CAPE TOWN: Morne Steyn said his kick for South Africa that sealed a dramatic series win against the British & Irish Lions was a moment to savour considering he thought his international career was long over.
Steyn kicked the Boks to a series victory over the Lions in 2009 with a 54-yard penalty, and took his chance again at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday when his much easier 78th minute effort sealed the 19-16 victory.
For the 37-year-old, who had been off the Bok radar for the last five years before forcing his way back into the squad with outstanding domestic form, it was another memorable moment in his career. While he has never been part of a World Cup winning squad, he has now featured in two series victories over the Lions.
"Just to be part of this whole thing 12 years later is an amazing feeling," Steyn told reporters.
"Then to get that final kick again, almost in the same position just closer for the old legs … luckily it went over and it’s a great day for South African rugby.
"For a kicker, special occasions like that … you put all the work in for your whole career and you dream of kicks like that to win a game or a series. Luckily it paid off today, all that hard work."
The flyhalf admits he thought his Bok career was over some time ago having last played in 2016. But after spending six years in France, he returned home to play for the Pretoria-based Bulls and his form was too good for the selectors to ignore.
"I did not expect to play for the Springboks again. I thought it was over. At this moment I am just taking it year-by-year, as long as I can play for the Springboks, I will do so," he said.
"I will never say no to the team, as long as they want to pick me I will always be available."
The Boks start their Rugby Championship campaign at home to Argentina next weekend.