Currie Cup

Frans Steyn, Steven Kitshoff dominate Currie Cup stats

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Cheetahs centre Frans Steyn kicks a penalty during the Currie Cup clash against Griquas in Kimberley on 9 January 2020.
Cheetahs centre Frans Steyn kicks a penalty during the Currie Cup clash against Griquas in Kimberley on 9 January 2020.
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Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks Frans Steyn and Steven Kitshoff showed why they are rated amongst the best players in the world by dominating the overall stats at the completion of this season's regulation matches in the Currie Cup.

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

According to SA Rugby's official website, 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 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.

Griquas winger Eduan Keyter topped the try-scoring list with four tries, while Pumas centre Ali Mgijima and Cheetahs No 8 Jeandre Rudolph topped the list for tackles made with 62 apiece.

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

The semi-finals of the 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 were scored in regulation play.

Currie Cup statistics:

Most points
73: Frans Steyn (Cheetahs) - 15 penalties, 14 conversions
63: Tiaan Swanepoel (Lions) - 3 tries, 16 penalties
56: Curwin Bosch (Sharks) - 10 penalties, 13 conversions
44: Tim Swiel (Western Province) - 12 penalties, 4 conversions
40: Morne Steyn (Bulls) - 10 penalties, 5 conversions

Kicking accuracy
Frans Steyn (Cheetahs) - 93.55%
Morné Steyn (Bulls) - 88.24%
Tiaan Swanepoel (Lions) - 84.21%
Curwin Bosch (Sharks) - 82.14%
Ginter Smuts (Pumas) - 80.00%

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

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

3: Ali Mgijima (Pumas)
3: Berton Klaasen (Griquas)
3: Siya Kolisi (Western Province)

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

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

Total ball steals
4: Jeandre Rudolph (Cheetahs)
3: Gideon van der Merwe (Griquas)
3: Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)
3: Daniel Maartens (Pumas)
2: Ox Nche (Sharks)

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

- SA Rugby

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