‘I missed the demands of Super Rugby,’ says Deysel

2015-02-19 00:00

A FEW months ago a move back to Durban was out of the question for the human wrecking ball Jean Deysel, but the flank was lured back by homely comforts and the physicality of Super Rugby.

Speaking on Tuesday, Deysel touched on the factors that lured him back and his love for the tough nature of Southern Hemisphere rugby.

“I’m very happy to be back. When Gary Gold spoke to me about three weeks back it was an easy call to make — it’s always easy coming back to Durban and seeing the people and players again. It’s a great union to play for,” Deysel said.

His impact in Saturday’s 35-29 loss to the Cheetahs was felt by spectators and players alike and he brought the needed physicality and urgency that nearly helped the Sharks take the match at the death.

While he has always been a tough, direct ball carrier and menace on defence, Deysel said it was more than just the rugby that saw him return well before his two-year contract with Japanese club Toyota ­Verblitz had concluded.

“I missed the braai to be honest with you. But Japan was a great learning curve and experience for me. Toyota is a great club and they are so eager to learn and ­develop their rugby, not just in general but as a culture as well,” he said.

“Going there was awesome but being back — this is where you grew up, and this is where you belong with friends and family. It was a great experience, but there were a lot of things I missed and it’s great to be back.”

But going from Japanese club rugby to Super Rugby level had the veteran ­uncharacteristically nervous, even with his 68 caps.

“To be honest I haven’t been that nervous before a game since I can remember. I think to eight years back when I played my first game — I was still more nervous for the Cheetahs game then I was for that,” he said.

But the Springbok gave credit to his team-mates and the Sharks coaching staff for bringing him quickly up to speed with their updated game-plan and structures. He singled out director of rugby Gary Gold’s different views on rugby as a breath of fresh air.

“Gary has been great; the way he speaks and thinks about a game is phenomenal. The preparation he puts in, you always feel behind so you need to do your part to catch up with him and that’s the feeling I get. He’s been very influential, not just for ­myself but for the team as well.”

Preparation is key this week and the Sharks have worked hard at rectifying the simple errors that plagued them last weekend.

The Lions pose another physical challenge and Deysel and company will have to be on top form against a tremendously strong pack.

“The Lions have a very good loose trio and they’ve been playing together for a while now. They link together phenomenally and they’re doing the job their coaches want them to so its going to be a tough ask for us. We need to match them not just physically but skills-wise as well because they have plenty of it,” he said.

Often the first player into the fray, ­Deysel is relishing being able to play in ­rugby’s most demanding competition once again — which he was not so pleasantly reminded of this weekend.

“I played 30 minutes and I battled to get out of my car on Sunday, whereas in Japan I would play and Sundays I felt good. It’s a lot more physical and to be honest you miss it — that heavy competitiveness. It’s good to get up on Sunday and walk around feeling sore from Saturday.”

The Sharks are set to announce their side to face the Lions at King’s Park on Saturday. With the return of Ryan Kan­kowski this week, it will be interesting to see who Gold selects in his loose trio for another enticing South African derby.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.