Keegan Daniel to lead Sharks

2011-07-12 15:24

Durban - The Sharks confirmed on Tuesday that Keegan Daniel will captain the team during the ABSA Currie Cup.

John Plumtree's team have been severely disrupted by national duty, with 16 players unavailable due to the Tri-Nations and South Africa's World Cup preparations.

"With all the experience gone out of the team, I'm using the opportunity to give Keegan the chance to stamp his mark on the team and our franchise," said Plumtree.

"He was a good choice because of his passion about the jersey and he's been a real consistent performer for the last couple of seasons.

"It's the type of respect that the team has for him and he has for the jersey that's given him the opportunity to captain the side this campaign."

Veteran back Stefan Terblanche will be his deputy.

The Sharks are the defending champions after beating Western Province in last season's final and Plumtree said that the short turn around between the Super Rugby competition, which saw them reach the play-offs, and the Currie Cup has been difficult.

"It hasn't been easy, but we were sort of expecting this.

"I guess it is a little bit harder because we didn't think they'd take so many of our guys with the away leg of the Boks."

Plumtree was, however, adamant that the youngsters he plans to promote will all be able to fill in.

"It has put a little bit more pressure on us, but the last two or three years we've had a similar coaching philosophy through our age grades.

"What that's helped us with is the transition when those players stepped up, they'd be doing similar things to what they'd be doing anyway, so it has made the transition for those guys a lot easier."

Daniel, 26, has been part of the Sharks set up since 2003 when he joined from Border.

Daniel said he was "excited" by the new challenge. "I did get a little bit of a taste of it last year in the Currie Cup in one of the games," he said.

"I've just been very blessed to have played under great leaders like Johann Muller and John (Smit). Those guys have been mentors in my life, which has really helped me."


  • GILLBERT - 2011-07-12 15:31

    what did the big grey shark retire(terreblanche).... i still felt he had one more world cup in him

      GILLBERT - 2011-07-12 15:34

      but besides the point this currie cup is going to be an above average vodacom cup

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-07-12 16:14

      4 years ago Stephan found his way back into the Sharks side while on holiday. Not bad for a short stint as a stand in. Hats off to Stephan for a job well done!

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-12 17:07

      Glo Odwa Ndoganane sou beter gedoen het... Dit is tyd dat die Sharks transformeer.

      Paul - 2011-07-13 07:12

      Frik you pappa en mamma hoor !!!

  • jk - 2011-07-12 15:34

    c'mon, at this stage- 36 years old, hes way too slow, hes a hard worker and keep the youngsters together, but thats it

      GILLBERT - 2011-07-12 15:36

      i dont know, i dont like him but his decision making is way better than some of the guys in the bok team thats going to Aus

  • Anneleen - 2011-07-12 15:38

    Dynamite Daniel and Veteran Terblanche!!! GO SHARKS!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-07-13 04:44

      Vuilgat Daniel sou 'n beter woord keuse gewees het. If the refs are honest he should get al least 4 reds this tournament.

      Paul - 2011-07-13 07:14

      Marcell jy weet nie baie van rugby af nie as ek so na al jou commentaar kyk ...hou by netball of softball of iets dude

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 15:44

    Arrogant little idiot.

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-12 15:56

      Hey Bulldozer. He is way better than Stegmann though.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 16:02

      Still an idiot.

      Johan du Toi - 2011-07-12 16:06

      Like you

      docraven - 2011-07-12 16:15

      An Arrogant idiot that will Bulldoze you over.LOL...You little cutie Pie!!

      bruce baxter - 2011-07-12 16:19

      what makes you think he is arrogant or an idiot? do you know him personally? he is actually a well spoken guy whome most people get on well with... well except you anyway

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 16:26

      Well Bruce, I've actually met him once before. Johan,ek sien jy confuse my met jou pa.

      docraven - 2011-07-12 16:29

      Bulldozer, i see you get very arrogant and jealous towards people that have achieved much more in life then you have-i take it that's most of S.A.Keegan is a great player and proved it in the S15.You on the other hand do not have the common sense to be able to spot talent.You are without a doubt the most dumbest person i have ever come across.Stick to Tap Dancing you little twit.Thanks DAH

      bruce baxter - 2011-07-12 16:29

      cool... so what did he do to give you that impression... just merely curious

      docraven - 2011-07-12 16:30

      Just goes to show how stupid Bulldozer is, he is the only one on this site with a negative thing to say.DAH

      Russell - 2011-07-12 16:48

      hey dozer ,have you ever met him?? i bet no is your answer because arrogant is exactly the opposite of what he is!!!

      Friksepappa - 2011-07-12 17:08

      @Bull ek so voorstel jy vervang "little" met "huge"!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 17:13

      Bruce, a few years ago I was at a training session with a Sharks supporter friend of mine.While the rest of the players happily handed out autographs and posed for photos, this dude treated the fans like crap. Maybe he isn't always like that, but he did not create a very good first impression.

      Rob Rabbit - 2011-07-12 17:47

      An idiot is someone who attacks another under the guise of an iternet identity.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 18:47

      Like you Rob?

      mervtheswerv - 2011-07-12 21:46

      You know Bulldozer everybody at some stage has given the wrong impression at that might have been an off day for him.You cannot lable him like you did from a brief encounter. The man is a outright gentleman and is a great role model.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 22:23

      Merv, you are probably right, but unfortuanitely first impressions last.

      Marcell - 2011-07-13 04:47

      Maklik die agterbakse/vuilgat speler in die Sharks span.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-13 04:55

      Marcell, jy het nou n blikkie wurms oopgemaak. Soos jy kan sien het hy nogal n hele klomp groupies.

      PajeroMan - 2011-07-13 09:14

      Bulldozer you a blady poepol man! Go make comments on the Blou Balle stories...

      Raymond - 2011-07-13 20:33

      Miles ahead of the over rated Stegman.

  • Irene - 2011-07-12 15:52

    Keegan. Congrats,you have played your heart out& deserve this honour.Keep it up,I am watching you.Trevor.

  • Moersteen - 2011-07-12 16:00

    Congratulations Keegan!

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-12 16:00

    Big Congrats Keegan. I don't think it's only for the Currie Cup though. I think it's clear John and stefan will hang up their boots after the WC and CC respectively. I now wonder that if Keegan remains captain and cements his place in the No 6 jumper how are they going to fit Alberts, Deysel and Kanko into the team unless one will have to settle being an impact player.

      BM123 - 2011-07-12 16:16

      I don't think Alberts and Deysel should play together unless Alberts is at 8 - and then there's room for Keegan at 6. Jacques Botes and Keegan have usually competed for a starting spot. So - 6 - Keegan, 7 - Alberts or Deysel, 8 Kanko or Alberts with Deysel or Botes on the bench. Could have both Deysel and Botes on the bench with Alberts and/ or Deysel covering lock too.

      BM123 - 2011-07-12 16:17

      I like Keegan - but really hope he limits his brain explosions. (Has been better over the last year or so though!)

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-12 16:29

      Agree with you BM123. I love the thought of playing Deysel Alberts and Konko, but we then lack pace on the flank. So yes I would leave Deysel on the bench to come in as an impact player, but now and then play Alberts at 8 and bring Deysel in at 7. One things for sure. We blessed when it comes to loose forwards. Even the youngster Marcel Coetzee impressed me when he came on. Our problem this year though was our locks and centres. If we can sort this out we would get further than the top 6. Maybe they should play Deysel at 4, Alberts at 5, Daniels at 6, coetzee at 7 and Konko at 8. Then we still have Botes on the bench.

      BM123 - 2011-07-12 16:48

      Or we could have Keegan at 12 and Kanko at 13! :)

      Raymond - 2011-07-13 20:35

      A very under rated player indeed.Van WeePee.

  • The_Fox - 2011-07-12 16:01

    I have always rated Keegan who, imho, is one of the toughest loosies in SA.

  • Kok - 2011-07-12 16:09

    Goeie keuse. Keegan lyk vir my so bietjie na 'n stil kêrel, maar sy hy sal lei deur die voorbeeld te stel. Hardwerkende man.

  • Jack Hammer - 2011-07-12 16:11

    @Bulldozer - You are a chop!!!!! The guy plays with everthing he's got, I wish more players had that attitude.

      docraven - 2011-07-12 16:15

      Jack Hammer, if you had one testicle you would act the same!!

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-12 16:16

      It's those blinkers Bulldozer wears. Keegan Daniel is a Brilliant player. And to think he is mostly up against guys twice his size, he punches way above his weight class. Anyways the Sharks are lucky to have him. I think he will be a great leader as well. The team respects him.

      Russell - 2011-07-12 16:51

      craven are you a proctologist??

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-12 17:14

      I never said he was crap, nitwit. Kom by!

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-07-12 16:18

    I just for the first time now saw the Tri Nations squad. With the inclusion of CJ why is there only 3 province players in a aquad of 29 players?

      GILLBERT - 2011-07-12 16:42

      because provice is resting

      Marcell - 2011-07-13 04:49

      In short: Province players are chokers.

  • selwyna2 - 2011-07-12 16:53

    Still cant believe PDiv is willing 2 select 3 injured flankers & not even consider Keegan who had a grt Super Rugby season. Guess that what happens when u contract players aheahd of selection time.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-07-12 16:55

    Congratulations Keegan!!!!!!!!!! Guys, keep this page nice and clean and don't show your ass hole brains here... Bulls forever...

  • JerusalemJet - 2011-07-12 17:56

    Well done Keegan - achievements like this run in your family son . If I'm not mistaken Mike (your old bullet) still holds the record for the biggest six hit at Selbourne . Whatever , you were destined for this and good luck in trampling all opposition before you in 2011 CC .

  • Crystal Slott-Nielsen - 2013-10-27 19:19

    thanks for making newlands an awesome experience ! you guys deserved it ! you played like champs ! well done boys !

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