Steyn enjoying new lease on life after injury

2014-03-04 00:00

SHARKS maestro Frans Steyn is enjoying his new lease on life after spending much of last year on the sidelines with injury.

Steyn had a torrid year in 2013 where he spent a while out of the game after going through surgery on his leg. But this year has started on a positive note for the Springbok back who is looking to make the number 12 jersey his own.

However, ever the professional, the 26-year-old felt like he still needed to see some improvement in his game.

“I’m getting into good form, but there’s still a lot of work to be done for me personally and for the team as well,” Steyn said in the Sharks gym yesterday afternoon.

Of course, it also helps that Steyn is currently playing under Jake White, the man who first gave him his big break in the green and gold.

“Jake was the one who gave me a chance at the Boks, so I will always be thankful towards him … I’m enjoying it, and we’ll have to just wait and see what happens,” he said.

Speaking about White as a coach, Steyn said the World Cup-winning former Springbok mentor had a known pedigree as a winner, after winning an U21 World Cup, a Tri Nations, claiming the Holy Grail in France in 2007 and transforming the once-mighty Brumbies from has-beens to Super Rugby finalists last year.

“No one can bad talk Jake at this stage. He’s been doing well and we’ve been winning,” said Steyn.

It’s been written before that among the players at the Sharks, there’s a sense of belief that this year could be the one for them. That the Sharks can finally exorcise the Ghosts of 1996, 2001 and 2012 by going a step further and bringing the Super Rugby trophy to the Kingdom.

Steyn was optimistic about their chances as well.

“Everybody believes they’re going to win the Super 15 this year. Otherwise, why are you in the competition? I really think we have a good chance, but at this stage, we’re just going to take it step by step,” he said.

The Sharks next challenge this weekend comes in the form of the Lions who have surprised many so far this season by beating the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and steamrolling the Stormers in the City of Gold, before being taken down a notch by the three-time champions Bulls in Pretoria last weekend.

Steyn acknowledged the Lions’ resurgence, saying he was “glad” they were looking like getting their house in order after a year in rugby wilderness.

“They’ve been playing well. I’m happy they could get a win under their belt.

“They went through a tough time last year with not playing. But we’re looking forward to playing them on the weekend,” Steyn told The Witness.

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