Plumtree lauds Frans Steyn

2012-07-07 14:55

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree lauded the impact of Frans Steyn upon his return to Super Rugby action on Friday night, saying the Springbok centre had "come back a man" following a three-year stint in France.

"He’s just grown since he’s left and that’s natural," said Plumtree.

"He’s left as boy and come back a man, it’s great to see and great for us.

"He’s an outstanding individual."

Steyn was not entirely dominating, but still played an important part in his first match back for the Durban side after leaving Racing Metro, as they crushed the Bulls 32-10 at King's Park Stadium on Friday.

Apart from landing a 55-metre penalty, the 25-year-old also contributed crucially on defence and made several key carries forward as the Sharks kept their play-off hopes alive with an emphatic win that pushed them to sixth on the overall log.

"He’s a class player, I mean he just has so much of time," Plumtree said.

"He gets caught in contact and still manages to offload.

"His kicking game is great and just as his calmness, his enthusiasm and his leadership are great qualities for him and for us."

Louis Ludik’s late try added to further scores from Bismarck du Plessis, JP Pietersen and captain Keegan Daniel, and ensured that the home side secured a bonus-point win.

It was their first outing since they were stunned 38-28 by the Lions prior to the June international break, which was followed by a bye last week.

"It was a big challenge for us after that long break," Plumtree, whose side face the Cheetahs in their last match, said.

"I was really pleased with how it went.

"We had a few big injuries to contend with, but the guys that stepped up did it really well.

"We wanted to be ambitious and speed the tempo of the game up, and to do that we needed to support each other really well and I thought we were superb."

The defeat for the Bulls meant that they must now win their last match at home to the Lions in order to secure qualification.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke conceded that the Sharks were the better side on the night and paid tribute to the game plan they had brought into the game.

"The Sharks played really well," he said.

"They had that extra week and were really fresh. They did their homework and surprised us in the line-out.

"They applied pressure on our set-piece and we were always on the back foot, we just couldn’t get any momentum going."


  • slick.hounder - 2012-07-07 15:23

    LOL @ Frans LOS KOP Ludeke,,,, the Bull "Girly Boys and Moffadies" have played "KUK" rugby for Months and Months. Why don't you MAN UP and resign as coach HUH?? Why the HELL NOT! Give someone that has'nt got a dead mielie cob for a brain like you have that hasnt a clue how to adapt to the modern game... Rugby stopped being a game reserved for the BOERE many years ago... DEAL WITH IT,,,you F*&^%^&.... Simple FACT!! I hope you Girly's / Moffadies do make the play off and the Crusaders give you and you girls the biggest hiding the Bulls have ever had.... so that YOU ARE FORCED TO RESIGN and take the rest of your DOF KOP BOERE Management team with you!!!

      riaan1 - 2012-07-07 17:09

      @slick - I dare you to go say it in his face. And make sure that the whole team stands next to him when you call them these names.

      slick.hounder - 2012-07-07 18:45

      hahah Riaan,,,, So your Frans Los Kop needs the whole team with him huh goes to prove he needs back up, cant answer for his OWN F&^% Ups and F'(*&^% n up Bulls Rugby for so long.... So what you also saying is you happy with the Bulls type of rugby huh....... TYPICAL loser you are...... Hands Riaan some tissues and a powder puff to dry the tears.. and a bottle of 5 to 8 to drown his sorrows LOL!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-07 23:56

      What a TOOL...i'm referring to that Slick Person...Disgrace you are for your province....

      les.gombart - 2012-07-08 08:31

      Alvin... sure you don't mean procreate?

      selma.botha.9 - 2012-07-08 12:35

      Typical Shark. Must be tough to support a Sharks team fielding so many BOERE.

      frans.potgieter.79 - 2012-07-08 20:11

      I'm a Sharks supporter and very proud of the boys, but your comment is uncalled for, I hope you are not a Sharks supporter because we don't need supporters like you.

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-09 07:58

      Slick = Cape Maori = LEGEND! Hehehehehehehehe..............

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-09 22:25

      Slick, you must be an ANC supporter.

  • Skwertno1 - 2012-07-07 15:59

    I so love the fact that all the pink lady supporters are now QUIET

      riaan1 - 2012-07-07 17:10

      yes, we are quiet. The Sharks played great rugby and outplayed the Bulls in every aspect. Congrats Sharks. Bulls greetings.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-07-07 21:48

      Thanks Riaan! Now please can your team go and do the job next week so we can get 3 SA sides in the playoffs! Sharks greetings :)

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-07 23:57

      We not totally quiet... Think the majority is recovering after last night...

      hvanderlinde - 2012-07-09 08:29

      Skwertno!: They'll never be quite, you can find them talking trash on all the Stormers articles

  • TravieGrif - 2012-07-07 16:20

    I think that Frans had a huge impact. Defense was massive, and he is a constant threat with his boot. Over cooked a few, but a great centre. Looking forward to seeing him link with Lambie. Going to be lots of fun to watch. I think Morne Steyn is looking really poor at the moment.

      Flemjob - 2012-07-07 16:57

      I think he's an above average centre. He looked great in the Bok backline at the world cup, because its full of average players. Morne Steyn has looked poor for over 3 years now.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-07 17:54

      Flem dont tell that to the bulls, they think Morne is the best thing we have had for years. Its over now i hope though, Cant wait to see Goosen as our 10, it is going to be awesome.

      Flemjob - 2012-07-07 21:30

      Jean de Villiers is also finished. Sure he has the odd good game, most of them are rubbish. He's a crashball specialist and cant offload. He can barely pass when he isn't under pressure. He is lethal on defence though. Frans Steyn is wasted between Muppet Steyn and Crashball de Villiers. SA needs stars. Bismarck is one and thats about it. Goosen could be one, then again Bok rugby might ruin him. SA needs scrummies and centres. Plenty of everything else.

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-07-07 22:17

    Way better than that bonehead Wynand Olivier

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-08 04:48

    Was a great game.Well done Sharks

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-07-08 08:02

    The main worry fr the Sharks is that Fran's can't play in the playoffs. They will mss him.

  • Ditiro - 2012-07-08 10:46

    come one plumtree what game were you watching frans was playing rubbish man, this thing of his running as soon as there is a penalty wanting to kick 60m penalties is going to cause you a lot of games if you don't put it to end, kick for the line out by that you gain teritory and a chance to compete at the line from your own throw.

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-07-08 11:09

    I just hope my favourite jean deysel is back at his best asap

  • gordon.pillay.73 - 2012-07-08 14:17

    What are u on about Tom?

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-08 17:33

    Francois good, but do feel that he's a bit soft when being tackled. Sure he can "Bismarck" or "Marcell" opponents with ball in hand. Well done Plum, this is the potential of Natal Rugby. Can we please get this on a consistent basis. Well done boys, well done

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-07-09 08:14

    I warned that this could/ would eventually happen ,and everybody laughed .........The SHARKS killed The Bulls ! Frans Steyn was not the only force, at any given moment the Bulls were out scrummed ,tackled and out run .2008 rugby doesnt feature in rugby today.......................well done SHARKS !

  • megan.raasch.1 - 2012-07-10 08:33

    What talent!

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