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Daniel: Sharks hunting a Cup semi

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 2 Sep 2008 at 06:47

Sharks loose forward Keegan Daniel and his team-mates have their sights firmly set on reaching a home semifinal in this year’s Currie Cup competition.

Phil Coetzer writes for Rugby 365 that the Sharks haven’t won the Currie Cup since 1996, and the players will be desperate to fix twelve years of disappointment by snatching the trophy from the Free State Cheetahs, who have won the Cup three years running.

Daniel revealed his thoughts on this year’s domestic competition exclusively to rugby365.com, and stressed that his team is aiming for the top.

“We all know the importance of a home semifinal, and we are looking at trying to secure that semi at home as you would expect,” Daniel said.

“We’ll need to win our home games as well as secure important away victories against the big teams if we’re to achieve that aim.

“Definitely our two home games against the Cheetahs and the Bulls will be key for the Sharks over the next month as we push for that home semi.”

One of the most potent weapons the Sharks have had at their disposal this year has been their highly impressive loose trio.

Their back row, which has seen Daniel, Jacques Botes and Jean Deysel develop into an energetic, productive unit, has been among the best in the Currie Cup, as illustrated by the large number of tries scored by the Sharks loosies.

The dynamic Daniel said that his team’s crack squad of back row forwards could play a major role in the Durban-based tam’s play-off hopes.

“I think in any unit in the team that combinations are important and that players can compliment each other on the field.

“We are fortunate enough to have a good working environment on and off the field which makes the unit function so much better,” he said of his on-field chemistry with Deysel and Botes.

The flank also felt that the extensive Super 14 experience within the team is coming to the fore, and that it gave the Sharks a certain advantage. He also felt that the Sharks showed some real depth, proved by the fact that they have done relatively well in the Currie Cup despite losing a number of players to Springbok call-ups.

“There is still a noticeable difference between the Super 14 and the Currie Cup. I think the intensity and speed of the game are two areas that are different,” Daniel told Rugby 365.

“However, the Currie Cup also tests the depth of some of the unions who lose players to the national level [Springboks].

“We haven’t been that badly affected by the disruptions [of players leaving on national duty].

“Having Boks come back always boosts your team and if there are injuries it gives another player the opportunity to showcase their talent. Personally the changes haven’t affected me at all,” said the confident 23-year-old.

The Sharks have not only done a good job in ensuring a depth of experienced players within their ranks, but have also been bringing through young players who have taken their opportunities with both hands to shine on the domestic stage.

Players such as 22-year-old wing Chris Jordaan have been very impressive given in the limited time and opportunity they have had to adapt to the Currie Cup level.

“I think it is something we [Sharks] have worked hard on, to use local talent from the club scene as well as players coming through the academy,” reflected Daniel.

“There will always be a crop of younger players waiting for their opportunity at the Sharks.”

With Daniel having had great form in patches in the Super 14, there were some hoping for the East London-born Shark to crack the nod in the Springbok training group earlier in the year.

But Daniel is not too phased about the current state of his career, as he believes that he is still developing as a player.

“I’m very happy where I am right now in my career at the Sharks,” he said.

“I think I have matured as a player from when I first arrived on the scene. Right now I’m looking to build on what we have created here at the Sharks over the last few years.”


  • Oh Man!!!!!! I saw this headline and thought. STAY OUT OF THE MEDIA AND JUST DO THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!

    And I must say I am very pleasantly surprised. No bragging, no showing off, No “we are gonna win the thing” comments just a plain straight forward chat.

    Well Done Keegan Daniel, leave the cocky comments to the supporters. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.09.08 06:53:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : This cocky supporter thinks that the Sharks should not have any trouble winning this one, and winning well. 😀

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.09.08 07:01:58 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 2) :

    This cocky guy feels the same way 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.09.08 07:06:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Powerhouse Sharks flanker Jean Deysel and Vodacom Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské have been rewarded for their recent efforts in the Absa Currie Cup, with the duo winning the Player and the Coach of the Month Awards, respectively, for the month of August.

    Deysel and Drotské were each rewarded with R10,000 in prize money, whilst they were also presented with exclusive miniature replicas of the Absa Currie Cup trophy.

    Deysel missed the start of the Absa Currie Cup because of a hand injury sustained in a pre-season friendly against the Griffons, but a series of powerful displays has seen the 23-year-old make the No.7 shirt his own, much to Sharks coach John Plumtree’s delight.

    Plumtree, himself a former Sharks flank of some repute, recently said of Deysel – after a Man of the Match display against the Wildeklawer Griquas: “The guy has got Springbok written all over him.”

    The Coach of the Month is voted for by a five-man panel of top media personalities in South Africa, whilst all eight coaches in the Absa Currie Cup were asked to nominate their Player of the Month for August – as they did last month and like they will be asked to do until the end of this season in October. They cannot nominate their own players.

    Deysel was selected ahead of Nick Köster (Vodacom WP), Earl Rose (Xerox Lions), Wikus van Heerden and Deon Stegmann (both Vodacom Blue Bulls) and the Boland Cavaliers’ Dries van Schalkwyk. Interestingly enough, all the players nominated – except Rose – are loose forwards.

    But Deysel, who tips the scales at 103 kilograms and stands 1,92 metres tall, was typically modest about his performances in August, saying: “It’s great that the opposition coaches have noticed me, I think that’s the best thing about this award.

    “I’m enjoying my rugby a lot at the moment; John Plumtree and the coaches at the Sharks have backed me up, but it’s just been great being back out there with my body in good shape and that enjoyment factor right up there, too.”

    For Deysel, and the Sharks, the next few weeks are shaping up as the key ones as the top teams look to secure those crucial home semi-final places. “It’s make or break in the next few weeks,” he said.

    “The Boks are coming back, at the Sharks and at the other teams too, but that’s why I play this game – to test myself against the best players out there… and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

    Vodacom FS Cheetahs coach Drotské, meanwhile, has guided his team to five successive victories in the Absa Currie Cup. The Cheetahs, the defending champions, have not lost a match since going down 31-23 to the Vodacom Blue Bulls in mid-July. The Men from Bloemfontein are currently in third place on the Absa Currie Cup log, just one point behind the second-placed Sharks (33) and two points adrift of the table-topping Vodacom Blue Bulls.

    Drotské – a former Springbok hooker and the ex-head coach of English club, London Irish – received three out of five votes for his efforts in charge of the Cheetahs last month, just pipping Xerox Lions boss Eugene Eloff to the honour.

    The five members of the well-respected media voting panel who selected the Coach of the month consisted of SuperSport analyst and commentator Owen Nkumane, Mtutuzeli Scott (SABC radio commentator), David O’Sullivan (Rugga Zone host), Clinton van den Berg (Sunday Times sports editor) and senior Rapport journalist JJ Harmse.

    Desiree Pooe – Marketing Manager, Sponsorships Absa – was once again delighted with the response to August’s Awards, that after the positive responses to the July Awards.

    “As this is a new award, we’re still very excited about it – but even more so because it has been so well-received by players and coaches,” said Pooe. “We see it as an honour and a nice boost for the players and coaches and we’re happy the way they have warmed to it too.

    “Well done to Naka and Jean for winning the August Awards – they set the standard last month and we’re hoping that all the other players and coaches will look to do the same in September.”

    Issued by SA Rugby

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.09.08 09:38:08 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • ksa boet make a blog on that for us if you can old chap lol

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.09.08 09:39:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) :

    There is one going up already but it is from SharksRugby.co.za not SA Rugby

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.09.08 09:51:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Should the heading not read ‘Sharks hunting a cup HOME semi’? 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.09.08 09:56:37 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) :

    No that would be TOO blatantly cocky. We don’t want to come across as arrogant 😳 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.09.08 09:59:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : actually, it’s the same arti 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.09.08 10:01:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    yeah but we got it from Sharksrugby not Saru. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.09.08 10:09:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :mrgreen: gm ksa and rob and other peeps

    yes ksa i only find you the news , its for you to put it into an article for us damnit lol :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.09.08 10:25:01 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 11) : hola!

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.09.08 10:34:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Just to lose again?

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.09.08 13:47:06 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 13) : not even a little bit funny 😉

    You guys are going to miss out on the semis for what, the third straight year? Our record is kak, but nowhere near as bad as that!

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.09.08 14:14:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    Ag it was a bit funny you have to admit!

    Like I said before, I will not argue that you are definately better losers than us! 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.09.08 14:18:53 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 15) : it will only be funny until it comes true… then it won’t be funny, not at all! :mrgreen:

    So – who do you fancy to take the spoils in Durbs? And why?

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.09.08 14:22:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks.

    Bulls looks flat.

    For a WP team to be in the game for so long and only lose out because they had a kak flyhalf and got two yellows does not look good for the Bulls.

    Something is not quite clicking there.

    In anycase.

    You want to know how to beat them?

    Simply put short kicks in behind their first line of defence as they turn slower than milk and their back three is super kak at covering at the back on defence.

    Once you get behind their initial defensive line they are vulnarable.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.09.08 14:31:09 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 17) : thanks – I’ll send that to Plum 😉

    You don’t reckon Vic, Spies, Matters and (maybe) Habana will transform them?

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.09.08 14:38:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • anyone know who the ref is this weekend?

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.09.08 14:42:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    Nope if anything I reckon it will disrupt them.

    Du Preez will be a plus for them but the others probably not. Off the bench they might become vital.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.09.08 14:48:07 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 20) : I like to think the game that we’re playing at the moment will just be too fast for them.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.09.08 14:51:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I do! I do! It’s Mark Lawrence.

    AKA “Highlights”

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.09.08 15:23:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    AKA vattie kak nie!!!!!!!!!! gee net geel.

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.09.08 15:31:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : we’d better warn loskop Burden 😉 Did you guys SEE the look he gave JK? With his mud “beard” and all he looked quite mean.

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.09.08 15:38:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    YEAH i saw. was not a happy bunny.

    Lawrence takes NO prisoners mate. Used to joke that he should keep his card inside his sock under his foot. By the time he manages to get it out he has calmed down enough to only give a penalty. 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.09.08 15:41:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : hey – I reckon a card-happy ref is not always a terrible thing when you’re playing against the Bulls. Who will be first, Kuun or Matfield?

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.09.08 15:46:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • We haven’t been that badly affected by the disruptions [of players leaving on national duty.

    Um, Keegan? You wanna rethink that statement?

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.09.08 15:48:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) :

    Maybe he meant national duty to the army. 😛

    @robdylan (Comment 26) :
    I think it will be Matfield, for trying to sweet talk the ref and getting it all wrong due to inexperience with the method and actually propositioning the ref instead of sweet talking him

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.09.08 15:53:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : although they both have beards… maybe it will be enough common ground 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.09.08 15:56:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • First yellow = Kockett if he is playing.

    When he strikes the ref with the ball he will be chucking at a player but miss.

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.09.08 16:05:39 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 30) :


    that’s okay, with him only coming on in the last 10minutes it will have no real affect on the game. 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.09.08 16:09:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 30) : he he. I like to think Rocket will be on the bench… hopefully by the time he gets carded, we’ll have the game sewn up

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.09.08 16:11:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yeah the teams picked will be the most interesting for me to be honest.

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.09.08 16:15:21 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 33) : expect to see Frans at 13 and Ruan at 9

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.09.08 16:20:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • I fear for the Lions now that the Boks are all eturning..thank goodness we have the Valke this weekend but after that I reckon it will be a big ask to beat the big Unions.
    Unless having the boks back counts against some teams in respect to the rhythm thats been biult up.Although that won’t count for the stormers..

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.09.08 19:39:54 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Robd ,KSA any chance of opening a Sharksworld superbru for the Champions league ? 😎

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.09.08 19:41:06 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Serious Q? 😕

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.09.08 19:41:34 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 37) :

    I’m sure we can do that.

    What sport is the Champions league? 😉

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.09.08 20:00:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 35) :

    That second part is the bit i am worried about. vaguely recall that happening to us a season or two ago.

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.09.08 20:02:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) :

    I think there r a couple of us here that enjoy the round ball and I reckon this years champions league is gonna be cooking.

    All the big payers about..the return of Marnio and Scolari at Chelsea its gonna be a cracker.

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.09.08 20:13:55 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) :

    Ill be very suprised if Province don’t catch up and take that final spot away from us.

    Then again if the Lions can pull off a win against a heavy laden bok provincial team them anything is possible.

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.09.08 20:15:51 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 41) :

    Hey, did you see the conversation we had yesterday?

    I am firmly on the fence on which of you two will take the 4th spot 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.09.08 20:33:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 42) :

    No missed it..must be said Im nervous for the remainder of the CC, the only player we can have back is J Fourie..even though he makes a big diiference its won’t be enough.

    having said that even if we make the semis then we’ll surely have our arses handed to us by on of the other 3.

    It is a perfect opportunity for the likes of Baywatch,Rose,Alberts and Hienke to make an impression for the EOYT..and its high time we get more Lions into the Bok team..then we may start winning more matches.. 😉

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.09.08 21:04:56 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 43) :

    Gimme a sec I’ll find it.

    We went through most of the possible permutations.

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.09.08 21:08:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 44) :

    Here you go.


    about comment 14 onwards.

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.09.08 21:12:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 45) :

    Thanks KSA some very interesting permutations there…

    As long as we come away with big wins against the minnows and get 1 or 2 against the bigger teams.

    maybe everyone is putting way to much faith in their Boks returning making such a big difference…heres hoping not 👿

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.09.08 21:28:14 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 46) :

    As i said in those comments. I am fence sitting this one.

    possible for WP to make it yes, probable? dunno

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.09.08 21:36:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 47) :

    If you had to choose which team would you go for..be careful now 😉

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.09.08 21:41:56 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 48) :


    WP will have the better finish to the season, but it’s to late I think. Those two losses against Valke and griquas have cost them a semi spot

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.09.08 21:45:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) :

    But if they had to play each other WP would win. 🙂

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.09.08 21:46:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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