Rugby 16.4.2014 06:00 am

White ponders over flyhalf options

FILE PICTURE: Frans Steyn of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Lions at Growthpoint Kings Park on March 08, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Frans Steyn of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Lions at Growthpoint Kings Park on March 08, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

While many feel Frans Steyn is rapidly becoming Heyneke Meyer’s flyhalf saviour in a position plagued by poor form and injury, it’s not going translate into him automatically wearing the Sharks No 10 jersey against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

Steyn proved instrumental in last week’s 25-12 Super Rugby victory over the Lions with his massive boot after deputising for Fred Zeilinga, whose hamstring injury early in that game prevents him from filling the Pat Lambie void for a few weeks.

But director of rugby Jake White is reluctant to cast a decision in stone.

“I haven’t decided yet as there are a couple of options,” he said.

“Tim Swiel could slot straight back in at 10 as he’s been doing well in the Vodacom Cup. Obviously Frans could also play at 10. It’s a choice we have to make, but inevitably Tim will get game time.”

Swiel was installed in the position against the Bulls at Loftus but wasn’t entirely convincing behind an admittedly beaten pack.

“We’re now into our fourth flyhalf, but we’re not making an issue of it as that is the nature of the competition. It’s a good omen though as the All Blacks won the 2011 World Cup with their fourth flyhalf,” noted White.

The World Cup-winning mentor could also point out that playing at home this weekend should also provide a more sympathetic milieu for the rookie pivot, who moved up the coast from Cape Town late last year.

“The lose ratio away from home in Super Rugby this year is phenomenal. Of the 55 games played, 14 have been won by the away team.”

It’s also the reason why the Lions win should be so galvanising.

“We haven’t beaten them for four years at Ellis Park, which for us is a massive tick as a group,” said White.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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