Rugby 24.4.2014 11:00 am

White sticks with Steyn in midfield

FILE PICTURE: Jake White (Sharks Director of Rugby) of the Cell C Sharks. Picture: Gallo Images.

FILE PICTURE: Jake White (Sharks Director of Rugby) of the Cell C Sharks. Picture: Gallo Images.

Sharks director of rugby Jake White admitted yesterday that he’d almost been tempted to start Frans Steyn at flyhalf for tomorrow evening’s Super Rugby skirmish against the Highlanders in Durban.

Nationally, the picture at pivot looks rather gloomy through a combination of poor form from various candidates as well as Pat Lambie’s long-term bicep injury, and calls are growing for Steyn to be considered the frontrunner for the Bok No 10 jersey.

Instead, White chose to keep the mercurial 26-year-old in midfield.

“For a split second I considered Frans at flyhalf and then I changed my mind,” he said.

“It’s partly due to the fact that I need his experience.

“Paul Jordaan and JP Pietersen back gives me a bit more confidence that there are a couple of senior guys around. This is a home game, one we want to win before going overseas, so we leave it as is.”

White added that he’s “really happy” with incumbent flyhalf and former Western Province playmaker, Tim Swiel calling the shots from the No 10 jersey.

Talk earlier in the week had revolved around possible changes in order to freshen up some of the stalwarts but White resisted the temptation, especially up front.

“With selection, there are so many factors to consider. There must be rotation, but when and how, will be influenced by how we play.”

 

 

 

 

 

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