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Keegan has plenty to add to the Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 Feb 2016 at 13:09
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On the surface of it, the Sharks’ decision to re-contract Keegan Daniel may appear a little strange, given the glut of quality loose forward options already available to Gary Gold for the 2016 Super Rugby season. I feel we need to look a little deeper though and acknowledge just how good this decision could be for the franchise at this stage.

The Sharks have been through a lot of turmoil over the last few seasons, with players often the ones to bear the brunt of the seemingly endless changes to both coaching staff and playing philosophy. This whole situation was really brought into very sharp relief by Daniel’s own somewhat unwilling departure in 2014; a stalwart of the team under John Plumtree who had amassed over 100 Super Rugby caps was suddenly deemed completely surplus to Jake White’s rather size-obsessed requirements, this mere months after leading the team to Currie Cup glory under Brendan Venter. It was perhaps glossed over at the time (and I’ll accept my share of blame for the way I reported it), but Daniel’s treatment was shoddy and ill-befitting a player who had given quite as much to the Sharks. We should have made more of a fuss at the time and while it’s not often that life hands you a second chance, it just feels, on this occasion, that this one is going to “turn out right” now that Keegan is back in the fold.

There’s interesting talk doing the rounds regarding Daniel’s contract. I’ll not spread any rumours, save to confirm that as I have it, Keegan is playing for the Sharks this year out of love for the team, rather than due to any specific financial consideration. You can read what you will into that statement, but once you’re done, ask yourself how many other players in this era put the amateur concept of “pride in a jersey” ahead of the more professional “money in the bank”?

That Keegan Daniel brings leadership and experience to a team that has lost a decent amount of both qualities goes without saying. The value of that experience in a young team should be reason enough to support his return; however, it’s the spark or x-factor that he has always brought to any team he plays for that is perhaps more valuable still. In a modern era where loose trios will typically comprise three carbon-copies of the same “bashing brute” form factor, Daniel has always stood out for doing something different. That form of individuality would never really be at home in a Jake White game plan, but to me, anyway, it epitomises what it means to be a Shark and I’m really glad that a whole generation of younger loose forwards will have the opportunity to learn “flair” from the best in the business.

From a pure rugby and selection point of view, it’s perhaps hard to find a guaranteed place for Daniel in a first-choice starting fifteen, but surprisingly easy to imagine a niche for him in a squad expected to compete at its peak over the course of 15 gruelling fixtures. Why, just last week we were discussing how to select a team to play three matches on three continents in just over two weeks; I’d feel very comfortable knowing that I could leave Marcell Coetzee at home after the New Zealand leg and ask Daniel to step into his boots for the fixtures against the Hurricanes and Jaguares, just as one example.

Daniel can play anywhere in the back row and will, I’m sure, show the value of that utility over the course of a long season, where attrition is sure to be felt. Gary Gold will need to manage his resources in such a way to ensure that promising younger players, like the du Preez twins, Khaya Majola and even Tera Mtembu, are not unduly disadvantaged by this signing, but if history has taught us one thing, it’s that injuries happen quickly and often and that loose forwards are incredibly susceptible, given the role they play in the modern game.

Hell, the season hasn’t even started and already Majola and Philip van der Walt have picked up knocks, while Mtembu and Jean Deysel are seemingly still not quite match fit. Add to that the likes of Renaldo Bothma, Coetzee and Jacques Potgieter returning from Japan with a lot of rugby under their belts already and the selection options in the back row are already looking a little thin ahead of the season opener. I’m not a betting man, but come the end of March, I reckon we could just be thanking our lucky stars that we have Daniel and his 199 caps for the Sharks to call on.

Welcome home, Keegan. This is going to work out just fine!



49 Comments

  • There is no doubt that Keegan adds value. He is a Sharks man through and through. Guys like him you keep in the team come hell or high water. The guys playing with him never mind competing with know they have to raise their game . Let’s rotate our guys especially when it comes to games overseas that involve long travel. They must stay fresh so that they give their 100%.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.02.16 13:37:29 by GreatSharksays Reply
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  • absolutely stoked! we all saw the lack of leadership in the squad in the last season and that alone makes this a astute addition. Add the pride of his play to this. If the twins can learn and add some of KDs finesse to their game, they will be so much more threatening.

    If my memory serves me correctly, the Bulls will not be happy about this move ….

    the good news just keeps on rolling in.

    On a side note, will Chillyboy be back for the fixture schedule from hell?

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.02.16 13:41:50 by Kabouter Reply
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  • He will add value I have no doubt. But even more so his commitment to the Team/Brand. In my opinion a guy like that is worth x10 as much as a certain player we shall not mention and is dead to Rob. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.02.16 13:51:26 by Farlington Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 3) : screw that guy

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.02.16 13:56:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • People always said he would probably be better as a centre than a flank…just throwing that out there :)

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.02.16 13:57:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • In a time where we really are in desperate need for real Sharks men to drag the Sharks back up from the mire that was 2015, the return of Keegan is like manna from the heavens.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.02.16 13:58:00 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Great to have him back. He adds loads of experience. Think of playing him at 8 and the Du preez twins at flank. Utter distruction.

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.02.16 14:00:59 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 7) : I would play him at 8, Marcell at 6 and the twins at 7.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.02.16 14:03:23 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Even if Keegan only makes one or two match day squads this entire season, I’d still be overjoyed that he’s back.

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.02.16 14:09:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • As one who has watched those twins since they were at primary school,when they play together they lift each others game 25%.The sooner they are cemented in the first team together the better,They have a Pocock,Hooper telepathic like effect on each other.
    Combine that with the power and bravery of Marcel and we could be looking at a seriously legendary combination here.
    I just hope Keegan doesn’t bring a Schalk Burger factor to the team.Burger should have retired three years ago but coaches have continued to play him out of some nostalgic fan driven loyalty to a day long gone by.
    If Gold wants to succeed he needs to look to the future and resist his natural urge to hide behind has beens from his past.Read Marco Wentzel,Jean Deysel and guys like Matt Stevens.
    Is the real reason Keegan’s back is that he failed to get a contract anywhere else,or because Bismarck is gone?

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.02.16 15:00:04 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 10) : Dude, Keegan is 30, hardly a hasbeen. The twins are still young and will cement their places, of that no one has any doubt. marco Wentzel did way more than what he was signed for, Deysel had some personal problems that unfortunately had an effect on his career, it’s only Matt Stevens that was an absolute rubbish signing.

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.02.16 15:13:30 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Keegan is just one of those players that does the work without much fuss! Always liked him ever since his first game and must say after the loyalty he showed to the Sharks I even like him more!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We need more players like him and Tank that want to play for the jersey and not the pay check!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.02.16 15:50:32 by JD Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 11) : 100% correct!!!!!!!! Anyway can’t have a team full of youngsters you need senior players to guide them a bit!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.02.16 15:53:08 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 13) : Marcel is the senior player,he is the leader of the forwards,if I had to choose between Marcel and Daniel,its a one horse race.
    Michael Hooper captained a winning Aussie team at 21,

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.02.16 16:01:25 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : I really do sympathise with your point.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.02.16 16:04:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : Always thought that myself

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.02.16 16:49:59 by stevovo Reply
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  • @stevovo (Comment 16) : skinstad could have been a good inside centre/outside back also.imo bokrugy missed the trick with both him and spies.bulls should have persisted with spies on the wing-or even at 13.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.02.16 17:36:43 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 10) : @JD (Comment 13) : @The hound (Comment 14) : I agree fully,Sharks need youngsters to rebuild with a new winning ethos/mindset,no nedd for old hasbeens who can’t hack it elsewhere and beside KD was no 8 ,no captain and only really effective against the Bullarinas

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.02.16 17:59:26 by benji Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 11) : JD was a great ,great player till his injury,he never really recovered from the mental aspect of that injury and was never the same player since

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.02.16 18:04:55 by benji Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 10) : I’m taken aback by your reaction. Especislly considering that when he was with us we played some of our best attacking rugby. Looking at the game plan that is punted we need a player of his calibre to help usher us into this new era. Does it mean he has to be the vice captain? Does it mean he has to compete with Marcel for the number 6 jersey? No. As I said last week, my interpretation of the format means you need to win at least 6 out of 7 of your home games and at least 3 to 4 out of 8 of your away games to control your own destiny in terms of standing at the end of the pool games. With the new rules around the bonus point, the expectation is that you continue at your maximum output or level for 80 mins in terms of all the relevant stats if you want to be competitive in this competition. Keegan is your man in those last 20 mins. His skill and leadership (including mentoring the likes of Dan) will be of great value.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.02.16 18:39:08 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 20) : aaah man. Keegan in the last 20.

    I need a fresh pair of undies.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.02.16 18:55:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Its fantastic to have Keegs back. Great guy, great player!!! He will add value to this team in a lot of ways.

    Welcome back Keegan!!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.02.16 19:17:15 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Wheres Kankowski this year? Not with the Sharks?

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.02.16 19:17:54 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 23) : nah. Bok sevens

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.02.16 19:25:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 20) : Keegan coming back in the last week of preseason sort of smells like panic to me.
    If he was going to play the role you are punting he should have been back weeks ago.
    It says to me that Gold hasn’t got the bottle to play the young team he been blessed with.Gary Gold is definitely no Michael Cheika.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.02.16 19:33:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : I hope to hell he stays there,he hasn’t made a contribution to his over inflated salary for 3 seasons.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.02.16 19:34:53 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 25) : to be fair,keegan was playing in japan.but do think the sharks lakc quality back-up at no6 ,for sr, at the moment.coetzee and keegan at no6 (with kleinhans and majola as back-up).

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.02.16 20:02:14 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : I was thinking that yesterday… :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.02.16 20:13:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 20) : Well put…

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.02.16 20:17:23 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : And when did the other Japan based players come back?

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.02.16 23:25:35 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 29) : Thanks.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.02.16 23:26:29 by GreatSharksays Reply

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  • Does Keegan have contractual obligation during curry cup as well? I would like to see him back permanently.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.02.16 06:57:23 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 25) : Doesn’t sound like desperation at all, if the Sharks are desperate why did he approached them? If he is desperate why did he offer to play for nothing? Do you even understand how important rotation will be in this awful SR formate? I know you’d play the twins game in game out no matter what but realistically that’s just not going to work.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.02.16 07:53:45 by Seth101 Reply
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  • http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/sharks-sneaking-into-contention-20160202

    Very interested article on the importance of the Keegan signing, which I agree with.

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.02.16 07:55:50 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : it’s a long season and Marcell can’t play for 80 min of all 15 games!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.02.16 08:45:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 35) : Once again I like Keegan,but don’t think he is even good enough to be a second choice,at 6,7,or 8.
    I think he is too qualified ride the bench,and his presence is going to inhibit the development guys like,Bothma,van der Walt,Terra ,Majola, or Kleinhans and I would never choose his experience over Deysel or Potgieter,and he definitely wouldn’t make my starting 6.7.or 8.
    I hope to hell we are finally shot of Kankowski as well.
    I seriously think Keegan would fit in at the Kings,specially since he doesn’t mind playing for no salary.

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.02.16 09:26:26 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 36) : I had a good chuckle at that last sentence :grin:

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.02.16 09:43:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 36) : apparently turned down an offer there (which wasn’t for no money)

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.02.16 09:51:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Considering he is actually from Kings country that kinda says a lot above his love for the Sharks. Im sure he can add value in whatever way it is.

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.02.16 10:21:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Really says all you need to know about his signing. How anyone can complain about a more or less free signing of a very good player (who’s specific skills we are short in the squad) can complain is beyond me.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.02.16 10:37:55 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 40) : I think people are just upset because he has two first names… :)

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.02.16 10:40:16 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : yeah love it that he chose Sharks for less money but a no brainer. had one of the Kings hookers at our table on weekend and jeez these guys are going to get hammered. players only signed a 7 month contract and he says there is no passion, drive or any will at the practices apart from the guys on trial.

    Keegan always seems to be never seen as the first choice but always triumphs and that is the spirit the younger gents can learn from. whether off the bench, starting or alternative lineup he will be success, just his nature to compete and succeed. MC was overplayed last year and it cost him his place at the RWC, so hopefully better player management happens as well this year

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.02.16 10:49:36 by Kabouter Reply

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  • Can’t wait to see and hear Keegan ‘ s name in our lineup again.

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.02.16 20:55:57 by coolfusion Reply

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  • And if any of the youngsters are good enough they can try out play him else they must be content to wait behind him till they are good enough to lift him.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.02.16 20:58:07 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 36) : he want to play for the love of the Sharks not the love of free labour!!! ;-P

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.02.16 22:08:03 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 36) : @vanmartin (Comment 37) : Laughed right out loud at that last sentence!!

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.02.16 22:11:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Kabouter (Comment 42) : difficult to see the guys getting motivated as they know once Super rugby is done they’re once again unemployed!!!! Real pity!!!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.02.16 22:13:10 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 47) : Harumph…I still reckon SARU has contributed to this whole damn mess…

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.02.16 22:25:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 48) : they had a huge part in this mess but can’t give them all the credit. Cheeky and his cronies also played a big part in it!!!

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.02.16 22:37:48 by JD Reply
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