :Veteran Morne Steyn kicked over a last-gasp penalty to hand South Africa a narrow 19-16 victory over British and Irish Lions in the third and final test on Saturday to seal a 2-1 victory in a controversy-laden series.The 37-year-old reprised his heroics from 12 years ago when he did the same for th

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Rugby-Don't tell us how to play, say spiky Boks before crunch Lions testCAPE TOWN : South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the world champions won't let criticism of the team's style of play alter their game plan going into Saturday's series decider against the British & Irish Lions.Commentators including New Zealand coach Ian Foster have accused the Springboks of playing bori

Rugby-Steyn the hero again as South Africa edge Lions to win seriesCAPE TOWN :Veteran Morne Steyn kicked over a last-gasp penalty to hand South Africa a narrow 19-16 victory over British and Irish Lions in the third and final test on Saturday to seal a 2-1 victory in a controversy-laden series.The 37-year-old reprised his heroics from 12 years ago when he did the same for th

Rugby-Lawes calls on Lions to put bodies on the line to beat BoksCAPE TOWN : Flanker Courtney Lawes has called for one final push from the British & Irish Lions to secure a momentous series win against world champions South Africa and urged the team to express themselves at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.The tempestuous series is locked at 1-1 after the Lions’ ope

Rugby-Don't tell us how to play, say spiky Boks before crunch Lions testCAPE TOWN : South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the world champions won't let criticism of the team's style of play alter their game plan going into Saturday's series decider against the British & Irish Lions.Commentators including New Zealand coach Ian Foster have accused the Springboks of playing bori

LinkedIn CAPE TOWN : South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber hailed nerves of steel from flyhalf Morne Steyn as his"fairy-tale" return to the Springbok team led to the penalty that won the series against the British & Irish Lions, a repeat of his feat from 12 years before.LinkedIn CAPE TOWN :Veteran Morne Steyn kicked over a last-gasp penalty to hand South Africa a narrow 19-16 victory over British and Irish Lions in the third and final test on Saturday to seal a 2-1 victory in a controversy-laden series.LinkedIn CAPE TOWN : Flanker Courtney Lawes has called for one final push from the British & Irish Lions to secure a momentous series win against world champions South Africa and urged the team to express themselves at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.LinkedIn CAPE TOWN : South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the world champions won't let criticism of the team's style of play alter their game plan going into Saturday's series decider against the British & Irish Lions.

The 37-year-old Steyn came off the bench to kick the winning points two minutes from the end of Saturday’s bruising 19-16 victory over the Lions that saw the world champions to a 2-1 series victory. It was his first test in five years and his return to the squad surprised many, but he was rewarded for good domestic form and his exceptional calm under pressure. After Ken Owens had gone over for the Lions in the first half, a second half try from Cheslin Kolbe saw the home side fight back from 10-6 down at halftime at the Cape Town Stadium. "I’ll be honest, I was sitting with my head between my legs, I didn't see the penalty," Nienaber told reporters. "It’s massive for us, we have given an awful lot to this tour and for each other," Lawes told reporters on Friday."I’m happy for him in terms of having the opportunity to play again. The Lions had won the first test 22-17 but the Springboks were 27-9 victors in the second clash. It’s a fairy-tale 12 years on. "We wouldn’t go look at another team that is winning and complain about how they are playing.

" Steyn had replaced Handre Pollard, who had an off-day with the boot, and Nienaber admits his selection for the match-day 23 was touch and go with Elton Jantjies having been second-choice for the last few years. The Boks had said before the game this would be a bigger achievement than winning the World Cup in Japan two years ago, and it showed as they celebrated wildly at the final whistle." Lawes will be a key part of efforts to counter the Boks’ power but, as coach Warren Gatland and captain Alun Wyn Jones have echoed this week, he said they will look to avoid confrontations that slow the game down and allow the hosts to catch breath. "Morne’s selection was an hour-long discussion from the coaches between the two players (Steyn and Jantjies). But we felt his experience in this particular environment was the key. But once again they found the going tough in the second half as the Boks used their brawn and brains to slow the game and stifle the territory and attacking chances for the visitors. "But hats off to Elton, we have got three unbelievable flyhalves and he could not have been a better during the week in terms of preparing us for (the attacking threat of Lions flyhalf) Finn Russell. The discipline is a massive part of that." Nienaber was appointed in January 2020 after the Boks had won the World Cup a few months before and had expected 13 tests in the build-up to the Lions series. Pollard put the Boks ahead with a penalty after a dangerous attack into the Lions’ 22, but the visitors won a scrum penalty and Russell was able to level the score. If the Lions want to play touch rugby, that will be very nice for us and they are more than welcome to do so," he said.

That was eventually cut down to just one, against Georgia, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The squad also had to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak that left leading players unable to train, and Nienaber himself confined to his hotel room, giving them just a few training sessions before the first test. The Lions had most of the territory in the first 35 minutes, but when the Boks ventured into their half they won a scrum penalty and Pollard closed the gap as the Lions led 10-6 at halftime. We are fit team, we want to run around and have the ball in hand. "Even the guys who weren’t positive had to sit in their hotel rooms for seven days (to isolate)," Nienaber says."Rassie (Erasmus) took over to help the guys who weren’t positive. A high ball was not collected by number eight Jasper Wiese, but referee Mathieu Raynal ruled, with the help of Television Match Official Marius Jonker, that the ball had gone straight up and not forward. "But we believe there is no time for excuses, you have to move on and make another plan and that is what we did. "We have a good balance and we work well together..

" (Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Christina Fincher) Source: Reuters . The match officials took an age to review the decision and Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones was clearly frustrated with the outcome.