Knee injury forced Meyer to quit

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 Feb 2010 at 15:37
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A crisis of confidence surrounding the state of his knees is apparently what prompted Sharks flyhalf Steve Meyer to quite the game this week.

A friend of the site had a chat to Meyer’s dad this morning. Apparently, despite being passed fit to play by the Sharks medical staff, the flyhalf decided to rather hang up his boots as he fears he has not sufficiently recovered from an old knee injury. Meyer has been playing just fine for Perpignan, though, but perhaps the additional intensity of Super 14 rugby is what has put him off.

The major motivating factor here appears to be Meyer’s fear that he would let the team down at some stage during the course of the season if his knee flared up again. He’d rather call it a day now – two days before the opening game! That’s kinda noble of you, Steve, really – but perhaps you could have done your soul-searching a few weeks ago and left us with enough time to find a replacement?

Meyer seems to have brought his own set of demons with him from France and maybe it’s better for everyone concerned that this has come to a head now. Goodness knows, we don’t need yet another mentally fragile player in the set up right now!

What do you guys think? This is the “official” line from the Meyer camp. Does it hold water to you, or am I not the only one detecting a whiff of smoke?


  • mmmm I heard Swanepoel left us as well? Can anyone confirm this?

    Who do we approach now? Walter Venter??

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.10 15:39:21 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Wow, knee injury…..doubt that.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.10 15:40:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • maybe this as well as other factors, if it was injury, why did he not tell bj van zyl that? ❓ im still very confused about this

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.10 15:41:11 by war1 Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 1) : No man, where you hear about Swannie?…say it isnt so!

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.10 15:41:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Psh… he should either have made the call a while back, or offered to start this weekend’s game and then quit. All practice has been with him in place. POOR timing.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.10 15:41:35 by molly Reply
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  • So many rumours…

    It’s like survivor, dont trust anyone…

    and remember….Blame Straeuli!

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.02.10 15:44:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @molly (Comment 5) : Flights from France are expencive you know, cant expect the poor boy to have paid for it himself… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.10 15:45:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 1) : Relax guys my ” sauce” isn`t very trustworthy but I`d like to hear what Rob knows. . .

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.10 15:46:37 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • So if it was knee injury SO WHAT!!!!!

    Retire now and you have to find a new career.
    Retire IF it gets injured again and you still have to find a new career.

    Sounds like a smoke screen to me, either that or he is not worthy of a Sharks cap anyway. (Harsh?) Yes it is harsh but I don’t want someone playing for my team who isn’t prepared to put his body on the line for the team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.02.10 15:46:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : Doubly expensive in 2010.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.02.10 15:46:50 by molly Reply
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  • I like the way that the reason for his leaving is given as a knee injury that hasn’t recovered fully yet.

    Leaving the barndoor WIDE open for a return in a few months time when all is well with his system…………..

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.02.10 15:48:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Yeah well if the boy still needs daddy to hold his hands and do his talking for him I doubt he’d have been able to make it with the big boys…..

    Unless he has a skeleton in his french closet which daddy found out.

    The plot thickens.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.02.10 15:51:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 8) : I would never rule anything out, but I doubt it. I know someone pretty close to Swannie so I can check that up, but I really doubt he’d be released.

    So who’s your sauce?

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.02.10 15:51:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : Or maybe retirement was the only way he would be able to get out of his contract with the Sharks.

    Which means something is definitely wrong in the Sharks camp.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.02.10 15:54:13 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Guys relax, it`s just an ugly rumour I picked up over at WTR this week. How would I know, I`m in Cape Town remember. He`d be long gone before the news reach us here 😆

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.02.10 15:59:28 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    Or he is hiding the fact that he is a coke addict!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.02.10 16:00:27 by wpw Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 15) : Us Sharks supporters are very nervous, especialy after yesterdays shock, we’ll now sommer believe anything we hear… 😆

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.02.10 16:00:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : you mean he took two weeks to look at the setup and decide that he’d be better off not being a part of it? 🙂

    Maybe there’s more veracity to this story than I initially thought, though. Some additional details have come to light:

    1) Meyer’s knee REALLY was bad and he probably shouldn’t still be playing
    2) He’s always had confidence problems.

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.02.10 16:02:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 15) : ja feite!

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.02.10 16:02:10 by war1 Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : Thats what it seems like, an excuse to get out the contract. But still having a way to rejoin rugga when he feels like it more.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.02.10 16:02:54 by molly Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 15) : oh, WTR. The site that makes stuff up to get hits. Remind me not to take you seriously again 🙂

    Shit, I can’t believe I just tried to call Swannie!

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.02.10 16:03:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is Alberts cleared to play guys? We need some good news on this site.

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.02.10 16:04:38 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • It’s 16:00 now, court should be adjourned till monday, so the concerned parties should have news for us…either a verdict or postponement. What’s taking them?

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.02.10 16:05:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Rob that would`ve been a very awkward conversation . . .
    But spare a thought for Venter, he`s probably struggling with the traffic on the R21 right now to get to the airport cause he thinks he might start against the Chiefs tomorrow 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.02.10 16:06:21 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Come now Rob, ma’ buddy, phone the man, just to put us at ease, we’re all nervous wrecks….just to be certain… 😀

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.02.10 16:06:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 25) : I tried… he didn’t answer 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.02.10 16:11:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :
    😯 You actually believe this story…doesn’t add up. If he was a newbie at this level of rugby maybe…but he is 25 and this isn’t the first team set up he has been apart of.

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.02.10 16:12:45 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • So he had not recovered from a old knee injury!! Then why the heck did he accept to come and play for the Sharks?

    If it is true he really wasted the Sharks time.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.02.10 16:28:31 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 28) : Nee wat ou Puma, this guy has pulled a fast one…strange how daddy has to do all his talking for him.

    He either used this retirement to get out of his contract.
    He’s hiding something and the Sharks management is in on it.
    He has a skeleton in his french closet.

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.02.10 16:32:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Darn, sure would like to know for sure.

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.02.10 16:33:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : sounds like ruan – knees & confidence :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.02.10 16:34:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 15) : you shouldn’t wonder in fishy places – may be bad for you 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.02.10 16:36:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • Sorry, not buying it.

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.02.10 16:37:47 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 33) : ya, bit weird.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.02.10 16:40:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • So now Meyer has a crocked knee??? Sounds like a crock of [email protected]#$t to me 😯

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.02.10 16:40:28 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 35) : lol….good one diablo 😀

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.02.10 16:43:56 by Megatron Reply

  • if a knee forced this chap to resign the jacob zuma is a virgin!

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.02.10 16:45:08 by Megatron Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 29) : Skeleton in his french clauset hey?
    And Frans just moved there only for ” that pic” to come out.

    Maybe it`s something similar?

    Conspiracy theories !!!! 😆

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.02.10 17:03:07 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Maybe Steve and Frans are a couple and Steve misses him…

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.02.10 17:05:05 by wpw Reply
  • Ja, ja pull the other one Steve.

    A professional rugby player, on the day before the biggest game of his life thusfar, playing for his childhood team, retires at the age of 25 because he might injure his knee again?

    ALL rugby players are ALWAYS playing with niggles and injuries.
    As a pro you play until you break… and then either get treated or retire.

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.02.10 17:09:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 38) : LOLZ, hectic man…wonder what happened to that story of old Frans….

    Well I hope we at least get to the bottom of this.

    @wpw (Comment 39) : Who knows….might want him to be his valentine… yuck.

    Maybe a bookie is on old Stevies case, told him that if he plays he dies?

    Maybe Stevie is to enter witness protection… 😆

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.02.10 17:10:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Hey have fun around the fire tonight guys! I`m outta here!

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.02.10 17:11:05 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 40) : Ask Andre Pretorius

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.02.10 17:13:35 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 35) : @robdylan (Comment 18) : maybe thats why Rudi met with Doolie as back up for meyer

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.02.10 17:19:17 by Fattmann Reply
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  • Did Steve have a knee-jerk reaction? 😉

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.02.10 17:21:19 by diablo Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 41) :

    bottom of this. 😯 We will never know if frans actually did get to that bottom. 😆

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.02.10 17:24:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : But if it was just a knee injury, why wouldnt he tell the Sharks management, why are they being so hush-hush about it…and if it was a confidence thing, surely there was alot of presure on him at Perpignan as well.

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.02.10 17:29:47 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : We’ll have to wait for his book it seams… 😆

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.02.10 17:31:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Knee-injury my ass, theres more to this, I might have believed a story about grass growing out off his ass more than this 🙄 But I still say good luck to him, rather the devil you know than the devil you dont.

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.02.10 18:38:28 by Jarson's (X + V) Reply
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  • 😐 Well let him go we don’t need him maybe he must go back to france or go play for what ever team he thinks he is good for well it looks like he is not good for our sharks team so what we got good players in durbs find them
    Shark Revenge

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.02.10 19:17:44 by Charmaine Reply

  • lets call it quits. sharks let him down he let sharks down evens stevens.

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.02.10 21:40:12 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 51) :

    Sharks let him down??????? 😯 How the heck did you make that deduction?????

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.02.10 21:45:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Somethings rotten in Rotterdam.

    I smell a rat.

    Slang innie gras.

    Smoke, fire.

    Something’s not lekker hierso.

  • Comment 53, posted at 12.02.10 22:00:30 by McLovin Reply

  • The term “personal reasons”, does not gel leke with “knee injury”. Why didnt he say so from the start? Sniff sniff, I smell a rat.

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.02.10 06:16:59 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • PS Rob: and how much money did we waste on THIS?

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.02.10 06:33:45 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • I agree, we don’t need a mental case at this stage of the competition, but like i said, we could have given those 20 minutes he took up in the warm-ups to someone else. But its too late now. We just have to hope that Pienaar returns with a strong attitude and hopefully he will hit form very soon this year…hopefully before the first game.

    To all the Sharks supporters for today’s game…GO THE SHARKS!!!!!

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.02.10 11:44:31 by The Shark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 52) : i would like to know that one toooooo, its just the other way around but what the hell he will have to live with that for the rest of his life where ever he goes and when sharks bring that last super 14 cup home he is going to kick him self up his but that he was not there to help his team go sharks

  • Comment 57, posted at 13.02.10 15:35:29 by Charmaine Reply


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