Methinks the Sharks coaching team are playing a bit of a game of “tell-em-what-they-want-to-hear” at the moment…
I’m referring specifically to the confusion around our favourite pair of merry-go-round backline stars, Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn. Now, the sensible money would seem to suggest that Pienaar, at least, is destined to settle at flyhalf, as per the wishes of Peter de Villiers. Pienaar has come a long way after initially being incredibly reluctant to become a full-time pivot. As the Bok incumbent, though, he should expect a regular crack at the Sharks number 10 jersey as well.
The big problem here is the fact that John Plumtree announced at a breakfast earlier this year, that Pienaar would share the flyhalf duties with Steyn in this year’s Super 14. We all know that young Frans is a supremely confident young man and still rates his flyhalf play a lot more highly than some of the rest of us do (cough). It appeared as though the Sharks were prepared to humour him yet again, something unlikely to be in the best interests of the team.
I tried to sound out new coach Chris Boyd a little while ago, to see how he feels about the whole player rotation angle. He was pretty cagey back then – he knew exactly why I was asking the question and is far too bright to fall for my silly traps. I see now that he has confirmed, although it is only to Keo, that Steyn is likely to play 12 for the majority of the season.
If indeed this is true, it’s brilliant news. A settled 10-12 combo of Pienaar and Steyn is just what we need. A tug-of-war over the number ten jersey is only going to lead to heartache. Have the balls, Chris and John. Pick Steyn at 12 and only 12.Tweet