PRETORIA – Blue Bulls loose forward Ruan Steenkamp knows all about missed opportunities but harbours no ill feelings towards the game.
In fact, the friendly but hard flank popularly known as “Stoney” is hopeful that the worst is behind him now and the new Currie Cup season will present another opportunity for him to kickstart his career and the Bulls to become domestic champions again.
Many others would have been bitter for the cruel hand the game has dealt Steenkamp in the past two years, but the former Junior Springboks captain says time on the sidelines has helped rest his body and return with a greater determination.
“Yes, it has been a while. Almost being back in Super Rugby and injuring my knee again so I am excited to be back with the guys and the team again,” said Steenkamp. “I think the body needed the rest. A lot of the guys’ bodies take a hammering week in and out and now the knee and pectoral muscle are stronger than ever before.”
Having been struck down by a pectoral muscle tear during training last year, Steenkamp missed out on leading the Bulls in the Currie Cup, while a knee procedure saw him lose his spot in the Super Rugby team to Marco van Staden, who is now in the Bok squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship.