Steyn 'too good' to leave out

2010-08-26 12:09

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Springbok fullback Frans Steyn is too good a player just to leave on the sidelines and therefore it wasn’t a difficult choice to include him the starting line-up for Saturday’s Vodacom Tri-Nations Test match against Australia at Loftus Versfeld.

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Bok captain John Smit believes Steyn’s recent club vs country battle has been put aside sufficiently and when it came to deciding whether or not to play him, it wasn’t a choice at all.

There has been some disappointment at the decision to drop fullback Gio Aplon out of the match 22 after several decent displays for the World Champions, but with Steyn’s club coach at Racing Metro, Pierre Berbizier suddenly doing an about turn and telling the world Steyn isn’t ready for Test action, Smit clearly doesn’t agree.

It also gives credence to the reports that senior players lobbied management for Steyn’s inclusion in the Tri-Nations squad for the home leg.

“I think all of us are not entirely sure what the full story is, so we can only think about what we know,” Smit told of Steyn’s saga to get back into the Bok side. “What we know is that Frans is an unbelievable player with a phenomenal boot, a good ball carrier and a guy who can do magical things.

“We can’t leave a guy like that out of an international game. What happened in the past is in the past, he is a phenomenal player and has a key role to play in the team.”

Smit said while it was difficult to overcome the last minute loss at FNB Stadium last weekend, it was far easier standing up again this week compared to the three away losses in New Zealand and Australia.

“It was a far greater disappointment after the first three Tri Nations games because in those we didn’t get anywhere near the sort of play we should have. On Saturday there were signs of what this team can do when they are playing well,” Smit told “Obviously with the sense of occasion there came disappointmenet but what we now need to do is to take those positives and take enough out of Saturday and use that to get a victory on Saturday at Loftus.”

The Bok captain said while the Boks were in a similar position to 2006, where they lost five straight, it made the team’s desire and desperation for a victory on Saturday even more apparent, so as not to equal that record. “The similarities are profound and you would think we would be used to the felling having gone through it four years ago. But that is what makes it hurt so more and makes it so much more frustrating is that we are sitting with so much potential in this team and when little things go wrong, we lose. We’re determined to keep that losing streak to four and not five like in 2006.”


  • scrum cap - 2010-08-26 12:31

    Well said Cappy! Now let's see you guys sort the Aissies out - big time!!

  • Bobbejaan - 2010-08-26 12:32

    Saterday's game will not make up for the last four games. Far to little to late. Remember in 2006 the goverment (ANC) was trying to tell Jake who he can choose and who he may not. Remember old Puke? Jake and the team was under heavy pressure from politicians. What is Peter's excuse? I gave Peter a fair chance in the begiining to make a success. But as Jakes team that he build from scratch starts to crumble, so is Peter's cookie starting to crumble. I'll be glad if they bring back Steyn. He should have been their from the beginning. Now drop Smith, and bring in Bismarck. Put Burger on 8, and bring in Brussow. Where is Beast? Januarie is Peter's sugarboy, but really?

  • Chris - 2010-08-26 12:52

    Frans reminds me of Percy Montgomery. In the beginning the brilliant coloured boots and flowing locks distracted but in the last quarter of his career he was superb. It will be the same with Frans - just give him some space.

  • Get the big picture - 2010-08-26 12:57

    The next idiot who asks "where is Brussow?" should not even be allowed to post comments on a rugby forum. HE IS GETTING ANOTHER OP TO SORT OUT HIS KNEE SO THAT HE IS AVAILABLE NEXT YEAR. Now , " are you free or are you dom?"

  • Ella - 2010-08-26 13:11

    Bobbejaan, didn't you see that Brussow is going for a 2nd knee operation?

  • ARNO - 2010-08-26 13:24

    There are a number of other, fit players who are too good to leave out. Lets start with Bismarch du Plessis.

  • Ivan - 2010-08-26 13:25

    Jean "Rocket Boot" Steyn. John Smit you are a great leader and no matter what the peanut galary says you are a legend boet! Hang in there.

  • Where is Brussow - 2010-08-26 13:28


  • @Bobbejaan - 2010-08-26 13:30

    There are many dumb dooses who comment on these threads but you win the prize for dumbest. Well-done ouboet!

  • Uncle - 2010-08-26 13:44

    Springbok Maths: Boks - Spies + Vermeulen (to the power of Kankowski) = Win!

  • Angus - 2010-08-26 13:55

    Frans Steyn is KAK and the chances he gets is astonishing, he was given so many chances and yet he still gets called up from nowhere. Any rugby player who goes to France comes back second rated, even the beloved Carter had to struggle a entire season to shake of France. But now we all now that Smit is behind the fact that the Bokke will loose again.

  • slow - 2010-08-26 14:16

    Duanne Vermeulen is as slow as a tortoise... ...he does everything in slow-motion... ....he was totally outplayed by Kankowski....

  • Go home - 2010-08-26 14:23

    I think it's time John Smit calls it a day. Frans Steyn has shown on many an occasion that he doesn't have what it takes to play Springbok rugby - not yet anyway. Yes, he has a massive boot. Woopie. But it takes more than that. He doesn't have the mind for the game, and he's shown it time and time again by crumbling under the pressure of representing his country. John Smit, it's time to step aside, stop pulling the strings, and let the team get on with it without you.

  • Vaughn - 2010-08-26 14:43

    Well John Smit, everything you've said then is c r a p !!! Why then have we lost all the try nation games....? Maybe the thing you must say is;" I resign as captain , and won't make the WC next year....I think I can not think or play anymore" It is 100% your fault that we lost the last game, you missed the last tackle because you are tired. No more stories. You started with skew line-out throws, what: is it the first time you threw a ball in for a line-out ?! And if that is the way the team plays on the field, because the captain directs and instructs....somebody else please help them !! Stop talking and thinking about other people, players and teams, you do not have it anymore.

  • @angus & all negative chops - 2010-08-26 14:52

    You are clearly a chop. Leave your crap comments for the bowling field where you clearly belong. Frans Steyn is pivital to any chance of Springbok success at next year's world cup, equally to the inclusion (and fitness) of Brussow, Du Preez, Jaques Fourie & Bakkies and Francois Hougaard. With these players fit, conditioned (which means they need on-field game time) and support NO TEAM on this planet will stand a chance. Stop to criticize and rather support the players WHO CAN. If you cannot tell the difference then please rather entertain your silence for the sake of everybody else.

  • Dronkie - 2010-08-26 15:09

    Frans Steyn = turn over in the 22......

  • Robert Kendall @ Bobbejaan - 2010-08-26 15:40

    Brussow just had a second operation on his knee this week, so he is nowhere near ready to play in a test match, don't bring any of the injured players back, make sure they rehabilitate properly before the RWC in NZ. I agree Bismarck needs to come back, he is a stand out player for the sharks. Januarie needs to go! Vermaark, McLeod, Kockott, WP Scrum half, Sarel PRetorius, game breakers in their own right. But we see Januarie week in and week out. And can someone please tell Snor to include Duane Vermeulen, the guy is a machine and Spies needs to know there is competition for his spot, because at the moment I think he believes he owns the No. 8 jersey. My 2 cents.

  • Angus - 2010-08-26 15:53

    Everyone who want Frans to play clearly do not know rugby, to even convince yourself, check how many times he misses tackles on Saturday and how many times he falls over his own feet. I actually stopped watching comedies and get my laughs from watching him. Hell, my team took the Tri-Nations so I'll be damned....

  • BC - 2010-08-26 16:04

    Steyn, by reputation is a great player but we didn't see him in S14 and have hardly seen him in international rugby.My argument is that too many players are being picked based on what they used to be, not on what they are today. We should pick on current form and if a player like Steyn needs to have to prove he is in form before we drop good up and coming players in his favour.

  • Angus - 2010-08-26 16:33

    @BC: But Steyn was never good, I have always heard he has tallent but that was never displayed. I am convinced that PdV has no say in the team and is the puppet of Mattfield and Smit.

  • Ivan - 2010-08-26 17:08

    Oops. Frans "Rocket Boot" Steyn. Going to be an epic match againste the convicts from down under.

  • UK Bok supporter - 2010-08-26 17:14

    Not saying one player will save the day, but he does have the potential to make the difference on occassion. I posted this video on another thread but felt it worth having here too. Recorded earlier this year

  • Bobbejaan@Robert Kendall and Ella - 2010-08-26 18:15

    Ok. After I made my first comment I went to the SARFU web site and saw there Brussow is going for a nother op. That really sucks. I hope he heals quickly, because we are going to need him. Besides my comment about Brussow, I believe the rest of my comment is pretty accurate. The team for Saterday looks a bit better. Still a few changes that can be made, but we are getting there. Loftus is also high altitude, and I hope we use it better than against the All Blacks. Op die Bokke!!!!

  • Spook - 2010-08-26 21:35

    Well, I better not mention that spies is not up to scratch anymore. I also believe that its about time that PDV starts coaching our boks to be more determined to win. they are starting to have the same attitude that our national soccer side has, full of themselves.

  • haha - 2010-08-27 00:36

    John Smith is a fairly decent hooker and captain, but lately I don't think he is doing a good job or that he is the best in his position. Unfortunately this Chiliboy character has been sidelined for John Smith's job, maybe even as captain too (BEE). So for now I am happy to have the second best hooker as captain, because if he is not there, these idiots will just select the 9th best hooker as replacement.

  • Wynand - 2010-08-27 08:26

    Why do they wanna make plans on number 99? They were suppose to included Steyn earlier in the year...Great Heading!!! good to leave out!

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