Daniel needs a big game

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 18 Apr 2008 at 09:47

For the Sharks to stand any chance against the Brumbies tomorrow, the forward pack is going to have to be in absolutely imperious form. Leading that charge must be open side flanker Keegan Daniel, who has been a bit quiet since his two-try heroics against the Blues over a month ago.

The Sharks have the firepower in the tight five to take the Brumbies to the cleaners. With Bismarck du Plessis, BJ Botha and Johann Muller all World Cup winners and Beast Mtawarira and Steven Sykes rapidly coming on, one just can’t see the Brumbies tights living with them for the full 80, particularly given the Sharks reserve depth. The Brumbies have definite weaknesses at hooker and prop and the Sharks front row will need to keep the pressure on right from the start.

In the loose trio, however, the Brumbies have a master spoiler in George Smith, as well as two big ball cariers in former Reds star Mitch Chapman and number 8 Julian Salvi. The Sharks have turned over plenty ball at the breakdown in recent weeks through not getting their fetchers to the ball in time. Failure in this area against the Brumbies will see Smith virtually win the game on his own.

For the Sharks to ensure that their backline has enough ball with which to win this match, Keegan Daniel has to use his superior pace to teach the old master a lesson. The Brumbies trio won’t be able to live with their Sharks counterparts when it comes to pace, but Daniel needs to be the one to do the damage here. He needs to play with a single goal in mind: “I will not be beaten to the breakdown”.

Let’s see if he’s up to the task.


  • up the SHARKS!!!! let get ready to kick some saders ass in 2 weeks! screw the little brumbies lol

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.04.08 09:49:24 by watarota Reply
  • one game at a time!

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.04.08 09:50:42 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • hahaha its just i’m stressed about tomorrows game.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.04.08 09:54:09 by watarota Reply

  • Rob – you took the words right out of my mouth. I was just saying last night that Keegan has been quiet since his first 2 “Man of the Match” awards. Think he needs to step up a gear tomorrow. We all know he can.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.04.08 09:57:40 by Nessa Reply

  • put him on the bench for 1 game and scare him a bit then release the tiger in him and watch him have another couple blinders

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.04.08 10:01:13 by watarota Reply

  • Too small for S14 rugga another than the odd bit of heroics…

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.04.08 10:05:49 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • geez bryce. Mr “glass is half empty” 😉

    According to you we need to throw half the bloody team away. It’s a wonder we’re actually still unbeaten, given how most of the guys are too small and just not up to it at this level.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.04.08 10:08:01 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Err Robbo… who have I said to throw away… I’ve recently stated we don’t have decent depth in one position… and that’s at lock if Johann is injured and AJ doesn’t sort his fitness out…

    And that Dick seemingly cannot sort some continuity in picking a backline (of stars)…

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.04.08 10:16:59 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Sykes, van den Berg, Hargreaves, Blignaut, Daniel… not so?

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.04.08 10:20:23 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • Great Vodacom and perhaps Currie Cup players… let’s find/buy some world class locks… to partner Johann for next season…

    ABVD will suffice off the bench in the meantime…

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.04.08 10:27:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • like who? Who is out there and available?

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.04.08 10:39:56 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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  • No idea… other than poaching a Bakkies, Duncan, Skeate from another province… or one of the lighties like Corniel Van Zyl that have left our shores… not impossible… we managed to snare one of the better 10’s in the world game…

    PS… I’m more than happy for Sykes or Hargreaves to show me up (can’t see the latter doing so)… Blignaut IMO reminds me of Lobberts… more a flanker that needs to channel his aggression and up his skill-sets…

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.04.08 10:52:33 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Duncan… let’s hope we can get him back.

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.04.08 10:54:03 by robdylan (LTOFT) Reply
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