Richard Ferguson

Dell is the answer

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 Mar 2012 at 12:02
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The Sharks flew out to Sydney yesterday with only three props in their touring squad, one of which will not be able to play this coming weekend against the Waratahs, thanks to an injury picked up against the Reds.

Dale Chadwick, Jannie du Plessis and Wiehahn Herbst arrived in Sydney today, not knowing who will come from Durban within the next few days to help them take on a rather gruelling tour. Herbst will not be available to play this weekend, and with the Sharks deciding to leave Janro van Niekerk at home, have only two fit props to put in their match 22.

The best the Sharks can do at such short notice, is to utilise one of the Sharks XV props, of which we have Allan Dell, Nic Schonert and Danie Mienie. All three these young men are talented but untested, and will require the players around them to help settle them into the squad.

The best option is most certainly Dell, who can cover both sides of the scrum. He would then be able to bench for the Sharks this weekend, able to cover both loose- and tighthead, and can then revert back to covering his preferred loosehead position when Herbst recovers from his injury.

Dell has represented South Africa U20 and has leadership experience from leading the Sharks U19 campaign in the Currie Cup last season, so the man is motivated and has the attitude required to make the step up from the junior ranks.

Both Schonert and Mienie are great talents, and we can be sure that they will wear the Black and White of the Sharks main team in the not too distant future, but neither of these men can cover both sides of the scrum, and to send a prop over that is limited to just one side of the scrum can prove costly.

Simply put, the Sharks cannot afford to wait any longer in making a decision on which player to send, as every day waited, costs a player two days in travel time, and this can only disrupt the team. My call is to send Allan Dell this today, together with Steven Sykes, and give the man a chance to prove his worth.


  • Can’t find fault with this suggestion. We’re probably not going to find anyone else with SR experience (that can cover both side of the scrums) at such short notice so why not back our youngsters?

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.12 12:09:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : agree… Allan won’t let us down.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.12 12:11:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • I would also pick Dell personally, i think he’s great! Just not sure if the Coaches will be conservative and go with Schonert…cos he is beast in the scrum at 3; but not really a 1.

    Fans Unite!! We want Allan Dell, please!! 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.12 12:17:37 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 3) : Like the new attitude! 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.12 12:29:59 by Ben Reply
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  • SS Televising Sharks XV, again this weekend…so we can check Deysel!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.12 12:34:29 by JJR Reply
  • Whoever it is needs to get there fast. the regulations say you have to have a minimum number of players who can play in the front row on the bench and we can’t fulfill that requirement with the current available players on tour.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.12 12:36:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Sharks are dragging it out a bit…just announce the prop already, i’m sure the dicision has been made, they probably just organising the flights/passports and what not.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.12 12:36:25 by JJR Reply
  • That would be a major step up for Ally personally,from what I’ve heard Plum really likes Allan Dell,a call-up would virtually assure him of a Super Rugby debut this weekend,following closely behind Steven Kitshoff who played SA Schools with him in 2010 as 1 of the younger front rowers thrust into the SR spotlight

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.12 12:38:35 by Ludz Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 5) : Who are we playing and when?

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.12 12:42:44 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 8) : Dell should be fine i think, he is one of those guys that is mentally ahead/stronger compared to the guys his same age.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.12 12:44:23 by JJR Reply
  • @Ben (Comment 9) : Cheetahs in Bloem Friday at 19:00.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.12 12:45:39 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 11) : Sweetness. Thanks

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.12 12:49:42 by Ben Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 10) : I hope so,I’d be pretty chuffed for him though,that’s my boy. Allan definitely has a maturity that belies his years

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.12 12:55:08 by Ludz Reply

  • @comment 11:

    Thanks. Just a silly question. Have we left a spot on the touring squad for Deysel?

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.12 12:56:12 by dawj Reply

  • @dawj (Comment 14) :

    The open spot on the touring party will be for either Deysel or Skeate, whoever can get fit first will go across..

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.12 12:58:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @dawj (Comment 14) : It will be Deysel 4 sure. Plum said they want Deysel to prove his fitness in the Vodacom Cup game this weekend; and the Doc said for Skeate that if his neck porblem improves he will get an extra 3 weeks off, and if not he will have an op.

    So Skeate will Def. not tour. Can’t wait to see Deysel back 🙂

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.12 13:02:21 by JJR Reply
  • John Smit moved to prop to help his Country. So Bismarck should put his hand up as a stop gap.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.12 14:23:47 by waje Reply

  • Just saw this weekend’s stats and the Sharks missed a massive 44 tackles. Funny thing is Bismarck was motm, but he made the most mistakes. Sharks have definitely been lucky that their opposition’s so far this year have had shocking kicking stats. Sharks would have only 6 log points had the kickers been better.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.12 14:27:18 by waje Reply

  • @waje (Comment 18) : Context applies. The way our cover defense works often causes the missed tackle number to be inflated. Players commit to improbable tackles in slow-them-down effort.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.12 14:32:05 by King Shark Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 17) : that’s just stupid (and I think you know it too)

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.12 14:32:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 18) : with a comment like that you could also say that if lambie kicked all his kicks in the first 2 games we would have won those two games.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.12 14:36:26 by MJ Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Upon completion of the tour how much more time will Beast be on the sidelines? Isn’t he due to start running in the next 2 weeks?

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.12 14:44:41 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 22) : something like that, ja, but I reckon he’ll be out for a LONG time still… at least 2 more months.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.03.12 14:47:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : n the positive side, because Beast is out now he probably wont be called on for the England series so will be fresh for round 2 of the comp!

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.03.12 14:54:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : anything on the citation of the vuilgat francois kleinhans? 👿

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.03.12 15:08:04 by Megatron Reply

  • @waje (Comment 18) : That’s stupid, same as saying that The Shraks would’ve won the first 2 games if the Ref’s didn’t make so many bad calls.

    And those missed tackles stats are bull, they include when guys are ran past…they should only count attempts at the tackle, not when a prop gets rounded by a winger. Most of the time the prop is standing still…hasn’t even made an attempt at the tackle.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.03.12 15:08:08 by JJR Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 25) : I think it is overated, he knew the guy had scrum cap on, and that is probably why he thought it would be fine to give him a stud to the scrum cap.

    BTW, Mark Lawrence is a crack head!! He made soo many bad and rash calls against The Sharks in Stormers and Lions games and then he disallowed a try because he stuck out a flag for a great clean out, it was with arms!! One makes contact with shoulder first anyway and then the arms come into play. So 14 point swing in favour of Reds thanks to Lawrence.

    Sharks probably lost our Bonus point thanks to that turd, and probably another 2 points for the draw we should’ve got against the Stormers. So lost 3 log points thanks to a Ref…WTH and did you guys see Lawrence miss that forward pass from Reds which lead to a try…he was straight in line, but nothing…optometrist(or howeva u spell it) my ass!!!He’s blind!

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.03.12 15:13:48 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 26) : Stats are only usefull if they are looked at in context of where,when and how they occurred. As for the ref influencing the game, ive seen it happen but not yet in Super Rugby this year. The Cheetahs may argue that but i dont think so.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.03.12 15:19:32 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 28) : I really had a problem with how Lawrence Ref’s…very inconsistent, blows the two teams differently…i watched the Lions game over, again and one can clearly see how he almost assists the Lions and tells them when they are infringing; but when Sharks got close to infringing mouth went to whistle in a split second, no warnings, nothing.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.03.12 15:23:55 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 27) : “overrated” 😯 raking a guy with a boot on the head?

    i wonder if the same had been done to “flavour of the moment” Pieter-Steph “PSD” du Toit you would be talking such rubbish.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.03.12 15:23:55 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 30) : He like scrapped the guys scrum cap with a stud…he didn’t even get a scratch…giving a guy a pat on the back will leave more of an impact than that stud did. Megatron…r u Joel Stransky or Hugh Bladen 😆 Cos they think we playing soccer and that tackles around the chest are high and that good clean outs are dangerous clean outs… 🙂

    Its Rugby…a cut (and in this case a little luv tap 🙂 ) on the forehead isn’t gonna affect how someone performs on the field.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.03.12 15:26:48 by JJR Reply
  • @MJ (Comment 21) : Sorry mj, the point I was trying to show is how lucky the Sharks have been that the penalties they have given away haven’t hurt them as badly as they could have..

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.03.12 15:34:29 by waje Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : If we are talking about one game, it isn’t such a bad idea. Bismarck is the same weight as Dell and has oodles of experience. I never said start him there, just move him to prop for 10 minutes and bring on Cooper. It isn’t ideal, nor is rushing Dell over to sit on the bench for one game.

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.03.12 15:37:17 by waje Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 31) : it’s the intention, nothing in the rugby laws say you can put a boot to an opposition player’s head…

    the “this is rugby” pseudo tough guy stance doesn’t wash when iaone has been cited even though he put coetzee down without any harm coming to him.

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.03.12 15:37:19 by Megatron Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 29) : Dont get me started on that guy. When he retired from international reffing he should have retired full stop!! He thinks everyone is there to watch him ref! A good ref will know all the technical laws BUT wil also apply them to allow the game to flow and allow the dominant or attacking side to play positive rugby. In my opinion,Lawrence and a few other ‘top’ refs do not have that ability and as such teams adopt a negative attitude on the field.

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.03.12 15:39:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 26) : The Sharks seem to attract poor referee decisions. Doesn’t mean the players must play into the refs hands.

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.03.12 15:40:45 by waje Reply

  • @waje (Comment 36) : Why would a player want to do something they know could rub the Ref the wrong way? My problem is that when the Sharks and Lions made the same mistakes he would award a penalty against Sharks, and warn Lions Eg. it’s a ruck!! for about 5 seconds and then not award a penalty against the Lions. Inconsistent.

    @Megatron (Comment 34) : Verstaan

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.03.12 15:48:26 by JJR Reply
  • @ Comment 16,

    That’s great for Deysel!

    However, i am not so sure of Sykes been able to compete for the entire duration down under which may mean that we will have a Combo of Bresler and Marais (Ice must be beaming) as the starting locks. Not the ideal tournament (or place) to start these two!

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.03.12 15:48:32 by dawj Reply

  • @dawj (Comment 38) : They were awesome last week 🙂 and they’ve been at The Sharks for a good while now(Grown Up), its time they step up, and they were the Lock Combo for U/21’s a while back, so they know each other well.

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.03.12 15:57:38 by JJR Reply
  • @ Comment 39,

    Ok, lets put faith in them 😉

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.03.12 16:50:33 by dawj Reply


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