Bok Deysel leaves for Oz to join the Sharks

2012-03-26 00:00

SPRINGBOK flank Jean Deysel left Durban yesterday to join the Sharks’ Super Rugby tour squad in Australia.

The Sharks, slow and sloppy in defence in the second half, went down 30-34 to the Waratahs in Sydney at the weekend and face the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday.

Deysel, who has been on an extended break since undergoing knee surgery in the close season, made his return on Friday when he captained the Sharks XV to victory over Free State in the Vodacom Cup match in Bloemfontein.

“Jean came through the game perfectly,” Sharks team doctor Ewoudt van der Linde said from Sydney yesterday.

“He played 75 minutes with no problems at all. He will be here on Monday afternoon.”

Van der Linde said there were no new significant injuries, while two players who have been on the injury list, centre JP Pietersen and tighthead prop Wiehahn Herbst, should be fit for the Brumbies game.

“Pat Lambie is just struggling with a tooth that he damaged during the first half of the game. He will be seeing a dentist in the morning.

“JP [Pietersen] is running well, but will have to pass a fitness test on Thursday. The chances are good that he will play. Both tightheads [Jannie du Plessis and Herbst] have recovered and should be ready for Saturday.”

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel admitted that his side had let victory slip through their fingers.

“Hats off to the Waratahs. We thought we had the game in the bag with the way we were playing, but some sloppy errors cost us. We struggled to get our game going late in the match, made errors and slipped tackles.

“We are very disappointed with the result. We had to work hard for our tries and they had some easy ones. We’ll have to look at our defence close to the line,” he added.

The Sharks, troubling the Waratahs at the breakdown, had looked sharp and creative on attack for the first hour, with centre Meyer Bosman often prominent.

But with their backs standing back and waiting for the Waratahs to run at them in the second half, they conceded a couple of late tries and paid a heavy price.

The Waratahs, under fire from their home crowd after just one win in four outings, looked the hungrier team while the Sharks faded in the final quarter.

Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper said the Waratahs had been determined to prove a point against the Sharks. “The difference this week was just attitude,” he said. “We were feeling a lot of pressure from our supporters, the media and our own expectations.

“We weren’t happy with how we performed over the last two weeks. It was a really poor loss last week against the Force so there was a lot of honesty during the week. To respond the way we did showed great character.”

Coach Michael Foley agreed and said the side had won because of their committed execution of the game plan.

The Sharks will stay on in Sydney before travelling to Canberra to meet Jake White’s high-riding Brumbies and there will be a heavy emphasis on defence during this week’s preparations.

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