I think we should have given Frans Steyn the 10 position right from the start, at first only at Currie Cup level, then when he’s ready at super 14. (Maybe in the Super 14 at 12 just to gain some experience in the midfield, just like Dan Carter did before he moved up to 10) Instead we’ve had two different international buys in that position – Freddie and Hernandez, two guys who does not want that position – Ruan and Bradley, a guy that’s never gonna be good enough in that position, Monty and even Adi a couple of times…oh and also Guy Cronje, who also was never given a fair chance and I don’t think have the class needed at higher levels.
That’s 8 different guys for that position in the last 2 years since Butch left. We have barely started this season and that number has already gone up to a total of 10 with Goode’s signing. Don’t be suprised if the Sharks use 4 different players at flyhalf this year alone. Could Frans Steyn really have been so bad, by now he could actually have been half decent at fly-half if we just gave him a chance to play there. He’s 22 now, we played him at 10 when he was 18 and people went crazy about how talented they believed he was back then. You can’t just drop a player or throw him around like the Sharks did, when clearly he was still developing as a player.
This is why losing the more experienced guys like Butch to Europeen clubs are hurting teams, we don’t have time to give young players a chance to grow under experienced team mates, instead they are expected to be the best even before they started. We can all agree that Steyn had mad potential. So why did we call for his head later on? Because what he had was not managed in the right way by his coaches and the potential we saw in him faded fast. I think he made the right decision to go to a club where he knows he’ll get regular game time in one position. He’s playing 12 for Racing-Metro right now, but I bet soon he’ll be ready to move in to 10…if that is what he and his new club wants. The Sharks could have had a settled, well rounded player at 10 by now. If not Steyn then Ruan or any other young player. Instead they decided to buy players that will leave as with the same problem for the next year.
The Sharks needs to pick a guy, a young South African player, and leave him at flyhalf. I think that’s why people’s routing for Ruan. He’s a young South African player with a lot of potential and we all can see him in that position for the next 10 years or until retirement. Wouldn’t that be great. If the Sharks could have a settled flyhalf. I think that’s one of the biggest things the Sharks need to become the solid team we want them to be.Tweet