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Aus expecting improved Steyn

2010-08-31 23:03

Stephen Nell

Durban – The Wallabies are expecting a much improved performance from Springbok fullback Frans Steyn in Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test in Bloemfontein.

While Steyn was a factor in the weekend’s victory of 44-31 at Loftus Versfeld, he also made a few blunders and his kicking in general play was poor.

But that is a luxury the Aussies realise they cannot continue to bank on.

“Frans Steyn may have been a little rusty, but he’s world class and we expect him to be at his best this weekend,” said Wallaby skills coach Richard Graham.

“He’s in the middle of the European pre-season and would not have played much rugby there. He now has a Test under the belt and should be much better for it. We put him under pressure with his kicking. It’s not something he could have worked on during training and the experience would have helped him for this coming weekend.”

The Wallabies’ focus this week will be on improving their set-piece and to finish better. They lost the plot in the lineouts when Nathan Sharpe left the field in the second half and also could not apply the finishing touches to some raids into Springbok territory in the second half.

“Victor Matfield’s lineout play is excellent, but we have to stick to our plan and take the right lineout options,” said Wallaby forwards coach JimWilliams.

While the Wallabies were beaten 37-10 in the last 70 minutes on Saturday – the Aussies had led 21-7 after 10 minutes – they still appear to believe that they lost the Test rather than the Springboks winning it.

“The team views it as a game that got away from us,” said young tighthead prop James Slipper, who was a substitute in Pretoria.

“We had a good lead, but allowed the Boks back in every time. Some of the set-pieces at the end also were not up to scratch.

“The team is disappointed considering all the possession we had and we are ready to play a big game this weekend.”

Slipper may well get a bit more game time off the bench in the second half and have the opportunity to make his mark against the Bok scrum.

There is probably a lot at stake for a number of Wallabies as some of their injured players may be back in contention come the end-of-season tour.

“I won’t call it a dead rubber,” Slipper said of Saturday’s Test, which will help determine which team finishes second.

“Last week’s Test was one of the best in this year’s competition in my view and would have been good entertainment for the supporters. We don’t like losing and that is probably also the case with other teams. It’s certainly not a dead rubber.”

Sport24

Comments
  • BOKFAN - 2010-09-01 03:10

    Better believe it! Steyn should be back for good!

  • Dronkie - 2010-09-01 07:13

    Steyn is way off pace purley because he has not been playing SP14... He needs to come back to SA quick or face not being selected for the WC... I see Louis Ludick and Joe Pieterson and even Conrad Jantjes pressing hard for the 15 jersey next year.. Pat Lambie should be Morne Steyn's under study at 10

  • LOKL - 2010-09-01 11:40

    F.Steyn what a joke! he cant tackle,he cant sidestep,cant find a gap,has no pace or creativity and with that 57m kick of Morne it just showed that we dont need him!

  • Bokfan4eva - 2010-09-01 16:19

    Like Steyn or not....theres something special about watching most of a game unfold in your opponents 22. That creates alot of pressure on the opposing side and tips the psychological battle in the Boks favour....

  • Roscoe P - 2010-09-01 18:32

    What was wrong with the way Gio Aplon has been playing?! Despite his size, I think he has been doing a great job, better than Kirshner. I don't get it. This is coming from someone who usually roots against SA. I think Aplon is underrated.

  • To LOKL - 2010-09-02 08:28

    You on something else my man! Steyn is world class! Just think back to when he arrived on the scene and when he played under Mr White! Everyone thought he was a legend! The only thing that has changed is that he has gone over to France....and let me guess you probably havent watched one of his games!?? Any team will be scared of giving away a penalty in there own half if F Steyn is in the team!! Steyn at full back, JP and Aplon at wing...drop HABANA!

  • To LOKL - 2010-09-02 08:29

    You on something else my man! Steyn is world class! Just think back to when he arrived on the scene and when he played under Mr White! Everyone thought he was a legend! The only thing that has changed is that he has gone over to France....and let me guess you probably havent watched one of his games!?? Any team will be scared of giving away a penalty in there own half if F Steyn is in the team!! Steyn at full back, JP and Aplon at wing...drop HABANA!

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