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Steyn eyes statement of intent

04th March 2014 11:13


Frans Steyn Paul Jordaan Sharks celebrate

Celebrating: Frans Steyn

Returning Sharks utility back Francois Steyn wants his side to lay down a marker when they take on the Lions in Durban on Saturday.

The Kings Park visitors - labelled with the pre-tournament whipping boys tag - have won two of their three opening Super Rugby clashes against the Cheetahs and the Stormers, before losing to an embattled Bulls outfit on Saturday.

And Steyn, returning to South African rugby following a spell in Europe with big-spending Parisian side Racing Métro, wants to maintain his side's unbeaten run in the tournament with a strong performance and victory on Saturday.

"I am happy for them that they are back from the wilderness, but we are looking forward to putting in a really big performance against them. We want to do ourselves proud by putting in a big one," Steyn told reporters on Monday.

The Sharks have won both of their Super Rugby matches to date, downing the Bulls and the Hurricanes on home soil, and have their sights set on a hat-trick of victories.

Steyn, whose career has been stalled in the past thanks to a spree of injuries, is loving life under Sharks boss Jake White - the man who first called him up to represent the Springboks some eight years ago while still a tender teenager.

"When you have had lot of injuries, just to run freely again is fun and when you have no niggles you get into form much quicker. I am feeling very good about my game after struggling so much last year," added the 26-year-old Steyn.

"Jake was the one who first gave me a chance at the Boks, so I will always be thankful towards him. It's nice to be at a place where the coach really understands you. I'm enjoying it and hopefully that will produce the form he wants."

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