Steyn back in the spotlight

2012-10-09 14:08

Pretoria - The season ending injury to Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen has suddenly thrust Morne Steyn back into the spotlight, with his match form and preparation likely to be scrutinised from every conceivable angle over the next few weeks.

According to the website, Steyn was purposely rested from the last two games of the Rugby Championship after a poor run of form, but returned to Loftus Versfeld on Monday to start working again with his long-time kicking coach Vlok Cilliers in preparation for a possible return to action for the Blue Bulls in the final rounds of the Absa Currie Cup.

While the Blue Bulls have not given any indication whether or not they intend to play Steyn, they must be tempted. Rooted at the bottom of the Currie Cup log at the moment, they need to beat the defending champion Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park this weekend to not face a promotion-relegation battle in the coming weeks.

Steyn was always favoured to play a role on the November tour, especially with the heavy underfoot and weather making conditions for a flyhalf who can control the game with his boot, an almost necessity in any team touring up North.

But Goosen’s injury, which will see him out for at least six months, will mean that coach Heyneke Meyer has to alter his plans after indicating he wanted to rotate both Goosen and Elton Jantjies on the tour to allow them to settle into the position.

Steyn had a long first kicking session with Cilliers on Monday, and his provincial coach Pine Pienaar said the final decision on whether or not to play him will be made in terms of what is best for the team, and not necessarily individuals.

Pienaar purposely sidestepped questions on whether or not Steyn would play this weekend, a decision that will be keenly watched by the rest of the country.

“All seven of our Springboks are available for selection. Every one of them is positive at the moment, and are keen to do their part for us for the rest of the Currie Cup tournament,” Pienaar said.

“We know we are sitting in a must-win situation. That is our priority and focus point that we are preparing with this week. We know we need to win this game against the Lions. For that reason, my decisions on team selection will be on what’s best for the team and not for individuals. We need to give ourselves every single chance we can to win this game.”

Apart from Steyn, Pienaar said he hadn’t even looked at specific positions yet, meaning there is also no word whether Francois Hougaard will return to his more favoured No 9 position or continue to play on the wing.

“We have to take into account the influence that the returning Boks can have on the side. But as I said, they are all excited about being back, and that is positive. We are privileged to receive so many Springboks back, but the team dynamic is the most important thing to consider when I decide how it should look.

“We never spoke on Monday about specific positions. We did have a long morning session where we allowed the players to train in every possible position. I have a few plans in my head, but I will first need to sit down with Dewald (Potgieter, captain) and chat to the players before we decide which direction we will head in.”

Either way, the task facing the Bulls is a tough one, and it is an interesting debate whether Steyn should be rested further or whether he should play.

One thing is clear, Goosen’s injury adds extra pressure, and makes like much more difficult for Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.


  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-09 14:12

    His Awesomeness will be back !

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-09 14:26

      Well let's hope for the Boks as we are one 10 down....

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 15:33

      Alicia wishes the man good luck and then she gets a whole lot of thumbs down. It's sad how pathetic some people can be.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-09 15:33

      Morne we missed you

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 00:04

      Pinkmasjien. I agree, after his injury, Goosen will be back.

  • spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 14:25

    Class is permanent.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 14:36

      Then you are obviously on the wrong article dimwit.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 14:41

      Pity you can't buy a personality with the 10k you supposedly won.

      Press - 2012-10-09 14:45

      Or new clothes . . . .

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 14:45

      No just keeping the same tone as the arrogant delusional Bulls supporters.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 14:50

      A decade of winning cups, gives us a reason to be arrogant. With a decade of choking, you don't have that luxury.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 15:13

      @spyker.oflanagan - Oh yawn that old tired line. Blue Bulls the "England" of South African rugby.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-09 15:34

      Oh yawn that old tired line, still stings though right? WP and Stormers - the Proteas of rugby

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 16:25

      @kaptein.spies Ah I see it didnt take the chip frier from Danville too long to appear. Your shift over at McDonalds then. Only in Danville can a person who is a chip frier for McDonalds thinks he is a doctor. Ha Ha Ha

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 16:38

      @fake_doctor, well anyone can google even ones from Danville. I know many Doctors and they are are way above (mentality and maturity) creating multiple dummy facebook accounts just to post the same drivel over and over and call players stupid names. Plus spam articles with the exact same thing 100's of times. Thats the action of someone stupid

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 17:11

      Are you an idiot "yes" or "most definately" . I said you can answer me a 100, last time I checked thats more than 1.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-09 17:13

      Hey stephen, doesn't it sting to think your team made it to the final in 2010 and were beaten by the mighty Bulls? And that you can not go back and change that result. Oh how I enjoyed watching Schalk make his name gat in that game. And watching the Stormers players looking up at the big screen to see when they are on, so that they can give off the impression they are relaxed with wide toothy smiles. It must hurt to know your team has been so close but never followed through. They are not masculine enough and not alpha dog enough to win a trophy. They are useless. Man that's gotta hurt

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 17:23

      @macziekpk / tom retadis (who whatever the f nickname using) , I praise the Lord everyday thanking him for not making me a Bulls supporter. Looking at those Bulls with that blank stares and sloping foreheads. Plus to be associated with supporters who are so childish (is every Vlou Nulle supporter so childish they have to create multiple dummy Facebook accounts) - Halleluah Thank you Lord

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-09 17:36

      well since the good passer byes could not obtain a pulse and if the paramedics had applied an advance method ie defib machine and he still arrived at the er doc with no vitals he is doa and at 59 a tag of dnar should have been given to him same as you should you drop dead.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 17:39

      @fake doctor, wow do you spend all your time hitting f5. I will answer in my own time you childish moron.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 17:52

      @kaptein.spies , next please

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 19:11

      oh dowwe spies, you still trying to convince people that rugby only started when the Vlou Nulle started. Aai jy is flippin dom. I try hard not not stereotype people but jeepers you are a walking Vlou Nulle cliche. Dom, arrogant and childish.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-09 21:06

      @cliche bull supporter, Its what you implied, not WPs vault they werent good enough. Anycase as Paul said a guy who is 59 who fails to respond to ACLS has very little chance. If by miracle he does brain functions will suffer, read this then for treatments:

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 00:04

      And that is why Morne was dropped, spyker.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 00:58

      Dowwe nurse, wanneer gaan jy dit in jou klein koppie kry dat niemand omgee wat jy doen vir 'n lewe nie, hoeveel geld jy het nie en waar jy bly nie. Mense op hierdie forum wil ander mense se opinie oor die rugby hoor. Iets wat jy glad nie besit nie. Jy het 'n intense begeerte om 'n regte ryk dokter te wees en good luck daarmee, dalk sal jy dit eendag bereik (behalwe as jy aanhou strooi praat hier heeldag). Ek is nie 'n dokter nie want ek wil nie een wees nie, nes die ander nie-dokters hier. Jy moet bietjie grootword seuntjie. So hoekom hou jy nie maar liewer jou "bankbalans" en "kwalifikasies" vir jouself nie, die grootmense praat rugby. Next please.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 04:53

      Geniet dit maar. Daar is niks anders wat jy tog kan geniet nie. Ek sal maar nie vir jou die waarheid vertel en daai twee goed ook nog van jou af wegvat nie.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 08:06

      I see loser nurse's comments are all deleted. I wonder as who he will come back now? Who wants to hazard a guess what his newest profile name would be.

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-10 18:30

      @ stephen.. You go away noob

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-09 14:32

    He will be back with a bang!!!!!!

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-09 15:28

      bang against the posts and wide

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 00:34

      hallo.daar. And the guy sitting in the crowd in line with the 22m line will hear the bang as the ball hits his face.

  • springbok.bokke - 2012-10-09 14:36

    What form must MS get back?o yes kick away possession,hope for a 60%plus at goal and try to look fancy with his doodpasses to teammates.MS is useless!fact!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 14:43

      He's won more cups than your whole team combined.

      acdcdclm - 2012-10-09 14:43

      You commenting on this blog are useless FACT!!!!!!!!

      springbok.bokke - 2012-10-09 14:49

      What he won in the past doesnt change the fact that he's useless with it

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-09 14:54

      HM won 5 trophies(1super and 4currie cups) in 8 years. The stormers/WP only won 4 currie cups in the last 25 years and 0 super trophies.

      springbok.bokke - 2012-10-09 14:58

      What does this have to do with WP.and anyways it stil doesnt change the fact that MS is useless.accept it and move on

      acdcdclm - 2012-10-09 16:16

      @ Springbok. Is jy nog hier??? Pyn in die g@t!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 00:37

      springbok.bokke. Spyker kan nie die argument wen nie. En wanneer 'n pink pansie weet hy verloor die argument sal hy of vir jou se jy is lelik, of dom, of vet en as dit nie werk nie sal hy se jou span is bekerloos vir 11 jaar. Maak nie saak hoe irrelevant dit mag klink nie. En hy gee ook nie om dat hy onnosel voorkom nie.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 04:55

      Van wanneer af steur jy jou aan feite? Of hou jy net van feite wat jy kan verdraai om jou "werklikheid" te pas?

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-09 15:14

    Well, at least he would have kicked most of the attempts through the uprights!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 00:09

      Like in Dunedin?

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-10 03:13

      @chris Has he ever kicked 0%?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 05:06

      Has he ever not kicked? Net die antwoordjie oubaas se paramedic. Next please.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-09 15:20

    Was under the impression that the Pink Bulls had retired him from all rugby because of his useless kicking away possession and his general play?

      macziekpk - 2012-10-09 15:36

      I'm Ron Burgundy?

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-09 16:07

      Now I get it, Ron. He he he he

  • trevor.jooste - 2012-10-09 15:37

    If I was morne I would tell the boks and SA public to go get knobbed

      jacques.duplessis.3785 - 2012-10-09 22:52

      I would have to agree,when we win morne is a champ when we lose that same people want his head!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 00:10

      Yes I agree. He should maybe also go into retirement at Toulon with Vuilgat Bakkies and Dom Danie.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-10 03:18

      But nothing on this planet dommer than duanetjie

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-10 18:41

      @ chrisin.... you should retire from this site

  • Deon de Lange - 2012-10-09 15:43

    Why all this talk about MS - who is a more than adequate replacement for Goosen, particularly for UK tour - when the real conversation should be about why our captain was unfortunately the worst player on the park throughout the rugga championship. Am i alone in thinking JdV - his obvious and evident talent 4 yrs ago notwithstanding - just does NOT deserve a spot in the team on current form, let alone leading the team?

      seanread.crisp - 2012-10-09 16:10

      I think HM knows Jean is past his best but is hesitant to replace him becasue that would leave a large experience gap in the backs (taute, de jong, goosen even lambie are still relatively inexperienced international players). I also think HM doesnt want to have to find another captain just yet.

      seanread.crisp - 2012-10-09 16:14

      and kaptein.spies...Bekker is hot and cold - we all know that - but Duane Vermuelen is world class and you know it. If you think otherwise simply because you dislike WP/Stormers then you're just an idiot.

      gareth.flook - 2012-10-09 23:58

      Just judging by your name, 'kaptein spies', you're a typical biased bull supporter. You're a hater towards stormers players.. You idiotic for that. Duane V. Is Potentially world class, same with bekker even though he is hot and cold as you say

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 00:12

      Deon, agreed, but Jean was the only obvious choice as captain in the interim. Heineken had to give Duane Vermeulen a few test matches to settle into the Bok team before handing him the captaincy. I think, Jean will be dropped for the EOYT with Duane as captain.

  • eddie.botha.3 - 2012-10-09 15:46

    Mr Akwardeness, yes! Jantjies is the man... even better than Goosen

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-10-09 16:03

    We all forget about Percy ,how he fell out of grace ,and then returned to help us win a World Cup. Steyn will be the same. He has been overplayed ,and just needs a rest and a good tune.That said ,the 2 young guns should always feature where they can ,for they are going to be the Boks future. Did we seriously expect Heyneke to pitch and wipe everything off the park ? with so many injuries and young guys ? If you did ,you dont know ziltch about rugby.

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-09 17:00

      Dankie, iemand wat sin praat!!!!!!

  • springbok.bokke - 2012-10-09 17:51

    Come now people when MS is at his best he is average at this the standard set by the coaching staff?if so,bok rugby is moving in the right direction. p.s jdv must be in the team because of these high standards that are set

  • mandell.reitz1 - 2012-10-10 20:05

    Come now gentleman we all know that Morne is the best candidate @10 for the soggy and wet conditions in the northern hemisphere were accurate and positional kicking is a MUST up north...he IS the obvious choice for the number10 jersey with Elton Jantjies the bench warmer to learn from MS!!! Just admit it everyone MS is the best for EOYT no denying it!!!

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