Praise for Deysel

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Mar 2013 at 14:14
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They say one man’s meat is another man’s poison and that probably couldn’t be more true, at the moment, for Sharks flanker Jean Deysel.

Having played only a bit part role for the Sharks over the course of the last two years, many found themselves, perhaps rightly, questioning Deysel’s future at the franchise. As a guaranteed starter just a few years back, the sort of form that made him a Springbok was invaluable for the Sharks, but a succession of injuries and loss of form, coupled with the emergence of the likes of Willem Alberts and Marcell Coetzee as alternative ball carrying options in the Sharks’ back row, started to make Deysel look like something of an expensive luxury in a match 22.

Alberts, as we know, is out for a while, though and with Coetzee yet to really settle in a position, Deysel appears to be the guy who’s making the proverbial hay. It’s far too early, of course, to use the term “resurgence” in its fullest sense, but Saturday’s game at Kings Park certainly showed off the best side of Deysel we’ve seen in a good few years.

Coach John Plumtree was full of praise for his bruising number 7 after the game, and told Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick that “I though Jean played really well. He’s had a tough couple of years and we’ve persisted with him and he showed what he can do and that he can get better. That knee is right, he’s more agile, he’s lost a little bit of weight and reached the goals I’ve set for him. I’m really pleased for him, he’ll be a happy man because of all the frustrations over a long period of time.”

Let’s hope that for Deysel, Saturday was just the beginning of a great season to come.


  • “Let’s hope that for Deysel, Saturday was just the beginning of a great season to come.”

    I really hope this is the case!

    Five fit loose forwards might be tricky to keep happy, but we know that it is a long season and injuries are inevitable..

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.03.13 14:21:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • He is a beast when on form. If all our loosies stay fit, we have the artillery to go far indeed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.03.13 14:30:26 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Happy to see Deysel back to form. Is it just ne or is starting to develop into more of a 6 for the Sharks?

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.03.13 14:33:33 by Viking Reply
  • Good. Was disappointed not to see him much last season. He’s physical and a good enforcer.Move the loosies around and rest them. Come end of season we’ll need those boys, fresh and dangerous.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.03.13 14:39:22 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 3) : Deysel is our best “fetcher” at the moment and it’s key to have him in the side. The fact that he’s returning to his destructive best as a ball carrier is a HUGE bonus for the team!

    I was really impressed with how he played on Saturday!

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.03.13 14:43:53 by ChrisS Reply
  • Hi Rob, off topic. How many points til my next star? on 1465 now…

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.03.13 14:46:26 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • I loved that moment near our tryline when he stole the ball. He looked so surprised that it was that easy that he almost stopped 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.03.13 14:48:10 by StevieS Reply
  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 6) : sorry boss… the next one only comes at 5k

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.03.13 14:51:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • eish…

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.03.13 14:52:49 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 5) : Its great that he is a destructive runner as well but it would make me very happy if he can upskill even further in the fetching department. At the moment he is the only plafit player doing so.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.03.13 15:00:16 by Viking Reply
  • Deysel has always been a bit of an unsung hero; he lost a bit of form sure, but the injury cloud was hanging over his head; he may have also lost some self confidence and was not guaranteed a spot in the match day 23 let alone in the starting XV, it was only because of injury to KD and Alberts that he got a look in. It will be awesome to see him and a fit again Willem Alberts being used as the starting 6 and sub 6 week in week out…. the opposition will have nowhere to hide.

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.03.13 15:19:03 by Ragged Reply

  • @Ragged (Comment 11) : Nice prospect to have…Lets hope we can get a good couple of weeks with Fit players…

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.03.13 15:25:47 by Viking Reply
  • Deysel is definitely a lot more agile this season…the thing i’ve always loved about Deysel was/is that he can bump off pretty much anyone, and he is a brilliant fetcher; simply because he doesn’t give away penalties doing it and his success rate when considering the amount of attempts he makes to steal, is very high.

    Deysel is a superstar and i really hope he can take it up another notch this week…i know he can!

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.03.13 15:55:28 by JJR Reply
  • Like i said last week. Deysel will play out of his skin because of the few chances he recieved to start. One of my favourite players when he is in that destructive mood…well played Wollas. He and Alberts can rotate week in and week out. Looking forward to see Deysel in the next few weeks.

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.03.13 16:51:41 by DBOY Reply

  • Playing well ,still need to see some diversity in his attack…

    One of the most underrated players in the country, when on form a better ball carrier you wont find.

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.03.13 21:00:02 by Talent Reply
  • Welcome back JD!!!
    Hope this season holds in some great form in minimal injuries.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.03.13 07:47:36 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Hi Richard, actually 6 fit loosies, I think you forgot about Botes, and if he can produce games like against the Cheetahs this year, he will be a very useful option. Botes, Keegan, Kanko, Marcel, Alberts and Deysel, and that is not including Mtembu. We are lucky for the depth, but have to manage them well so they all remain happy. It can be done. In a way, the injuries to Keegan and Alberts, have made it a little easier on Plum.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.03.13 16:04:23 by Dancing Bear Reply
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