Steyn injury not a concern - Meyer

Steyn injury not a concern - Meyer

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Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn had to leave the field early during Saturday's 24-15 win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, but his condition is not serious and he is expected to be available for the next game against Scotland in Edinburgh, reports Gavin Rich of Supersport.com.According to coach Heyneke Meyer, Steyn suffered a back spasm in the final warm-up to the game.

"It wasn't serious enough for him not to start but he felt a twinge during the match so we felt we better bring him off as a precaution," said the Bok coach.

Steyn came off in the 20th minute, straight after converting the second Bok try, scored by Bismarck du Plessis.

His departure necessitated a reshuffle, with Patrick Lambie moving from fullback to flyhalf, and Willie le Roux coming onto the field at fullback. It was a disruption, but Meyer pronounced himself satisfied with the way the changed configuration at the back coped.

"I was looking to give Pat a chance to play flyhalf at some stage of the tour and as it turns out today he ended up playing nearly a full game there," said Meyer.

"I am going to have to manage the players as there is only a five day turn-around. We want the players to be fresh for the French game so it is something I am going to have to assess. It is not about just giving caps away and the players that come in will be good enough to play for the Boks."

Although Lambie, as Meyer says, did play almost the entire game at pivot, there is still a chance he will wear the No 10 next week against Scotland – even if Steyn is pronounced fit.

That would be in keeping with his pledge to use this tour to look at his other options outside of the regular starting team. Lambie has not started a game at flyhalf for the Boks since the win over Twickenham last November.

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Nov 11, 2013
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