Pointless slap on the wrist for Steyn

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Springboks on 23 Oct 2012 at 17:48
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The vague and inconsistent SARU judiciary have done it again, in handing Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn a ban that won’t actually keep him from playing any rugby.

Those who will argue that Steyn doesn’t play any rugby anyway these days certainly have a point, but having witnessed the late, swinging arm cheap shot that took out Sharks fullback Louis Ludik towards the end of Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final, most pundits were expecting some time on the sidelines to compound an appalling season for the once match-winning Bok pivot. The subtext, of course, behind daring to hope for a ban was that any meaningful censure would remove the possibility of Steyn being pressed into service on the Springboks’ end of year tour.

Steyn was dropped after the away leg of the Rugby Championship after dishing up some rather average performances; however in the absence of the once-again-injured golden boy Johan Goosen, those who understand coach Heyneke Meyer’s ways are rightly concerned that he may give the Bulls man just one more chance to show how poor he can be.

Judicial Officer Louis Booyse, though, poured cold water on any such hopes by bizarrely finding Steyn guilty of the alleged offence, yet somehow handing down a one-week ban that will have no impact on anything, since the player won’t be playing any rugby this weekend anyway.

The other Bull guilty of foul play over the weekend, Morne Mellett, escaped with no further sanction after being shown a yellow card for tripping Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie.


  • There is a report on “that place that shan’t be named” that Heyneke has changed his mind on Lambie at 10 after his performances in the past two games.

    I am still not confident that Steyn won’t be his first choice on the EOYT

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.10.12 18:01:35 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Steyn has been playing foul rugby all year. To find him guilty of foul play now is rather late…..snigger.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.10.12 18:12:20 by Caratacus Reply

  • I’m willing to put a couple of bucks on steyn being first choice on EOYT. I think it will be beter for steyn to rest for next year and let young ones play but not even 10% sure that will happen with meyer as coach. But hey the way meyer is going now this might be his last tour as coach and maybe the new coach will go for youth at 10.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.10.12 18:21:59 by JD Reply
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  • These judicial processes are always a lottery. However, that swinging arm of Steyn, should of received a far more severe punishment.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.10.12 07:23:04 by Bump Reply

  • well it continues with the Kiwi’s & bulls getting off lightly.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.10.12 07:44:42 by Dunx Reply

  • WTF? 😮

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.10.12 07:48:01 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @JD (Comment 3) : I agree if he”s not going to give someone else the 10 jersey he’s not gonna win much more games and not gonna stay the coach

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.10.12 08:00:44 by sharktooth Reply

  • I have always though the bans should come in the form of games instead of weeks. Weeks are pointless if you are on a bye or at the end of the season.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.10.12 08:21:52 by lostfish Reply
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  • I can not recall who it was – but did one of the Sharks (Skeate?) not get cited in the CC Final last year, and then was in fact banned from the first game at the beginning of the new season in January?

    @lostfish (Comment 8) : I totally agree – it should be games. Guess Steyn is laughing all the way on this.

    There is not much available. But did he plead guilty? Guess if it was someone like Butch – it would have been way harsher.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.10.12 08:39:32 by Ice Reply
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  • Steyn probably broke down and cried like a baby 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.10.12 09:14:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 8) : Agreed.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.10.12 09:35:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Now there’s nothing that can keep morne out of the EOYT…except for meyer…and nobody in the world knows what goes trough his mind

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.10.12 12:00:12 by sharktooth Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : Actually the only thing that Heyneke said was that he was willing to consider Lambie at flyhalf as well as at fullback for the EOYT. Morne will start again, embarrass himself again and maybe come the new year we’ll have a new Springbok coach. If we don’t front up against Ireland and England we might actually lose those games. That’ll give HM the exceptional record of 5/12.

    England already know how to counter HM’s BRILLIANT game plan, they showed us that in PE and Ireland with Gert Smal as assistant will also know.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.10.12 12:31:39 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @sharktooth (Comment 12) : His kak form could. Someone else deserves a chance.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.10.12 12:33:12 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 14) : Think HM sees Morne’s poor form as an excuse to play him and to “coach” him out of his slump.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.10.12 12:34:40 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @lostfish (Comment 14) : 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.10.12 12:35:04 by Ice Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 15) : Think positive Butchie 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.10.12 15:49:53 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : My positive thinking is that we’re gonna get number 7 on Saturday!! 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.10.12 15:51:13 by Butchie34 Reply

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