Steyn down for whatever

2014-05-21 00:00

SHARKS centre Frans Steyn has played down suggestions he could play flyhalf for the Springboks during the upcoming international season despite stating his case with some strong showings in the number 10 jersey for the Super Rugby leaders.

National coach Heyneke Meyer announced a 36-man national training squad earlier this week, with only rookies Johan Goosen and Marnitz Boshoff the recognised pivots on the list.

The Bok boss did not select Europe-based players for the Durban camp due to their season still ongoing meaning a player like Morne Steyn, the most regular flyhalf under Meyer who now plays for French club Stade Francais, could still come into reckoning.

But in terms of Super Rugby, Frans Steyn has been the most impressive of late after being shifted from midfield because of injuries to regulars Patrick Lambie and Fred Zeilinga.

The World Cup-winner insisted it was not his call where he would be fielded for South Africa, saying there were players far more worthy of the number 10 jersey than he was.

“It’s not my decision,” he said. “At this stage all I am focused on is what I do for the Sharks.

“There’s still a lot I can work on at flyhalf. I haven’t played there for over four years now. So to come back and just adapt isn’t easy.

“I’m just taking it week by week. Hopefully Patrick will get back very soon so that I can get back to my position at centre and play there.”

Steyn has scored 99 points during 2014 in comparison to 134 for uncapped Lions back Boshoff, who made a flying start to the season before slightly fading.

Goosen, meanwhile, has recorded 121 points, although the Cheetahs ace, capped four times by his country, has not reached the heights of his debut Super Rugby season in 2012.

“I feel there’s a lot of good players out there, there’s a lot of good 10s, young 10s and the same with centre, there’s a lot of good young centres around,” said Steyn, who has been fielded in every backline position for the Boks apart from scrumhalf.

“At this stage, I’m not really thinking about the Springboks and who plays where.

“All my mind is on is doing well for the Sharks and just giving 100% every week. What happens after that will have to wait.”

Steyn is currently with the Sharks in Auckland preparing for their final match on tour against the Blues in Albany on Friday.

They will enter that game on a high following the epic 30-25 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch last Saturday, a victory Steyn regards amongst the best on his CV.

“It’s right up there and one of the best wins of my career,” the 27-year-old World Cup-winner said.

“It meant a lot, not just for me, but for the team as well.

“For me it was a huge game after the previous week [against the Brumbies] when I missed kicks and kicked out directly a few times, it was just not my best performance.

“So this past week was a big one for me. I’m just blessed to be in a situation where I’m in a great team with great coaches and doing well.”

Steyn felt they now had to make the Crusaders win count by ending the tour on a high against a Blues side who sit bottom of the New Zealand Conference.

The Sharks name their team for the clash at the North Harbour Stadium later today.

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