Beale lauds 'classy' Steyn

2011-08-10 17:22

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Durban - Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale isn’t expecting Frans Steyn, his likely opposite number in the Castle Tri-Nations Test here on Saturday, to be short of the proverbial gallop when they come up against each other.

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There is a school of thought that Steyn, the single-minded Racing Metro player, may take some time to readapt to the pace and cutting edge of Test rugby after his recent experiences mostly in the French club environment.

But Beale, who joins the Melbourne Rebels from the Waratahs for the 2012 campaign, doesn’t subscribe to that theory.

He told Sport24: “He’s classy player, mate. Very dangerous at the back.

“He has a very good kicking game and we in the (Wallaby) back three will have to be very aware of what he can do in that regard.

“You can’t make the mistake of disrespecting any player operating at this level, or they’ll end up getting at you in some way. He’s a great player and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The 22-year-old Beale, who shares many of Steyn’s characteristics - like versatility in the backline, a penchant for acting on instinct at times instead of rigidly sticking to the script, and competence off the place-kicking tee - had the less experienced Gio Aplon as his rival in the No 15 jersey when the teams met in Sydney recently and Australia comfortably beat the visitors’ controversial “B-team” 39-20.

And he hinted that the Aussies will not necessary tone down their fluid, attacking game just because they’re likelier to come up against a more street-wise and defensively less naive Bok side this weekend.

“You’ve got to pay a lot of respect to whoever your opponents put out on the paddock, but at the same time we’re going to be very confident in backing ourselves ... we know we have some dangerous players.

“We’ve got to turn up this week. We want to turn things around very quickly (after the defeat to the All Blacks in Auckland) and there’s a great opportunity to do it at Kings Park.”


  • BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 17:26

    Morne Steyn deserves another shot at 15.

      Ronin - 2011-08-10 17:42

      Morne Steyn can be lucky he is on the field at all!!

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 17:48

      @Morne Steyn deserves another shot at you. But I fear your boyfriend Spies will get there first

      Drewka - 2011-08-10 18:14

      Morne Steyn would play off the bench. His form is not up to scratch and we need big defenders in mid-field. Butch, de Villiers and Fourie would be the obvious choice. Just a pitty that James place kicking is not as good as Morne's.

      Steyts - 2011-08-10 18:27

      Morne Steyn is HORSESHIT!!!!

      Karoobloed - 2011-08-10 18:28

      At best Morne Steyn should be a last option number 10 when it becomes clear all the other kickers in the team are either injured or lost their kicking boots completely. Butch "Yellow Card" James is now clearly our best prospect at 10. Frans Steyn should be at 15. Lambie should cover 10 and 15 from the bench.

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 20:10

      None of you guys are being honest here. Please add some meat to your arguments?

      Barry Edwards - 2011-08-10 20:28

      I would think Morne will be on the bench on Saturday. Lets face it he has not had a fantastic year this year even by his standards. Butch has come off a really good season in Europe, a has shown his class with the lions. To me its a no brainer who starts at number 10 on Saturday.

      roti - 2011-08-11 01:00

      haha, you are the biggest bulls#$tter, morne is way past his sell by date, he was ok in 09 behind a decent forward pack, i think he even tackled someone in 09, since then, no heart, no commitment, the game has changed pal, morne vs beale, mills, cmon, does'nt compare

      Raeez - 2011-08-11 07:43

      In that case Earl Rose deserves a bigger shot at

      wpmannetjie - 2011-08-11 08:55

      let Morne play curriecup to gain confidence one or two game them take him back .you will see a different player

  • What de D... - 2011-08-10 17:50

    Steyn and the rest of the flou bulle should go home

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 20:06

      Please unpack your idea?

  • BokSharky - 2011-08-10 18:32

    Boks will play with their RUSH DEFENCE PATTERN ,DRIVING MAULS AND LINEOUT DRIVES .........Australia will last for 60 min SA by 10 with a b onus point WATCH THIS SPACE

      TheDuck - 2011-08-10 18:50

      Dude those were the tactics 4 years ago. Times have changed. We now use static defense, aimless kicking and one-dimensional running to win games. Duh. Get with the program!

  • thefeather - 2011-08-10 18:33

    First Genia talks up Fourie, and now Beale talks up Steyn. Ten bucks says someone will be making a statement tomorrow about how spectacular someone else in the Bok team is. Talk the Boks up to the point where they believe the hype and then the Aussies will run around and make them look stupid. Again!

  • Steyts - 2011-08-10 18:33

    We will do much much better this time round!! The Human sieve (Olivier) is not there along with very very old Adrian Jacobs who used tto play outside Moses for Egypt back in the day... Morne Steyn is useless and I hope they play Frans so that we have someone who can make things happen from the back!! The worst of it all is that I can't watch the game since the birthday party I MUST attend doesn't have any TV's at the venue!!

  • Ozman - 2011-08-10 18:41

    Aussie -Aussie-Aussie

      thefeather - 2011-08-10 19:39

      Oi Oi Oi

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-10 19:50

      And that my friends is the sounds of a sheep's mating call

      Obama Bin Laden - 2011-08-11 00:26

      @Biggest Bull: When Spies farts, that's your mating call

  • JitteKerl - 2011-08-10 19:55

    The Aussies laud us before the game. we laud them after the game

      BiggestBull - 2011-08-10 20:09

      Like the Bulls and WP.

  • fireboy - 2011-08-10 20:30

    Geez, these ozzies pretend to lick bokballs. it's nauseating. is this suppose to be some sort of pre-game psyche-out? it's just gay.

      thefeather - 2011-08-10 21:04

      Wait for tomorrow's grand finale... I think it's going to be good. Look out for "wounded", "proud", "backs against the wall", "not taking them lightly" and other favourites.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-10 23:16

    Mr Beale, may your words regarding Frans Steyn be casted in gold! I, however, believe you are merely preparing youself psychologically and do not yourself believe one word of it. Beware the Greek …

  • BlueRaven - 2011-08-11 06:22

    Whatever Mr. Beale! Go Bokke! Whipp some Australian ass!

  • ozzymate - 2011-08-11 06:24

    yeah thats it beale. lay it on thick mate. these wannabes really love to hear how great they After all they are the RWC champs you know. they do have an outstanding winning record that supports their RWC champ status aye.. they must be the current no1 in the world too so we better humble ourselves before these classy winners.

      fullmoon - 2011-08-11 07:53

      sour grapes, sheep shagger? I think you'll find that the only team with more wins than losses against us is the AB's. Now go hug some wool

  • Keith3663 - 2011-08-11 08:17

    Play Butch at 10 and after a while there will be a gap in the defence as Butch takes a rest in the sin bin ...

  • Johann - 2011-08-11 09:10

    Lambie should be there instead of Steyn. . Think he needs a lot of rest

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