Stegmann destined to be a Bok

2010-11-02 00:09

JJ Harmse

Pretoria – Those in the know in and around Cradock, have been saying it for years…that boy of Coligny and Ronelle Stegmann will be a Springbok one day.

Hopefully these brainy people are also rain forecasters and harvest experts, because they were right: Gideon Johannes Stegmann is now a Bok!

The 24-year-old Blue Bulls flank was included in the Bok tour group, which leaves for Ireland on Wednesday, after Schalk Burger was withdrawn from the tour due to a chest injury.

It is likely that Stegmann will wear the number six jersey in the first Test.

The shy Karoo boy was disappointed at first on Saturday when his name was not announced, especially as he had started rubbing shoulders with the larger Bok training group in Johannesburg last week.

This has now changed to joy, but according to Stegmann, who after a brilliant Super 14 this year and played little Currie Cup rugby due to a thigh injury, there is not much time for euphoria because Ireland is waiting.

"I don't know yet where I fit in, but I'm ready for anything. I do see it as the next phase of my career but I know it's important not to lose sight of what brought me here," he said openly.

Stegmann's inclusion in the Bok team wasn't coincidental, several excellent seasons with the Bulls will testify to this.

He was named the team's forward of the year in 2008 and was a key player in 2009 and 2010.

"This year's rule change at the breakdown did initially cause problems but it was more because the referees didn't immediately enforce it the same way.

“I set myself the goal to concede fewer penalty kicks, to be fitter than the next guy and started focusing on learning to read the referees and adapt my game accordingly."

"I am very proud of not having conceded a single penalty kick in the final of the Super 14," said  Stegmann regarding his adaptations this year.

He has been on a schools rugby tour in England but doesn't know much about possible opponents or playing conditions.

"I know it will be cold and more physical due to the weather conditions but I'm ready. At the Bulls you are told all the time that you have to become fitter and stronger every year."

Stegmann, who has the best time of 10.9sec over the 100m, has become the 36th Bok from Grey College.

He is also one of nine players in the current group to have matriculated from Grey.

The others are Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss, CJ van der Linde, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Flip van der Merwe, Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn.


  • zulu-blonde - 2010-11-02 00:30

    he is a better player then people give him credit for!..but does need to maybe bulk up a bit to compete with guys like Pocock and mcCaw! also, 100m in 10.9 seconds is pretty rapid for a loose forward as well!!

  • Emile - 2010-11-02 01:13

    Yes, at long last. 10.9sec in the 100m is exactly what the Boks need. Schalk was a great player and still has a role - but not as a fetcher please !!! Let's just hope he won't dissapoint as Francois Louw. If he out-played the Aussies and Kiwi's in the Super 14 then there is no reason why he cannot do the same to the pale Europeans. Just as Daniels has been knocking on the door, so has Stegman. Both kept out of the Bok team until now by totally overrate players and poor poor team selections. The Boks missed a true fetcher the entire season and let's hope Stegman get a chance and delivers.

  • mike - 2010-11-02 02:20

    Why does it take our great and brilliant coaches and selectors so long to put 2 fetchers in a team especially after Brussouw showed them the way. This should of happened last year already but know we stick with Schalk, our reliable bull in a china shop, like sending a butcher in to do brain surgery.

  • Winning Coach - 2010-11-02 03:20

    Stegamann, Alberts and Smith. Pieter de Villiers could not ask for any better. Stegmann is currently the number one loose forward. Richie Mac agrees!!! Congrats selectors, you chose correctly! Now let us go and WIN

  • Rudi - 2010-11-02 05:43

    Uiteindelik!! Hy het master Mcaw en trawante almal ore aangesit in die S14. Was ook die enigste speler in die CC semi wat 'n verskil vir die Bulle gebring het toe hy op die veld kom. Hy het net te laat op die veld gekom! Geluk Steggies, ons is trots op jou! Hou jou voete ferm op die grond,gryp die geleentheid aan en wys die manne daar bo hoe mens balle steel!!

  • To Gery College. - 2010-11-02 06:00

    Well done to Deon. Don't know what they do at Grey-College but they must do something right to produce so many quality rugby players.Whatever you guys do right in Bloem keep on doing it cause SA Rugby needs it.

  • bok supporter - 2010-11-02 06:57

    What a player in the mould of brussow...........another grey college boytije just what the boks need in the tour.Personally i would play steggies at 6 spies at 8 anh juan smith at 7 that is deadly loose trio.

  • Barries - 2010-11-02 07:27

    Nothing more than a walking yellow card!

  • jvr - 2010-11-02 07:29

    Grey College, College, College - bo!!

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-11-02 07:31

    He is good ,but not sure if he deserves to be selected ahead of Francois Louw, Jaque Botes etc.

  • better - 2010-11-02 07:55

    Deon Stegmann and Heinrich Brussow much better no 6 than Schalk Ham Burger...

  • Fetcher Fan - 2010-11-02 08:19

    Stegmann will have the same impact on the Bokke as Brussow's inclusion had. Ironically both received their chance after a Schalk Burger injury. Stegmann and Brussow are real fetchers you need on heavy UK fields. Congratulations to Stegmann, the best specialist ball fetcher in SA.

  • Herklaas - 2010-11-02 08:20

    LIEWE DONNER! 10.9 seconds over 100m!! That boy is fast!

  • hasie - 2010-11-02 08:20

    Net jammer hy speel vir die Bulle!!!!

  • Peet - 2010-11-02 08:30

    This Deon Stegmann will be a revelation to international rugby, provided he is fit and fully recovered from his injuries. He is so humble and yet extremely physical and hard- the perfect attitude to be in a Springbok backrow. With Juan Smith and Deon Stegmann as your flanks, you know that you are in for a great day at the office!

  • Hendrik - 2010-11-02 08:35

    I know he is a great player, but he and Adi played centuries ago, so i do not think it is such a good choice

  • Hendrik - 2010-11-02 08:42

    with stegman, and brussow that will play again next year....Burgers' time is OVER!

  • Tana - 2010-11-02 08:52

    @Zulu-Blonde. You must have watched the Super 14. Pocock and McCaw saw their toes, not the ball. Western Force and Crusaders both lost to the Blue Bulls. This man is good, sometimes outplayed Heinrich Brussouw. If Schalck is not careful, he will not make it to next year's world cup. This guy plays exactly like George Smith. Terrific opponent to face. Forget about Francios Louw please. He won't be a bok anytime soon. He simply isn't good enough.

  • cas - 2010-11-02 09:36

    hes probably the fastest white boy around.Hope after all the hype he makes it

  • AND THE WORST DECISION IN THE WORLD IS..... - 2010-11-02 09:45

    Who is better than Stegmann - 1) Spies 2) Brussouw 3) Kankowski 4) Vermeulen 5) F Louw 6) Burger 7) Juan Smith 8) Keegan Daniel 9) W Alberts 10) Deysel 11) J Botes 12) D Potgieter 13) Ashley Johnson I'm probably leaving a few out..... Stegmann is quite simply not up to scratch. Go see how many penalties he cost the Bulls. TERRIBLE DECISION TO INCLUDE HIM!

  • AND THE WORST DECISION IN THE WORLD IS..... - 2010-11-02 10:02

    Who is better than Stegmann - 1) Spies 2) Brussouw 3) Kankowski 4) Vermeulen 5) F Louw 6) Burger 7) Juan Smith 8) Keegan Daniel 9) W Alberts 10) Deysel 11) J Botes 12) D Potgieter 13) Ashley Johnson I'm probably leaving a few out..... Stegmann is quite simply not up to scratch. Go see how many penalties he cost the Bulls. TERRIBLE DECISION TO INCLUDE HIM!

  • @ TERRIBLE DECISION GUY DOWN HERE-----\/ - 2010-11-02 10:07

    Your Francois Louwtjie gave away more penalties than Stegmann, I suppose that's why WP failed in the S14 final, NE? And Barries, when last did Stegmann get a yellow card? Heh? It was against Craig Joubert last year.....and you WP guys know ALL about Craig Joubert, don't you? LMGA!

  • verkakte - 2010-11-02 10:12

    How could they ignore Ver Meulen ?

  • Megabull - 2010-11-02 10:25

    Congrats Steggies!

  • sjo-joe - 2010-11-02 11:54

    Slo-jo Duanne Vermeulen just as overrated as Julius Malema,... ....hehehehe...!!!

  • JODY - 2010-11-02 12:07


  • StormersSupporter - 2010-11-02 12:22

    I am really getting tired of these people with very low IQs posting here. Come on guys, stop complaining that players are to small. Aplon is to small, Stegmann needs to bulk up, etc, etc, etc. These guys play their hearts out and are very good in their respective positions regardless of their size. Would you rather have s massive spies in the team with no heart? That is useless. So grow up and give credit where it is due.

  • Edward - 2010-11-02 12:22

    Stegman you beauty. Say what you want he is simply the best!!!

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-02 12:48

    @ TERRIBLE DECISION GUY DOWN HERE-----\/: A Blue Bull Fan that can see thatt Craig Joubert F%$cked us over twice - You are a revelation , but will proberbly be shot there far North of the JUKSKEI - BTW - Stegmann is not a bad player - Hope he does well ( Deon - Don't please bulk up , then you will become as crap as Pierre Spies)

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  • LABRAT - 2010-11-02 14:44

    Not convinced, but lets see how he goes at this level. Brussouw is/was in a different class.

  • StormersSupporter - 2010-11-02 15:56

    @haha. So big mouth here. Why not tell that to his face? lol. Then we see who laughs last. PS. If he is SO slow, how did he get hammered in a tackle, lose his boots, then get up and catch Mvovo, who we all know is very fast? A player does not have to play for the bulls to be good. Stop being so biased. Vermeulen and Stegmann are both brilliant players.

  • mike - 2010-11-02 18:35

    Why are people even bringing up Vermulens name, Steggies and him are not in competition with each other. One is a 8th man the other a fetcher, the squad needed another fetcher, we already have Spies, Kanko and Alberts who can play 8 so if you wanna argue it should be around those three.

  • Effie@ Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-02 20:46

    Listen @sshole, u gonna get f@cked up very soon. Joubert had NOTHING to do with WP's how many've lost in the last decade.WP is just useless. Get off this block cuz I'm getting tired of your unintelligent, low IQ, small man syndrome c**p that u write

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-03 04:20

    Effie@ Cliff Bradley: By who , cerainly not You - You are welcome to come try - you , that the best part dribbled down someones leg, you also will not tell me wkere or wherenot I can comment - Most certainly not a BB idiot like yourself - Most of my so called stupid remarks are in answer to your stupid comments about the WP supporters -You stupid north of the Jukskei piece of junk !!!!

  • -------------------\/ - 2010-11-03 08:56

    @Cliff Bradley...............Comeon Cliff. Let's keep it clean young man. And no, I have'nt been shot far north of the Jukskei yet. :) But please, this is a joyous occasion, enjoy it.

  • The Prophet - 2010-11-03 09:32


  • proud to be a lion - 2010-11-03 10:12

    Beast, Bismark, Jannie, Bakkies, Victor, Stegmann, Smith, Alberts - we might as well blow them away with a powerful & well Balanced forward pack. backline, go for combinations/experience first so hougaard/pienaar, steyn, bryan, devilliers(if fit if not, Lambie), Jacobs, basson, aplon.

  • Peet @The Prophet - 2010-11-03 11:12

    OOOOOOOh How prophetic of you! Tell me, how do penalties 3 points apiece amount to 10 points? DUMB@SS Clearly you are out of your league. Leave the rugby to those knowledeable on the matter, will you? Stegmann is a demon! Peace!

  • Effie@ Cliff Bradley - 2010-11-03 15:34

    You are so funny, did u see how many people are laughing at your jokes, so talented and intelligent. Just go check the dictionary again for "week" and "weak". A team did not play "week" little Einstein, shame, no wonder u cheer or is it chear or tjeer for WP. And when your alcoholic mommy teaches u to count to 10, that's how many years your "untouchable" team has been without a cup now.

  • Rooies - 2010-11-04 16:18

    @Effie: Hierdie man met sy blatante vuilbek hoort nie op 'n forum soos hierdie nie! Sport24, ek dog julle "scan" boodskappe voordat julle dit plaas!

  • @Peet @The Prophet - 2010-11-04 21:15

    "Tell me, how do penalties 3 points apiece amount to 10 points?" Have you ever thought that a quick tap penalty, or one kicked to the corner could result in a try (5 points) and a conversion (2 points) and then another penalty kicked for posts (3 points) would all add up to ten points? Surely for someone as vociferous as you are in your remonstrating of how the game should be played, your arithmatic and understanding of the points scoring of rugby would be second knowledge to you. Please engage the grey matter before condeming other people's opinions.

  • Effie@ Rooies - 2010-11-05 01:18

    Foeitog jou simpel idioot, gaan le kaal op jou boetie tot jy persoonlikheid kry man! D@nner jou sommer

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