Daniel to captain Sharks in Currie Cup again

Keegan Daniel will captain the Sharks in the Currie Cup

Sharks coach John Plumtree has confirmed that Keegan Daniel will take over the Sharks captaincy for the rest of the Currie Cup season.

Daniel was Sharks captain in last year’s Currie Cup and also during this season’s Super Rugby tourament.

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

“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.”

Along with the change in captaincy comes a change in personnel, with Plumtree confirming that Paul Jordaan will not be considered for this match after sustaining a heavy tackle against Griquas last weekend. “But Tim Whitehead is back and that’s good news. “

“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.”

With the Blue Bulls finding themselves in the uncharacteristic position of bottom of the log, Griquas beating the log leaders on successive weekends, and other results not going to form, this year’s Absa Currie Cup is proving to be one of the toughest ever.

“There’s really not much in this competition,” Plumtree said on the Sharks website.

“Everyone has lost two or three games and it’s been difficult to predict results. The Lions lost to us, but then went and beat the Bulls, but the Bulls beat us. There’s not much between all the teams really.

“There are three teams on top and so it’s still anyone’s game. You don’t know who is going to make the play-offs, so it’s almost like Super Rugby, which makes it interesting.”

Along with the return of Whitehead to action, the short term loss of Jordaan, and Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kyle Cooper not expected out for much longer, The Sharks will be boosted in the second round.

“It would be nice to get some reinforcements back and hopefully that will happen in the near future when some guys get back from injury,” said The Sharks coach.

“But the boys are still keen and ready to go, we’ve just had a few unfortunate injuries in some key areas.”

Looking ahead to the game on Saturday, Plumtree said that he believed Western Province have improved from their first round loss to The Sharks at Newlands.

“I think they have progressed a lot since that first round, everyone has gone better since then but it’s still tricky to pick the winners and the losers in this competition.

“Province have their strengths, they have a big driving lineout and base much of their play around the drive. We probably base a lot of our play around our phase play.”

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