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Steyn heaps praise on Div


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :2009 Lions Tour, In the news, Springboks on 26 Jun 2009 at 08:13
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Frans Steyn can’t wait for Saturday when he will run out with the Springbok starting XV at Loftus Versfeld for the first time.

JJ Harmse reports for sport24.co.za

“I have never played there (Loftus) as part of the starting team so I’m really looking forward to it. What makes it even better, is that I know the No 15 jersey is mine and I can play without fear,” said the 22-year-old Sharks player.

Steyn described his performance in the first Test in Durban as being “not good” despite earning praise from former Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer.

“With his tremendous kicking boot, Frans forced the Lions onto the back foot and completely neutralised Lee Byrne’s attacking ability with the boot,” said Meyer.

Steyn was humbled by the praise but admitted on Thursday that he didn’t want to start thinking about the second Test just yet.

“I’m not one of those guys who start thinking about matches too far in advance. Closer to Saturday I will start focusing on my task. If I start too early (to focus), I’m worn-out by kick-off.”

Bok coach Peter de Villiers received criticism last week for choosing Steyn in the fullback position as the versatile youngster had not played in that position for quite some time.

Steyn, though, has plenty of praise for the Bok coach.

“He supports me. There was justified criticism about my inclusion as fullback because I didn’t play there in the Super 14. Guys like Zane Kirchner and Louis Ludik, on the other hand, did very well.”

“I understand that people feel they should have been in the team, but Peter is the first Bok coach who was honest with me about where I was going to play and how I fitted into the picture. It makes it much easier to enjoy yourself,” Steyn said.

“I know I am the fullback but I also know that Zane is waiting right behind me. And of course, I have to show that the trust in me is justified.”

Steyn was also grateful to his team-mates, Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen, for helping him to again find his feet.

“Bryan and JP were a great help and hopefully on Saturday I can pay them back and help where it is needed,” said Steyn.

“I have sometimes fallen down, sometimes bloody hard too. You know me by now, I’m not finished falling down yet. But there’s one thing that you can be sure of, I will always get up. And come back tougher.”

Steyn feels that he is too impatient to play in the flyhalf position. “I chase after the ball too much. You have to be calm at flyhalf and I’m not. And I also don’t want the extra responsibility of playing flyhalf. I play to enjoy the game and don’t need that pressure.”

Steyn surprisingly enough, is not looking forward to long drop kicks in the thin air of Loftus. “I don’t want to make predictions like that. You can’t plan drop kicks in advance, it depends on the situation. If the Lions again play like in the second half in Durban then we will hardly have balls to drop kick.”

“It will come if it’s there, but I’m not going to hesitate to run from behind if there are gaps.”



39 Comments

  • :?: :?:

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.06.09 08:25:40 by Claytie Reply
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  • i wonder if Max Clifford wrote this speech for him

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.06.09 08:51:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Someone did, this does not come across as Frans “Paul Kruger” Steyn

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.06.09 08:56:17 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 3) : exactly. I don’t see his supposed agent (who is just as much of a plank as he is) writing this style of high prose.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.06.09 09:06:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Lets at least give the guy credit shall we?? :roll:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.06.09 09:06:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : yes – a great speech. I just want to know who to give the credit to!

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.06.09 09:10:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • GO PDV…GO FRANSIE STEYN…GO BOKKE !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.06.09 09:18:03 by Charlie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :
    Does the eye roll smiley automatically appear on your posts?

    Frans must be on Prozac.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.06.09 09:18:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • “I understand that people feel they should have been in the team, but Peter is the first Bok coach who was honest with me about where I was going to play and how I fitted into the picture. It makes it much easier to enjoy yourself,” Steyn said.

    So, Jake was a liar :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.06.09 09:19:18 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : Steyn changes his tune based on which way the wind is blowing.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.06.09 09:22:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.06.09 09:28:29 by Charlie Reply

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  • Fransie, liewer seun, be assurred that if Conrad Jantjes was fit, you would be in the team, but on the reserve bench with an undefined role. I do think, though, that by giving this interview you have been very clever in making it very difficult for the coach to pick anyone else as long as you are playing well.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.06.09 10:06:02 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • So how good were Bafana Bafana last night?

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.06.09 10:08:40 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : Very freaging good!

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.06.09 10:11:38 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) :

    Brazil nearly did a ‘Proteas’ last night… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.06.09 10:23:43 by wpw Reply
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  • Steyn-hating already??? *smh*

    Well said boytjie…grab this new opportunity with both hands…

    @Claytie (Comment 14) :
    The boys did well – now for goodness’ sake let’s stick with the same coach and the same team until the WC next year.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.06.09 10:33:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : another reason for me to suspect that someone is putting words in his mouff

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.06.09 10:40:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : Yea he was. A lucky one at that

    @Salmonoid (Comment 13) : Dam man best game i have seen them play in ages, we just need to work on a plan for attack – too many long range nothing shots.

    @robdylan (Comment 10) : True then again maybe he’s learnt being nice to the coach via the press is the best possible way to ensure selection :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.06.09 10:47:23 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : His laaitie days are over by now :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.06.09 10:56:54 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 18) : he’s not wrong, is he? Coaches have notoriously big egos.

    Just as Jake White

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.06.09 11:06:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    Don’t make anything for supper tomorrow – you’ll be full from the humble pie… courtesy of Mr. Frans Steyn.

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.06.09 11:13:50 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.06.09 11:18:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) : I’ll be on the edge of my seat all afternoon

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.06.09 11:29:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • next year when fransie is playin lock he’ll state that its his best possition of all :roll: his opinion of himself is just as versatile as his playin skills

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.06.09 11:33:07 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 24) : comment of the day!

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.06.09 11:46:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : yay!! :grin:

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.06.09 11:47:54 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 26) : there’s no prize :cry:

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.06.09 11:57:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : damn! :mad: :evil:

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.06.09 12:09:08 by JarsonX Reply
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  • THE KING IS DEAD – LONG LIVE THE KING! :cry: :cry: :cry:

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.06.09 12:28:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 29) : amen fishie

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.06.09 12:41:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 29) : @robdylan (Comment 30) : WACKO JACKO’S A LEGEND !!! R.I.P :cry: :cry: :cry:

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.06.09 13:07:28 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 29) : @robdylan (Comment 30) :
    Just in case I was starting to forget that I’m a softie…I got a rude reminder today.

    MJ!

  • Comment 32, posted at 26.06.09 13:08:51 by blackshark Reply

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  • South Africa now has sole ownership of the last Wacko Jacko.

  • Comment 33, posted at 26.06.09 13:12:55 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Maybe you should skip lunch as well.

    GO FRANS…2 droppies down Rob’s throat…and a try…

  • Comment 34, posted at 26.06.09 13:15:05 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 34) : much strength to his overrated elbow, in that case :)

  • Comment 35, posted at 26.06.09 13:26:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 33) : can we send him back to Japan?

  • Comment 36, posted at 26.06.09 13:27:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) :
    Nope, only one blue legend at a time is allowed into Japan, its now JP Nels turn.
    We may as well teach our Jacko how to noonwalk.

  • Comment 37, posted at 26.06.09 13:56:51 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 37) : so where is he playing now?

  • Comment 38, posted at 26.06.09 14:05:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • No idea, I seem to remember him having one last season in Japan.
    He should be a good building block for the Southern Kings.

  • Comment 39, posted at 26.06.09 14:24:54 by Salmonoid Reply

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