Steyn back for Sharks

2012-07-03 16:31

Durban - Willem Alberts is in doubt for the Sharks in their crucial Super Rugby encounter against the Bulls on Friday, but Frans Steyn is expected to be ready for the clash at Kings Park.

Springbok forward Alberts suffered a knee injury during the second Test against England in Johannesburg last month and is one of several key players on the injury list ahead of the must-win match in Durban.

Bok back Patrick Lambie is also in doubt for the game, along with centre Paul Jordaan and lock Steven Sykes, who all face late fitness tests.

However, the Sharks are boosted by the availability of new signing Steyn, who announced his return to the coastal outfit prior to the June international break. He is expected to slot straight into the midfield alongside Tim Whitehead.

"Willem is very doubtful," coach John Plumtree said.

"Pat and Steven Sykes are also doubtful and we’ll have to see where they are later in the week. Paul Jordaan tweaked a hamstring at training this morning and will have to undergo a fitness test tomorrow."

On the return of Steyn, who made 56 Super Rugby appearances for the Sharks prior to his two-and-a-half year stint at French club Racing Metro, Plumtree added: "We’re lucky to have Frans back and Tim will go into the midfield with him.

"I’m excited about that combination. It’s a new partnership, but hopefully they’ll settle in quickly and complement each other’s skills."

The Durban team, on a four-match winning run prior to the break -- before they were beaten by the Lions -- currently sit eighth on the table and have to win their last two matches to keep alive their play-off aspirations. "We sort of had a gun to our head about five or six weeks ago when we got onto that winning streak and then let ourselves down against the Lions," said Plumtree.

"So clearly, when the gun is pointed between our eyes we react a bit better, I don’t know why that is. So again it’s a home game for us and we’re hoping we can capitalise on that.

"There’s plenty of character in the group and we’ll have to dig deep again at the weekend to get on top of this Bulls team that’s riding really high at the moment."

He believes they still have a good chance of making the top six, saying: "There’s three of four teams on the same number of points and I guess it’s just a case of controlling what we can control.

"There are still going to be a couple of twists, I don’t think anyone would have expected the Hurricanes to beat the Crusaders in Christchurch. So there’s still going to be a few surprises in the next couple of rounds."


  • lean.sadie - 2012-07-03 16:54

    Welcome back in SA Frans, always look forward to watch you play.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 17:16

      everybody needs somebody to lean on

  • jack.bleck - 2012-07-03 16:59

    1st twist - Sharks beat bulls (not really unexpected) 2nd twist - Lions beat bulls (somewhat unexpected) 3rd twist - bulls don't make playoffs (totally expected!!!)

      anton.bischoff - 2012-07-03 17:14

      and you wake up with your finger up your nose

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 17:14

      i dont know what would make me happier, the bulls winning the trophy or the stormers failing once again after being pipped as favourites

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-04 01:17

      1st twist - Cheetahs beat Stormers , no bonus point for Stormers 2nd twist- Bulls beat Sharks narrowly , but with a bonus point for 4 tries 3rd twist- Bulls beat Lions with bonus point and win the conference ( it won`t matter what the Stormers then do , even if they score 4 tries for a change , lol )

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-07-04 08:50

      Cheetahs beat Strompies and Rebels beat Strompies... Come semi's Strompies win nothing as usual! All Strompies supporters cry as usual!

      jack.bleck - 2012-07-04 12:51

      @jean - howabout Stormers smash Cheetahs & Rebels, win SA conference, win the semi & the final. WP then go on to win the Currie Cup, making them the only team in the history of SA rugby to take the treble, thus making the current WP/ Stormers team the greatest ever in South African history!!!

  • shayne.r.barker - 2012-07-03 17:10

    Watch out for that Shark backline now. All that's needed now is Lambie at FH. I reckon a Lambie/F Steyn combo has the potential to be the worlds greatest pairing.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-03 17:14

      Agree, sure is a nice combo. Can't wait to see them in action.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 17:18

      someone needs to lean you over their knee and give you a spanking

      shayne.r.barker - 2012-07-03 17:26

      Lol.. Well I'm hoping to get one tonight! =)

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 17:32

      zOMG not u

      Craven Luyt - 2012-07-03 23:21

      Ag shame man Tom, leave him alone, it was supposed to be Neal, but his dads dyslexic. Craven

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-04 00:39

      So after u get in the whale vagina do you say, craven. Like you end every post you make? You are a tardis yourself.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 11:16

      what petty name calling again from the stormers fans love this song...fat joe - lean back

  • cavin.snyman - 2012-07-03 18:35

    Time to knock the socks off WO and all his Bull bitches that think they are the alpha and the omega. Frans Steyn will teach WO this weekend what it means to break the line. Go Sharks!!!! About time the Bulls get a good spanking and get away from the past. It all depends on the forwards though on who will dominate the game on Friday as Frans cannot do it on his own. Beast and co. need to make us proud once again on Friday for us to win. Go Sharks!!!!!

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 18:42

      What do you mean ''make us proud once again''?

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-03 18:57

      I agree Cavin - all the hype about the Bulls scoring the most tries... please, 30 of them came in 5 games against lower tier teams.. Against top 6 sides they have scored 8 and conceded 13 in 5 games... and even in the two games they did win they were outscored in terms of tries. They have not done so well against the better sides...

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-07-03 19:33

      @vissie- sal jy gou vir ons di statestieke van jo' superster stoomers spannetji se groooot hoeveelheid driee teen swak spannetjies opsit....sodat ons bietji kan lag?? en as jy dit ni gaan/kan doen ni, moet ek dit seker doen en dan gaan ek 2 keer lag??

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-03 20:00

      Frans , do the other teams in the competition play lower ranked teams too ? The Bulls took a bit of a dip 1/2 way in when half of their management team got sucked up into the SB management team . Jealousy is not very attractive Fransie .

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-03 22:29

      no random... they took a dip when they went travelling to Australia and New Zealand. Where they won 2 games (one by 6 and one by 3 points) and lost two... The point i was trying to make was once again... and I will go over this slowly for the sake of the slow ones in the back of the class... The Bulls have scored loads of tries... against the weaker teams in the competition. 30 of them in fact in 5 games... against the sides in the top 6 they have scored 8 and conceded 13. The Stormers with their boring defensive game plan, have scored 7 and conceded 6 against top 6 sides. Now all together now... are we going to be facing the lower ranked sides in the play-offs? NO. Great. Still keeping up?

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-03 23:09

      "and I will go over this slowly for the sake of the slow ones in the back of the class." .. spare me the passive aggressive dimwit . Fact is the all the teams play lower ranked teams so if it's that easy to score against them why can't the Stomers ? That is one of the the point you're trying to "make" in a round about way in you initial post . That the tries aren't all that impressive and meaningful since they were against "lower' ranked teams ? So why didn't the Stormers and the other teams score many tries against them ? Yes the were not as impressive against the higher ranked teams ...they beat the Crusaders and the Sharks and the Brumbies and narrowly lost against the Chiefs at home . You lost against the Crusaders and the Sharks and DIDN"T play the other top teams the Chiefs and Brumbies .,25883,3561_7726220,00.html (3 May 2012) Round 11 - Friday 4 May 2012 Bulls vs Rebels " are we going to be facing the lower ranked sides in the play-offs" moving the goal posts ?

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-04 04:43

      Random - again. slowly. I have said this before - the Bulls tactic of kick and chase works against weaker teams as it basically preys on them making mistakes. Higher ranked sides will punish you. You know what, I give up. It is like trying to discuss nuclear physics with a poodle. Enjoy the rest of the Super 15 season. I hope the Sharks win this weekend, and I hope the Bulls and Sharks both make it to the play-offs. Have fun living in denial.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-04 08:08

      " It is like trying to discuss nuclear physics with a poodle" .. ha, it certainly is! " I have said this before - the Bulls tactic of kick and chase works against weaker teams as it basically preys on them making mistakes". .. where did you say it ? But let's go with it and and pretend that's what you meant to say . we scored 8 in 5 Crusaders 9 in 5 Chiefs 10 in 4 BUT we didn't play the Hurricanes( unlike you ) which is one of the teams that leak the most tries in the competition . Crusaders scored 6 of their 9 in 2 games against the canes Chiefs 5 in one game . Brummies (10 in 3) scored 4 of those in one game against the Canes. We on the other hand played the #1,2 & 3 best defenses in the competition in our 5 games . So 8 in 5 seen in the context of no cane game and half the coaching staff having the extra task of getting the SBs ready for an upcoming test series is not bad at all . As for the stronger teams punishing our tactics ,we WON against the Brumbies and Crusaders so the tactics worked. We controlled those games and went defensive in the last 20 in both of them and they ran in a bunch of tries at the death ( something like 3 for the brumbies and 2 for the crusaders in the last 10 ) . Not the fault of the tactics but rather what we see many teams do, turtle up and defend a lead . Chiefs scored 3 against us which is in the ball park of what they score against other top 6 teams

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-04 08:30

      Random. The Bulls scored most of their tries (a staggering 30 out of 45 total) in 5 games. Check if you don't believe me. The point I was trying to make is that the tactics you are following has a fatal flaw, in that it depends on the other team making mistakes. And the better sides won't make the mistakes. You obviously have not actually read any of my posts? Just gone off in a blind rage because I had the temerity to criticise your holy heroes... I have also said it on numerous occasions - I support SA rugby first, Stormers rugby second. I want the Bulls and the Sharks both to make the play-offs. But you fly off the handle and begin calling names without trying to understand my point. Yes you won - narrowly - against the Crusaders and the Brumbies - despite being outscored in the try department 3-2 and 5-2. Maybe you did 'turn turtle' and go defensive in the last ten minutes.. sure... keep on telling yourself that... The point I made was that in games against the top current top 6 sides the Bulls have conceded 13 tries and scored 8.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-04 09:38

      What does it matter if they scored 30 in 5 games? They did and other teams didn't . You seem to say it's because those teams are extra vulnerable to the kick chase tactic , and that's a stretch. The tactic is is to compete for the ball in the air , win a turnover or FORCE an error or penalty or at the least gain some ground . If executed correctly it's a very difficult tactic to defend against because you have two guys up in the air competing for the ball and the team launching the kick usually has the momentum . Other teams use the same tactic quite a bit, that and the chip through to break a good defense. If you're up against a top defense with fast line speed and forwards that can slow your ball it's a killer tactic . I'm not telling myself they went into defense mode I watched it happen . They employ a tactic successfully for 70 minutes and then all of a sudden the other teams punish them in the final 10 minutes in a way they could not manage in the previous 70 ? How many rugby games have you watched that follow that same pattern where a team gets a lead, the intensity drops off and they go into hang- on-for-the-win mode. They won and the fact that the opposition team scored more tries is not relevant. Other than the last hooray factor there can be many other reasons . Most teams will give up 3 rather than 7 when the competition is about to score or , most likely , It could simply be a laps in defense . and who's in a blind rage ?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 11:12

      and the stormers tactic of tackling until someone makes a mistake has been as successful? the bulls style is the bulls style. its exciting and can go either way at times the stormers style is opposite and lacks any flair. it is boring. it is all about defense and waiting for a mistake to occur from the opposition team. and the fatal flaws in the bulls game seem fatal to u, but to us they resulted in 3 championships whereas the stormers strangle each other til either team dies has resulted in nothing. and f my dog it is boring to watch. the only one getting in a blind rage is you. your comments have such an edgy tone. how do you get when people criticise your holy stranglers? exactly

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 11:14

      but the bulls style depends on a mistake being made. so different from the stormers, right? doh classic

  • frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-03 18:51

    i am drooling at the prospect of Francois Steyn Doing a Lomuh on Wynand... My prediction - Sharks to take this one as the Bulls come short as they tend to against the top sides... but it will be a tight game as both sides are desperate to make the playoffs...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-07-03 19:29

      Dory, who is Lomuh?

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-03 20:08

      He is that guy that never scored a try against the Bokke...

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-03 20:13

      Yeah Tuilagi couldn't so I doubt FS will . Bulls to edge a win . Stomers yet another year without the big prize.

      steyts - 2012-07-04 08:00

      The bulls have no chance against the sharks... Spies will fade AGAIN!! WO will not compete with with Frans Steyn... The bulls front row will be annihilated by the sharks and morne steyn with backfoot ball is pathetic because hougaard can't do anything to help him...

      steyts - 2012-07-04 10:46

      lol Raven, statistically yes, but realistically I don't think so... :)

      steyts - 2012-07-04 11:36

      THe stormers have a better chance of beating thecheetahs in Bloem than the bulls have in Durban... Maar, dis nie asof dit 'n baie groot kan is nie is dit so kan maar net my braaivuurtjie vrydagaand en saterdag middag aansteek en kyk wie wen... Gaan 'n lekker naweek se goeie rugby wees!!

  • Magnus Kemp - 2012-07-03 19:53

    indeed he is...

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-03 23:00

    I bet that Himmler guy likes a bit of dark chocci, if you know what I mean. Germans are like that. Craven

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-04 01:28 know what you mean... So you recon he and Borris Becker does have something in common...

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-04 01:29 breaking

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-04 11:24

      u mean he likes bourneville or albany ?

  • Magnus Kemp - 2012-07-04 06:48

    eddie murphy? arent you just mr originality? think that up all by yourself? let me guess... no!! coz most bulls supporters age is higher than their iq...

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