Anxious wait for Deysel

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks on 19 Aug 2011 at 07:00
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Spare a thought for Jean Deysel this weekend, as the Sharks flanker faces a nervous wait to find out whether he has done enough over the last month to earn selection to the Springbok World Cup squad.

After emerging as one of the Sharks’ most important players over the course of the last few years – in fact, it’s been no real coincidence that the team’s worst form slumps in those times seem to have coincided with Deysel’s all-too-frequent injuries – the wrecking-ball flanker finally made a belated Springbok début as a replacement against Italy back in 2009. The presence of one Juan Smith, a real fixture in the Bok number 7 jersey, appeared to make Deysel somewhat superfluous at Springbok level and it was unfortunate that further injury prevented him from kicking on from that solitary cap on the end of year tour and forcing his way into the Bok squad on a more permanent basis.

The arrival of Willem Alberts at the Sharks, a move that was meant to set up a “dream ticket” of sorts, with him and Deysel playing in tandem and feeding off each other, hasn’t quite worked out as intended, though, with the two players now mainly competing for a single jersey. In recent times, with Deysel playing a role for the Boks at blindside flank while both Alberts and Smith were injured, it appeared as if the pattern would repeat at national level. With Smith sure to go with to the World Cup, as we were told, it seemed pretty clear that Deysel and Alberts were competing for a single spot in the 30-man squad.

A fair bit has changed, though, in recent days. It started with an alarmingly-poor effort from Danie Rossouw at blindside against the Wallabies, the sort of performance that has strengthened the case of those who’ve for some time now felt that he is a far better lock option than a loose forward. Only a few days later, Juan Smith ruled himself out of World Cup contention as well and with established wisdom suggesting that there will be five loose forward spots up for grabs in the squad, only three (Schalk Burger, Pierre Spies and Heinrich Brussow) can be considered certainties at this stage. Peter de Villiers is known to be a huge fan of Alberts and one feels that the burly former Lion probably doesn’t have too much more to do against the All Blacks this weekend in order to cement his place.

That leaves just one spot, with a slew of loose forwards, including Deysel, competing for it. Up until last week, you’d have thought he was the odds-on favourite for that spot, but the fact that he’s been cut from the squad this week (although not released for Currie Cup duty) and replaced on the bench by Ashley Johnson must be concerning. For Wollie, there’s an anxious few days ahead as he waits to see whether he’s done enough, knowing that he’ll have no further chances to show the selectors that he has more to offer than Johnson, or any of the other potential candidates, such as Deon Stegmann, Ryan Kankowski or even Dewald Potgieter.

The Bok squad for the World Cup will be announced on Tuesday afternoon.


  • Its either Deysel or Johnson IMO but you never know with PdV.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.08.11 07:07:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • So you dont think Kanko will go to the RWC?

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.08.11 07:35:50 by SharksRTB Reply

  • PDV likes to back experience…

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.08.11 07:36:17 by SharksRTB Reply

  • No, alas I fear kanko isn’t in the mix anymore, unless peter opts for specialist cover at 8… The fact that all of alberts, burger and rossouw can cover 8 will probably count against hoff.

    Then again, the fact that johnson covers two positions might get him the nod over wolla

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.08.11 07:40:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 2) : Nope, he has had a bit of a dip in form. 🙁

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.08.11 07:43:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Call me negative if you like but I have a feeling we aren’t going to win the RWC, Semi-finalists probably, Finalists unlikely.

    So in that light if Deysel doesn’t make it it just strengthens our CC campaign.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.08.11 07:46:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I hear you, ksa, but I also feel that wollie has been so good over the last 3 years that it would be a shame if he misses out. He’s just so consistent.

    Ok, I need to turn off the phone. Plane about to take off

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.08.11 07:49:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : And call me un-patriotic if you like. 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.08.11 07:49:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Good morning everyone

    ROB just a repair job on the article needed boet, before you get teased later 😉

    in fact, it’s been no real coincided that the team’s worst form slumps in those times seem to have coincided

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.08.11 07:50:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : you unpatriotic fellow you :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.08.11 07:51:15 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Enjoy. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.08.11 07:52:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : enjoy rob , safe journey boet

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.08.11 08:02:04 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • As much as I love to see him in the Sharks jersey, I think he really deserves to be included in the WC squad. The fact that he has not been released for CC duty is a major plus, as it indicates that the selectors aren’t sure who to pick either. Maybe it is more a case of Deysel having done enough and Ashley having to prove that he is better option then Deysel.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.08.11 08:34:18 by Farlington Reply

  • would be nice for deysel. I just have little faith in Pdivvy chosing somebody else than the old men.

    don’t think that Johnson is better option than deysel. Johnson seem to be somewhat one-dimensional but his commitment is clearly visible.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.08.11 08:54:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • I think Deysel will make the squad and even Johnson has an outside chance of also making it with him. But we will have to wait and see what ou Snorre comes up with. Maybe he will even include Rose 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.08.11 09:02:30 by Viking Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : That’s very un-patriotic off you 🙂 , we are gonna win , No NZ in final…. We gonna beat the Auzies

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.08.11 09:11:02 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 16) : If there is no NZ in the final then Bryce lawrence will ref the final and we are screwed anyway.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.08.11 09:56:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : KSA if Morne Steyn occupies the number 10 jersey for the WC I’ll jump in that sinking boat with you. SA to go no further than the semi’s. I really hope Butch will be the man and if that’s the case we can win the WC imo.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.08.11 10:20:46 by Ben Reply
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  • Watching Boots & All last night I’ve just come to dislike Ashwinn Willemse even more. In his words; “Morne Steyn is the best flyhalf in SA.”

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.08.11 10:24:03 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 19) : hate someone for their opinion? 😕

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.08.11 10:45:18 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 20) : Did I use the word hate? 🙄 I just don’t like the guy.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.08.11 10:48:34 by Ben Reply
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  • We need specialists in the team. We aren’t going to win any games with people playing out of position:
    8th man- spies
    Blind- willem
    Open- schalk and brussow.

    We’ll have danie on the bench even though he is horribly slow nowadays.

    That means we need a Juan smith type cover for 7 (as willem and schalk can play 8).

    That leaves Jean Deysel as the only specialist blindside in the juan smith mould unless… Unless… Duane V is back from injury. If he is fit, I’d pick him over Deysel as Duane was awesome for the stormers and is a very similiar player to King Juan.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.08.11 10:50:57 by juz Reply

  • Jean Deysel played the role of an openside against the Ozzies when he came on, he hit more rucks than any forward when he came on, contested for the ball, securing ours – no turnovers when he was on, and affected a turnover for us, even though Bissie got the media credit for it, he is more versatile than AJ, a better lineout forward and a better Bok candidate. I hope Wollie makes it, but I have a feeling AJ will get the nod… Deysel to be a Sharks hero this season – but hoping he gets acknowledged… Good luck Johnny Diesel!

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.08.11 10:58:51 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • A cool idea for an article- who could be the biggest bok bolters for WC squad…

    In 2007 we had Bobby.

    In 2011 – Juan to recover? Charl macloed to pip Ruan? Elton to go along for the experience? Stefan Terblanche to be backup fullback…

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.08.11 10:59:55 by juz Reply

  • Really hope Deysel makes the wc squad. Deserves it after being our best Bok on the away tour in a very weak side he stood out.

    Think it is a choice between Johnson and Deysel from the selectors.

    Johnson can cover 7 and 8
    Deysel can cover 6 and 7

    Johnson had a brilliant S15, but on the away tour he played as well. Deysel was by far our best.

    Watching Boots last night when Deysel was speaking and he seemed so pleased to be with the Boks after his dreadful injury last year. The camera went to PdV and he just looked kinda sad like. Not sure if any other noticed. Thought with a player talking so highly of being selected and pleased to be a Bok the coach would at least put a smile on his face. That sort of told me Deysel not gonna be in the squad. Daft to see it from that. But if faces tell a story that did. I would select Deysel straight up. If Brussow gets injured then we don’t really have another fetcher.

    Hope Deysel gets selected. One heck of a player that gives 100% everytime.

    Good luck Deysel hope you make the wc squad. If not look forward to seeing you back with the Sharks.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.08.11 12:15:18 by Puma Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 25) : sorry man should check my posts before submitting.

    meant = Johnson had a brilliant S15, but on the Bok away tour he NEVER played as well as he did in SuperRugby. Deysel was our best 7 on tour by plenty. Best Bok on tour as well.

    Okay hope I got that right…hehe. 😎

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.08.11 12:18:04 by Puma Reply

  • Burger can also cover: 7 and 6. So have to see who PdV selects.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.08.11 12:22:18 by Puma Reply

  • Really hopes jean deysel makes the rwc squad.a player who really deserves it.he was one of the stand-out bok players vs full strength abs team in nz.
    @rekinek: I don’t quite think aj is one-dimensional(unless you call a chip-kick,gather and score one dimensional 😉 or a side step 😉 ).he has quite some skills -kinda like a 110kg keegan daniel.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.08.11 13:57:04 by bergshark Reply

  • Really hope.. :$

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.08.11 13:58:01 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 28) : I agree AJ isn’t one dimensional at all. Tough choice between him and Wolla. Wolla have shown better form playing for the Boks so he’ll get my nod.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.08.11 14:04:10 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben:hope pdivvy agrees with us on this one:-D

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.08.11 14:13:32 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 31) : Makes 2 of us.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.08.11 14:16:32 by Ben Reply
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