VIDEO: Why Boks look up to the Steyns
SPOTLIGHT: Francois Steyn and Morné Steyn have set the standards for the rest of the Bok squad ahead of the upcoming British and Irish Lions series.
That was the view of Bok centre Jessie Kriel, who watched the duo help the Boks beat the Lions 12 years ago when he was still in school.
Flyhalf Morné Steyn wrote his name in the history books when he kicked the penalty goal that clinched the series in 2009.
Morne Steyn announced himself to world rugby by kicking the crucial penalty goal that secured a series victory🏆
— Springboks (@Springboks) June 9, 2021
“They are two guys who just do the basics really well and they don’t make mistakes,” said Kriel.
“Those are the kind of guys that we look up to.
“They are not guys who are always talking, but they set the example.
“They set the example at training and they set the standards.
“They make really good points when it is necessary.
“I think those are the kinds of standards they set and we as players need to follow those standards because it has obviously been effective for them in the past.”
Kriel knows that it will take a mammoth effort to beat the tourists.
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“If you look at the make-up of the British and Irish Lions team, it is the best players from each [participating] country, so every guy in a team like that is going to be world-class if not close to that.
“We know what each of them will bring as individuals and I think we got to match that and go a step up. Our focus is on doing what we can do well to contribute to our system and what makes that system effective,” Kriel added.