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O Captain! My Captain! Wherefore art thou?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Apr 2012 at 19:36
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Some have mentioned it in a roundabout way, some have not been so roundabout, but one thing is sure. We are desperately in need of a Captain of the Sharks team.

At the beginning of the season there were some mixed feelings about the appointment of Keegan Daniel as captain of the Sharks team. Some were unhappy with the appointment, stating that we should not have a captain who was not an automatic first choice in his position no matter how good a leader he was. Some believed he wasn’t even a good leader so that along with him not being first choice were TWO good reasons to not have him as captain. Some, more than i would have thought, supported the decision.

As the early rounds unfolded Daniel was criticised, and in my mind justly so, for giving away to many penalties. As captain of the team he should have been leading by example not being the poster boy for ill discipline. As we got deeper into the competition he seemed to take heed of either the criticism or the discipline stats and they improved drastically. Now however a new problem appeared. When the going got tough, Daniel…well I’m not really sure what he did, some say he went home, some say he just plain vanished. I really don’t care what he did but I know he suddenly wasn’t around when he was needed.

Even with all of this taken into account he still led the team reasonably well. That all ended suddenly on Saturday evening. I have decided to put a little pop quiz together. I think most of us will answer all of the following questions correctly. Keegan Daniel however will get them all wrong. Actually…After getting them wrong on Saturday he might actually get them right the next time. Personally I hope that John Plumtree sees SOME of the light and that there isn’t a next time.


1). Your team is trailing by 7 points and you have lost the previous 2 lineouts. You get a kickable penalty. Do you?
A. Take the 3 points on offer?
B. Gamble on yet another lineout?

2). You are awarded a penalty near halfway and you decide to have a shot at goal. Do you?
A. Use accurate but very limited in range goal kicker, Pat Lambie?
B. Use accurate regular 50m plus goal kicker Riaan Viljoen?

3) You trail by ONE point, there are 10 seconds left on the clock and the opposition team, which has a history of grinding down the clock when in possesion, has a lineout in your half. Do you?
A. Let them take the ball unchallenged and score a try?
B. Ensure your players get the message that the most important task of the day is to get that lineout ball?

Keegan Daniel may be a good player but he is NOT cut from leadership cloth and the sooner John Plumtree realises this, and a list of other things that is way to long to go into in this article, the better for the Sharks.

We need to find a Captain, someone who doesn’t vanish in big games, someone who is cool under pressure and most importantly someone who can lead.


  • What are our options for a replacement coach?

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.04.12 19:43:36 by MikeN Reply
  • I totally agree, Keegan did not do anything to inspire the team, plays for the team, but no leadership skills at all

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.04.12 19:44:54 by Barryetodd Reply
  • @MikeN (Comment 1) : That is a whole different article.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.04.12 19:45:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • KSA you’re right, but let’s get there 1st. A better coach will identify, educate, & develop the right captain.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.04.12 19:48:12 by MikeN Reply
  • @MikeN (Comment 1) :

    I would like to see the Sharks go for Joe Schmidt, Leinster coach and ex Auckland Blues/Clermont, he has done an excellent job there. He is predominantly a skills and backline coach which is exactly what we need.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.04.12 19:53:07 by Pat Reply
  • You can’t bail when the going gets tough….anyone remember when John Smit was making the wrong calls on the field, or not showing up? Reckon Keegs is going through the same patch- I actually think he’s the only oke constantly putting his hand up, his mistakes are just highlighted because he is captain…

    Pat didn’t play well on sat and both Willem and Bissy (two of the most impact players) haven’t been consistent and playing the way we all know them…

    In terms of Plum, he also seems to have hit a rock, basics are letting us down every week…doesn’t mean we bail and start thinking of getting a new coach

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.04.12 20:10:36 by jessi Reply
  • @jessi (Comment 6) : Maybe after a few poor games we can’t justify a new coach, so how about after a few seasons?

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.04.12 20:20:44 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Yeah I know, I’m not happy with Plum either… He just needs to look at things from another angle. We’re clearly stuck in a rut- and the most frustrating thing is that we have the talent to do well, EVERY game not this once-in-a-while crap

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.04.12 20:33:52 by jessi Reply
  • KSA’s Kroonstad education clearly never got as far as pointing out that “wherefore” means “why”, not “where” 🙂

    Can’t say I can find fault with anything else in what he’s said, though…

    The only thing I’d like to point out is that I don’t blame Keegan. I blame the system and the lack of planning that has led to this situation. Never mind John, we knew for years that using Stef as captain wasn’t helping our long-term prospects at all… I guess the “believe” speech (and the fact that we actually won a trophy under him ) blinded us to that fact somewhat.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.04.12 08:03:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Actually a good point – why do the locks hardly compete in the line outs – especially in the last 20. Do they have so little faith in their capabilities?

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.04.12 08:08:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Can I add question 4?

    4) You get a penalty with about 8 minutes to go, you’re one point behind on the score board, but the kick is penalty is 60m out. Do you?

    A. Take a quick tap and start to run.
    B. Stay calm kick out and take a line-out in the opposition half?

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.04.12 08:25:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • And I can tell you where Keegan was during the last 20min of the game each time the game was stopped. He was about 2-3 meters away from the rest of his forwards looking at Botes, Bismarck and the other guys motivating each other. You see this is a new captaining technique. You stay out of it and they’ll motivate themselves.

    Seriously, I was at the game, and a few times there was a scrum or line out right in front of us, and Keegan just stood there hands on hips while the rest of his forwards stood in a circle looking to someone to lead them, a saw Botes and Bismarck talking to the players, but never Keegan. Does he even want to be captain?

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.04.12 08:30:00 by Letgo Reply
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  • I spoke to someone who also attended the game and he said that it seemed that Bissie and Keegan actually had a on-field argument after a lineout while play was continuing. 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.04.12 08:41:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Perhaps time to groom young Lambie for the captaincy – or too much on him right now? He seems to be the one player who remains calm no matter what

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.04.12 08:49:55 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 10) : True, we don`t compete in the lineouts or breakdowns.
    I`m not sure who but of of the guys in supersports studio actually said something about that as well.
    Of course by then all I cared about was drowning my sorrows . . . again.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.04.12 09:19:44 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I actually think that Willem Alberts would be the perfect captain. He’s always struck me as the kind of guy cut from the same cloth as Wahl Bartmann and Gary Teichmann.

    I have to agree that Keegan Daniel is too limited in the captaincy position but this is something I’ve been saying since the Lions, the Lions, embarassed us in the CC final last year.

    As far as coaches go, I’d love it if we could get Vern Cotter or Nick Mallet but at this point we can’t really be fussy.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.04.12 09:51:19 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @MikeN (Comment 4) : I would agree. Our problems run a little deeper than Keegan’s captaincy.

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.04.12 09:52:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I still say Keegan has the potential, what we are seeing now isn’t much worse than when John started out. He’s just not getting the right grooming to unleash his potential as captain.

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.04.12 09:58:14 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 18) : Can you even remember when John started? His leadership was definitely not like this.

    Some players thrive under the pressure of being captain while others are adversely affected. Keegan Daniel is one of those players who can’t play to the same potential if he wasn’t captain.

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.04.12 10:05:15 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Sometimes leaders seem to emerge from the womb fully formed, but I’ve also known some incredible leaders who, though blessed with all the right qualities, needed to grow and be guided into the mantle of leader.

    Though the jury is still out on it, I suspect Keegan may be one of the latter. What is for sure is that it is much easier to settle into a leadership role when you are working in an environment where good support systems are in place, and where everyone knows what they are supposed to do (and have the necessary competence and training to do so).

    With the current system, Keegan is being set up for failure. It is time the rot at the top is addressed.

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.04.12 10:07:21 by Culling Song Reply
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