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Daniel relishing McCaw match-up


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 16 Apr 2009 at 08:16
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Keegan Daniel may have earned his regular starting spot this year due to the unfortunate injury of Sharks teammate Jean Deysel, but the slightly built flank has a golden opportunity to measure himself against one of the undisputed breakdown kings of the game at the weekend.

Rugby 365′s Jan De Koning caught up with Keegan Daniel

The table-topping Sharks face the fast-improving Crusaders in a Super 14 Round 10 clash in Durban on Saturday, where Daniel will get the chance to measure himself against one of the world’s foremost openside flanks in All Black captain Richie McCaw.

Deysel, who damaged knee ligaments in the opening match of their Australasian tour against the Chiefs in Week Three, is not expected back until after the Sharks’ bye next week.

It has afforded Daniel the opportunity of not only more game time, but also a regular starting spot – which has helped as he polished his game.

“The more you play the better you will get, because you have a lot more time on the field to enhance your skills,” Daniel told rugby365.com in a break from training, as the Sharks prepared for their showdown with the Crusaders.

“You get to sort the small details out, because there’s only so much you can do in training,” he said.

While he has had plenty of time to polish his own game, Daniel feels it will be vital to stay within the team structures and not get sidetracked by the one-on-one duel with McCaw on Saturday.

“Everyone knows Richie McCaw is a world class player and how valuable he is to his team,” Daniel said, adding: “It is always great to play against a player of such high calibre and that’s the nature of this competition – week in and week out you test yourself personally and as a team against some of the best players in the world.

“Yes, I’m relishing the opportunity of playing against the Crusaders and hopefully help getting our team back on track.

“But you can’t focus on individuals too much, because you can loose the plot,” the Sharks flank added.

At 1.88m and 92kg Daniel is small by modern loose forward standards, but he is happy that his other attributes make up for that.

While he has had some time to gel with Jacques Botes and Ryan Kankowski as a loose trio, it is his individual role that probably needed most adjustment in the absence of Deysel.

Especially with Daniel and Botes both specialist openside flanks, one of them – in this case Daniel – had to take over Deysel’s ball-carrying duties.

“We [Daniel and Botes] are similar in some ways, but we are also very different in other ways,” he told rugby365.com.

“As much as I’m seen as an openside flank, I just had to adapt to the role of the ball carrier since the injury to Jean [Deysel].

“I may not bring a lot of size to the team, but I do bring a better running game to the side.

“We’ve just tried to adapt the best we can,” Daniel added.

He will be hoping to continue his amazing try-scoring feats against the Crusaders this weekend.

The 24-year-old livewire flank was credited with the quickest try scored in last year’s Super 14 – when he dotted down within 19 seconds of kick-off against the Blues.

He scored another two in the Super 14, before finishing as the top try-scorer in the Currie Cup competition with nine.

With nine appearances in this year’s Super 14 he has taken his total of Sharks caps to 74 – 39 in the Currie Cup (debut in 2006) and 35 in the Super 14 (debut also in 2006).

By Jan de Koning



30 Comments

  • I would just be happy if after this weekend Garth Wright realises that it is Keegan Daniel in the Sharks team and not some arb guy called Keegan Daniels. :sad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.09 08:18:08 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • sorry Keegan, but as much as I think you’ve done a reasonable holding job, the spot has to go back to Wolla as soon as possible.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.09 08:32:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : ya, somehow do not see McCaw falling off Daniel

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.09 10:33:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Yes please. Even uncle Hugh gets it right, surely Garth can do the same. :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.09 10:36:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 3) : looking forward to Kanko giving him a nice stywe hand-off again this year

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.09 10:37:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Go Keegan, show them you have the heart :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.09 10:46:08 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 6) : you need a good combination of heart and bulk to administer effective PKs to Richie and his mob :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.09 11:30:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Think Keegan’s streetwise enough by now :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.09 11:35:09 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 8) : I like writing him off… every time I do , he just plays better :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.09 12:00:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : TT’s way with Jacobs :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.09 12:04:44 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 10) : TT hates the Sharks… pass it on

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.09 12:23:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : hehe. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.09 12:33:28 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    And on the other side of the coin, everytime you say the Sharks are a sure thing, they lose. :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.09 13:22:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : :mrgreen:

    why pass on old news though.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.09 13:25:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : to warn newbies :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.09 13:45:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : yeah – that’s true.
    Man, I’m worried about this weekend. Crusaders are going to beat us

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.09 13:46:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : i also noticed that rob is a bit of jinxer – maybe he should post sth about chiefs the sure thing for the weekend :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.09 13:47:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : @rekinek (Comment 17) : that’s better :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.09 13:47:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • I just got 10 tickets to the British and Irish Lions game so be nice to me! :twisted:

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.09 13:50:45 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) :

    Bwhahahahahahahha

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.09 13:53:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 19) :

    I think you are a pretty crappy guy.

    Oh Did I mention I HAVE tickets for the game already. :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.04.09 13:55:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 17) : i have picked the Chiefs to stuff the Cheetahs on SB.

    @klempie (Comment 19) : really? how did you manage that?

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.04.09 13:55:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Computicket. Last block of 10 as far as I can tell. :cool:

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.04.09 13:58:44 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 23) :

    Is this the same computicket who was closed on Monday :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.04.09 13:59:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : See you at the game. :cool:

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.04.09 13:59:54 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : No I went to a branch today. :wink:

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.04.09 14:00:56 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 26) :
    :lol:

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.04.09 14:05:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 25) :

    Damn right. We need to get a braai sorted.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.04.09 14:06:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : I will get Me2 on the case closer to the time.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.04.09 14:11:59 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 29) :

    Speak to Rahul as well

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.04.09 14:21:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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