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Daniel remains a proud Shark

2011-11-01 21:26

Durban - Despite their heavy Currie Cup final defeat to the Golden Lions, Sharks captain Keegan Daniel is nevertheless proud of his team for getting so far in the tournament under testing circumstances.

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“Considering the number of players that we had out for the Rugby World Cup, I am very proud of how the guys got us to the final. But having got there, we did not play well enough, and I said to the guys in the change room that we have to remember what it feels like to have come so near to winning it after coming so far,” Daniel told Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick.

Daniel paid tribute to the home side who had a massive crowd backing them, urging them on to their first home victory in the Currie Cup since 1950.

“The Lions were, without doubt, the best team on the park and worthy winners of the Currie Cup - we just have to take it on the chin.

“We're disappointed we didn't convert opportunities into points in the first half when we had territory and possession, but you can't win finals with the ill-discipline we showed. Getting to a final is one thing, but you need to produce a great game, which we couldn't do. The Lions were phenomenal," said Daniel.

It has been a tough season for the Sharks. They were the second-most travelled side in the Super Rugby tournament - after losing finalists the Crusaders - and player depth was tested severely during the Currie Cup campaign with at least 15 first choice players out at various times as well as long term injuries to a number of squad members.

“There is certainly some wear and tear after a lot of games this year,” coach John Plumtree explained. “I can’t recall the first practice of the year but I can certainly recall the last one. Keegan played nearly all of those games and in the Currie Cup has been outstanding in leading young players. He deserved better than what happened in the final.”
 

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Comments
  • Kenjaymay - 2011-11-01 22:14

    Like the cappie says......Take it on the chin, and that means the supporters too!!..... you where never going to win the game anyway!..... The Lions would have beaten any side on the day! Lions!.. Currie Cup Champions!

  • Denése - 2011-11-02 01:06

    Well Done! Lions. You certainly did deserve to win. I'm just sad about the Sharks' loss on the day.

  • Andre - 2011-11-02 06:24

    Daniel was so "windgat" before the game saying the Sharks knows how to play in a final and the Lions don't. Well Keegan guess what you got your a$$ handed to you! . Hahahaha what a tool

      Hilton - 2011-11-02 07:34

      WHO ARE YOU TO SPEAK........HE WAS NOT WINDGAT.......AT ALL......GIVE THE LIONS CREDIT........AND KEEP YOUR ILL INFORMED COMMENTS TO YOURSELF

      Tyrone - 2011-11-02 07:57

      your post on here just shows what a moron you are

      Jeremy - 2011-11-02 09:07

      Its not windgat Andre, but confidence! What captain goes into a final saying that we expect to lose???? The better team still won on the day. Quick question - would you call him a tool to his face, or are you one of those people that hides behind the anonymity of the media?

  • Kosie - 2011-11-02 10:58

    i always thought the bulls were the worst supporters, but after this weekend and all these comments on this website i'm changing my thought to lions supprters. you guys are now the biggest mouths in the country... you've only won one currie cup in 12 twelve years. so shut the f*ck up. the lions deserved the win but why do you have to go and screw up a brilliant victory with Blue bull like comments.

      Mark - 2011-11-06 22:08

      Now the Lions supporters are the worst, becouse of one commeni? eeeeeeeeeeish

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