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O Captain! My Captain! Wherefore art thou?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 22 Apr 2012 at 19:36
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Some have mentioned it in a roundabout way, some have not been so roundabout, but one thing is sure. We are desperately in need of a Captain of the Sharks team.

At the beginning of the season there were some mixed feelings about the appointment of Keegan Daniel as captain of the Sharks team. Some were unhappy with the appointment, stating that we should not have a captain who was not an automatic first choice in his position no matter how good a leader he was. Some believed he wasn’t even a good leader so that along with him not being first choice were TWO good reasons to not have him as captain. Some, more than i would have thought, supported the decision.

As the early rounds unfolded Daniel was criticised, and in my mind justly so, for giving away to many penalties. As captain of the team he should have been leading by example not being the poster boy for ill discipline. As we got deeper into the competition he seemed to take heed of either the criticism or the discipline stats and they improved drastically. Now however a new problem appeared. When the going got tough, Daniel…well I’m not really sure what he did, some say he went home, some say he just plain vanished. I really don’t care what he did but I know he suddenly wasn’t around when he was needed.

Even with all of this taken into account he still led the team reasonably well. That all ended suddenly on Saturday evening. I have decided to put a little pop quiz together. I think most of us will answer all of the following questions correctly. Keegan Daniel however will get them all wrong. Actually…After getting them wrong on Saturday he might actually get them right the next time. Personally I hope that John Plumtree sees SOME of the light and that there isn’t a next time.


1). Your team is trailing by 7 points and you have lost the previous 2 lineouts. You get a kickable penalty. Do you?
A. Take the 3 points on offer?
B. Gamble on yet another lineout?

2). You are awarded a penalty near halfway and you decide to have a shot at goal. Do you?
A. Use accurate but very limited in range goal kicker, Pat Lambie?
B. Use accurate regular 50m plus goal kicker Riaan Viljoen?

3) You trail by ONE point, there are 10 seconds left on the clock and the opposition team, which has a history of grinding down the clock when in possesion, has a lineout in your half. Do you?
A. Let them take the ball unchallenged and score a try?
B. Ensure your players get the message that the most important task of the day is to get that lineout ball?

Keegan Daniel may be a good player but he is NOT cut from leadership cloth and the sooner John Plumtree realises this, and a list of other things that is way to long to go into in this article, the better for the Sharks.

We need to find a Captain, someone who doesn’t vanish in big games, someone who is cool under pressure and most importantly someone who can lead.


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