Morné Steyn, a flyhalf who is at home at centre and has to turn out at fullback in Super 14 rugby for the next two weeks, could become known as Mr Versatility.
Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that Steyn will wear No 15 when the Bulls play the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday and the Chiefs in Rotorua a week later.
Steyn’s move to fullback has been generally expected after Zane Kirchner was suspended. The team’s coaches are confident that he will do well at the rear.
But Steyn can become a victim of his versatility. He should be a specialist flyhalf who can also operate at centre and fullback.
Many people feel his future is at No 12 because he is such a talented playmaker. It was notable how much faster the ball was distributed when he partnered Wynand Olivier in midfield against the Lions last week.
Bulls coach Franse Ludeke agreed after the match that Steyn had performed well but is hesitant to think of him mainly as an inside centre.
Pieter Rossouw, backline coach of the Bulls, says Steyn’s versatility does not have to be a disadvantage.
Rossouw feels Steyn will be a success in any position in the backline because he is mentally strong and able to adapt to the responsibilities and demands of any position.
With Derick Hougaard in outstanding form, Steyn’s ability to kick the ball a long way with his right foot provides added value to the Bulls.
The champions would like Bakkies Botha, who will be playing in his second match of the season on Saturday, to provide some extra spark up front.
Ludeke lauded Botha last week for the difference he had made and the calmness he had brought to his lock partner Wilhelm Steenkamp’s game.
The Bulls have not spent much time thinking about the result of their previous match against the Reds but the Aussies may have a few nightmares about that evening when they lost 92-3 and conceded 13 tries.
Of the 11 players who scored in that match in which the Bulls secured a home semi-final, only Gary Botha, Pierre Spies and Jaco van der Westhuyzen won’t play in Brisbane this week.Tweet