Bok structures 'a challenge'

2011-09-07 08:42

Cape Sown - Springbok utility back Frans Steyn says he has found it tough to adapt to the Bok structures since returning from France.

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Steyn has been plying his trade with racing Metro in France in recent years and admitted to Die Burger newspaper that the toughest thing since returning to the Boks was to get used to the way the South Africans play the game.

"The biggest challenge was to fit into the structures again. At Racing we run with everything and there's not really a game plan," said Steyn.

The 24-year-old with 43 Test caps also hinted that he might consider a return to South Africa once his contract at Racing expires next June. He is engaged and says he will always stay a son of Bethlehem in the Eastern Free State, even though he thoroughly enjoys his stay in Paris.

"France has made me grow up. The distance was probably good for me, but I like being back with the Boks," said Steyn.

He also admitted that centre is now his preferred position and he's played most of his rugby there for Racing. However, it is doubtful that he will get a chance in the midfield for the Boks during the Rugby World Cup, with Jean de Villeirs and Jaque Fourie coach Peter de Villiers' preferred centre pairing.

His long-range drop kick prowess will in any case be better utilised at fullback. Steyn is renowned for landing long range drop efforts, but hasn't kicked one in a while, mainly due to playing in the midfield in France, but he admitted that he has been practicing the skill ahead of the World Cup tournament.

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  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 08:47

    ''Springbok utility back Frans Steyn says he has found it tough to adapt to the Bok structures since returning from France''. Probably didn't suit his hair.

      benswartskaap - 2011-09-07 09:01

      You just had to......

      Tools1 - 2011-09-07 09:05

      And your point is.....come on dozer you give us bulls supporters a bad name with your senceless comments.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 09:09

      Jy weet dit Ben. Tools, that hurt.

      DeonL - 2011-09-07 09:45

      Some say he is unfit, maybe they do not train so much in France? He looks a bit overweight.

      Met - 2011-09-07 09:45

      Structures or the absence of it ?

      mike rockey - 2011-09-07 09:59

      Hey Tools1 - I thought that was quite funny. And I am sure Bulldozer would at least be able to spell senseless.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 10:11

      Ha ha ha. Thanks Mike.

      GHT - 2011-09-07 10:58

      @Dozer. Funny. @DeonL. A bit overweight. hmm. He doesn't look overweight to me. He looks like a centre. And that just happens to be where his employers use him.

      Reindeer - 2011-09-08 04:00

      @Tools1 Julle Blou Bul (eintlik meer PIenk Os) ondersteuners het 'by default' 'n slegte naam, dit kan nie werklik slegter nie. So moenie "Bulldozer" (of liewer Os-n@ier) blameer nie.

  • Ivan - 2011-09-07 08:53

    Steyn Should be the first choice starting fullback, hes defence is far better than Lambie becouse of his size! either way GO BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      JohnnyBB - 2011-09-07 09:05

      ....Frans Steyn is a better no 12 than Jean de Villiers... ....Jean de ViIliers can't tackle... ...and overrated.....

      Sharkbite - 2011-09-07 09:06

      Really? What games have you been watching? Lambie's defense is one of his best attributes!

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 09:10

      Johnny, I agree with de Villiers being overrated. I don't agree on Frans being better tough. He's just as overrated.

      Steyts - 2011-09-07 09:15

      I thought Frans Steyn is the first choice 15!? Anyway, him or Lambie doesn't really matter. I think they are both BRILLIANT!!! Fransie must just lose a bit of the tjoep on his stomach... He probably lost 5 kg's already when he mowed his head...

      jase880 - 2011-09-07 09:41

      I really rate Pat Lambie - he is awesome - but I do think that it might be better to start with Steyn. I dunno - the experience he brings makes me feel a little more comfortable. But then again - he was completely inexperienced at his first World Cup (2007) and he shone, so maybe that's a case for Pat.

      StaalBurgher - 2011-09-07 10:57

      @Steyts, exactly. They are all good enough for the Boks. Besides over the next 5-6 years some will have injuries and it is great to have more than one Tier 1 player for a position. Great news if Steyn is moving back to SA.

  • darquan - 2011-09-07 09:06

    He should come to the Bulls.We need a good inside centre

      Steyts - 2011-09-07 09:18

      Darquan, yes you do!!!! Olivier is crap, and now that you have bought Sadie as no 13 for 80k a month you will have a brilliant centre pairing for the first time in ages!! As a WP supporter I am really really sad that our two best backline players in the WP are leaving. I just hope that Catrakillis will stay, he has been a very good as well!!

      Jenny - 2011-09-07 09:30

      @Steyts Catrakillis is too young for WP team so he will probably look to join another team and then maybe come back when he is 35

      Steyts - 2011-09-07 10:14

      @Jenny Hahahahaha

  • draaft - 2011-09-07 09:13

    Lambie comes into the line better, place kicks better, provide more vision when slotting in at flyhalf for a move, has a better defensive record, is less arrogant, won't attempt a 55m drop goal when there is a try on, and doesn't have a bieber on roids haircut. Difficult choice? I think not...

      JitteKerl - 2011-09-07 09:18

      there's a try on from 55m out? only andries bekker can jump that far

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 09:20

      Don't insult Bieber by compairing him with Frans. He is more of a man than Frans will ever be.

      Mark Stevenson - 2011-09-07 09:49

      I doubt Lambie is a better place kicker. In fact the one he showed us all is that he can't kick under pressure in th S15. He is for the future, Franse is the best 15 for us now.

      harry.booth - 2011-09-07 10:23

      better place kicker...., There is no other player that can kick 3 points as far as him. We have won 2 world cups through kicking and you want to leave him out... think about it. Steyn and him will do massive damage come a close match.

  • Jaguarpaw - 2011-09-07 09:21

    Frans Steyn is overrated! He hit a massive drop gole a few years ago against Australia, and has played on that performance for years. He has not produced a performance of note for several years now. In my opinion he should not be in the 30 man squad even. Lambie, Aplon are both better than him. Steyn has no pace, and cant counter attack. All he can do is kick

      Zee - 2011-09-07 09:33

      Agreed - not sure what all the hype around Frans is. He is decent, but definitely not brilliant. Lambie/Aplon are much more versatile.

      Jack - 2011-09-07 09:39

      And Riaan Viljoen can do all that.

      Jay - 2011-09-07 10:25

      You obviously have not been watching any Euro Cup, he has been awesome for Racing Metro. Regularly slotting massive 60+ meter kicks. Just youtube him. Look Im not a huge fan of his, but he has that x factor that can win or lose a game. And players like that, if they stand up, are vital in a world cup.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-07 09:32

    I would play Frans Steyn at 12 against Samoa and Fiji. But thats just me.

      POLAR_BEAR - 2011-09-07 09:42

      SAFFA CAT - what is your opinion about the condition Frans Steyn is in. How much running has he been able to do with a bad hamstring? He is surely one of the slowest back-line players in world rugby right now. Have I got that right? Pretty slow for a centre in my opinion. Pat Lambie as a fullback any time over Frans Steyn. lambie has flair and skill.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 09:54

      I would've loved to see Earl Rose take on the Fijians and Samoans, just for his physical presence.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-07 10:01

      @Polar_Bear - I don't think Frans has the pace to play 15 anymore. You can get away with that lack of extreme pace at 12 imho. Not sure if you watched him play for Racing much? His distribution has seriously improved, and his size and strength in the channel would be ideal against the more 'physical opponents'. I am a serious Frans Steyn fan, so might be a little blinkered, but I am one of those who wants him on the field at the end of the day - regardless of where he plays. I want his boot on that field!!! At fullback he offers us plensch, at 12 he also offers plensch against certain opposition. The only thing with regard to Frans I am really worried about: his total lack of gametime. The French season finished way before the S15 ended, and he played little in the AB game b4 he was injured. (And by his own admission, the French don't do structure well.....which means he will need ALL the pool games to reach his fighting weight...and considering our pool that's a tough ask) That said ,we have some great backs who can play anywhere - so if Frans does struggle badly conditioning wise - we have able replacements. @Lloyd - SBW fast? SBW has a good offload, he is not the speediest chap around.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 10:13

      I never said anything about Sonny Bill's speed, Mrs.Cat.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-07 10:18

      @Lloyd - where is your previous comment? Was it stolen by those little hobbits again? Decapitation, can make a man of you :)

      Jay - 2011-09-07 10:30

      I have watched a few of his Racing games, and his no. 12 play has been good, but they play his style of rugby..................the problem and bonus of Steyn is the fact that nobody on the field knows what he is going to do next, this can work well but it can also be disastrous.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 10:38

      I removed it, probably crossed the line on that one. Apologies.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-07 10:45

      @lloyd - ROTFLMAO - I think I was the only one that saw it :) You do realise though that Jean, Jaque and Bryan H live pretty close to you (Habs is literally your neighbour)....and I know the chaps read these forums at times.....I hope you don't have a huge Bulldozer, SBW, Bulls, Jim Carrey flag identifying your place of residence. I would not want you to be our own Ghaddafi (crawling through passages, living in bunkers..)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-07 10:49

      @Jay - make no mistake, Jean must play 12 in the knockout games - end of. Frans at 12, only for Samoa and Fiji.....(I would frikkin hate Jean to pick an injury in those games....I would sob like I have sobbed twice before, in fact if Jean (please rugby gods NO) were to pick up a niggle again and miss the knockouts, I am 100% I would sob, howl and cry more than him.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 10:56

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! I don't have any of those outside of my house, believe it or not (the wife won't allow it).

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-07 11:13

      @Lloyd - your wife MUST be a Capetonian then :)

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-07 11:15

      No, Magrieta Susanna is from Brakpan.

  • Weepee - 2011-09-07 09:47

    Judging on what I have seen in the TN so far Aplon is a better option at FB. Steyn looks very cumbersome under pressure. Unless he improves expect a few charge downs to go against us.

  • JP73 - 2011-09-07 10:03

    He is overrated, there are better fullbacks

  • SonderSnor - 2011-09-07 10:18

    Watched some of the replays of 2007 matches recently. I honestly beleive we would not have won the WC if Jean De Villiers did not get injured. Frans played a role in many of the tries and kicks that made us champions.. Jean currently has even less to offer than in 2007.

      Jay - 2011-09-07 10:36

      I don't know, am i blind? there are alot of Jean Haters out there and I don't know why. If in fact you have any rugby savvy at all you will see the amazing work he does on the park, the offloads that put people into space.....................and when, which doesn't happen often enough, he backs himself he is very fast. At the 2007 world cup he was the fastest player over 100 meters in the squad. I'm guessing he is still one of the quickest once he gets going. he is a big unit so no he doesn't have Gio's or Bryan's acceleration.

      Jaguarpaw - 2011-09-07 14:16

      Jean is much better than Francois Steyn. He is quicker and a more intelligent player than Frans.Jean's inability to create good ball is as a result of a very static no 10 (Morne Steyn) . If Jean were to play alongside someone like Pat Lambie he would get alot better service and and would be able to create more.

  • StBad - 2011-09-08 00:36

    'was' renowned... hasn't landed one in years. Looking like a centre these days I must admit, SA's Ma'a Nonu with those locks and thighs. I'm still a fan though. Hope you get a chance to shine!

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