It looks as though Dick Muir is determined to persist with Frans Steyn at flyhalf against the Reds this weekend. I really can’t fathom why.
Steyn is too slow for flyhalf and his poor decision-making at pivot against the Lions was largely responsible, to my mind, for the fact that the Sharks came nowhere near securing a four-try bonus point. Fred Michalak, on the other hand, is far too good and exciting a player to be picked on the bench, particularly given the fact that the Sharks absolutely have to score a bonus point this weekend.
Steyn had showed himself to be a pretty selfish player this year. A flyhalf’s role is that of playmaker; he needs to create space and opportunity for those around him. This is exactly what Steyn fails to do and exactly what Michalak is so good at. He is unpredictable and his teammates battle to understand what he’s going to do sometimes, but the only way that will come right is if he is giving game time. He was starting to look really good against the Blues and in particular, emphatically erased any question marks around his defensive capabilities in that match. Why is he not being given another opportunity?
I have a lot of respect and admiration for Frans Steyn’s undoubted talent and potential, but the youngster is not in form right now and playing him at flyhalf is a liability that the Sharks can ill afford as we attempt to catch a Crusaders team determined to run away with this year’s competition.Tweet