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Frans finding his feet at flyhalf


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 8 Apr 2009 at 07:54
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Francois Steyn has become accustomed to being moved around the backline and like any true professional will always play where “the coach and team” needs him.

But it is not surprising that the multi-talented 21-year-old sometimes struggle to find his feet, because unlike most players he never settles down in a specific spot in the team, writes Jan De Koning for www.rugby365.com.

Take his international career for example. He has played in every position in the backline, except scrumhalf. Having made his debut against Ireland on the wing, he then played two Tests at fullback, a few off the bench, another at fullback, off the bench again, then he had a decent run at inside centre (during the 2007 World Cup when Jean de Villiers was injured), then played at flyhalf and outside centre last year, followed by more games off the bench.

It hasn’t been much different at the Sharks, till this year at least – when he was given a more regular start in the No.12 jersey, with fellow World Cup winner Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf.

Then, a month ago, Pienaar was injured and suddenly Steyn was thrust back into the pivotal role.

Not that he is complaining.

But he did give rugby365.com an insight into why players who often shifts around struggle to play consistently good rugby.

“It definitely takes time to adjust,” Steyn said, when asked about his latest change in position.

“They do say that the two positions [centre and flyhalf] are very similar, but it is not entirely true.

“At centre you make a lot more contact – taking the ball up, making tackles and hitting rucks … all those things.

“At flyhalf you have to stand back a bit and assess the situation, make key decisions.

“At centre you don’t have to make as many decisions as at flyhalf,” Steyn said.

He said that while he did struggle at first, he feels that he is now beginning to make good progress in the No.10 jersey again.

“Remember it is only my third game back at flyhalf after a long time,” Steyn told rugby365.com, adding that it also depends on the quality of the ball you get.

“Against the Hurricanes [last Saturday] they piled the pressure on in the first half, but after the break it went a lot better with the team in general,” he said of a game in which the Hurricanes held a 10-9 lead at the break, before the Sharks cut loose to win 33-17.

“We struggled in the set pieces [against the Hurricanes] in the first half, but after the break we raised the bar and managed to get our game going.”

He also pointed out that during that first half the Sharks only saw about 40 percent of the ball.

“I really couldn’t do much, because we saw so little of the ball.

“But we are winning [the games] and it is getting better all the time at flyhalf,” he added.

Having achieved cult-like status for his exploits as a 20-year-old at the 2007 World Cup, Steyn brings physicality to the Sharks backline and still has one of the biggest boots in the game.

While his strike rate is not what purists find acceptable, Steyn often succeeds with drop-goals or penalties from inside his own half.

This product of the Sharks Academy brings with him youthful exuberance, an educated boot and an array of remarkable skills.

And, despite being just 21, has a World Cup winner’s medal, 64 games for the Sharks (35 of those in Super Rugby) and 27 Test caps.



40 Comments

  • 207 World Cup
    Fok that was a long time ago :lol:

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.04.09 10:09:59 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 1) : Flintstones :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.04.09 10:32:17 by Charlie Reply

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  • someone edit it please? :-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.04.09 10:32:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Having achieved cult-like status for his exploits as a 20-year-old at the 2007 World Cup, Steyn brings physicality to the Sharks backline and still has one of the biggest boots in the game.

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.04.09 11:21:26 by Charlie Reply

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  • Interesting interview… Do you think he’s warming to the idea that he’s not a Flyhalf? Notwithstanding his decent performance there in the second half against the Canes.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.04.09 11:23:03 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @Claytie (Comment 1) : That makes Steyn 1822 this year! :mrgreen: I’ll supply the candles

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.04.09 11:30:19 by Rahul Reply

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  • @MerckZ (Comment 5) : I would hope so.
    I think he’s good inside centre, but not really a FL. He has like 1 in 6 good outings at Fl and I’m afraid that this one is messing with his head. Hope to be wrong :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.04.09 12:04:57 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Rahul (Comment 6) : all 1822 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.04.09 12:05:25 by rekinek Reply
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  • Still rate this laaitie as a 15 :cool:

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.04.09 12:08:54 by Charlie Reply

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  • Just keep working hard Frans…who knows…maybe one day you’ll achieve your dream of being a decent flyhalf…

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.04.09 12:30:27 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :
    Give me the tools and I’ll do it for you, I’m not scared of a little work.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.04.09 12:45:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : not sure – i view 15 as position with quite a bit decision making.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.04.09 12:47:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : no stefan has that position covered. so don’t knock stefan eventhough he can’t attack. :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.04.09 13:10:44 by try time Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) :
    The right tools in the right hands can cause havoc. I will guarantee you many, many addittional hits.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.04.09 13:16:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • As talent and skill goes Steyn has it all.
    Big, quick, good hands, huge boot and some BMT.

    What he is lacking is a big tough guy at inside centre to give him a PK when he tries any of his Superman heroics.
    If he was a loosie then the likes of Schalk and Juan, even AJ, would’ve long ago put him in his place.

    Also, if he just settled down instead of trying to win every game by himself he’d be a much better player for it.

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.04.09 13:20:06 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : 10 needs a lot more, and he’s reaction are quite slow :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.04.09 13:36:12 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) :

    So does Jake…did anyone watch Super Rugby on Monday?? :roll:

    @Claytie (Comment 1) :

    :mrgreen:

    @try time (Comment 13) :

    Agree.. :twisted:

    @VinChainSaw (Comment 15) :

    What he is lacking is a big tough guy at inside centre to give him a PK when he tries any of his Superman heroics.
    If he was a loosie then the likes of Schalk and Juan, even AJ, would’ve long ago put him in his place.

    Funny as hell…but TRUE!! :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.04.09 14:03:42 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • geez reading the responses one may think I am a huge fan of steyn at 10 :roll:
    @try time (Comment 13) : and where did u get stef :lol: – i was saying that 15 maybe a bit too much for fransie with all that decision making

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.04.09 14:22:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 17) :
    Hi Ice, yes saw that.
    Do you know whether those clowns on that show have heard of the Sharks before because they as sure as hell try and avoid talking about them.

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.04.09 14:47:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : joost may be still recovering from this one when he was forced to wear sharks jersey and black wig

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.04.09 14:56:41 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) :

    it was my thoughts as well…all were basically about the stormers and cheetahs…

    I dont think they even showed a proper Sharks inset…we are JUST topping the log, you know.. :roll: :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.04.09 15:00:41 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 20) :
    I remember that. :lol: if only he had carried on using that disguise, things could have been quite different for him now….and it would have given him extra voooma.
    @Prof. Ice (Comment 21) :
    Ja that big Chinese looking guy really does not like the Sharks.

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.04.09 15:17:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 21) :

    or is it Top of the Food chain??

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.04.09 15:30:38 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) :
    @Prof. Ice (Comment 21) :
    maybe they figured that they still be able to talk about sharks come semis and final but they need to hurry with others

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.04.09 15:35:55 by rekinek Reply
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  • hey you GUUUYS

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.04.09 15:37:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 24) :

    :mrgreen: :twisted:

    @robdylan (Comment 25) :

    Hey Robbo :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.04.09 15:41:50 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : helooooooooooo :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.04.09 15:44:35 by rekinek Reply
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  • man – what a day… you guys all keeping well?

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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) :

    hey …you a sexist??? or do I now qualify as “one of the guys”..?? :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.04.09 15:48:56 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Hey Rob
    I bet you aren’t also going to put up a thread on Peter de Villiers political preferences, or what.

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.04.09 15:59:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 29) : what about genderless blogger with colourless hair :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.04.09 16:15:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : are you smoking something?

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.04.09 16:25:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 29) : guys is a non-gender-specific term to me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.04.09 16:26:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 30) : This aint Voldy :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.04.09 16:29:15 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 34) : why do u call keo voldy :?:

  • Comment 35, posted at 08.04.09 16:38:11 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :
    @Charlie (Comment 34) :
    Hence my willingness to take the bet.
    Rob did you see my offer to you in 11 and 14. Still stands.

  • Comment 36, posted at 08.04.09 16:43:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • salmo, send me an email if you’re serious

  • Comment 37, posted at 08.04.09 16:56:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 35) : He looks like Voldemort from Harry Potter. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Voldemort

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.04.09 03:07:20 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 38) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.04.09 08:01:07 by Charlie Reply

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  • @MysticShark (Comment 38) : Thanx
    They have quite a bit on Voldemort – must be important person :lol:

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