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Praise for Deysel

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 4 Mar 2013 at 14:14
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They say one man’s meat is another man’s poison and that probably couldn’t be more true, at the moment, for Sharks flanker Jean Deysel.

Having played only a bit part role for the Sharks over the course of the last two years, many found themselves, perhaps rightly, questioning Deysel’s future at the franchise. As a guaranteed starter just a few years back, the sort of form that made him a Springbok was invaluable for the Sharks, but a succession of injuries and loss of form, coupled with the emergence of the likes of Willem Alberts and Marcell Coetzee as alternative ball carrying options in the Sharks’ back row, started to make Deysel look like something of an expensive luxury in a match 22.

Alberts, as we know, is out for a while, though and with Coetzee yet to really settle in a position, Deysel appears to be the guy who’s making the proverbial hay. It’s far too early, of course, to use the term “resurgence” in its fullest sense, but Saturday’s game at Kings Park certainly showed off the best side of Deysel we’ve seen in a good few years.

Coach John Plumtree was full of praise for his bruising number 7 after the game, and told Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick that “I though Jean played really well. He’s had a tough couple of years and we’ve persisted with him and he showed what he can do and that he can get better. That knee is right, he’s more agile, he’s lost a little bit of weight and reached the goals I’ve set for him. I’m really pleased for him, he’ll be a happy man because of all the frustrations over a long period of time.”

Let’s hope that for Deysel, Saturday was just the beginning of a great season to come.


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