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Muller named Sharks Captain

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 19 Jan 2009 at 07:01
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Johann Muller will skipper the Sharks in the Super 14.

Springbok captain John Smit will be utilised as a hooker and tighthead prop, and be able to concentrate on getting himself ready for the Test series against the British and Irish Lions.

Muller, 29, who has 61 Super 14 caps, 60 Currie Cup games and 22 Tests behind him, confirmed he would lead the side this season. He also captained the Sharks last year when Smit played in France.

De Jongh Borchardt writes for Rapport that Sharks coach John Plumtree has a high regard for Muller’s leadership capabilities.

Muller is looking forward to working with Smit in a team oozing experience and exciting players.

Many experts believe 2009 could be the Sharks’ year, but Muller realises it won’t be easy.

“There are many games to come before you can start thinking of a final. We don’t want to place ourselves under pressure by saying we’ll win the Super 14,” he said.

“We are starting with a very difficult challenge in playing the Stormers at Newlands. After that it’s the Lions in Durban and then we tour Australia and New Zealand or four weeks.

“It’s a long series. Fortunately the core of our group is intact. We have only lost BJ Botha, AJ Venter, Brad Barritt, Fred Michalak and Henno Mentz.

“That kind of continuity gives you heaps of confidence, as does the fact that we won a trophy for the first time in 12 years.”

“It’s great to have experience and it will help me that there are several other leaders in the squad, but that alone does not win games.

“We’ll still have to play hard rugby. The experienced heads help when the pressure starts mounting.”


  • Great Stuff!!!!

    Captain Mulle to lead the team and Captain Smit to be there in an advisory roll.

    NOBODY else can boast such leadership in a team. 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.01.09 07:18:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Good decision…

    Let’s get this show on the road already!

    Sharks forever…

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.01.09 07:56:26 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply
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  • Not too sure I am happy with this.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.01.09 08:27:40 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 3) :

    Either him or John would make a great Captain. John has led the country to a RWC and Johann has led us to the 2009 CC trophy.

    Either one woould be an excellent leader, but together they are even better.

    Unless of course you mean you are not to happy about this from a team having to face us point of view. 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.01.09 08:32:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 3) :
    If you’re worried about Smit – I don’t think he will forget how to be the Bok captain. 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.01.09 08:36:11 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 5) :

    Having more than one very capable leader, which is the case here, is always better than having none.

    How they will work together as both senior leaders (one province other country) remains to be seen. I think it is a risk. Unnecessary if you ask me.

    You pick your best captain or leader with the other in a supporting role.

    And I am not sure, no scrap that, I know Johan is not a better captain than Smit.

    Not that he is not good, he is one of the better ones, but not better than Smit.

    Only time in history that worked in my mind, was for Auckland with Fitzy and Zinzan

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.01.09 08:49:24 by MorneN Reply
  • I think if you add leader and captain, you get both in both players. John will help to lead the side, offering his vast experience and knowledge, but Johan will be the captain.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.01.09 08:58:23 by Baldrick Reply

  • @MorneN (Comment 6) :

    it certainly worked for us in the later stages of the CC.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.01.09 09:16:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Ja but you don’t go out and change captains half-way through the season as would have been the case when John came back.

    It made sense to keep Johan as captain last year because he was the captain the whole season.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.01.09 09:26:31 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 9) :

    And the same needs to be said about moving into the next season, why change the Captain if your current captain is still there?

    THAt is something I have never really understood about cricket BTW. 🙁

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.01.09 09:30:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    John will be available, injury permitting, for the whole of the Super 14.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.01.09 09:33:54 by MorneN Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    In the case of cricket, the fact that it can work there is because the difference between test, and one-day cricket, is massive.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.01.09 09:34:32 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 6) : I think both guys have enough character to lead the team together…it’s only fair that Johan continues to be the captain.

    Different issue with the Proteas:

    Botha, McKenzie, Boucher have all assumed the leadership role and it’s not working too well…

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.01.09 09:38:58 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 13) :

    Rugby is not about being fair, it is about making the right decisions.

    Look we don’t know what the team dynamic is like and only speculate here, maybe John did not want to have the burden of captaincy or whatever.

    But all things fair and equal, John would have been my captain for the Super 14 no doubt.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.01.09 09:41:03 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 12) :

    No I am talking of a case like where Pollock or in recent times Pietersen get’s bumped as a captain but he still stays in the team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.01.09 10:01:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    Like Luke Watson in 2007 after he was captain in 2006?

    But yes, in both cases they should have been booted from the team!

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.01.09 10:06:13 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 14) : Muller has been with the team in John’s absence…and did a great job. He’s secure in his position as captain, as well as his playing position.

    Smit has to worry about switching to TH…and all that jazz.
    Yeah there’s a lot of speculation from our side but it looks like a good decision.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.01.09 10:10:52 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 16) :

    Luke is actually a great example of why it shouldn’t be done, I don’t for a minute believe that Muller would be a Watson about being dropped. 😉

    Both our leaders, and they ARE both our leaders, are good enough at their job and have enough charcter to not drop their watermelons if the other is made captain or has something to say.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.01.09 10:12:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : Not saying it was a good decision in both those cases…but as in all sports a person can be a great player but not necessarily competent to be a captain.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.01.09 10:15:12 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 17) :

    I would pick my best captain as my captain.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.01.09 10:18:06 by MorneN Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    There are a lot of ‘competent’ or ‘good enough’ guys in the Sharks, my point is simple, pick the best for the job.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.01.09 10:18:47 by MorneN Reply
  • “We have only lost BJ Botha, AJ Venter, Brad Barritt, Fred Michalak and Henno Mentz.”

    Smit, Du Plessis for BJ
    Deysel for Venter
    Steyn for Barrit
    Pienaar for Michalak
    Any body that can do the 100m in under 14sec and catch a ball for Mentz

    Are we better off this year then last year in terms of personnel?

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.01.09 10:44:17 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 22) :

    Yes we are IMO.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.01.09 10:46:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Either or. Won’t make any difference imo. PLus their first names are almost the same. Just one letter difference. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.01.09 10:52:39 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    Agreed only real loss is BJ….he is better scrummager then his replacements by a country mile.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.01.09 10:54:33 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 24) :

    your math REALLY isn’t good so early in the morning

    Johann – John = an (two) 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.01.09 10:56:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 25) :

    If you say his replacement is Jannie Dup. Yes.
    If you say his replacement is John Smit. No

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.01.09 10:57:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i think js has a better repoir with the referees than muller does. and this counts for a lot these days, with the fragile little egos referees have. muller is a good captain, but i think js is better. i would rather have the pressure of having to deal with the referee taken off jm’s shoulders. free the guy up to do the dirty stuff a lock is supposed to do.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.01.09 10:59:11 by try time Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : Maths, reading, I’m going downhill fast. But I can’t help if they don’t know how to spell Johan. 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.01.09 11:10:05 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) :

    Are you saying John Smit is a good a scrummager as BJ….oh let me not go there again!!….

    I wish John and Jannie all the very best at tighthead, maybe they teach all the looseheads in tournament about what the different grass varieties used on rugby fields look like up close, alternatively how beautiful the sky looks on match day.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.01.09 11:15:27 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 30) :


  • Comment 31, posted at 19.01.09 11:24:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : agree, js with a little practice and game time will exceed bj. js is a team man, and he won’t need to scrummage illegally.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.01.09 13:11:39 by try time Reply


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