Cape Town - Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn feels the South African media and rugby public are overcritical.
Steyn replaced Elton Jantjies in last Saturday’s losing Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Salta.
He missed two penalties as well as a drop attempt as the Boks went down 26-24.
Steyn currently plays his club rugby with Stade Francais in France where he admits he feels less pressure there than in South Africa.
After arriving with the Boks in Johannesburg on Monday, Steyn toldNetwerk24: “I’ll now probably be the worst flyhalf in the world. In South Africa you just cannot win with the media and the rugby public.
“That’s one thing I don’t miss when I’m playing in France. (Here) the one week you can be the best, then suddenly you’re the worst there is the following week.
“I’ll probably now hear that I’m too old and have to hang up my boots. As player you just have to listen to the right people and not let the unnecessary negative criticism bother you.”
Looking to the future, Steyn feels the current Bok squad boasts the right player personnel.
“I think it’s a new era with young guys and they should be given the chance to establish themselves.”