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Steyn, Kitshoff dominate Carling Currie Cup stats

Posted on Thursday, 14 Jan 2021

Steyn, Kitshoff dominate Carling Currie Cup stats

Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) and Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province) showed why they are rated amongst the best players in the world by dominating the overall stats at the completion of this year’s regulation matches in the Carling Currie Cup.

Steyn (73 points) not only scored the most points after the league matches were done, but he also made 40 ball carries, topping the list with Kitshoff, as well as another experienced campaigner, Willem Alberts from the Xerox Lions.

Steyn also held sway in kicking accuracy, with a 93.55% success rate in slotting his 29 penalty goals and conversions from 31 attempts at goal during the Carling Currie Cup.

Kitshoff yet again underlined his value at the breakdown, with the Springbok prop ranking in the top five amongst tackles made and ball steals.

Eduan Keyter (Tafel Lager Griquas) topped the try-scoring list with four tries, while Ali Mgijima of the Phakisa Pumas and the Toyota Cheetahs’ Jeandre Rudolph topped the list for tackles made with 62 apiece.

Rudolph, who joined the Free Staters earlier this season, also topped the lists for ball steals and breakdown turnovers.

The semi-finals of the Carling Currie Cup will be played next weekend and it remains to be seen whether any player will attempt a drop goal, as none of them was scored in regulation play.

Carling Currie Cup stats summaries (provided by Stratus):

Most points
73: Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) – 15 pg, 14 conv
63: Tiaan Swanepoel (Xerox Lions) – 3 tries, 16 pg
56: Curwin Bosch (Cell C Sharks) – 10 pg, 13 conv
44: Tim Swiel (DHL Western Province) – 12 pg, 4 conv
40: Morné Steyn (Vodacom Bulls) – 10 pg, 5 conv

Kicking accuracy
Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) 93.55%
Morné Steyn (Vodacom Bulls) 88.24%
Tiaan Swanepoel (Xerox Lions) 84.21%
Curwin Bosch (Cell C Sharks) 82.14%
Ginter Smuts (Phakisa Pumas) 80.00%

Most tries
4: Eduan Keyter (Tafel Lager Griquas)
3: Tiaan Swanepoel (Xerox Lions)
3: Gideon van der Merwe (Tafel Lager Griquas)
3: Daniel Maartens (Phakisa Pumas)
3: Marco van Staden (Vodacom Bulls)
3: Willie Engelbrecht (Phakisa Pumas)
3: Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Western Province)
3: Yaw Penxe (Cell C Sharks)
3: Courtnall Skosan (Xerox Lions)
3: Marnus van der Merwe (Toyota Cheetahs)

Ball carries
40: Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province)
40: Willem Alberts (Xerox Lions)
40: Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs)
39: Clayton Blommetjies (Toyota Cheetahs)
38: Tiaan Swanepoel (Xerox Lions)
35: Darrien Landsberg (Phakisa Pumas)
34: Marvin Orie (Xerox Lions)

Linebreaks
3: Ali Mgijima (Phakisa Pumas)
3: Berton Klaasen (Tafel Lager Griquas)
3: Siya Kolisi (DHL Western Province)

Offloads
8: Luther Obi (Phakisa Pumas)
7: Damian Willemse (DHL Western Province)
7: Rikus Pretorius (DHL Western Province)
7: Clayton Blommetjies (Toyota Cheetahs)

Most tackles made
62: Ali Mgijima (Phakisa Pumas)
62: Jeandre Rudolph (Toyota Cheetahs)
60: Daniel Maartens (Phakisa Pumas)
55: Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province)
53: Andisa Ntsila (Toyota Cheetahs)

Total ball steals
4: Jeandre Rudolph (Toyota Cheetahs)
3: Gideon van der Merwe (Tafel Lager Griquas)
3: Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province)
3: Daniel Maartens (Phakisa Pumas)
2: Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks)

Breakdown turnovers
9: Jeandre Rudolph (Toyota Cheetahs)
8: Gideon van der Merwe (Tafel Lager Griquas)
5: Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province)
4: Daniel Maartens (Phakisa Pumas)
4: Jaco Visagie (Xerox Lions)

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