Fri. Sep 18th, 2020

Steyn relishes his shot at Rugby World Cup double

Frans Steyn has been here before but this Rugby World Cup final could not be anymore different than the one 12 years ago.

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Frans Steyn has a shot at joining Os Du Randt as the only Springboks to have won the Rugby World Cup twice and he says he is savouring the moment.

Steyn feels that he is more serious in his approach to this Rugby World Cup final with his first coming when he was a teenager.

The versaitle back has been named on the bench and is likely to be on the field for the closing stages of the match, having been used as a super-sub for much of the 2019 campaign.

“I’m just enjoying the week,” Steyn said at a press conference ahead of the weekend’s action.

“The last time it wasn’t so serious for me. I was a little bit young and I just thought there would be another opportunity.

“Now it’s a little bit more serious because I know there won’t be another opportunity. It doesn’t come along every day to play in a final and we have to make it count.”

The man for the big moment

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TOKYO, JAPAN – OCTOBER 31: Frans Steyn of South Africa speaks during the South African national rugby team announcement media conference at Hilton Hotel Tokyo Bay on October 31, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

In 2007 Steyn’s youthful verve and vigour were huge assets to the team that lifted the Webb Ellis trophy but in 2019 it is his newfound calm professionalism that is valued by coach Rassie Erasmus. Even in 2007 he was possessed of nerves of steel, nailing a 49-metre penalty goal in the triumph over England in Paris.

“Frans is a difficult guy to tap into!” Erasmus joked about Steyn’s poker face.

“He is definitely a calming factor in the team because he doesn’t stress out a lot.

“That is why it is wonderful to have him on the bench, covering so many positions.

“It doesn’t matter if you are ahead on the scoreboard or behind – he just enjoys the game, no matter what the situation is. It does have a good calming influence on and off the field.”

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No advice from Steyn ahead of Rugby World Cup final

Steyn believes the squad are ready for the final and has not been handing out advice to any of the youngsters in the squad.

“No, I’ve just been making jokes and being myself,” he said when asked if he had been dispensing any nuggets of rugby wisdom to the Springboks greenhorns.

“I have just been trying not to stress. Everyone is prepared and we just need everyone to do well on Saturday.”

Steyn made it clear that the Springboks would be more than happy with an ugly win over England in Yokohama.

“We just need to win. We don’t need to score 10 tries. If we win 3-0 then the World Cup is still going back to South Africa.”

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