A lot of things have been written about the Vodacom Bulls flyhalf in his career. Mostly good, but in the last year or so - also bad.
Over the hill, one dimensional and even too old was branded about by those with with very short memories on how the most prolific points’ machine in the game today won his country, his franchise and his provincial teams’ glory with his trusted right boot.
Well, Steyn silenced a lot of wannabees in the opening match of the 2013 Super Rugby competition with a faultless display of flyhalf play. He kicked no less than six penalties and a conversion for a personal tally of 20 points in their win over the DHL Stormers, but really impressed with the tactical display of his wide kicking range.
Banana peels, torpedo's, up and unders, flat kicks, deft chips - you name them and Steyn executed them in this display.
Whoever wrote him off in the past, will certainly have to have a honest look to themselves after this show of class.
Physical: 1,84 cm & 91 kg
DOB: 11 July 1984, Bellville
Film: Taken, The Hangover
Music: R&B, Anything relaxing
Education: Fichardtpark PS, Bloemfontein & Sand du Plessis, Bloemfontein
Springbok number : 803
Test debut: 20 June 2009 vs British & Irish Lions in Durban, aged 24
Total tests : 42
Tour matches : 0
Total Springbok matches : 42
Win Ratio: 24-15-2
Holds record for most points in a Rugby Championship / Tri-Nations Test (31) and most points in a Test by a Springbok against New Zealand (31). He also holds world record for the player who scored all points in a test match (31).
Springbok record holder for the fastest to 400 Test points (33 Tests).
First South African player and third overall to reach 1000 points in Vodacom Super Rugby (2012).
Honours: SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee (2009); Test Player of the Castle SA 2009 Lions Series (2009); Vodacom Super 14 Player of the Year (2009); Player's Player of the Year (2009).