New Zealand v South Africa, Tri-Nations, Auckland, July 10
Steyn can be stopped - Kaino
July 9, 2010
All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino during training at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth, New Zealand, June 10, 2010
Jerome Kaino has called for increased discipline from the All Blacks © Getty Images

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino believes that his side's discipline is the key to stopping South African fly-half Morne Steyn in their Tri-Nations opener at Eden Park on Saturday.

The Bulls pivot made hay against New Zealand last season as the Springboks romped to the title, including a record-breaking 31-point haul in Durban, and has been singled out as a major threat from the kicking tee once again.

"Our discipline comes into that," Kaino said. "If we are solid in our discipline and don't give away silly penalties, I'm sure we'll take Morne out of the game. These rivalries with South Africa and Australia are definitely where you mark yourself where you're at in international rugby."

Kaino faces a huge task in combating the Springbok back-row, with Stormers flanker Francois Louw having made the step up to Test matches alongside the established duo of Schalk Burger and Pierre Spies.

"They have the speed with Pierre Spies and Schalk [Burger] imposes himself physically, and Francois Louw will be a good link between them," Kaino said. "He's in a similar mould to Heinrich [Brussow]. He's real strong over the ball at tackle time and he's good with ball in hand as you saw with the Stormers."

All Blacks boss Graham Henry has selected an experienced side for the opener, with centre Ma'a Nonu returning after injury to bolster their backline. The Hurricanes midfielder will go up against Wynand Olivier, the player of the Super 14 in his eyes.

"There's a bit of extra nerves," he said. "I guess it's on my head if I don't perform. At the end of the day, it's all about your preparation. I've been preparing myself for the last two weeks to play this game.

"Olivier, I thought, was the player of the Super 14, really. He's a strong ball runner and he's good defensively. The same with [Jean] de Villiers as well. He played well last year and all through the international campaign, and obviously had a good time at Munster."


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