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Pocock wary of Steyn's return

2010-08-25 16:39

Cape Town - Australian flank David Pocock expects South Africa to be boosted by the return of fullback Francois Steyn in Saturday's Tri-Nations match in Pretoria.

Steyn, who plays for Racing Metro in France, was named in place of Gio Aplon in the side to face the Australians and was one of two changes made by the Springboks as they look to claim their first victory of the tournament.

Racing coach Pierre Berbizier has suggested Steyn is not yet ready for high-pressure test rugby but Pocock is wary of the 2007 World Cup-winner's pedigree.

"Steyn is solid, big, reliable and a good kicker," Pocock said. "Regardless of his (club) form in France, when he pulls on the Springbok jersey he'll be ready and he'll do his best."

Aplon played well in South Africa's 29-22 defeat to New Zealand in Johannesburg last weekend but lost his place to the more experienced Steyn. Center Juan de Jongh was the other player dropped, with Jaque Fourie coming into midfield.

Pocock said his team was expecting a fired-up display from the Boks, who could climb above Australia in the table with a win on Saturday. The ruck area, in particular, will be an area that could decide the match.

"I thought the breakdown was very well contested by both sides on Saturday, and that is something we are going to have to work on," Pocock said.

Australia, which beat South Africa 30-13 last month, will name its starting lineup on Thursday.

AP

Comments
  • Ian - 2010-08-25 16:58

    What exactly is Steyn going to add, besides kicking ability? He is certainly not in Aplon's class on attack and probably equal in defence. So we are going to kick the ball away still.

  • Ball - 2010-08-25 17:20

    Like Ian said,I'm gonna get kicked,again. Eina.

  • IZ IT - 2010-08-25 17:37

    WE ARE GOING BACK TO THE BASICS.(JAKES STRUCTURE AND THE BULLS STRUCTURE IN S14)A WHOLE LOT OF KICKING AND LOADS OF DEFENCE.SYEYN IS MORE SUITED TO THIS THAN APLON. PDV IS PLAYING FOR HIS JOB AND HE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO LISTEN TO THE TEAM WHO WANT THE TRIED AND TESTED.NOT THE DRIBBLE HE HAS ATTEMPTED.

  • Phil - 2010-08-25 18:12

    Did i watch a different game on Saturday??? Now i am a big Steyn fan, but De Jongh and Aplon were amongst the best players on the pitch (with Hougaard (subbed for January :-(! ) ,Burger & Van de Merwe (also subbed). Over the years we have had so many bl**dy tokens, and when we get the real thing? Accept Fourie has the pedigree. Yet January and Chiiliboy continue to head towards how many caps, having contributed what etactly?????

  • Securing the ruck - 2010-08-25 18:27

    Gio is naturally a right wing & he unluckily looses out to JP who is overall less dangerous but more reliable then Aplon. Steyn does bring something sorely missed besides his X factor on attack to the party. Working in conjunction with Jacques & JP the springboks will have the necessary strength to secure the ball when a ruck forms amongst the backs out wide.

  • Angaas - 2010-08-25 19:40

    With the Springboks (six penalties per yellow card) and Australia (seven penalties per yellow card) Rolland won't be as terrified of Paddy, as he and the other refs obviously are when they are blowing against the All Blacks (43 penalties per yellow card). A more balanced whistler might make for a great game of rugby

  • BC - 2010-08-25 20:09

    Steyn brings little to the game that DeJong and Aplon wern't already providing and I doubt he will match their passion and intensity.Why do we need Steyns 'big boot' on the highveld unless we are planning on spending a lot of time inside our own 22. The coaches keep talking abour experience but how the heck does a player get experience when he plays his heart out and still gets dropped for players that are performing at a lower level despite their experience?

  • Joe Smokin - 2010-08-25 21:19

    Still blaming the ref Angaas? Pathetic

  • Hendrik - 2010-08-25 21:36

    @Phil. YES, you watched a different game, cause burger wasn't subbed! Smith was! get your facts straight.

  • Dude - 2010-08-25 23:12

    @Ian they are going to do exactly that, the problem with the previous games was that they could not kick the ball away far enough as the opposition kept on running the ball back at them. Maybe the new game plan is for Steyn to kick the ball so far that no-one can find it to run back at the Boks with it...

  • sipho - 2010-08-26 02:01

    Fk Pocock - who care's what these convicts think.....

  • skywalker - 2010-08-26 08:52

    The point is the Assies are far more fearful of Steyn than Aplon....just hope Steyn does not kick too far and we end up scrumming on our own 22 again.

  • backline master - 2010-08-26 13:21

    Kleurlinge word gedrop vir die witmense

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