Keegan Daniel to lead Currie Cup Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Aug 2016 at 14:30
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Robert du Preez has named his Sharks Currie Cup squad and confirmed that Keegan Daniel will lead the team.

Du Preez has the luxury of naming a group that blends established Super Rugby players and exciting youth, with no fewer than 11 included players still eligible for under 21 rugby this year. The entire Super Rugby pack of forwards (bar Beast Mtawarira, Kyle Cooper and Coenie Oosthuizen) has been retained, creating an opportunity to build much-needed continuity up front. Among the backs, the Sharks will look to the pair of Wandile Mjakaevu and Lukhanyo Am, both of whom excelled as loan players for the Kings, to fill gaps caused by player departures and Bok call-ups.

Rhyno Smith has not joined the side as expected – the Sharks have, though, signed young Leopards flyhalf Bernhad Janse van Rensburg and brought him straight into the squad; together with Garth April, Inny Radebe and Curwin Bosch he’ll complete a very young group of play-makers who will between them need to cover the last line of defence too. Further young players from within the Sharks ranks have been included too; Neil Maritz, S’busiso Nkosi and Morne Joubert are all there, along with the somewhat more familiar names of Marius Louw and Neil Maritz.

JC Astle is back from the Kings wilderness and will add depth at lock, while Johnny Meyer appears to have usurped Gerhard Engelbrecht’s position as tight-head prop backup. Stephan Coetzee is the third hooker in the squad.

Props: Dale Chadwick, Thomas du Toit, Lourens Adriaanse, John-Hubert Meyer, Juan Schoeman
Hookers: Franco Marais, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Stephan Coetzee
Locks: Stephan Lewies, Ruan Botha, Etienne Oosthuizen, Hyron Andrews, JC Astle, Jean Droste
Loose forwards: Keegan Daniel (Capt), Francois Kleinhans, Khaya Majola, Daniel du Preez, Jean-Luc du Preez, Philip van der Walt, Tera Mtembu, Jean Deysel, Johan du Toit

Scrumhalves: Michael Claassens, Stefan Ungerer, Hanco Venter
Flyhalves: Garth April, Inny Radebe, Benhard Janse van Rensburg
Centres: Andre Esterhuizen, Heimar Williams, Neil Maritz, Marius Louw, Lukhanyo Am
Wings: Odwa Ndungane, S’bura Sithole, Wandile Mjekevu, Sibusiso Nkosi
Fullbacks: Curwin Bosch, Morne Joubert


  • That Janse Van Rensburg looks good the bit ive watched him play. Not the biggest guy but definitely doesnt shy away from taking the ball to the line and making tackles. Pity no Rhyno SMith..not sure what the Sharks are doing with him but surely signing him makes the most sense, guess that ship has now sailed. Keegan Daniel will do a good interim job as captain…i suppose they still see Lambie bein the long term captain.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.08.16 14:38:24 by SheldonK Reply
  • I like this squad. I’m looking forward to seeing some of the young newcomers getting a chance.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.08.16 14:59:04 by war1 Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : I wonder if Leopards are maybe kicking in heels with the EP fiasco as Deysel also not listed.

    All in all this is a stronger CC squad that did the tour the last two campaigns imo but I do think this is last chance for Heimar, Sbura, Khaya and Franna

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.08.16 15:01:54 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 3) : Deysel i can understand more. But Smith has already played games for the Sharks…so stop buggering around and either sign him or invest in someone else. We do look to have a stronger forward pack than previous years so lets see what the guys can produce. First game wont be easy thats for sure.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.08.16 15:03:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : Pumas lately loves playing the Sharks so this will be a big indication what has been done the last two weeks with RdP and how the guys are likely perform as Nelspruit early in the competition is going to be very very tough.

    Has Franna played a full season?

    Based on this squad, hopefully the u21 side is well looked after to help make the overall environment attractive to juniors

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.08.16 15:10:47 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 5) : The last 2 seasons Franna has picked up injuries keeping him out large parts of CC. Yeh Pumas in Nelspruit will not be easy…will see what attitude and execution these guys bring to the table.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.08.16 15:22:04 by SheldonK Reply

  • Will be interesting too see DuPreez selection thinking but looking at the above: DuToit, Chilliboy, Adriaanse, Botha, Lewies, Daniel, DuPreez, Van Der Walt, Claasens, April, Sithole, Esterhuizen, Am, Mjekevu, Bosch will be a strong starting side with Chadwick, Marais, Oosthuizen, Mthembu, Ungerer, Ndungane making up the bench.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.08.16 15:30:59 by SheldonK Reply

  • Looks like a good squad. Some youth and experience in the mix. Looking fwd to seeing what they can deliver. I reckon Mvovo and Coenie will probably come back into the squad?

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.08.16 15:39:25 by markschrade Reply

  • Very good looking squad. Title contenders? Maybe, but I’ll be happy with a SF and seeing growth.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.08.16 15:43:05 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 9) : execution of basics will be nice to see for a change.

    also with the MMA master on his bike, if the structures stuck. I must admit I am impressed with the Canes doing a rush of two inside and 1 outside with anther 3 covering behind for breaks, chips etc.

    To be honest if I can see clever match play, I will be content

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.08.16 15:59:20 by Kabouter Reply

  • I still think this is a negative and conservative approach.Keegan ,nice guy that he is is not going to set the rugby world alight.He is two years past his best rugby and is too introvert to take this team forward.Gold has constantly pissed around with the captaincy,choosing Beast ,then JP .
    He had Keegan on the bench for large parts of the season,this is exactly what we did last year in giving the captaincy to the very mediocre Wentzel who was such disaster that he never got his contract renewed the following season.
    Keegan for me would be behind both twins, van der Walt ,Terror and Kleinhans

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.08.16 16:08:05 by The hound Reply
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  • In two minds here – very happy that Rob is giving the young talent a go, but this depletes the u21 side massively and we can’t expect miracles from such a young senior CC side. This is going to be the side that eventually takes the Sharks forward, I just hope one or two of the players do not lose any confidence should the campaign not be great.

    To the young guns that have made it, play like the Lions, with freedom and give it a go. If it does not always work, who cares – we need to start playing rugby and this side must give the ball some air.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.08.16 16:12:49 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 12) : I suspect that a lot of the u21 eligible guys that dont make the CC match day side will play u21 that weekend.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.08.16 16:15:05 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) : The problem is they get released late in the week and then only return to the u21 side – say on a Thursday, this causes no cohesion.

    both fullbacks would have been in my backline, including Louw, Inno and Nkosi – basically the entire backline. Look, on a positive, they get exposed to senior rugby, I just hope that with such a potentially young side, the bloggers on here do not expect miracles, it could be a tough campaign.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.08.16 16:29:56 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 12) : I wouldn’t expect the under 21s to play much senior CC. Only exception is Bosch.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.08.16 16:41:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 14) : think reasonable supporters would like to see clear progress and 100% commitment from every player for the duration of time on the field.this cc is not about the scoreboard the tv keeps,but the one the coaches should be keeping.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.08.16 16:57:23 by 50shadesofshark2 Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 14) : with that pack? That’s a Super Rugby quality pack. I agree we have some young backs, but we MUST hold our forwards to account in this campaign.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.08.16 17:10:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : nothing wrong with the pack, but it is going to be interesting in the backs. If Bosch starts on Friday, he is going into the lions den so to speak, I am just still not convinced that he is up to the physical challenge yet and I am worried this could be an area we get exposed in. Maybe the kid proves me wrong and has a cracker, but I was really hoping to give him a go in the u21 team and going from there. Let’s see how Friday goes, as surely he will start ahead of Joubert

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.08.16 17:40:17 by Vonno13 Reply
  • I’ll be happy if we win the final, and show progress on skills and exciting smart rugby.

    This is CC after all, a glorified club competition. As Small would put it, it’s time to raise our expectations.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.08.16 17:41:26 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Did you manage to send GT a Biltong and peanuts gift basket welcoming present for his first day in the office? 🙂

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.08.16 17:44:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 18) : I have high hopes for this kid. He’s played a Super Rugby quarter final in New Zealand, I think he can handle starting a Currie Cup match in Nelspruit.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.08.16 17:45:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : I agree,he showed BMT a rarety in the Shsrks,he one of the young guns for the Sharks future

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.08.16 19:07:25 by benji Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : I fully agree but then why you surprised considering the coaching set up or DOR, my question is where and why no development looking at the future,unlock young talent thats what CC is for, not rehashing has beens to try and be kings of CC

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.08.16 19:19:49 by benji Reply
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  • Ja once again not a bad group let’s hope they can deliver on the promise!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.08.16 21:18:21 by JD Reply
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  • I agree with the Hound here.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.08.16 21:27:42 by Sharkfinn Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 18) : @robdylan (Comment 21) : @benji (Comment 22) : personally I think Bosch must start but I’d play him at 10 with April at 15.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.08.16 21:57:18 by JD Reply
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  • I’m happy with Keegan as captain…
    *duck* :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.08.16 22:29:01 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 26) : I think you might get half of your wish

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.08.16 22:36:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : hope I get it all for two reasons:
    1 Bosch needs to get the ball in his hands as much as possible so that’s why I believe he should start at 10.
    2 April needs a bit of confidence and the extra space at 15 might help him with it and with 10-20 min left in the game he maybe could replace Bosch at 10.

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.08.16 23:03:04 by JD Reply
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  • Given the number of players the Lions and Stormers will lose to the Bokke the 1st XV should be aiming to win the tournament. The pack is plenty good and experienced enough and the backline should be able to create tries. Normally I like to give players and coaches a chance, but in this case we should be expecting big things.

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.08.16 05:38:27 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • Good for Keegan. He is a strong leader. He also provides the wisdom and experience up front that we need. Always shows up ready to give 100%. We would have been lost without him this season.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.08.16 06:46:09 by coolfusion Reply

  • I would have chosen Michael Claassens as captain. He should be first choice scrumhalf and he is experienced and a cool customer.

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.08.16 07:18:35 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • Before Omar left I was quietly confident that we were going to play in this year’s CC final. Now…I’m very worried. How could we let one of the best things that has happened to us just go like that?

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.08.16 07:25:03 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Vonno13 (Comment 14) : I do get what you mean about cohesion, but arent all teams in that same boat with their good u21s training with the senior side? Perhaps they could have almost the u21 backline apposing the chosen senior backline for that week in training.

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.08.16 07:56:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Rob, what did he do in that game? He kicked everything he touched. Do not for one minute think the level of brutality playing the pumas will be less than the Canes. In fact, it will more than likely be more physical. The NZ Super sides play quick rugby, they up the tempo. They do not go in for the kill in tackels, preferring to rather bring the player to ground and then get back up as soon as possible. The likes of the Pumas will not do this, they through themselves into everything at full pace, it is a dumb strategy that a lot of SA teams do, as you get tired quicker. This is going to be a very physical game and if he is starting at 10 as I believe he is, it will be a big test. I just do not want guys coming on the site saying how kak he is should something go wrong, he is 19 yrs old

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.08.16 09:56:52 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 34) : Ja I guess you right, I do suppose all the unions do the same thing, so all in the same boat

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.08.16 09:57:43 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 35) : I will not allow anyone to call him “kak” 🙂

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.08.16 10:19:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Vonno13 (Comment 36) : There are still good planning opportunities within that though if used correctly. Like i said you could have packs scrumming each other so big learning curve for youngsters and also easy to see who is up to the level. Same with backlines apposing each other etc.

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.08.16 10:27:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : I have watched him play since he was 14 and he has an abundance of talent – but I also watched Earl Rose who had an abundance of talent. Just do not want the lightie to get smashed and scared, because that will be the end of that. He can be an awesome weapon, another Christian Cullen, but he needs time to develop. The Pumas are the kind of side that will go for him and put in a late hit or two, I can guarantee that and we need to make sure he is looked after.

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.08.16 10:32:08 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 39) : ja look – your point is a good one and it’s definitely something to consider. I just have a really good feeling about this kid

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.08.16 10:38:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : I get you, I have had a good feeling about him since I first saw him play – he has quite a unique running style, very similar to Cullen – I just felt his defence was a bit weak and would need time to develop at the Sharks – but enough about that, he is there and now I need to back him in the seniors. I can tell you one thing for sure, he will make the game exciting, but to all on this site, pls bear in mind he is a 19 yr old BOY – so do not expect Dan Carter, it may take time to settle

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.08.16 11:07:46 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 41) : No dammit he must be Carter and he must be him now… 😉

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.08.16 11:18:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 42) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.08.16 12:12:38 by Vonno13 Reply
  • @Vonno13 (Comment 43) : I’ll settle for Freddy if he can’t be Carter…

    We need some French imports as they always help us win a trophy

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.08.16 13:26:17 by Kabouter Reply

  • @Kabouter (Comment 44) : Bosch does give me that Michalak vibe equally comfortable at SH and FH. He us a quick thinker and could be very usefull as a tenacious SH with a killer boot. Has he played SH as well?

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.08.16 23:32:32 by coolfusion Reply

  • Get kockott back !! He is French now

  • Comment 46, posted at 04.08.16 09:38:10 by John Reply

  • @John (Comment 46) : yes now you talking, also get French Freddie for one last go and let sharks go win this damn SR trophy

  • Comment 47, posted at 04.08.16 13:50:52 by benji Reply
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