Currie Cup: Deysel to continue leading Sharks

2012-09-05 00:00

JEAN Deysel is to continue as Sharks captain in the Currie Cup competition even though discarded Springbok flank Keegan Daniel is back in the mix.

Coach John Plumtree confirmed yesterday that he would not be returning the captaincy to Daniel, who led the Sharks to the Super Rugby

final earlier this season.

“There is a chance that Keegan will go back to the Boks so we need Jean [Deysel] to grow in his role.”

Plumtree said that Daniel would still play a pivotal leadership role in the group while he was involved.

“You will never stop Keegan from talking [to the referee]. If he feels hard done by, he’s not going to shut up. We saw that at the weekend [against the Cheetahs] and that’s why he spoke to the referee. And the way Rasta [Rasivhenge] responded was really good.

“He explained the situation and didn’t tell Keegan to shut up because Keegan deserves more respect than that and he’s not the kind of character that would challenge all the calls.”

Plumtree said he continued to be concerned about the Sharks’ high error-rate but said he was also encouraged by several features of Saturday’s win over the Free Staters.

“I thought Monde Hadebe played really well and took a step up on the weekend, which is great for us. His throwing in at the lineouts was good and he carried the ball strongly in phase play.

“It is good to see a young player enjoying that challenge and showing some real promise. He’ll gain confidence from that game but it will be a big test for him playing against a very experienced Griqua front-row this weekend.”

Plumtree said that the scrum had functioned far better against Free State. “I thought Dale Chadwick and Wiehahn Herbst both had outstanding games.”

Another to impress the coach was former Springbok Meyer Bosman, who started at inside centre on Saturday evening but finished at flyhalf and was named man of the match.

“He’s going really well and enjoying the leadership responsibility. He’s making the plays, he has been accurate defensively and his awareness of space has been good. The long pass he threw to Odwa Ndungane [for the third try] on Saturday was crucial and his kicking game is outstanding too.”

Plumtree said the squad was in good shape with only lock Steven Sykes battling a rib injury.

And, looking further down the campaign trail, he said that JP Pietersen, Tim Whitehead and Pieter-Steph du Toit should all be back in three to four weeks to provide the squad with more depth.

There was also reward for Plumtree yesterday when he was named coach of the month after taking the Sharks three points clear at the top of the log. Blue Bulls’ flyhalf Louis Fouché took the players’ award.

The match in Kimberley kicks off at 3 pm on Saturday.

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