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Deysel the human wrecking ball

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks on 8 Aug 2008 at 06:56

The Sharks have unveiled a phenomenal crash specialist in Jean Deysel. rugby365’s Nick Pawson spoke to the young star about his views on the Currie Cup, and the home leg of the Tri-Nations.

The 23-year-old blindside flank has the perfect attacking portfolio – complementing his solid 112kg frame with a great step, a fair turn of pace and the ability to break tackles.

Having played the beloved game from as early as grade one, Deysel went through the ranks at Hentie Cilliers High School in Virgina, representing the Griffons at Craven Week in 2002. He then went on to study at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) where he worked his way into the Lions’ junior structures, before being scouted by the Sharks and joining the Durban union in 2007.

Deysel marked his arrival on the scene in 2007 with a hat-trick of tries in a Currie Cup friendly against Eastern Province. It was this year’s Super 14 campaign however where Deysel began to make a name for himself.

Casting one’s mind back to the Sharks’ clash against the Crusaders, who could forget how Deysel slipped onto the field virtually unnoticed, before bumping off first Ali Williams, then Riche McCaw within in the space of a few seconds.

The young loose forward has found a permanent berth once again within the Sharks’ pack, after a disruptive hand injury kept him off the park in the opening rounds of this season’s Currie Cup.

“It’s lekker having a break; it’s fun for the first week or two but then you start missing the guys and missing the game time,” Deysel told rugby365.com.

“Playing every Saturday and doing your best and being sore every Monday – I think that’s what you live for when you play rugby.

“It’s lovely to be back in the side. The rugby is picking up and the guys are gelling very nicely – it’s great to be a part of the whole thing again,” Deysel added.

After a massive performance against the Griquas in Kimberley last Saturday, Deysel is again on top form and has slotted straight back into an experienced Sharks outfit that is looking rampantly on to Friday night’s showdown against an embattled Western Province (WP) at Newlands.

“I missed the first game against WP,” Deysel said.

“I can imagine though when things aren’t going your way and you’ve lost two to three games, that’s when you’re at your most dangerous. They will be playing for a lot more, to build up their confidence again.

“They’ll be picking a side to throw everything at them, which could be us. They’re [WP] going to come hard at us.

“But we’re looking forward to it,” he admitted.

With the Sharks sharing the top tier of the Currie Cup standings on 23 points with the Cheetahs and Blue Bulls, Deysel commented on the present atmosphere in the Sharks camp now that the tournament has reached the halfway stage – a tournament he rates amongst the best.

“There’s a great vibe in the camp at the moment. We had a real struggle in the beginning so we are enjoying how things are starting to come together,” he said.

“Everyone gets excited towards the weekend. We’re coming into the business end of the tournament and every team will be fighting for a home semifinal, there’s no easy game from here onwards.

“I think the guys are starting to realise that and we’re just trying to work on the more positive stuff that came out of our win against the Griquas.

“That’s the lekker thing about the Currie Cup, it’s a great competition – there’s three teams on level points which just shows how competitive it is; nobody’s running away with it and you have to fight for every point you get,” he added.

With all four Currie Cup games this weekend taking place on Friday night in light of Saturday’s Mandela Tribute Challenge between the Springboks and the Pumas, Deysel cast his attention to the current status of the national side and their chances of taking the Tri-Nations’ title.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on the Tri-Nations as well,” Deysel wryly confessed.

“It’s always lekker when a competition goes down to the wire. What’s counting in our [South Africa’s] favour is that we have our last three games at home.

“I think we’ve got a very good chance of winning those games. Peter [De Villiers] is doing good things with the side as well.

“It’s going to take a huge effort from the guys to win all three games but I think they’re up to the task,” Deysel added.


  • this is one of those everywhere but no focus articles, where you read the heading and expect great things and then you get disappointed as it doesn’t get off the ground. at least deysel’s rugby is better than this article. this article suits jp better with his not sure where i am game plan. good thing deysel gets to show us his true skill on the field. pity he is going to have to wait til second half to show aj he is the new boss.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.08 07:37:14 by try time Reply
  • @try time (Comment 1) :

    After watching the Giqua’s/Shark’s game for the first time this morning… the man is the next best thing in true blindsider’s…

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.08 08:17:41 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) : Agree. He has me very excited. Ooo-er 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.08 08:22:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 1) :
    JP did enough to win a WC medal, so if thats what not knowing what the game plan is does for you, Deysel would do well by following his lead.

    @robdylan (Comment 3) :
    The blindside flank we have been hankering for for the last 2 years.

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.08 08:26:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : so did wynand and bobby.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.08 08:33:40 by try time Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 4) : but we are talking about two different models of jp. i also liked the 2007 model, it had more balls and speed. the 2008 model goes around in circles. i am also a little disappointed in the 2008 frans mobile. hopefully they can fix it before the year runs out.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.08 08:37:05 by try time Reply

  • but this article is about a machine that hopefully doesn’t go through the same malfunctions. hopefully it is built on the same chassis as the jacques botes super car. 3 years of absolute brilliance.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.08.08 08:40:03 by try time Reply

  • I think Deysel is Rob’s new love Child… 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.08 08:40:27 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 8) : either that or I need to rename this site Saracensworld…

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.08 08:54:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think showers are predicted.
    Sharks must build on great performance last week and smash the goats.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.08.08 08:56:46 by Ernie Reply

  • @Ernie (Comment 10) : amen!

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.08.08 09:01:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ernie (Comment 10) : weather report says dry. so only showers will be wp suppoters tears.

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.08.08 09:02:51 by try time Reply

  • sorry rob, quoted the wrong post, should be post 10.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.08.08 09:06:14 by try time Reply

  • wpw and charlie, are you guys going to the game tonight?

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.08.08 09:11:10 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 13) : I fixed it 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.08.08 09:12:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 14) : Sharksworld will be well represented tonight – IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY!

    That’s right, we’ll have both Big Fish and PJLD in the press box and at the post-game functions covering the game for us. Expect lots of juicy articles on Monday.

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.08.08 09:13:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : thanks.

    looking forward to the sunday/monday articles. they will get to see the amazement that is botes. i was surprised how much work he gets through. you don’t get to see it on television. i think he will get 2 more tries tonight.

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.08.08 09:21:12 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 17) : I have decided to model my playing style on his… since I’m roughly the same size (ok, 5 cm and 10kg isn’t THAT much!)

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.08.08 09:42:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : thats not what the ladies say. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.08.08 09:44:58 by try time Reply

  • Gatiep aan Katolieke priester: Hoekom dra djy djou hemp soe agterstevoo?

    Priester : Omdat ek ?n vader is

    Gatiep : Ek?s ok ?n vader, ma ?dra nie my hemp soe nie

    Priester : Maar ek?s ?n vader van duisende

    Gatiep : Dalk moet djy liewer djou broek agterstevoo aantrek!

    Hahaha Rob – what about a Friday Jokes page again….I seriously need a good laugh….I know we gonna have a good chuckle tonight at the cost of WP….but I need a laugh NOW!! 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.08.08 09:48:28 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 20) : ask and ye shall receive.

  • Comment 21, posted at 08.08.08 09:58:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    You’re such a pleaser… 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 08.08.08 10:02:58 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :
    Or possibly Blue Bulls world, in a year or threes time.:wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 08.08.08 11:41:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) : bite your tongue and spit!

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.08.08 11:55:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ernie (Comment 10) :

    14° C

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  • Comment 25, posted at 08.08.08 13:07:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 23) :

    Naught ou, that has three words and [email protected] JOU isn’t in there so the Bulls will never find that site.

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.08.08 13:08:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) :
    Maybe a link on their official site then..

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.08.08 13:25:07 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 27) : They tried that…… 😈 😈

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.08.08 13:29:18 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 28) :

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.08.08 13:43:37 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 29) : Reckon I’ll have to settle for only you enjoying MY FRIDAY FUNNY!! 🙄 😯

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.08.08 14:05:34 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Jean Deysel has a very bright future in front of him…

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.08.08 14:15:35 by Die Jood Reply

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  • @Die Jood (Comment 31) : Shalom, my friend! I agree. I reckon Deysel will be a year-end Bok

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.08.08 14:34:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) :

    But then again I did claim this in the last S14 on his debut… check the tape… 😉

    Now can we at least not let KP thump us????

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.08.08 15:45:24 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Ntini… eish!

  • Comment 34, posted at 08.08.08 15:47:28 by bryce_in_oz Reply


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