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Living his dream: Sharksworld chats to Jean Deysel


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Oct 2008 at 14:02
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The Sharks are hard at work this week, despite the two week break in Currie Cup proceedings. That didn’t stop us from cornering this season’s most exciting up-and-comer, Jean Deysel, for a quick chat, though.

Jean told us that the Sharks were glad to have a bit of a break at this stage of the season. “There are a lot of sore bodies and it’s nice to have a bit of a rest. Earlier in the season, we weren’t that sure how the break would work out, but now that it’s here, we’re very glad.” Deysel has every reason to feel slightly tender, if his recent heroics on defence (and with ball in hand) against the Lions are anything to go by.

“Not to take anything away from the Lions, but I really felt we played very well last weekend. The first half was probably the best half we’ve played. Even in the second half, where we had to defend a lot, we did that very well and that’s something great we can take into the final.” Although the Sharks didn’t score as many tries as they usually do, it didn’t matter on the day, because the combination of ruthless defence, a low error rate and Ruan Pienaar’s seldom-erring boot ensured that the Lions never got into the game. “It’s great having a guy like that in the team,” Deysel says of Pienaar, “because when he lines them up, you just know they’re going over”.

So where does Jean Deysel come from and how did he end up in Durban? “I played a lot for the University of Johannesburg and I had a very good Vodacom Cup for the Lions in 2007. I didn’t make the Lions Currie Cup team that year, though and I was very disappointed about that, ” Deysel says. He spent the early parts of the Currie Cup season practising with the Lions on Mondays and Tuesdays, but was never given an opportunity to play. “I wasn’t really enjoying rugby at that stage, because nothing was happening,” he said. In yet another stunning example of ignoring talent under their very noses, the Lions administration agreed with Deysel that he should seek a contract with another union and he immediately met with Dick Muir and Rudolf Straueli of the Sharks.

“They told me they wanted me to play in the compulsory friendly against Eastern Province, and I was very blessed to have my best game of the season on that day.” Deysel, playing at number 8 for the Sharks invitational team (although still contracted to the Lions) scored a hat trick of tries. A Sharks contract followed soon after. He went on to play a bit part in the Sharks 2007 Currie Cup campaign (which was disrupted by a hamstring injury sustained in the National Club Champs) but really started to catch the eye in the 2008 Super 14.

“I still haven’t started a Super 14 game, but I came off the bench a few times this year and had some good performances” he tells us. Few will forget a superb cameo against the Chiefs where a moment of Deysel magic set up the sixth try, for Ryan Kankowski. “This Currie Cup has been the first one where I’ve been an important part of the team throughout.” I put it to Deysel that the Sharks’ recent run of good results has coincided with his emergence in the number 7 shirt. Incredibly, he admits “I’ve never really played 7 before. I think it’s quite similar to 8, where I played for the Lions under 21s. I think you see a bit more of the ball at 8, though. For UJ, I actually played at 6. That’s because the Lions told me that they saw me on the openside and I needed to be playing in that position to stand a chance of being selected.” The time spent as a ball-hunter has clearly had a marked impact on Jean’s game, as his ability to force turnovers is one of the biggest strengths of his game.

So who would Jean pick as his ideal teammates in a world-class loose trio? “It’s a difficult question to answer, but I’ll take my mates at the Sharks, either Ryan, Jacques and me, or Ryan, Keegan and me. For a loose trio, the guys have to complement each other – that’s the most important thing. That’s how we work at the Sharks and we bring out the best in each other, even though it may not always be the three best guys in each position.” Speaking of Keegan Daniel, Jean admitted that he hadn’t realised, before coming to the Sharks, that the two flankers were essentially “twins”, both born on 5 March 1985. “Keegan’s a great guy,” he says, “you have to meet him to understand what he’s really like. What you see on the field is exactly what he’s like in real life”.

Jean’s goals for the future are quite clear. “I want to establish myself as a regular starter in the Super 14 next year,” he says. I asked him about the Bok tour squad and whether his thoughts were turning towards possible selection, given the amazing season he’s having. “A lot of people are asking about it and obviously everybody wants to play for the Springboks. I have been playing well, but so have a lot of other people. If I don’t make it, I’ll be a little disappointed, but I’ve been so blessed to have had such a good season this year that not making the Boks won’t be something that I’ll get miserable about. There’s always next year.” Talking about the incredible loose forward depth in the country, Deysel says, “it really brings out the best in you, knowing that there are so many other guys who are just as good as you just waiting to take your place. I just makes you try so much harder to make sure you stay on top of your game.”

So where does the nickname “Wollie” or “Wolla” come from? “It’s a nickname from my res days at UJ,” Deysel laughs. “The guys just said it was easier to call out ‘Wollie’ on the field than it was to say ‘Jean’. I’m just one of the lucky guys whose res nickname seems to have stuck.” Is it surprising, then, that Cobus “Baywatch” Grobbelaar and Kobus “Varkhond” Grobler roomed at the same establishment during their varsity days?

Sharksworld would like to thank Jean Deysel for his time and wish him and his teammates all the best for the final to come, as well as the Bok announcement thereafter. We’re with you guys no matter what!



54 Comments

  • DEYSELS!!

    Sharksworld is jacked up nuh!yoh!

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.10.08 14:22:07 by PJLD Reply
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  • Sounds like a good chap.

    Don’t worry boet, keep on keeping on and you will be wearing the green n gold.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.10.08 14:26:40 by PJLD Reply
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  • He loves the site, btw :-)

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.10.08 14:36:57 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) : Not surprising seeing as you rate him so much, he gets alot of positive press here! (I also rate the guy)

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.10.08 14:43:55 by beez Reply

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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 3) :

    You mean he READS??? :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.10.08 14:52:24 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • I thought they keep him in a lab somewhere between games.

    Hey Jean, any chance of you and Luke swapping teams :?:

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.10.08 14:54:15 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 6) :

    Dont upset the lad before the big one…you play dirty man! :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.10.08 15:05:17 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 5) : Course he does :-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.10.08 15:05:58 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 8) :

    So…I am the ONLY one who just “scan”… :mrgreen:

    Well – thats great news, seeing that there is no other site where they can get ‘n kick from seeing what the fans say anymore.. :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.10.08 15:14:08 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Lions fans will be super pleased to know that Jean Deysel was told to saddle up his bicycle and go and find a new province. :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.10.08 15:24:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) :

    My question is…HOW could they not spot the talent???? :shock:

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.10.08 15:28:19 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 11) :
    And that is the really scary bit …

    Have you been bull bashing/baiting yet? I seem to remember last year that you gave the blue people a hell of a time on their own site.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.10.08 15:50:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 6) :

    Is jy nou heeltemal bedonnerd???? :razz:

    Why would we swop the bionic man for the paranoid android?

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.10.08 15:54:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) :

    Nah…I like this site way to much to waste more time there.. :wink: But seeing that its so quiet here….maybe thats not a bad idea!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.10.08 15:54:44 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 5) :

    Maybe he just comes on to check out your pic? :smile:

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.10.08 15:55:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I don’t reckon he’s giving us the real story behind his nickname. :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.10.08 15:57:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • Looks like nothings going on there either… :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.10.08 15:57:37 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Thank you… :wink: But I dont think so!!

    @McLovin (Comment 16) :
    So do I…he only sai its a nick from varsity….not what it stands for or how it came about… :twisted:

    Who did the interview???? We want the truth and nothing but the truth and off course the WHOLE story…not bits.. :roll: :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.10.08 15:59:29 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • I think he’ll do well in the S14 next year. :cool:

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.10.08 16:02:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 18) : He’s probably n bietjie skaam.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.10.08 16:03:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • In yet another stunning example of ignoring talent under their very noses, the Lions administration agreed with Deysel that he should seek a contract with another union

    Man Eloff must bang his head against the wall everytime he sees Deysel play nowadays.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.10.08 16:04:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :
    Hey, thats why Im here as well!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.10.08 16:04:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: I reckon…

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.10.08 16:04:44 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Sammy…Behave! :wink:

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.10.08 16:05:31 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 14) :
    Give them hell blondie – maybe some of them will follow you back over here like thay did last year to the Sharks site.

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.10.08 16:07:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • OKAY…I know this is a crazy question…but then again…thats what you expect of me…DOES ANYONE HAVE TICKETS AND NOT ABLE TO USE THEM? I NEED 2 ADULTS AN 2 KIDDIES… :oops: :???:

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.10.08 16:08:32 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • I still haven’t started a Super 14 game :shock:

    My Word why on earth not? Surely that will change this season

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.10.08 16:08:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) :

    i am not sure i want them to come and besoedel our site…Piet is Bull(shit) enough for all of them.. :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.10.08 16:10:03 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Try the Blue Bulls rugby union – youll probably have sit in a bus or plane with their sweaty supporters singing those nice songs they sing.

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.10.08 16:12:46 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 26) :

    Too late she cried!!!!!!

    Ours are going to Debs and Milissa.

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.10.08 16:13:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) :

    Can you drink brannewyn? :razz:

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.10.08 16:14:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 28) :
    I trust you will be able to civilize them like you did with asskicker. We need a few resident bulls on this site.

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.10.08 16:15:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 28) :

    I would actually have expected Piet to be around and about more after qualifying to play us in the final.

    Have the Bulls fans been given Visas to enter Durban?

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.10.08 16:16:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) :
    Damn right I can, but I dont.

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.10.08 16:18:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) :

    I CAN?? :twisted: But die blou bul eet nie vannie grond af nie will NEVER pass my lips!! :twisted: @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :

    Aggenee!!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.10.08 16:18:40 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • @Ice Sharkadelic Babe (Comment 35) :

    Blou bull eet nie vannie vloer af nie, veral nie die bus vloer nie, want dit word gebruik vir opgooi.

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.10.08 16:20:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • What happened to the ‘new’ Bulls song? Don’t think I’ve ever heard it.

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.10.08 16:23:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 36) :

    DID THEY BUY LUKE????? :shock: :shock:

    :twisted:

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.10.08 16:26:21 by Ice Sharkadelic Babe Reply
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  • Like Koster, please do not rush this kid.

    Give him at least another full S14 and CC.

    I am surprised he is already thinking about the Boks but you cannot fault ambition.

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.10.08 16:27:36 by MorneN Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :
    So Milissa is coming for the game, magic.

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.10.08 16:32:45 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 40) :

    I will be there. I wouldn’t miss this for the world.

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.10.08 16:50:29 by Milissa Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 33) : he ended up spending a few nights “inside” after a tussle with some Free State fans this weekend.

    I hear he’ll be out in time to write us a piece tomorrow.

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.10.08 16:58:03 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Go Sharks!) (Comment 42) :

    Prison Break anyone? :grin:

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.10.08 17:01:19 by Ollie Reply

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  • @Milissa (Comment 41) :
    Lets hope they pull out all the stops for you like they did the last time you popped in from New Jersey for a game. Good on you.

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.10.08 17:06:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 44) :

    If it’s anything like the Chiefs game we are going to be one bunch of happy folks around here.

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.10.08 17:10:21 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

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  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 45) :

    Did you get an email from me today? I haven’t had a reply and am just wondering :wink:

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.10.08 19:46:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) :

    Sorry..today was a bit of a crazy day. Overslept, got to the gym late and consequently I was late to work so I’m playing catch up.

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.10.08 20:02:50 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

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  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 47) :

    No worries, I was having net problems today (story of my life) and am not sure if mails were sent or not. :sad:

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.10.08 20:08:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • It’s no exaggeration to say this guy has been the difference this season for the Sharks. With Deysel in the mix, our loose forwards complement each other perfectly. The blend Botes or Keegan, Deysel and Kanko is ideal…we have the ball player, the bruiser and the flair player.

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.10.08 22:50:27 by Villie Reply
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  • I’m going to da FINAL!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 50, posted at 14.10.08 22:52:16 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 50) : :cool:

    It is going to be great. I hope the next 7 days fly by for me.

  • Comment 51, posted at 14.10.08 22:53:45 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

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  • Annnd just to stay on topic I think JDs impact on the team has been amazing and I am looking forward to seeing him on the 25th as a starring player and not just the amazing cameo performance.

    :smile: I’m going to see them live again! No mediazone and connection speed issues. I’m so excited that I don’t believe there are words to adequately describe it.

  • Comment 52, posted at 14.10.08 23:01:24 by Milissa (Go Sharks!) Reply

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  • @Milissa (Go Sharks!) (Comment 52) : I remember the mediazone days (well kuduclub)! :sad: So I know what thats like! (Was in Colorado for 6 months in 2006).

    I’m super crazy mad excited for the game and I’m only flying in from Cape Town!

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.10.08 00:06:46 by Frisbee Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : And Loffie must be banging his head when seeing Rory playing too. He let him leave also, thinking Janno and Straatkat would be enough scrummies for the super 14… Suprise!!! at some time during the super 14 they had to play doppies at scrummie…

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.10.08 10:07:29 by VanWilder Reply

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