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Home advantage vital - Daniel

2012-10-23 19:02

Durban - Sharks captain Keegan Daniel insists it is important not to dwell too much on the past and focus instead on the Currie Cup final against Western Province on Saturday.

The Durban franchise hosts WP at Kings Park in what is their third consecutive final having played in last year’s showpiece against the Golden Lions and the Super Rugby decider against New Zealand side the Chiefs in August.

Both matches ended in heartbreak for John Plumtree’s side, but Daniel is confident this one could be different.

"We’ve got to win a final and we’re determined to do it and hopefully it will happen this time," Daniel said on Tuesday.

The Springbok loose forward felt playing at home would give them an advantage over their Cape Town rivals.

"The last two years we weren’t as consistent and you know that it’s tough to win a final away from home," he said.

"You do have a slight edge when you do host a final.

"We travelled to the Lions last year and were under par and we’ve learnt lessons from that game.

"This year’s Super Rugby we gave ourselves a chance, but at the end of the day the travel was just too much."

The Sharks, who ended top of the log after the regular season, have an impeccable recent home record, losing just once in three Currie Cup seasons.

Their last loss came against Province in a league game last year when they were beaten 20-15.

"I think in any competition you have to win your home games to be in contention, anyone will tell you that and that’s probably the biggest influence there is," Daniel said.

"I think the boys have done pretty well to get here, but we still need one big performance on Saturday.

"Finals rugby you can win by one point or win by 40, it really doesn’t matter, we just want to win."

The Cape side reached the final with a 21-16 win over the Lions after ending third on the log.

The Sharks progress has been made all the more impressive considering they are one of the most heavily affected unions when it comes to Springbok call-ups.

Close to 10 players are regulars in the national squad and Daniel praised those who have stepped up in their absence.

"I think there were a couple of young guys in the first or second season that have really grown," he said.

"I think from where they were two years ago to now, they’ve not only matured as rugby players but individuals as well.

"It’s shown in the way they’ve reacted in pressure situations and in big games."

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Comments
  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-23 19:19

    As long as Keegan keeps leading from the front the Sharks will stand a good chance on saturday.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-23 19:25

      Bring it home Keegan. You have been a great leader, and have played your heart out this year. One more massive effort. No matter what happens, you can hold your head high. Lets lift the CC high too. Sharks forever.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-23 19:32

      He certainly has had a fantastic season. One would have thought that the lack of oppertunity he was given with the boks would have affected his self belief and form but instead he has lifted his game. Go Sharks!!

      richard.jeremy.79 - 2012-10-23 19:42

      On their day Province can beat any team.The Sharks have the advantage and all this build up talk is rather exciting in a meaningful way.The Sharks play a very impressive brand of rugby.Its not one-dimensional,but they rather adapt to what's infront of them.However you are only as good as your opponent that you're playing against.There is a fine line between making the right choices and decisions on the pitch and in the heat of battle. Province is structured around its defensive game and our great defense motto is that which holds ourselves together and that can beat anyone at anytime.If Province can release Habana,Gio and the rest of our back line than that could be a real threat to the Sharks.Province will also need to adapt on Saturday,change our style of play to suit what's infront of us and then play accordingly.All the best to both teams.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-23 19:50

      Mouth watering battles amongst the forwards and the backs. Both teams have extreme pace out wide and im relieved to see that JP lost hardly any form despite returning from injury. What a game it promises to be!

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-23 19:54

      Should be a cracker of a game. Can't wait. May the best team on the day win, and I congratulate whoever it is now and then. Here is to both teams showing up, and giving us a good game.

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-23 19:45

    I still think the WP are going to wack the sharkies

      jaded.oldfart - 2012-10-23 19:58

      should change your userid to Wild.Nightmare :-)

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-10-23 20:20

      Dream on boetie.Black, white and DYNAMITE

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-23 21:57

      I welcome bull supporters who don't just troll on here. Thank you. Would be lovely to actually have some discussions on here, rather than pointless name calling and such.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-23 20:35

    Wp all the way!!!go boys!!!!

  • ron.rielander - 2012-10-23 20:45

    WP how many years now? ...CHOKING at finals...????

      seanread.crisp - 2012-10-23 21:14

      Oh look, another troll!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-24 02:39

      ...11 years.. ...and counting...

  • andrew.cooks.5 - 2012-10-23 20:52

    Keegan for Bok captain.... Nothing against JdV, but Keegan has got everything that one would expect from a captain, and youth is on his side.

      christopher.caine.71 - 2012-10-23 22:13

      but he only weigh 100 kg's... what a stupid reason not to include him.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-24 02:03

      Only problem is he is not first choice. Don't want another John Smit happening. He was good in his day too, but the last 2 or so years he played, bismarck was clearly better.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-24 06:51

      Keegan does nothing on the field when he wears a Bok jersey. He just can't take that step up from Super rugby.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-23 21:05

    if Keegan is captain where do we play him, in place of flo??

      christopher.caine.71 - 2012-10-23 22:14

      In Vermulens place... Vermulen is a solid player but he doesn't have the attacking side keegan or kankowski or kieran do. But I do prefer him to spies

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-24 02:46

      ...Donkey Vermeulen.. ..slow as a tortoise... ...cannot even catch a ball... ...overrated Cape Clown....

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-24 06:52

      Sammy, just don't play him. Make Flo or Vermeulen captain and your best loose trio plays.

      sponge.plank - 2012-10-24 10:05

      He's got a good chip and he's fast! Put him on the wing!

  • norman.branders - 2012-10-23 22:59

    Why does the bulls supporters suddenly back the sharks, GO WP JOU LEEKE DING!

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-23 23:36

      I'm a Blue Bull & I do not support the sharkies

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-24 06:54

      Norman, I must say, I'm totally surprised today. A lot of Bulls suporters on here are actually supporting WP this weekend. Usually their few voices are drowned out by trolls like dowwe paramedic, pink johnny (who is fighting on his lonesome today I see) and maaksiek. But they have all declined to comment today.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-23 23:24

    ok so be it but i doubt HM will go for Keegan he is obsessed with size, he will end up making Strauss captain

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-24 02:53

    ....klap the cupless Cape Clowns...! .....Go Sharks..!! ...Go Sharks..!! ....Go Sharks...!!!!

  • deanmpeters - 2012-10-24 07:44

    I hope HM is taking notes. Players like Lambie, Mvovo and Daniel could be huge for Boks.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-24 10:12

    Captain my Captain. Close the deal Keegan. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

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