Worst of times
To Frans Steyn and all the others who lit up the Currie Cup, thank you
Experience from well-travelled players gives the domestic game a much-needed boost
This year’s Currie Cup reminded us of some of the game’s most time-honoured truisms. Class is permanent, and experience remains indispensable.
Frans Steyn and Steven Kitshoff are worlds apart in the positions they occupy in their provincial teams, but the two Rugby World Cup (RWC) winners have had a similar impact for the Cheetahs and Western Province respectively .
Steyn, who has two RWC winners’ medals, has been a sheer force for the Cheetahs. Physically imposing by nature, Steyn’s chest-out approach helped drive an inexperienced Cheetahs team that had hoped to successfully defend their Currie Cup crown. The last time that feat was achieved was in 2007 when the Cheetahs backed up their share of the trophy with the Blue Bulls from 2006...