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Frans to stay at 13 for the meantime


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 16 Apr 2008 at 11:52

The multi-talented Francois Steyn has been on a backline merry-go-round ever since he made his first class debut in July 2006, at fullback for the Sharks in a Currie Cup game against Free State, and after experiencing every position in the backline bar scrumhalf at Test and Super 14 level, where would he prefer to play?

Mike Greenaway reports on www.iol.co.za.

“I see my future as a centre,” he said on Tuesday. “I would prefer 12 (the position he excelled in at the Rugby World Cup when he took over from injured Jean de Villiers) but 13 is not vastly different and I am getting used to it.”

Steyn will be at outside centre on Saturday against the Brumbies and will be up against arguably the best proponent of that position in world rugby, Stirling Mortlock.

In fact, the Sharks’s coaching staff are convinced Steyn can be a swash-buckling, barn-storming outside centre in the mould of Mortlock.

Steyn started the Super 14 at fullback for the Sharks and had mixed fortunes, sometimes being guilty of trying to do too much on his own; he then had two games at flyhalf, with pretty much the same result, and for the Hurricanes game in Wellington he was moved to 13, for Waylon Murray.

“Centre is closer to the action than fullback, which suits me,” says Steyn, who will turn 21 on May 14. “Basically your job is to run at the opposition, and I enjoy doing that, too.”

And at 13 he is spared the pressure of the decision-making that goes with flyhalf and, to a lesser extent, inside centre.

In the Sharks’s backline, the experienced Stefan Terblanche has now established himself as an indispensable fullback, very much in the role of Percy Montgomery; at fly-half, Frederic Michalak is the undisputed No 1 and was conspicuous by his absence when he was benched for the matches against the Lions and Reds; and at inside centre Bradley Barritt is the lynch pin that holds the backline together, calling the shots on attack and defence.

Which leaves Steyn as a rather big jig-saw piece to slot into the backline puzzle at 13, with Waylon Murray as back-up, although the latter could find himself on the left wing if JP Pietersen does not find form.

Against the Highlanders, two tries were scored through defensive lapses out wide between Steyn and his wing, but coach Dick Muir says they were not Steyn’s fault.

“The problem was Waylon (on the wing) was ahead of Frans, which he shouldn’t have been, and that caused the hesitation,” Muir said.

“He is adapting well to the position considering he hadn’t played there before and he will get better and better. He enjoys playing centre and sees his future in the midfield, not fullback or fly-half.”

Muir said his backline is excited about building on their positive display last week.

“Conditions will be good, clear skies are forecast, meaning we will have only our second game of the season without humidity or rain.” Muir is waiting on injury reports on Keegan Daniel and Jannie du Plessis.



24 Comments

  • I thought he wanted to be a flyhalf, according to SASI…

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.08 11:56:08 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Rob you just beat me to the article. :wink: i will still post my intended comment though.

    Well someone somewhere is F00King Lying!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SASI QUOTES him as saying he wants to play 10 and Greenaway QUOTES his as saying he wants to play 12.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.08 12:00:58 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Oh and i prefered the original headline though. :wink:

    it goes better with / against the SASI headline.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.08 12:01:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • For those of you who havent seen the new SASI front page it has a HUGE cover quote ” I want to play flyhalf

    and the original headline for this was, “Steyn wants to be centre of attention”

    Well somebody somewhere is telling porky pies.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.08 12:04:21 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • For goodness sake if i read one more article about Frans i’m going to puke.

    Reminds me of all the Puke Watson threads during last year when he was captain of WP and the Stormers. He couldn’t stay out of the limelight.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.08 12:10:31 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • “The problem was Waylon (on the wing) was ahead of Frans, which he shouldn’t have been, and that caused the hesitation,” Muir said.

    Ja né. Blame it on the brown ou. We all know Frans is Dick’s blue eyed boy… he will never be dropped.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.08 12:13:16 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Wes… honestly. Does everything have to be about race with you? ;)

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.08 12:14:29 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Dammit Rob can you please not reply to ALL my bait. :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.08 12:17:47 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • #5

    Wes i am VERY inclined to agree with you. And smilarly to #46 It seems that Francois can’t keep his mouth shut. Both SASI and Greenaway would sure NOT be lying. Frans must “bly stil” and “speel rugby”

    At least Steyn is not complaing about the Bok coach and captain so he is not NEARLY as bad as the “trui dief”. :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.08 12:22:13 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Frans needs to “verstaan” ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.08 12:31:57 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Frans needs to do his talking on the field.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.08 12:35:58 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • agree with that 100%.

    He has made some lovely breaks at 13 over the last fortnight… I just wish we could capitalise better. Need our loosies to stick to him like glue

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.08 12:37:54 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Frans needs to get a haircut.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.08 12:43:44 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • I agree with that too ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.08 13:18:03 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Give Frans a break manne… :twisted:

    We’ll see how it goes with Rory running things at 9…

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.08 13:18:45 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • Been reading some stuff on sharksrugby…

    Is it my eyes or are those sandwiches starting to work for Rory?
    he looks bigger than he did last week… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.08 13:44:08 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • “Frans to stay at 13 for the meantime”

    I’m :shock: ed…NOT

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.08 14:47:01 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • I think I’m gonna go ahead and make my SB predictions now…
    Nice and early…

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.08 14:53:05 by blackshark (JAWS) Reply

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  • I am offline ALL day tomorrow and friday as well so my SB picks will have to go in early as well.

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.08 14:54:29 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Waylon is great but he just doesn’t back his 105kg frame to do the business in contact, and then you’ve got Steyn “what’s a pass?’.
    If you could combine the two into one player you’d have a great outside centre. In my opinion both are playing like they’ve been lobotomised…

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.08 15:10:37 by CapeShark Reply
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  • The Bulls, Lions & Cheetahs in positions 12, 13 & 14 have also been loBOTTOMised :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.04.08 15:15:54 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • Ludeke: Man this is a tough choice. Should i have a Full frontal lobotomy or should I have a full Bottle in front of me??????

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.04.08 15:17:42 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

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  • Frans Ludeke (FL) should coach in the Fantasy League (FL).
    That way, we can ALL beat him :grin:

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.04.08 15:21:26 by Cru-El (BABVA) Reply

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  • Comment 23 of 23, posted at 16.04.08 15:21:26 by Cru-El (BABVA) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Shame man!!

    Ya’ll have yourself a good night!! I am off to support my baby….Please hold thumbs that i dont run onto the field and take over!!! Have never been on the sideline as only a spectator and mom…. :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.04.08 15:26:15 by I'ce (ISWT) Reply
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