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Steyn to captain Sharks in opener


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Feb 2013 at 08:00
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Sharks coach John Plumtree has confirmed that Francois Steyn is now all-but certain to captain the side when they face the Cheetahs in their first Super Rugby game of the season next weekend.

Steyn, who emerged as a somewhat unlikely candidate for a leadership role, led the Sharks to a 71-8 victory over the Leopards in Pietermaritzburg on Friday night, but has very quickly been elevated from vice-captain-elect all the way to first choice skipper, as the result of a potentially serious knee injury picked up by regular captain Keegan Daniel late in the match.

Daniel only came on for a few minutes towards the end and Plumtree will certainly now be ruing the decision to send him on at all, with a scan later today set to confirm the extent of the ligament damage – as well as the amount of time he’ll be sidelined. The Sharks have already lost one captain in Bismarck du Plessis, whose own knee injury will see him miss at least the first half of the season.

The other casualty from the match on Friday was centre Tim Whitehead, who is looking at a minimum of 6 weeks out with a radial fracture. This, too, is pending confirmation after a scan later today.


45 Comments

  • I really all our boys recover quickly. In the meantime the other guys should step it up

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.02.13 08:13:15 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Must say I didn’t even think of Fransie as captain material.

    Interesting choice and I hope a successful one!

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.02.13 08:15:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Same here, but he had a really good game on Friday night. I haven’t seen a center give another pair such hard time in years. He was my Man of Match.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.02.13 08:31:19 by Uli Reply
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  • He has improved his game and his selfishness immensly in Europe. He still does try to do somethings all by himself at times but I think giving him the captaincy will help him to mature as a player.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.02.13 09:07:31 by lostfish Reply
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  • dont agree with this decision,does jp have to leave 2 so he can be considerd an option as captain,jp should be captain has unflintching loyalty to this union works hard yet gets overlooked what bullshit 👿

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.02.13 09:27:37 by Poisy Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 4) : Ja because now when the team shines, he automatically looks good and when the team fails, no matter how well he played individually he will still receive flack.

    Could be a master stroke from KSA’s beloved Plum :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.02.13 09:27:38 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @Poisy (Comment 5) : Plum might have found a trick with his rebel players….make them leaders…by this logic, Kockott would have made a brilliant captain 😯 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.02.13 09:34:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : i think its a slap in the face for people who are loyal and dont run away from they problems.if he wanted steyn to lead the lad must first show he can follow,jp has paid his dues in that aspect and all of a sudden he has to follow steyn now bloody ridiculous man

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.02.13 09:37:19 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 8) : how do you know that JP is even interested in the captaincy? I think wing is a terrible position to captain from anyway….

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.02.13 09:41:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Didn’t England try it with that male prostitute of theirs? 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.02.13 09:44:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : how do you know his not interested? dude the guy is a senior player i dont think he wouldnt want the captaincy look at the likely players to start the game his been thr longest unless botes and odwa start,as for captaining from the wing i dont see a problem if forwards can be captain where they spend most they time upside down in rucks not seeing whr the ball is going yet somehow its an issue for a wing to captain where they see whats going on for most of the f*#~ing game

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.02.13 09:48:57 by Poisy Reply
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  • Don’t think JPP wants a leadership role, he seems way too chill for that! Best wing in the country by a mile at the moment.

    Seniority does not make you a captain. Giving the oldest dude the role based purely on his age is shortsighted and leads to an old oke taking space in the team longer than is needed.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.02.13 09:52:54 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Just weird to have a backline captain. Besides oupa Terreblance, when last did we have one?

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.02.13 09:55:05 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 12) : so based on that u need to be a hard head or uptight to make captaincy? maybe a chilled captain is what we need nothing else has worked so far i dont see us in the history books as winners of super rugby,its a durban team its a chilled vibe why not have a chill captain? and besides he can get serious when he has to be as captain

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.02.13 09:56:51 by Poisy Reply
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  • last i checked a captain needed to lead by example nuff said when you talking about jp

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.02.13 09:58:36 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 11) : Poisy, sorry but your reasoning is ridiculous, A captain is chosen because of certain leadership skills he shows as a player. It has nothing to do with Seniority, or who likes who or anything like that.

    Steyn is obviously not one of you favored players, thus you are irritated??

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.02.13 09:59:56 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 14) : If JPP has ever shown for a second interest in captaincy, this would be a point worth debating. I haven’t heard once that JPP was captain on school or age group level or that he’s interested in it. Since he hasn’t we’re just wasting breath here.

    Support Steyn, the guy has developed well overseas, and Plum knows that players come back better than when they went. Look at Monty and Terreblance for prime examples. He’s going to have an immense season.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.02.13 10:01:24 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Just for interest sakes, Plum made about 8 or 9 changes at half time when the players came back onto the field, and within about 10 minutes Daniel left the field hobbling.

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.02.13 10:02:18 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 16) : actually i love steyn as a player my room has 2 steyn posters along with burden,jp and ruan,his 1 of my favourite players,im anoyed because jp is not even given a chance,how do you know he doesnt have leadership qualities if you dont give him a chance? steyn got a chance and the verdict is still out on his leadership but he got a chance,i just dont think its fair e gets overlooked for someone of his quality and loyalty he has shown to his union

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.02.13 10:05:02 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 19) : Plum knows the players, we do not have a clue what goes on behind the scenes or how they players get along outside of rugby. I trust Plum’s judgement in this matter, since his choices are made with the team in mind and not individuals.

    Thrusting captaincy on a player who does not want it can be disastrous. Look at Kallis. He has all the experience on earth, but he hates being captain.

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.02.13 10:08:51 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 17) : the abscence of evidence is not the evidence of abscence. what has steyn shown that jp hasnt in the leadership roll? ya players grow overseas but is that the message the coach wants to be sending? than jp and lambie etc should leave our sharks and go overseas to “grow”? jp has grown 2 just because he decided to stick around doesnt make him any less captain material dude

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.02.13 10:09:31 by Poisy Reply
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  • We have no idea what type of discussions happen between players and the coaches, so we cannot judge or even comment on whether a player was given a shot or not, or has been overlooked.

    So let’s calm down and accept that the players will communicate with the coach should they be unhappy about anything.

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.02.13 10:09:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 20) : who the hell said he doesnt want it? why is everyone just assuming that!? ya we dont know the players personaly but dont just assume he doesnt want it,and now you saying we dont know how they get along outside rugby yet someone just said its not about how well u get along with other players so which is for f*cksake?

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.02.13 10:13:44 by Poisy Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 22) : fine i wont say anything else.

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.02.13 10:15:27 by Poisy Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 18) : shame man… awful

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.02.13 10:15:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 23) : settle down, bro 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.02.13 10:16:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Just look at history. Smit great captain, not best player, mattfield great player bad captian.kallis pollock both great players,but not captain material yet still legends. You don’t really wanna add pressure on your best player

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.02.13 10:17:49 by juba_fan Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 23) : So why not give it to Jannie if you want seniority? Or to Kanko? Or to McLeod? Or to Beast???! Why not Beast??

    I Dunno and honestly I’m glad we’ve got someone to step up now that we’re in a bind. If Steyn fails, we’ll blame Plum and get on your JPP bandwagon, until then bring on the SR!!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.02.13 10:18:54 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @Poisy (Comment 21) : Never said JPP isn’t captaincy material, dude, just that I trust Plum’s judgement. He’s the coach, he knows what he’s doing.

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.02.13 10:23:48 by PTAShark Reply
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  • All that said. Go the Sharks!

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.02.13 10:41:51 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 21) : From what I have heard, JP just wants to play his rugby and have fun. He may be a senior player but he isn’t really a leader. This isn’t primary school where the oldest or best player is the captain.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.02.13 10:52:36 by lostfish Reply
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  • I may be the only one who thinks that giving Frans Steyn a leadership role is a good idea 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.02.13 11:36:09 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 32) : hehe…. probably 🙂

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.02.13 12:13:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 32) : Army of Two my friend.

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.02.13 12:28:14 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 34) : I’m going to go with the flow here. Frans has my full backing as captain.

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.02.13 13:00:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Same here.

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.02.13 13:20:48 by SteelShark Reply
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  • Any news on Keegan yet?

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.02.13 13:21:56 by SteelShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : Likewise Rob.

    Steyn really did seem comfortable in the role, and it did not effect his own game, he defended as we know he can, won a few T/O’s and also made a few breaks that lead to tries,

    The whole team was looking good really, well taking into account who we played against.

    Must mention Reinach who looked really sharp when he came on making numerous breaks in a short period

    PSDT played well although still early days,

    LInes got poor late in the 2nd period when BUrden was at Hooker, but by then so many changes so do not want to blame him, In the 2nd period changes were continuous.

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.02.13 14:03:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 38) : so does that mean the lineouts looked good in the first half?

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.02.13 14:26:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : Actually yes. before all the changes most of the basics were good bro

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.02.13 14:29:05 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 40) : You mean before Burden came on?

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.02.13 14:37:31 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • @sharks_lover (Comment 38) : @robdylan (Comment 39) : Yeah but considering the strength of our opositions, I don’t know that they were that much confidence inspiring even in 1st half, never contested oppo ball and some were lucky catches. decidedly got worse in second half!

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.02.13 14:42:59 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • As i said i do not want to go blamming BUrden as the Changes in the 2nd half was continuous

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.02.13 15:13:51 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 43) : I like Burden in a loose forward kinda way, but as a hooker….he’ll never quite cut it on the street corner 😆

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.02.13 15:32:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

     
  • I would have gone with Kankowski (c) and Lambie or Steyn (vc), but yeah let’s support Frans.

    It can go 2ways, he’ll kick for touch to score tries or take every penalty kick from 70m out :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.02.13 16:05:41 by pierre_mackie Reply
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