Alas, I fear it’s the “other” Steyn, Sharks centre Frans, that is now in considerable doubt for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies at Loftus. The big 25-year-old rolled his ankle during the first few minutes of the Boks’ training session yesterday.
Steyn will need to go for scans later today to assess the extent of the damage, but initial signs are apparently not positive and it looks as though Heyneke Meyer may be forced into a midfield reshuffle. With Jean de Viliers the only real option available at inside centre, it looks at though the captain may move back into the position that arguably suits him best, but it’s anybody’s guess who will be picked to partner him. The adventurous choice, but one which Mayer has already poo-pooed, would be to back young Jaco Taute at 13. The alternative, Juan de Jongh, is experienced, but is also a player whom Meyer has regularly left out of his squads given the option. He’ll probably pick one of the Bulls under 21 centres to play instead.
The chances of a change at flyhalf are also appearing more remote by the day; Johan Goosen is apparently struggling with a heel injury, which doesn’t appear to serious, although if the latest media reports are to be believed, regardless of the lad’s fitness, Oom Heyneke looks set to give his favourite has-been, Morne Steyn, “one more final, last ever, I really mean it this time” chance to again display his total lack ability to do much of anything, in the number 10 jersey at his favourite stomping ground, Loftus Versveld.
You’ve got to feel for Heyneke Meyer in times like this. I mean, the Bulls have so many different players, after all… how can you possibly expect him to pick the right ones every single week?Tweet