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Danie Gerber: Don’t sideline Steyn

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 3 Jun 2008 at 23:10

It will be a mistake if versatile Springbok back Frans Steyn is sidelined now, says Danie Gerber, one of the greats of South African rugby.

“Steyn has not come into his own at the Sharks this year because he has been shunted around too much,” says Gerber, these days the backline coach of the Elephants team.

“In the absence of Jaque Fourie, Steyn could have formed a good combination with Jean de Villiers, especially against Wales, who have big centres,” Gerber said on Tuesday.

“With Steyn at inside centre alongside Butch James, you would have had two big, strong players who will provide a presence on attack as well as defence,” the former Springbok centre explained.

“What I like about Steyn, is that he is willing to take risks. You don’t always know what to expect from him.

“He does make mistakes but with a cool-headed player such as De Villiers next to him, he can be a star.”

Michael Green writes in Die Burger that Gerber also expressed complimentary opinions about Adrian Jacobs, who is likely to partner De Villiers in midfield in the Bloemfontein Test against Wales on Saturday.

“Jacobs is a fine centre who did well every time the Sharks sent him on as substitute in Super 14 matches this year. He distributes the ball well and he runs good lines.”

Gerber did not watch the match between the Sharks and the Waratahs when Jacobs was a little below his best.

Structure at the Bulls

“He was not a regular in their starting line-up,” Gerber said. “One will have to see how effective he is in a full match.”

Gerber, who is not too sure about how fast Jacobs is, says he also rates Bulls centres Wynand Olivier and JP Nel, who have not really impressed this season.

“It may be that the structure at the Bulls does not allow them to play with more freedom,” he said.

“I’d like to see them – and most other South African centres – use their initiative and try something from time to time.

“It sometimes happens that a centre is so obsessed with securing a pre-planned phase that he fails to spot a gap or an opportunity to score a try.

“Game-plans are drilled into players to such an extent that try-scoring opportunities can be lost even when someone breaks the line – because no one has the anticipation to support him.”


  • rent-a-quote… 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.06.08 23:12:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.06.08 23:17:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • JP 😯 Ag nee Danie 😡

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.06.08 23:26:29 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • shocking comment.

    How do things like this happen? Does some shitty rent-a-quote journalist pull every contact and get his number and give him a ring?
    Or does some mystical sports dude have all celeb sports numbers?
    Or does this journo see him a pub or something and after a few beers just make small talk?
    Or hears Danie talking at another table at a restaurant?

    Or does Danie phone his local newspaper and just start talking kak on the phone?

    I mean, seriously, who the fuck writes such patheticly biased articles?

    This stinks of a journalist with an agenda or just absolutely no interest in his job or the sport.
    I’m flabbergasted as to how this whole thing came to be, I really am.

    This article almost sounds like one of those letters that some arbitrary member of the public writes to his local newspaper to whinge about the increased price of parking at the local supermarket or the pedestrian crossing in his road.

    Sheesh but I’m ranitng now and will probably take this comment down in the morning for fear of retribution from Mr. Green at the Burger. Or rob will take it down.
    Still feels good to vent though.

    Mike – I’m sorry but your article sucked goats balls. Please do the sport justice.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.06.08 23:35:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 4) : Feel strongly about this? 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.08 00:29:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not sure about the bias Vinnie… lol… he said something ‘nice’ about every centre in RSA… article is too strong a word…

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.06.08 03:03:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • ‘Gerber, who is not too sure about how fast Jacobs is, says he also rates Bulls centres Wynand Olivier and JP Nel, who have not really impressed this season.’

    Sorry Danie but by making this statement you’ve just lost all your credibility.

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.06.08 06:51:43 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
  • At least he had something good to say about Adi Jacobs… 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.06.08 07:36:45 by Charlie Reply

  • Gerber, who is not too sure about how fast Jacobs is, says he also rates Bulls centres Wynand Olivier and JP Nel, who have not really impressed this season.

    Danie,jeez dude,nooit!

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.06.08 07:42:42 by PJLD Reply
  • Danie’s generous and tactful opinions about these players makes for a refreshing change from the usual biased krap written about them.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.06.08 07:49:02 by spykerbaard Reply

  • And the point of this article is ??? 😕

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.06.08 08:50:48 by blackshark Reply

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  • @spykerbaard (Comment 10) :

    I agree with you Spyker….if some one phones the greatest Bok centre ever and asks him about his opinion on the current crop of centres and he answers as tacticfully and with as much incite as he can, is that so wrong.

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.06.08 08:53:44 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) : There’s no way that Steyntjie can be dropped… 🙄

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.06.08 09:02:37 by Charlie Reply

  • And his opinion is he rates all the centres in the country ?

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.06.08 09:03:01 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!

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