Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Racing Metro snuck a 18-18 draw after the final whistle as Jonathan Wisniewski kicked a penalty to take them level with Perpignan in their French Top 14 game this passed weekend. There was another kicking duel that went on though, with two big strikers of the ball taking center stage.
It was a try-less game so the sides took the points on offer when they could, no matter how far or challenging the kicks might have been. Racing Metro have Francois Steyn, who has become known for his rocket launching boot. He slotted two fantastic kicks, one at a bit of an angle and another straight in line, but well inside his own half.
Take a look at the carry on the ball as it sails over easily. At that stage Steyns long range effort was to be the highlight of the night, until Perpignan fullback Jerome Porical showed that he wasnt to be outdone as he kicked all the points for his side, including an incredible long range effort from well over 60m out. It was a kicking duel that added another dimension to an otherwise uneventful game played in strong winds.
Steyn, who would be an asset to most sides with that prodigious boot, wont be turning out for South Africa against Ireland this weekend, despite being selected as part of the squad. Bizarrely, he doesnt have a Springbok contract so his club refuse to release him as the Test match falls outside of the official international window.
Steyn has been selected to play at center against Agen, while a depleted South Africa play Ireland. France play Fiji on the 13th November, but the chances are Porical wont feature as he seems to be a little too inconsistent at the highest level.
Earlier today you got to see an incredible display of forward dominance as Northampton Saints drove the Newcastle scrum downfield for 30m, so now sit back and enjoy this fantastic kicking display.