• Stat Attack: Steyn, Kitshoff dominate Currie Cup

    World Cup-winning Springboks Frans Steyn and Steven Kitshoff showed their quality by dominating the overall stats in the round-robin stages of the Currie Cup.

    Steyn not only ended the league stage as the top points-scorer (73), but also made 40 ball carries to top the list with Stormers prop and vice-captain Kitshoff, as well as Lions forward Willem Alberts.

    The Cheetahs centre was also top in terms of kicking accuracy, at 93.55% after converting 29 out of 31 attempts at goal.

    Kitshoff, meanwhile, was not only dominant in the scrum, but also underlined his value at the breakdown, as he is the only non-loose forward featuring among the top-five turnovers.

    2020-21 Currie Cup stats (provided by Stratus):

    Most points

    73: Frans Steyn (Cheetahs) – 15 pg, 14 con

    63: Tiaan Swanepoel (Lions) – 3 tries, 16 pg

    56: Curwin Bosch (Sharks) – 10 pg, 13 con

    44: Tim Swiel (Western Province) – 12 pg, 4 con

    40: Morne Steyn (Vodacom Bulls) – 10 pg, 5 con

    Kicking accuracy

    Frans Steyn (Cheetahs) 93.55%

    Morne 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)

    Linebreaks

    3: Ali Mgijima (Pumas)

    3: Berton Klaasen (Griquas)

    3: Siya Kolisi (Western Province)

    Offloads

    8: Luther Obi (Pumas)

    7: Damian Willemse (Western Province)

    7: Rikus Pretorius (Western Province)

    7: Clayton Blommetjies (Cheetahs)

    Most tackles made

    63: 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)

    Photo: Gallo Images