After the retirement of Gary Teichmann and various other senior Sharks players, as well as legendary coach Ian McIntosh, the Sharks went through a season of disappointment as the team failed to adjust to life without the old stalwarts and ultimately slumped to bottom of the Super 12 table. While the form of the Sharks has improved somewhat since then it seems that there will be a new, if less dramatic, changing of the guard in the leadership of the Sharks.
Currie cup winning captain Johann Muller has already left for Ireland while John Smit and Stefan Terblanche are seemingly in their last seasons playing for the Sharks which leaves only Jacques Botes of that “generation” of senior Sharks who might be playing in 2012. Which leaves us with the question of who will take over the reigns when these stalwarts do eventually leave the Sharks. (The question of the captaincy in the 2011 Super rugby season could be another article on its own and probably has been written already come to think of it).
Keegan Daniel had a huge role to play in the successful quest for the 2010 Currie cup title and was the team vice captain and captained the team when Oom Stef had to miss a couple of games due to injury and he might have been the obvious choice to take the reins if the Sharks looseforward conundrum did not exist where it is becoming difficult to fit 5 class players into only 3 starting jerseys. Jean Deysel has captained his under 21 team when he was starting out in the Lions junior ranks while Willem Alberts has also had his fair share of captaincy even captaining the Lions senior team on occasion. Another name to be mentioned in the captaincy stakes Alistair Hargreaves who captained South Africa to a world title at under 19 level in 2005 and has established himself as a starting lock for the Sharks in the 2010 Currie cup competition.
Whoever does eventually take the Sharks captaincy moving forward, it is important that players such as those mentioned above are given an increasing leadership responsibility in the upcoming season as the time comes for the stalwarts to finally hang up their boots which have served the Sharks so well over the years. It is vital that the leadership development of these extraordinary characters in the Sharks set up are developed into a strong core of leadership for the future to ensure the ongoing rugby success of the Sharks.Tweet