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Bok war in the midfield

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 13 Feb 2009 at 06:21
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Jean de Villiers is happy that Frans Steyn has at last been able to settle on a position at the Sharks, but the man who borrowed his No 12 jersey during the last World Cup may just understand on Saturday why it was a temporary measure.

“I think it’s brilliant that the Sharks have settled on a position for Frans. It’s good for his career. We’re competing against one another on Saturday, but are also friends off the field,” said De Villiers.

“Last year I was South Africa’s inside centre, but it’s 2009 now and I still have to fight for my place. It’s going to be a tough match-up between all four centres and the backlines.

“There are places up for grabs with British and Irish Lions coming to tour. It will be a tough match.

“Frans is a special player. His combination with Ruan Pienaar (flyhalf) will be very important for the Sharks.

“I know them both well. It’s going to be fun, but there will definitely be no love lost on Valentine’s Day!”

Steyn made a huge name for himself in the 2007 World Cup after De Villiers suffered a serious injury in South Africa’s opening game against Samoa.

However, his game suffered last year when he was constantly moved around by the Sharks’ previous coach and current Springbok assistant, Dick Muir.

The result of that was that Steyn never came into his own at test level. John Plumtree, who took over from Muir as Sharks coach, has already stated in the pre-season that he will hand Pienaar and Steyn the No 10 and No 12 jerseys respectively.

Saturday’s match will therefore be an important first step in a new chapter in Steyn’s career.

It’s also an opportunity for De Villiers to show who is boss on South Africa’s inside centre rankings list.

“The Sharks are a good all-round side. They can be physical, but also flashy. They have special players that can change the game in the blink of an eye. Our defence will definitely be tested this weekend,” said De Villiers.

There certainly is no doubt about that, but it will cut both ways.

Steyn’s physical presence and boot can be a big weapon for the Sharks, but there were good reasons why De Villiers was named South Africa’s rugby player of the year in 2008.

After the misfortune he suffered at the World Cup, De Villiers will be highly motivated to continue playing some of his best rugby in the year the Lions tour South Africa.

Stephen Nell – Die Burger


  • Bobo is gonna make Adi his bitch!!! 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.02.09 07:42:31 by wpw Reply
  • Just make sure you don’t bitch about what ACTUALLY happens afterwards? 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.02.09 07:49:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Bhawww, is jy al kla gesyp ❓ 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.02.09 07:58:34 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 3) : BTW, you will need it to drown your sorrows 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.02.09 07:59:12 by Charlie Reply

  • Ek sé maar niks nie.

    Let’s just wait and see… 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.02.09 08:01:48 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) :
    😯 😯 😯

    If @wpw (Comment 1) : is saying nothing, then I don’t want to see what it looks like when you DO say something. 😛

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.02.09 08:03:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Can a has-been do that to a Springbok?

    (And then they call US the arrogant bunch…) 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.02.09 08:09:52 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark (Comment 7) :

    ‘has been’

    Someone like Johan Muller is a ‘has been’ or Wynand Olivier…

    Last time I checked he DID play for the Boks as recently as last yr.

    His form might not be as good as Adi’s last yr but I think he will be up to it.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.02.09 08:13:23 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    up to it? Is that a bit of a back track I sense? A short while ago he was gonna make Adi his Biatch. 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.02.09 08:15:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Ja, hy het al wee vroeg die papsak gegryp… 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.02.09 08:18:49 by Charlie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 8) : BTW, Gan j Nuweland toe ❓

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.02.09 08:19:59 by Charlie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    Don’t let me delete your comment!!! 😈

    My 1st comment was to draw Charley out of his closet!!! 😎

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.02.09 08:25:24 by wpw Reply
  • @Charlie (Comment 11) :

    Ek gaan Hermanus toe virrie dag.

    EK gat miskien nie eers die game kan kyk nie… 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.02.09 08:26:32 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 12) : :mrgreen: 😆 :mrgreen:

    @wpw (Comment 13) : O jinne, sieke Valentine’s Day outing, Mr. Romantic himself nogal… 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.02.09 08:36:24 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 14) : Love is in the air wil j staan of wil jy lê ❓ 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.02.09 09:02:14 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 15) :

    Aai Charlie. :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.02.09 09:14:22 by wpw Reply

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