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Slaptjips: “versatility does not have to be a disadvantage”

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Super 14 on 14 Mar 2008 at 07:40

Morné Steyn, a flyhalf who is at home at centre and has to turn out at fullback in Super 14 rugby for the next two weeks, could become known as Mr Versatility.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that Steyn will wear No 15 when the Bulls play the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday and the Chiefs in Rotorua a week later.

Steyn’s move to fullback has been generally expected after Zane Kirchner was suspended. The team’s coaches are confident that he will do well at the rear.

But Steyn can become a victim of his versatility. He should be a specialist flyhalf who can also operate at centre and fullback.

Many people feel his future is at No 12 because he is such a talented playmaker. It was notable how much faster the ball was distributed when he partnered Wynand Olivier in midfield against the Lions last week.

Bulls coach Franse Ludeke agreed after the match that Steyn had performed well but is hesitant to think of him mainly as an inside centre.

Mentally strong

Pieter Rossouw, backline coach of the Bulls, says Steyn’s versatility does not have to be a disadvantage.

Rossouw feels Steyn will be a success in any position in the backline because he is mentally strong and able to adapt to the responsibilities and demands of any position.

With Derick Hougaard in outstanding form, Steyn’s ability to kick the ball a long way with his right foot provides added value to the Bulls.

The champions would like Bakkies Botha, who will be playing in his second match of the season on Saturday, to provide some extra spark up front.

Ludeke lauded Botha last week for the difference he had made and the calmness he had brought to his lock partner Wilhelm Steenkamp’s game.

The Bulls have not spent much time thinking about the result of their previous match against the Reds but the Aussies may have a few nightmares about that evening when they lost 92-3 and conceded 13 tries.

Of the 11 players who scored in that match in which the Bulls secured a home semi-final, only Gary Botha, Pierre Spies and Jaco van der Westhuyzen won’t play in Brisbane this week.


  • Bulls coach Franse Ludeke agreed after the match that Steyn had performed well but is hesitant to think of him mainly as an inside centre.

    Well i suggest you do. He IS the best inside center you have at the moment. JP Nel WILL cost you points today.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.03.08 07:43:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The Mr Men book series at Loftus. If Steyn is Mr Versatility, then I reckon Wynand Olivier is Mr Useless and JP Nel is Mr Angry.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.03.08 08:05:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • 14.03.08 08:05:20 – robdylan
    priceless 😆 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.03.08 08:06:59 by KSA Sharkette Reply

    KSA Sharkette
  • my daughter is a fan!

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.03.08 08:15:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • And Richard Bands is Mr Potato-Head?

    Sure thing Pieter – tell Brent Russel about versatility why dont you?

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.03.08 08:18:25 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Danie Rossouw can be Mr Slow. Bakkies would be Mr French

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.03.08 08:22:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • You can only lose a match with Meisiekind Olivier and Geelkaart Nel as your centre pairing

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.03.08 10:26:07 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Mr French?

    Why you being nice to him?

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.03.08 13:11:42 by Dawn Reply

  • Last week Steyn made Wynand look like a “good” centre, something he hasn’t looked in a looooong time. Quite frankly, I don’t care what the Bulls do, so long as they lose 😀

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.03.08 13:21:43 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Me2, that’s not nice… he he, didnt know you had a mean streak

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.03.08 18:29:56 by spykerbaard Reply

  • Spyker

    These “tannies” have opened my eyes today.

    If i ever need to mobilise a rugby hooligans crowd I might be surprised at how many “tannies” I get. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.03.08 19:01:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Blues / Force playing in North harbour tomorrow morning.

    Home games being played away from home are not great.

    could be a great leveler

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.03.08 19:17:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • KSA – us “tannies” can be quite lethal you know! 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.03.08 20:39:14 by Nessa Reply


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