Johannesburg – Bulls director of coaching Jake White has challenged younger players in the Loftus dressing room to learn as much and as quickly as possible from veteran fly half Morne Steyn.
The 36-year-old former Springbok pivot Steyn rolled back the years with a near flawless display with ball-in-hand and with the boot during the Bulls’ 39-6 thrashing of the Sharks last weekend.
Steyn’s highly impressive performance has revived talks of whether he still has a role to play fort he Springboks where Handre Pollard and Elton Jantjies have established themselves.
“I watched him play for Stade Français in Paris when I was coaching Montpellier and he was still winning games there‚” White said of Steyn‚ who had a hand in three of the five tries that the Bulls scored against the Sharks.
“He was winning man-of-the-match awards‚ when he was there Stade Français won the league and he was one of the most important players for them as well.
“He is one of the older guys‚ Duane (Vermeulen) is also one of the older guys and also Trevor (Nyakane) is one of the older guys.
“They are the good role models and their performances on the pitch make it so much easier for the coaching staff and it also makes make the juniors to want to play like them.
“If they play like that‚ it rubs off to the junior players.”