More game time for Daniel

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Apr 2014 at 10:36
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Keegan Daniel will start at blindside flank for the Cell C Sharks XV as they take on the Regent Boland Cavaliers in a Vodacom Cup South Section clash in Ceres this weekend.

Daniel has battled with injury this year but finally made a return to the Sharks Super Rugby 23 last week, scoring a try as a replacement against the Waratahs. Unlike other members of the squad, though, it seems he hasn’t been given this week off and will form part of an exciting back row that also sees Tera Mtembu return to the fray, in his preferred position of number 8.

The loss of a number of players to the SA Under 20 trials this week has seen some reshuffling from coach Deon Kayser. The back three is unchanged, but Andre Esterhuizen will have a new midfiled partner in veteran Quentin Crocker, as both Neil Maritz and Sandile Khubeka are unavailable. Tim Swiel and Hanco Venter continue as the halfbacks.

Up front, Khaya Majola continues in the number 6 shirt, while Peet Marais starts ahead of Edwin Hewitt at lock this week. There’s no sign of Wiehahn Herbst, meaning a start for Danie Mienie at tighthead, while Thomas du Toit will bench (he was also in Cape Town all week) for Mox Mxoli, who returns to the side at loosehead prop.

There will also be a first appearance of the season for Sean Robinson, included as one of the backline reserves.

The Cell C Sharks XV

15. Jaco van Tonder
14. Sizo Maseko
13. Quentin Crocker
12. Andre Esterhuizen
11. Tonderai Chavhanga
10. Tim Swiel
9. Hanco Venter
8. Tera Mtembu
7. Keegan Daniel
6. Khaya Majola
5. Marco Wentzel
4. Peet Marais
3. Danie Mienie
2. Monde Hadebe (Captain)
1. Sangoni Mxoli

16. Franco Marais
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Edwin Hewitt
19. Johan Meyer
20. Shannon Rick
21. Sean Robinson
22. Alcino Izaacs


  • Happy for Keegs, he can only benefit from this. Unless he picks up an injury though! 😡 Wonder what happened to Sean Robinson? From Super Rugby selection to Vodacom cup bench.. Guess he is not rated that highly?

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.04.14 10:50:00 by Sharkszen Reply
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  • Just as a matter of interest, is Kotaro Matsushima still with us?

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.04.14 10:56:05 by Argex Reply
  • Thought Andre would be part of the SA under squad.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.04.14 10:56:42 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • Why was Thomas du Toit in Cape Town? 😐

    Trials or are the Cape union meddling even further in our salad?

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.04.14 10:58:32 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • Good news for the team and for Keegan

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.04.14 11:12:58 by stevovo Reply
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  • Thats a large centre pairing for Swiel to work with. Also a very mobile loose forward combo. Me thinks the ball will be given lots of airtime in this game.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.04.14 11:13:10 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Argex (Comment 2) : no, he went back to Japan

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.04.14 11:43:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 3) : Andre was excused from the trials and the camps because of Super Rugby commitments. Pretty sure he’ll make the final squad – if the Sharks agree to release him

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.04.14 11:44:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) : Trials

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.04.14 11:45:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : tell me about Crocker…. one of those guys who seems to have been around for absolute ages

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.04.14 11:45:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Keegan should start ahead of Kanko, much more dynamic and has X factor. Kanko still to show glimpses of his former self. IMO Kanko very overrated…..but Jake will persist with him.
    Only thing Kanko has over Keegan is lineout and lineout calls, the rest Keegan eats him for breakfast.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.04.14 12:18:46 by Lieplapper Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Thanks Rob. It’s a pity. He really played well for our age group teams.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.04.14 12:43:36 by Argex Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Yeh he has, played at both Varsity College and Collegians before a stint with NMMu and Border. Now back in KZn and playing for Rovers i think. Has dropped a few kgs and is a very similar build to Esterhuizen. He is a good ball player and has played at 10 and 12 before. Def no slouch when it comes to pace. He isnt that old at all but has been around a while. With him and Esterhuizen at centre and serious speed on the wings it keeps opposition guessing. If the wings/fullback run off the 12/13 it could be devastating.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.04.14 12:46:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • anyone know how well Tonderai Chavhanga is playing?

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.04.14 12:51:19 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Lieplapper (Comment 11) : I’m kind of surprised there’s no lynch mobs with pitchforks and flaming torches attempting to kick off your front door after that comment :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.04.14 13:09:20 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : petrol price went up

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.04.14 13:12:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Thanks Rob.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.04.14 13:26:42 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Any news on when Tyler Fisher is expected back?

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.04.14 13:30:35 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 18) : 2 months or so still

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.04.14 13:33:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Thanks

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.04.14 14:15:59 by Saffex Reply

  • @Lieplapper (Comment 11) : @Culling Song (Comment 15) :

    Well, I don’t agree, but there’s no reason for pitchforks.

    Keegan can be awesome at times, but also pretty bad. At his best I’d love to see him play a role, but I haven’t seen his best for a while and have always thought he produced his best as an impact player or in specific games.

    At their individual bests, Kanko is a more complete player than Keegs. Keegan needs space to play around, Kanko can do the gritty stuff really well, but when given space can be just as “dynamic” as Keegan can. The way the Sharks are playing right now, space are pretty scares and I don’t see Keegan playing as big a role, even if he is on form.

    And X-Factor is determined from a completely subjective place, since what you perceive to be X-Factor could be completely different from what I do, or Jake does.

    What makes Kankowski overrated? Who is overrating him?

    I’d love to see Keegan still play a role though. We’re just about to reach the halfway mark and if I’m going to give Kanko a rest, I want Keegan to start in his place.

    When we tour, I think a few players should be rotated in to give some of our starters a rest.

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.04.14 14:36:52 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) :
    Nice post.

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.04.14 14:44:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) : Agreed. You need 2 players in each position of Super rugby level quality that can slot into the team as needed. For critical positions such as the front row and no 9 you need 3 of each.

    The season is simply too long for first choice players to last all the way. That is why I see a place for KD as well as Kanko.

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.04.14 15:24:41 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 23) :

    I would love to see Kyle Cooper brought into the mix for 2 or 3 games during this season as well.

    I know Bissie is captain and one could argue you don’t want to go into battle without him, but all the more reason to give him a proper rest at some stage. Kyle is a more than good enough replacement and we wouldn’t have to worry about the quality of his play.

    As for leaders, Jean Deysel should then just start that game.

    Frans Steyn also clearly needs a break, when Bissie is back Frans should then be rested. This is a tough one, because Lambie is now out and it will be hard to play without both of their experience, but again, all the more reason to give Steyntjie a proper rest and soon.

    Marcell might also need a break, but maybe not, he still looks fresh. I think the fact that Deysel and Alberts are shouldering some of the carrying duties takes some stress of his body, but one game somewhere for him, might not be such a bad idea, especially considering the quality of backup we have available.

    I like that Jannie and beast are only playing 50 min games, that will help to keep them fresh, but maybe starting the other two guys with Bissie for one game, wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

    I think when you use these “fringe” players once, it will be a lot easier using them a second time. All of them are more than capable of taking a starting spot.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.04.14 15:51:52 by Letgo Reply
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  • It will be interesting to see if Jake decides to rotate a few players in at some point. I remember him making a few changes with the Brumbies and playing around a little with the team when they were on tour in SA.

    I actually went to the that pres conference and Jake said you can’t play the same team in a long competition like SR, you have to make a few changes at some point to ensure all your players are fresh and others up to speed for when the business end of the comp arrives.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.04.14 15:57:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : @Saffex (Comment 20) : awkies 😆

    Sharkies need to hang on to their young talent.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.04.14 15:59:27 by Talent Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 15) : I’m still speechless after reading it!

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.04.14 18:04:40 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Lieplapper (Comment 11) : Keegan had some huge brain farts at times during last year’s games, some costing us, but as a player I rate him. Even Saturday he showed that he is quick off the mark and surprised the opposition.
    I am glad we can rotate players, it keeps them rested and hungry!

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.04.14 18:05:20 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Jeez these VC, superbru predictions are difficult.

    My own fault as well I guess, as I don`t follow enough of the news or the teams . . . 🙄

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.04.14 22:32:35 by Original Pierre Reply
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