Daniel to lead Sharks

2012-09-13 15:37

 Johannesburg – The Sharks have made four changes to their starting XV for their top-of-the-table Currie Cup clash with Western Province in Durban on Saturday.

The team have also confirmed that Super Rugby captain Keegan Daniel will take over the on-field leadership.

The most notable alteration sees the return of Tim Whitehead at centre after six weeks out with a broken hand, although his inclusion is at the expense of promising midfielder Paul Jordaan, ruled out earlier in the week due to a facial injury.

“Tim Whitehead is back and that’s good news,” coach John Plumtree said on Thursday.

“He’s built a bit of extra muscle in the time he had off, he’s worked hard to get back and it was almost like a nice little pre-season break for him.”

Daniel takes over the captaincy from Jean Deysel, appointed to lead the team at the start of the competition due to the regular skipper’s national selection. He has since been dropped by the Springboks.

“The decision is one made for the team as well as for Jean Deysel’s benefit,” Plumtree said.

“Because of the way we have to rehab his body after each game with the high impact role he plays, with the number of collisions he is involved in, he often misses team work which has to happen in the time that we are looking after his body.

“For that reason, my decision has gone back to having Keegan as the captain. There is no other reason behind this.

“Keegan is more than happy to captain the side – he is the Super Rugby captain – and that change will be from this weekend.”

Among the other changes to the starting team, there are two in the backline where Springbok scrumhalf Charl McLeod has been dropped to the bench along with S'bura Sithole, with Cobus Reinach and Rosko Specman drafted in.

The only other change sees new recruit and veteran hooker Pieter Dixon making his first start ahead of Monde Hadebe.

The Sharks have beaten their Cape rivals in their last two meetings – the Super Rugby semi-final in July and their first-round Currie Cup match at Newlands.

“I think they have progressed a lot since that first round,” Plumtree said.

“Everyone has got better since then but it’s still tricky to pick the winners and the losers in this competition.

“Province have their strengths and so do we. It will be a tough contest.”


Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Brynard Stander, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 S'bura Sithole

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Deon Carstens

Substitutes: 6 Steven Kitshoff, 17 Tom Botha, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Joe Pietersen


  • alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-13 15:50

    Great to see Cobus Reinach getting a start. This youngster looks very promising. Good luck Sharks, it is going to be interesting to see how they handle a very capable WP backline.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-13 16:24

      He does look promising. I must say that I like the way that the team is being rotated. I think that it is an essential part of team make-up these days. Good for the Sharks to have Keegan back at the helm. I can only take my hat off to him for the way he has handled that shoddy treatment he got at the hands of the Bok coach. Nice to see Whitehead back, and hope that he can regain his form quickly. Him and Jordaan were starting to form a great partnership, so looking forward to that being restored. Going to be a great game. Really hoping for a Sharks win but this is a good Province side, and the backline is starting to fire...

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-14 08:00

      Would still have wanted him in NZ, even on the bench!!!

  • philip.h.voigt - 2012-09-13 16:18

    Go Province Go!! WP jou Lekkere Ding!!

  • leon.young.9003 - 2012-09-13 16:42

    Sharks 32 wp 12 go jean deysel go king deysel

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-13 17:04

    My boys! Please play your hearts out! Always behind you - BlackandWhite - nothing else matters!

      bootman.bokke - 2012-09-13 17:55


  • keagan.devilliers - 2012-09-13 21:33

    Ntubeni shouldn't be there, Rob Herring is so much better, once again province messed up, now playing for Ulster, #whataboich! He deserves it.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-14 18:39


      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-15 15:03

      Them = Packet of NikNaks? Hierdie is nie "iets vir iets" nie! BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-15 21:12

      R.I.P WP. Sorry, I was wrong, they can't even rip a packet of niknaks apart. What a disgusting bunch. tsk...tsk.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-09-15 21:15


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