Frans out, Smit & Bakkies doubtful

August 15, 2011
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Springbok fullback Frans Steyn will not be considered for Saturday’s Castle Tri-Nations Series Test against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth.

Steyn injured his hamstring against Australia last Saturday in Durban and will not be fit to play this weekend at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. He will remain with the squad to do his rehabilitation.

Furthermore, Bok captain John Smit sat out training on Monday morning because of flu.

Other news is that Juan Smith has been released from the squad to play for the Cheetahs this coming weekend.

Springbok conditioning coach Neels Liebel confirmed that the elbow injury Smit sustained is not serious. Both Smit and Bakkies Botha, who is also struggling with a light bout of flu, should be ready to play. The team for Saturday’s Test will be named on Tuesday.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said the team is looking forward to play in the new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“It will be our first Test in Port Elizabeth in a number of years and the first time we’ll face New Zealand here since 1970. It’s going to be a big occasion and one we’re looking forward to,” said De Villiers.

“We weren’t happy with defeat against Australia last weekend, but we did a lot of things right in the Test – small things we’ve really been working hard on – and that was good to see. This weekend we have to be even better in our execution.”

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  1. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Smit is no loss, neither Tina Steyn.
    Opens room for better players.

  2. avatar DavidS says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Smit I agree

    Steyn… who exactly do you think is better than him at 15 at the moment?

    That moustacioed moron takes a player who has played an entire two seasons as an inside center and expects him to become a fullback inside of one test match against the All Blacks…

    Plerase if you are judging Francois Steyn on that performance you might as well support WP…

  3. avatar Boertjie says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 8:22 pm:

    I don’t quite know what you see in Tina,
    apart from his hair.
    He is over weight and slow and I can’t see
    him making any contribution: Not at 15,
    not at 12/13 and not at 10.

  4. avatar DavidS says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I’m saying we should hgive him a chance and not judge him on just the one game.

  5. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 16th, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 10:40 pm:

    Yep the last time he played more than 3 tests at 15… they won 5 from 6 tests in the 3N with him only missing one penalty from 6 all outside of 50m not to mention the many line-breaks…

    He was solid… and Aplon is an impact player if a game opens up…

  6. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 16th, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:58 am:

    And Smit would most definitely be my bench hooker based on his last two games at ‘hooker’…

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