Deysel is back, fighting fit

2012-08-16 00:00

THE Currie Cup has come at the fag-end of a long season, but new Sharks captain Jean Deysel is delighted at the opportunities the revamped competition offers.

Deysel has been hampered by injuries over the past two seasons and he made only one start for the Sharks in this year’s Super Rugby season.

But he now back, fighting fit and desperate to play more rugby and re-ignite his international career.

“I haven’t really set myself any targets or goals. I think the most important thing for me is to get some time on the park and play a bit more,” he said.

“I haven’t been playing a lot recently because of the injury, so for me now the more action I get, the better it will be.

“The injury, the lack of confidence and the lack of playing have all set me back a bit. But I’m getting a great opportunity in the Currie Cup and I want to grab it with both hands and play a lot more.”

He said he had recovered well from knee surgery.

“I feel I am over everything now. My body is feeling great and I’ve had a good break.”

The powerful flank, in his first game as Sharks captain, led the team to an upset win over Western Province at Newlands last week.

Neither side played well, but the Sharks took their fewer chances to win 25-23.

“We can only improve,” he said as he looked ahead to Saturday night’s Currie Cup game against the Lions at King’s Park.

“We had a lot of work to do, but it’s going well. We’ll look to build as the season progresses.

“There are some new guys but we also have some senior players, so it’s a great opportunity for us all.”

He said the Lions, with very few changes and following their win over Free State at the weekend, would be tough.

“We have analysed them and we have trained accordingly. We expect a good challenge on the weekend. We’re working hard on lineouts and scrums and every guy needs to bring both the mental and physical side to their game if we are to succeed.”

He said that captaining the team also offered a fresh challenge.

“Captaining the side is different and it is a new role for me. But I have players like Jacques Botes and Steven Sykes helping out a lot,” he said.

“I’m always looking for new challenges in life.”

The Sharks are waiting on the fitness of centre Paul Jordaan (hamstring). However, the Sharks will have regulars Louis Ludik, Charl McLeod and Anton Bresler back in the squad this week.

The game on Saturday kicks off at 7.10 pm.

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