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Introducing our new Iron Man


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 19 May 2008 at 10:20

His name is Jean Roy Deysel and he was born in Virgina on 5 May 1985.

Jean DeyselDeysel has made his way into top-flight rugby the hard way. He didn’t come up through the established route, attending the unfashionable Hentie Cilliers High School in Virgina and representing the Griffons at Craven Week in 2002. He worked his way into the Lions junior structures after school, but once again they failed to see the talent that was under their noses and Deysel was snapped up by the Sharks, joining our ranks in 2007.

He announced his arrival on the scene in a big way, scoring a hat trick of tries in a friendly against Eastern Province in the run-up to last year’s Currie Cup. He played a bit-part in last year’s Currie Cup campaign, yet has done incredibly well when called on in this year’s Super 14. At 1.90 metres tall and weighing 112kg, Deysel is a big unit. He complements his bulk with a decent step and a fair turn of pace; even more importantly, he is strong on his feet and has the ability to break tackles. Pretty much an ideal modern blindside flank.

Deysel announced his arrival on the stage against the Crusaders. He slipped onto the field virtually unnoticed, before bumping off first Ali Williams, then Riche McCaw within in the space of a few seconds. The clip can be seen here. The re-introduction of AJ Venter at flank has limited his gametime somewhat, but he showed again on Saturday just what a dangerous prospect he can be, setting up one of Ryan Kankowksi’s tries with a wonderful catch and break, as seen here.

We have been waiting for a true contender to emerge from under AJ’s big shadow; a flanker who is big, fast and strong to complement the pace and guile of Botes and the sheer size and skill of Ryan Kankowski. I say that we have found that man in Deysel and he should be given every opportunity to make the number 7 jersey his own in this year’s Currie Cup.



32 Comments

  • Deysel really does fit the description of a perfect flanker…and on Sat he showed that he’s up for the challenge.

    I really want to see more of this guy in our loose trio.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.08 10:26:24 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply
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  • What’s he doing in a Lions jersey? :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.08 10:27:29 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : WHAT?

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.08 10:28:56 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • bumping off first Ali Williams, then Riche McCaw within in the space of a few seconds…

    And then losing the ball. :roll:

    He does look the part though. Sharks need a big ball carrying loosie.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.08 10:38:40 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • Just watching that second clip. Sharks were darem red hot on Saturday.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.08 10:41:06 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 4) : I elected not to mention that in the write-up… knew it wouldn’t be long before somebody did ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.08 10:43:52 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 6) : I couldn’t resist. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.08 10:44:53 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 5) :

    better a Stormer say it than one of us. :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.08 10:45:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Thought I’d put it in perspective. :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.08 10:45:51 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 6) :

    Well done rob…you were just highlighting some points about Jean…not doing a write-up for the whole match…or the whole clip… :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.05.08 10:52:34 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • not sure he has AJ’s frame or exp or presence or agression – but he made some good go-forward yards on sat – still young, could be the answer. keep watching to see how he goes.

    I see Epi is back and the sharks have sent over their strongest squad of the season with everyone fit – just as well cos a few weeks back it was one-way traffic in Sydney, but i think this sharks side can give anyone a go.

    Its an outstanding 24-player squad, but am disspoainted that Ackerman was not taken over to start the first half against the strongest pack in the comp.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.05.08 10:55:49 by cab Reply

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  • @cab (Comment 11) : AJ is 1.98m and 112kg. Deysel is 1.90m and the same weight.

    AJ is VERY tall for a loosie, but Deysel doesn’t concede anything in the weight stakes and (I feel) is actually stronger and more aggressive in contact. Maybe it’s cos he’s 12 years younger! He is also a lot faster than the old warhores

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.05.08 11:06:23 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Rob – What is the story with players only being allowed to play in semis if they have played 3 games?

    Surely Epi does not qualify?

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.05.08 12:43:50 by beez Reply

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  • that try against the chiefs has to be up there as one of the best of the season. u all know how highly i rate ruan, and when he runs lines like that – like he did against england last year or THAT try against the brumbies in 2006 – he is sublime and wonderful to watch.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.05.08 12:44:59 by knersboy Reply

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  • @beez (Comment 13) : I also wondered about that…

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.05.08 12:45:52 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 12) :

    He is also a lot faster than the old warhores…warhores sis Rob…Jenna doesn’t like it when people talk about AJ like that

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.05.08 12:49:53 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 16) :

    In fact she doesn’t even like “old warhorse” but the rest of us will let you get away with warhorse…

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.05.08 12:52:30 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 17) : she knows how to contact me ;)

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.05.08 12:57:45 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 12) :
    ya rob, fair enough, think this is def AJ’s last season, but what a game on saturday, Deysel did very well when coming on, but the hard part was donein the first 50min with AJ back to his best.
    With Epi back, becomes a real tough question who to put on bench Deysel or Epi. Against the likes of Palu, am afraid I would go for Epi and tell to stop him without using the head.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.05.08 13:09:36 by cab Reply

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  • Think he was your man of the match. Vokken impressive! Sorry but cant describe it other then that. :oops:

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.05.08 13:27:46 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @cab (Comment 19) :

    With the make-up of the Sharks squad with so few backline players, you could see both Epi and Deysel on the bench – with Epi cover backs as well as forwards.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.05.08 13:29:51 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 21) :
    interesing view DP, yeah perhaps esp with NSW pack.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.05.08 13:44:14 by cab Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 21) :

    And Burden also covering the backs.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.05.08 13:48:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 20) : I thought Stef T was Man of the Match

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.05.08 13:49:41 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • so, assuming Frans is fit, you do this:

    Beast
    Bis
    BJ
    Sykes
    Muller
    Botes
    Venter
    Kanko
    Kockett
    Pienaar
    JPP
    Barritt
    Jacobs
    Ndungane
    Terblanche
    Burden
    Jannie
    vd Berg
    Deysel
    Taione
    Steyn
    Murray

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.05.08 13:51:43 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • If Steyn is injured for the weekend

    1. Tendai Mtawarira
    2. Bismarck du Plessis
    3. Jannie du Plessis
    4. Steven Sykes
    5. Johann Muller
    6. Jacques Botes
    7. AJ Venter
    8. Ryan Kankowski
    9. Rory Kockott
    10. Ruan Pienaar
    11. JP Pietersen
    12. Brad Barritt
    13. Adi Jacobs
    14. Odwa Ndungane
    15. Stefan Terblanche

    Bench
    16. Craig Burden (Forward and back Cover)
    17. BJ Botha
    18. Albert van den Berg
    19. Jean Deysel
    20. Keegan Daniel
    21. Epi Taione (Forward and back Cover)
    22. Waylon Murray

    If Steyn is fit then he replaces Epi or Murray

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.05.08 13:54:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Suggested match 22:

    1. Tendai Mtawarira
    2. Bismarck du Plessis
    3. BJ Botha
    4. Steven Sykes
    5. Johann Muller
    6. Jacques Botes
    7. AJ Venter
    8. Ryan Kankowski
    9. Rory Kockott
    10. Ruan Pienaar
    11. JP Pietersen
    12. Bradley Barritt
    13. Adi Jacobs
    14. Odwa Ndungane
    15. Stefan Terblanche

    Replacements
    16. Craig Burden
    17. Jannie Du Plessis
    18. Epi Taione
    19. Jean Roy Deysel
    20. Keegan Daniel
    21. Frans Steyn
    22. Waylon Murray

    AJ covering lock in the second half, although Albert hasn’t been bad when he has come on.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.05.08 13:55:33 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Or as Rob says drop Daniel for Steyn

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.05.08 13:55:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : I just don’t see Keegan as a factor in this weekend’s game.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.05.08 14:08:43 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 29) :

    I Think you are right, You need someone who can take Palu backward from 5m out not go over the line with him.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.05.08 14:17:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : It’s not only Palu. Elsom is also a real threat and we all know what Waugh can do to you on the ground.

    Again, a HUGE tight five effort, scrum dominance and counter rucking is going to be the order of the day.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.05.08 14:21:30 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • Dont matter which team play for the Sharks (myself would stick with the same one as the weekend) , hoping the Sharks will just close Waugh’s mouth. Havent forget his little rant after the Newlands match.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.05.08 15:31:49 by PaarlBok Reply

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