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Frans’s knees an ongoing saga

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby on 28 May 2014 at 09:46
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I wonder if we’re set for a Mexican standoff of sorts when it comes to Frans Steyn…

There are plenty of rumblings coming out of Durban at the moment, with the Springboks and Sharks (currently sharing the city) seeming to hold rather contrasting views as to whether or not the player is actually injured.

It’s no real secret that all is not completely hunky dory when it comes to Big Frans’s knees; one would imagine that nature didn’t design those fragile joints with Steyn’s particular use case in mind and there definitely seems to be a strong vibe of “playing through the pain” when it comes to him at the moment, particularly when one sees some of his post-goal-kick facial expressions.

Bok Coach Heyneke Meyer has kind of said – without actually saying it – that Steyn is a worry, leading some to conclude that today’s Bok medical report will advise rest for the player. Jake White and the Sharks, on the other hand, have said that all the players who returned from tour – Steyn included – were fit for selection when they stepped off the plane. If Steyn is now considered “broken” by the Boks, that’s going to put a lot of people into a rather awkward position because you get the feeling it’s going to require crutches and an actual cast to prevent White picking Steyn for Saturday’s must-win home derby against the Stormers.

It’s hard to really predict which way this one is going to go and I hope that for the sake of everyone involved (especially Frans himself) the Sharks and Springboks can negotiate some sort of sensible compromise.

We’ll know more later on, but for now, my advice (as usual) would be to treat everything you read on the subject with a liberal dose of salt. Excluding this piece, it goes without saying!


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