Richard Ferguson

Leading from the front

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Jan 2012 at 09:49
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Sharks coach John Plumtree has made it public knowledge that he will select his captain for the season next week sometime, and this got me thinking as to who the candidates could be. My 2 minute self debate ended quite simply with another year under Keegan Daniel. But then I had a few beers with a good mate of mine, and this is what we decided would be best for the Black and White.

After taking into consideration what Morne said in a very detailed article last week sometime, we decided to ignore the premise of building the team around your captain, and simply selecting a player that, if fit, will automatically be in the starting line up. Now at the Sharks, there aren’t many of these hanging around.

Running through our squad list, we managed to find only five players that will always be penned into the starting line up, and this without much discussion or thinking twice about it. These are – our Springbok front rower Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis, the magic man in the flyhalf jumper, Mr Pat Lambie, and the one and only slick running JP Pietersen out on the wing.

As you can imagine, this type of debate can only make a man thirsty, and after cracking open another cold one, we went about selecting our captain from these five canditates. It was easy to eliminate a few early on, as with JP Pietersen, being stuck on the wing is hardly a place for a captain to be. And we managed to agree that Pat Lambie was still a little wet behind the ears to take on this responsibility, allowing him to focus on handing off Schalk and scoring tries.

This leaves us with three big front rowers, all more than capable of striking fear into their opponents hearts, but only one who commands respect like no other, our big hooker, Bismarck du Plessis. This decision was not taken lightly, as the responsibility of being captain will not only push Bismarck to lead from the front, but will also force the man to tidy up his act in terms of discipline.

So there you have it Plum, if you are still undecided as to who your captain should be, you are more than welcome to join me and my mate for a few beers and we can discuss this at length, or until the beers run out.


  • agree 100%, bissie will be my captain if i had to choose, this will give him another edge to his game

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.01.12 09:53:34 by jovner Reply
  • I agree it should force him to clean up his act at least a little but would it detract from his game?

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.01.12 09:54:09 by lostfish Reply
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  • I agree Rich, Bissie will make a great captain and throw him in as Springbok captain.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.01.12 09:58:17 by Barryetodd Reply

  • @jovner (Comment 1) : Bissie should def not be captain! He should just concentrate on playing. I wud pick Bosman as captain…he will come good this year!

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.01.12 10:06:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • What was that again of friends not allowing friends to pick captains drunk? 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.01.12 10:07:53 by Morné Reply
  • @Barryetodd (Comment 3) :

    Can I get a big welcome for my co-beer drinking debate partner.

    Welcome and thank you for the stupendously entertaining insights!

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.01.12 10:08:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 5) :

    Well said!

    No disrespect to your article Morne, this is all very much lighthearted reading..

    For interest sake, I do agree with your opinion and that a captain should be selected first and foremost.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.01.12 10:10:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) :

    No not at all mate – Bismarck is a very popular choice and we all just have our own little opinions on the matter. And I am not even a Shark supporter so mine means even less! 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.01.12 10:13:06 by Morné Reply
  • Fully agree with this article!

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.01.12 10:19:39 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Morne: sometimes the outsider’s view is the correct one.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.01.12 10:24:39 by bergshark Reply

  • @Morné (Comment 8) :
    Come on boetie: spill the beans on Tim Whitehead already. 😆

    Whoever will be captain will still need some decent centres.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.01.12 10:28:09 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I also thought that The Biz can be a great captain. But I’m sure that it will influence his game negatively. Bismarck loves the physical side of things, hence the little dicipline issue.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.01.12 10:29:56 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) : now that you put it that way I am having second thoughts 🙁 but I wasn’t happy with Keegan as Cappie so now I don’t know – still think Biz

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.01.12 10:44:03 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 13) : I agree, Keegan was not himself, being a captain does influence your game for better or worse 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.01.12 10:50:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Give Keegan another chance! He might be a different captain now that Oupa and Barney are no longer in the team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.01.12 10:53:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : True.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.01.12 11:08:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) :

    Okay but I am not going to hijack this thread, this is an important debate – check the Lambie thread of last night – my views are there.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.01.12 11:09:42 by Morné Reply
  • Apologies for veering the thread off track but are there new jerseys for 2012?

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.01.12 11:33:44 by Dryden Reply

  • Biz has the potential to captain, but the concern for most remains how it will influence his game…
    Keeegan might improve with more time as captain, my concern is will he be able to control two hotheaded players like the Dup brothers??

    Sharks have been blessed for a long time with excellent captains, this is the 1st time in many years that the captaincy is going to be a debate, because it defnitely is not a clear cut choice…

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.01.12 11:34:14 by Jakes Reply

  • Not Bissie. He has the same scowl as Matfield added that Matfield knows when to walk away from the ref. Bismarck doesn’t he is to petulant and throws toys to easily.

    As controversial as it is I would go with Lambie.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.01.12 11:45:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.01.12 13:07:52 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : Controversial yes, and a bit risky. Rather make Lambie deputy to whoever they pick, Biz or Keegs, I don’t mind, until he has the leadership experience to take over in a year or 2

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.01.12 09:54:51 by Die Kriek Reply


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