Steyn alive



June 14, 2016
Steyn alive

BACK FOR BOKS: Morné Steyn. CREDIT: Sourced

Springboks call on Morras to cover for injured Lambie.

After the embarrassment of suffering defeat to a 14-man Ireland team, the Springbok camp has provided yet another “ooh f*kk!t” moment.

And that comes in the form of forgotten Bok flyhalf Morne Steyn.

With Pat Lambie out injured after suffering a concussion in the 26-20 defeat to Ireland at Newlands last weekend, the Springboks have sent a SOS to Steyn, who currently plays for Stade Francais in France.

Apparently Steyn was already in South Africa, on holiday, when he got the call.

At 31 and with 60 Test caps to his name, is Allister Coetzee taking a step back to take several forward?

Steyn certainly has the experience to bring calmness to a team that lacked just that in the first Test against the visitors.

And with Garth April not exactly setting the world alight light for the South Africa ‘A’ team against the England Saxons last weekend, it would have been tough to call on him to be their saviour ahead of the second Test in Johannesburg.

Steyn, though, is clearly not a long-term option for the Boks and he won’t be at the World Cup in Japan in 2019.

But having been there and done it, he certainly will add some know-how to the squad.

There was of course the option to recall Racing Metro star Johan Goosen.

But bringing in the 23-year-old would have opened a hele ander can of worms.

While coach Coetzee is looking to reward form and the players plying their trade in South Africa, it would probably have sent out the wrong message to youngsters in the country if they roped in the former Free State star.

Unless he is brought back to South Africa, Goosen should be seen as a last resort for the Boks.

As for Steyn, he is not what fans want to see – he doesn’t have the X-factor and the ability to toy with defenders.

But for now, he is probably the best choice out there.

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