The day Bulls wing Casper Steyn upstaged the British & Irish Lions

Casper Steyn spent weeks combating for his life after a automotive accident one kilometre from his house in Centurion in 2010.

Fortuitously, he survived.

Steyn will just about undoubtedly be amongst those that should be honoured when the Bulls play the British & Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld on 17 July, 2021.

Steyn was a star for the Bulls of their well-known 1997 win in opposition to the British & Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

The goalkicking left winger scored 20 parts, by the use of a attempt, three conversions and three penalties, because of the Bulls outscored the Lions 4 tries to some in a 35-30 win.

It was the Lions’ first defeat to a South African provincial group all by the expert interval and since then they’ve nonetheless to lose to a South African group exterior of the Springboks.

The Cheetahs (24-26) and Western Province (23-26) acquired appropriate correct proper right here near upstaging their illustrious  opponents and the Rising Boks (13-all) claimed an ethical victory at Newlands all by the 2009 tour.

Nonetheless it’s the Bulls win that stands tall amongst South Africa’s provincial elite – and it’s Steyn’s effectivity that has not practically been celebrated ample.

Steyn was a miracle man when on the Bulls and he scored 854 parts in 59 matches at a median of 14.47. To place that into context the long-lasting Naas Botha scored 2 511 parts in 179 matches at a median of 14.03.

When one thinks of the British & Irish Lions at Loftus Versfeld all by the expert interval, the short picture is of Springbok utility as shortly as additional Frans Steyn creating one drawback magical with ball in hand and of Morne Steyn’s magnificent closing minute 50-metre penalty to win the second Confirm and the sequence for the Springboks.

Nonetheless it’s the unheralded (Casper) Steyn who owned Loftus on 7 June 1997 in opposition to the Lions.

Which of the non-international avid avid gamers can be the South African Casper Steyn of 2021?

The Lions go to South Africa solely each 12 years and understandably there was monumental demand for tickets all by the poll, which opened on 2 September.

Contained inside the week because of the Ticket Poll opening, 250 000 South African residents have visited the official South African tour and ticket web internet net web page and in extra of 230 000 have utilized for tickets. This demand excludes the travelling British & Irish Lions supporters, that are anticipated to finish 30 000.

The three Confirm matches, as is perhaps anticipated, have been vastly oversubscribed and the demand of the South African rugby public would possibly definitely not be matched by the supply of Confirm tickets.
SA Rugby’s CE Jurie Roux acknowledged this is able to be the case when the tour dates have been launched closing December and confirmed a number of months beforehand.

Nonetheless Roux has furthermore confused how important the 5 non-Confirm matches are all by the context of the tour, notably to present South African groups house flooring revenue.

“Now we have got ensured that there are extra tickets accessible for our house followers than buddies from abroad, as we wish the Sea of Inexperienced to swamp the Purple Tide,’ talked about Roux.

“Given the response for tickets already balloted for, the possibilities are good that the ‘bought out’ indicators will go up when the poll closes on 16 September.”

The vacationers play 5 non-Confirm matches, beginning with the tour opener in opposition to the Stormers on the Cape Metropolis Stadium on three July. The buddies might also play the Sharks in Durban, the Bulls in Pretoria and two matches in opposition to a SA Invitational side in Port Elizabeth and in opposition to SA ‘A’ in Nelspruit.

British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland, in discussing the tour schedule, raved regarding the five- match build-up to the three-Confirm sequence and complimented the equivalent outdated of opposition.

“You need to play the correct and the correct avid avid gamers in South Africa. It’s pleasing to see the equivalent outdated of groups we’re having gratifying with in South Africa on account of when you are having gratifying with the Good Rugby sides which have been collectively your total season, will probably be terribly atmosphere pleasant. Nonetheless it’s the type of preparation we’re trying to find many important into the three Confirm matches in opposition to the world champion Springboks.”

Gatland, the highest coach of the Lions in Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017, toured South Africa in 2009 as an assistant coach. He expert the vitality of the South African dwelling sides, though the Lions achieved the tour unbeaten exterior of the Confirm sequence.

“We cannot wait to simply accept the rugby disadvantage and expertise the customized of South Africa as shortly as additional. These of us who’ve toured South Africa ahead of know what an unimaginable place it’s to go to and thru which it’s to play rugby.”

The ticket costs for the matches in opposition to the Stormers, Sharks and Bulls, begin at merely R250 and these are solely accessible to South African residents. The 2 midweek matches in Port Elizabeth and Nelspruit have entry diploma tickets at R100. These are furthermore only for South African residents.

Roux has been mounted alongside alongside collectively collectively together with his message that the tour’s enterprise aspirations wished to be balanced with affordability and accessibility to matches.

Registration is at and the Ticket Poll closes at 23:59 on Wednesday, 16 September.

All candidates will know ahead of the tip of the month, whether or not or not or not or not or not or not they’ve been worthwhile of their ticket requests.

Remembering the Bulls of 1997 who beat the British & Irish Lions 35-30 at Loftus Versfeld:

15 Graeme Bouwer, 14 Wynand Lourens (modified by Grant Esterhuizen), 13 Johan Schutte, 12 Danie van Schalkwyk, 11 Casper Steyn, 10 Roland de Marigny, 9 Conrad Breytenbach, eight Schutte Bekker, 7 Adriaan Richter, 6 Nicky van der Walt, 5 Derick Badenhorst (modified by Ralf Schroeder), four Derrick Grobbelaar (modified by Gerhard Laufs), three Piet Boer (modified by Jacques Taljaard), 2 Henry Tromp (modified by Jannie Brooks), 1 Lourens Campher

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