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Where to now, Sharks?


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 7 Jul 2008 at 10:09

I’m going to try really hard not to get carried away here.

The Sharks were on an absolute hiding to nothing going into this weekend’s game, having lost so many key personnel. It was the withdrawal of backline general Brad Barritt on Thursday afternoon that did the real damage and I really hope that everyone will now realise exactly how crucial Bad Brad is the the Sharks’ campaign this year. For one thing, the backline defence is just a shambles when he isn’t there, but perhaps you can ascribe that to the fact that we were forced to play a combination that hadn’t trained together all week.

The result was atrocious for the Sharks, but no altogether unexpected. If we are to take some positives from the game (and there really aren’t many) then we can look at the Sharks’ total dominance in the scrum, as well as the staunch defence in the second half, which kept the Bulls tryless right up to the 38th (or was it the 58th?) minute of that period. The period of play leading up to Albert’s try was also pretty fun to watch. But that was it.

So, I’m going to give these guys the benefit of the doubt. It was a complete non-performance from a team perspective, but I thought there were some encouraging signs from an individual point of view. Certain players put their hands up in small ways (and other did not) and given that we now have the look of a team in a rebuilding phase (we would have to be, given the number of quality players unavailable) all that we can really hope for is to keep in touch with the other top sides until our stars return. It’s a pretty forlorn place to be, just a few weeks on from reaching the Super 14 semifinals. Abandon all hope, ye who support the Sharks.

So, onto our player ratings for this game. Fellow-contributor hellbent has given me his ratings as well, so I’ll indicate what he thought next to my rating. He was possibly a little harsher than I was!

Deon Carstens (6/10) – A busy game for the loosehead. Scrummed very well and was active in the loose. Showed a surprising turn of pace in making a try-saving tackle on JP “Tank” Joubert. Needs to improve his on-field communication and leadership, as he’s a senior player and needs to start helping out with the load on Muller’s shoulders. HB gave him 6/10.
Skipper Badenhorst (4/10) – Did well at scrumtime, but wasn’t great in the lineouts (he never is) and doesn’t really have the handling skills to live with the sort of high-pace offloading game the Sharks want to play. Offers less than Burden, other than in the scrums. (HB 4/10)
BJ Botha (8/10) – Superb in everything that a tighthead is meant to do. Killed Engels in the scrum and was busy as hell in the loose. BJ is a quiet guy by nature, but you feel he also needs to do more as a leader in the team. (HB 6.5/10)
Albert van den Berg (4/10) – Completely anonymous for 60 minutes, before popping up to score a try. Big Al is just not justifying his experience, for my money and as a starting option, his lack of a tight game remains a serious drawback. Never posed the sort of threat in the lineouts that his reputation suggests he should. (HB 4/10)
Johann Muller (5/10) – Johann is playing like a guy who’s heart just isn’t in it. I reckon his omission from the Bok group after a very good Super 14 has something to do with it. He is doing his job in the scrums and still hitting the rucks, but his lineout work is off and he is just not rallying the guys when the chips are down, the way a captain should. His hands have been atrocious of late. He clearly needs a rest, but with the squad depleted as it is, there’s just no way he can be left out. (HB 3/10)
Jacques Botes (5/10) – Another guy who is being played out of the game. He has also had too much rugby and playing in the same loose trio as Keegan Daniel completely nullifies his strengths. He continues to try hard, but he is best operating in a little bit of space, space which he is not getting now. He is not a basher, but is trying to play like one and is looking ineffective as a result. (HB 4/10)
Nic Strauss (5/10) – A promising début, but too much was expected of him. He was busy and aggressive and would do well at 7 if we had someone like Deysel available at 8. As is, it is a big ask to expect anyone other than a world-class number 7 to make up for the combined deficiencies of Botes and Daniel. Strauss showed promise, but he is not world-class. (HB 4/10)
Keegan Daniel (6/10) – Keegs is looking good at 8. He would look a lot better if he could play 8 behind a pack that’s moving forward, but that just isn’t happening at the moment. His discipline and concentration remain suspect at times and he looks inept when trying to bash it up. Played in tandem with two bigger loose forwards, he would do well. Always tries hard and his defence is exemplary. (HB 3 /10)
Scott Mathie (4/10) – Has played hardly any rugby in two seasons and it shows. Scott is the weakest of the four scrumhalf options we have and doesn’t really offer much of anything. He has no boot to speak of, doesn’t have the crispest pass and also lacks the pace of Kockott or Macleod on the break. (HB 5/10)
Monty Dumond (5/10) – Did reasonably well as a goal-kicker and distributor, but as backline general looked out of his depth. Needs to take some responsibility for the leaky midfield defence in the first half. A decent stopgap, but not the answer at this level. (HB 5/10)
11 Henno Mentz (2/10) – For a man of his experience to display such poor handling is just unacceptable at any level of the game. Henno, your time has come and gone and it’s time to let someone else make their mark on the position. (HB 2/10)
12 Andries Strauss (4/10) – Strauss is the sort of player that will look good when he has stars around him. He works incredibly hard and is a good distributor, but lacks the pace and flair to shine when all around him are playing badly. He is a better player than it would seem based on what he dished up on Saturday. (HB 4/10)
13 Waylon Murray (2/10) – Waylon has a problem in his head and he needs to get it fixed. He’s obviously suffering with self-doubt after the amazing season he had in 2007. He has been woeful all year and can no longer justify his position in even the most injury-ravaged of Sharks teams. Pretty sad, really. (HB 3/10)
14 Chris Jordaan (7/10) – Now that’s what I like! A youngster prepared to back himself and grab his chance with both hands. Jordaan was the only light in an otherwise dismal backline display. This man needs to be a fixture in the team going forward. I would give him Mentz’s spot and let him settle there. (HB 7/10)
15 Stefan Terblanche (4/10) – Tried a few things, but, like Metnz, one feels his time has passed. For all his experience, does nothing to give direction to an otherwise rudderless young back division. (HB 4/10)

The only replacements worth giving a rating at all were Macleod and Swanepoel, both of whom get 6/10. Macleod is a better prospect than Mathie as he has pace and vision. Swanepoel always looks exciting when he comes on and perhaps needs to be given a start.



56 Comments

  • “If we are to take some positives from the game (and there really aren’t many) then we can look at the Sharks’ total dominance in the scrum”

    “He would look a lot better if he could play 8 behind a pack that’s moving forward”

    :?:

    8 is most effective from behind scrum, no?

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.07.08 10:31:31 by Ollie Reply
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  • @Ollie (Comment 1) : thought occurred to me as I was typing that… still, don’t let facts get in the way of a good story ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.07.08 10:36:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Rob – I am impressed…that was more or less in a nutshell what i said in my postings…looks like I am starting to get the game?? :wink:

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.07.08 10:52:55 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • Where to now Sharks?

    How about taking the tjekbook to Mielieland.

    I can think of a few good players who can beef up your squad:

    Brussouw
    Calldo
    Pieterse
    Vermuelen
    Ebersohn brothers

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.07.08 10:58:11 by wpw Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 3) : yes – your comment helped me to crystalise my thoughts… in fact, it helped me to change tack on what i was going to write. You want partial writing credit? ;)

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.07.08 10:58:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Give credit where credit is due, ek se! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    @wpw (Comment 4) :

    And they have to use that checkbook to pay mielieland to take Jannie back, too! :evil:

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.07.08 11:03:15 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Nah just kidding – i’m just over the moon that someone with such knowledge shares my humble opinion !! :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.07.08 11:04:24 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • And what about Kees Lensing??? :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.07.08 11:05:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : we’ve tried that approach and it doesn’t work. Nobody wants to come and work for Oom Rudi anyway. What a kak boss to have!

    @wpw (Comment 8) : he is in France. Thank goodness

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.07.08 11:07:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks for the effort here rob and hellbent.
    Now for the easy part – its obvious you want Stefan and Mentz out, so who do you replace them with in the confidence that they are going to do better.

    Im afraid the cheque book is not going to work – any top provincial player at another union will realise that they are not necessarily going to get much game time once the injured players and the Boks are back.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.07.08 11:17:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : We could try Jordaan at fullback, with Mvovo and Murray on the wing. Swanepoel could come in at 13?

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.07.08 11:23:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    Ahhh rob,but then you might be writing an article about all these players that are being played out of position. :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.07.08 11:37:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Nic Strauss was woeful, 5/10 is very generous, he may have some potential but he’s hiding it well. It shows how desperate Plumtree is to start with a bigger loosie.

    Sadly I think Strauli has stitched him up this season with a very patchy squad and the union won’t trust him with the Super 14.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.07.08 11:40:03 by Flashman Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Murray on the wing? Perhaps if we could alter his running lines by 90 degrees.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.07.08 11:41:33 by Flashman Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 12) : he he. But Jordaan pays fullback for Rovers. As for Murray, I’d just as gladly drop him and bring in Wagenstroom or A.N. Other on the wing

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.07.08 11:43:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Flashman (Comment 13) : we were bullied less at the breakdowns… I give Strauss some credit for that.

    @Flashman (Comment 14) : classic… you’d think he was playing for WP!

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.07.08 11:44:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • If one considers that in the backline the following were missing Jpp, Odwa, Brad, Steyn, Kocky, Ruaan, Waylon, Freddy then it might put our backline woes int perspective, but then again the S14 backline were also woeful.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.07.08 11:50:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : He was fine once he got to the rucks, as long as Danie wasn’t there. But he’s so slow. Perhaps once he gets his fitness up to a professional standard we’ll see a different side of him. I’m not sure about all the hair though, he looked like a mixture of Ryan Sidebottom and Chabel.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.07.08 11:51:49 by Flashman Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : yeah… good point. Problem is, we are missing ALL of our gamebreakers.

    @Flashman (Comment 18) : I thought the hair was the best thing about him. Like I said, I reckon he’ll do ok in tandem with Botes and Deysel. Shit, but can’t they just put Wolla in a decompression chamber, or something? I also don’t reckon Justin Downey would do any worse than Strauss did…

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.07.08 11:53:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Do you think that if they tell Waylon to run for the touchline he’ll change direction and run towards the tryline?

    Does he watch the videos? What goes on through his mind when he sees his “runs”?

    Eish…I don’t know if shuffling these guys around will do us any good. Let’s see how they do this weekend.

    That Jordaan gave me a few smiles…

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.07.08 11:58:48 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 20) : yeah – he actually knows how to beat his man. Long time since we had wingers that could do that…

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.07.08 12:00:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : We miss that Wolla … :sad:

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.07.08 12:03:22 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Any news of when Deysel is expected back?

    And can Justin Downey carry the ball up? Because that’s what we need. In the S14 we had AJ, Deysel, Beast & Bis – all of whom could almost guarantee you 5 metres through heavy traffic. Now we have nobody like that and it means that the backline never gets the ball when the defence is retreating.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.07.08 12:05:05 by Flashman Reply

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  • Rob Jordaan the Gimmie?

    Look it must have been a heart break weekend for the Sharks supporters. At least the WP win ease a bit of pain but for you lot not good. Now is the time to stick behind your team, the real Shark & Bok supporter!

    Myself is surprise by the game the Brutes are playing these days. Chucking the ball around from everywhere and look like the finally have the ELVs under the belt.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.07.08 12:12:04 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @Flashman (Comment 23) : Keegan made a few metres…but he needs spaces to do that.
    We miss the guys you’ve mentioned above…who squeeze through the tightest gaps and don’t mind “running with weights”. Waylon is the kinda guy who can do that for us from the back…but he’s so scared of contact… :sad:

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.07.08 12:14:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • Look I always thought Murray is a good 13. Cant someone just take the guy and tell him no one hand running with the ball. Geez no midfielder do that, we teach our kids that in prymary school. Other then that he is pretty solid. AD Jacons surprise me no ends on the weekend. :cool:

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.07.08 12:17:21 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 24) : PB – I’m a Bok/Shark/Ferrari/Roger Federer fan…so it was that kinda weekend for me hey.

    Anyway everyone has lost a game now…but we still have a lot to play for.
    Just hoping that these guys stop playing like sharks reserves and start playing like Sharks. I want to see them playing with a lot of confidence and determination but off course the coaching staff and CAPTAIN play a big part in instilling that. Johan Muller…pleeeease…lead the boys!

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.07.08 12:19:10 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 27) : how good was that Wimdledon final? Shit, if we could have a team of guys that could concentrate and deliver 99% accurate performances like that for 4 hours or more at a time, we’d be unstoppable.

    It was almost a shame that one of them had to win.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.07.08 12:22:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 24) : Jordaan the Gimmie, correct. Can you send us more like him, please? ;)

    Bulls are gonna win it this year… mark my words. They’ll get Julies back distributing at 12, move Meisiekind to 13… du Preez at scrummie… and their pack is doing just fine. Chilly in for Kuun will help a lot as well

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.07.08 12:25:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : I enjoyed the Agassi/Ivanisevic one in 92 (I think)…but this had to be the best one I’ve ever seen. Couldn’t have writen a better script for a movie…

    It was a case of being sorry for Federer but happy for Nadal. Great stuff that.

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.07.08 12:26:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • Anyone know anything about Luzuko Vulindlu?

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.07.08 12:28:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : You have been saying this for a while Rob…and you’re slowly starting to win me over. But if we stay close enough…who knows what will happen in the last few games when the “Boks” return?

    I guess I’m trying to say…SEMI’s first and worry about the rest later.

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.07.08 12:29:00 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Nothing mate. What do you have?

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.07.08 12:29:49 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :

    You ask me previously about him. I ask my oldest son and he sort of remember him. Thought he was a flyhalf but he looked good.

    Watch the WP Cravenweek Rob, plenty of Gimmies to pick from that lot!

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.07.08 12:31:19 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    I thought Heinke destroyed Calldo a bit in last week’s game between the Cheetahs and the Lions. I guess that means Calldo is Bok material?

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.07.08 12:31:33 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 33) : I have that he’s a centre and is meant to be an exciting runner. Right now, that’s a lot more than we have in Waylon.

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.07.08 12:32:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cant say i agree with the Terblanche rating, although i see the others as spot on. I thought Terblanche was the only one who played with any enthusiasm and balls.

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.07.08 12:33:26 by billy Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 32) : I have lost faith in our ability to beat the bulls, even at full strength. The planning and procurement in PTA just seems to be so much better than ours right now.

    And I HATE saying that. It’s like being beaten by the blind school

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.07.08 12:35:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • Luzuko Vulindlu is 1.83m and 98kg. Built like a little tank, in other words. DHS boy, 20 years old.

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.07.08 12:36:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • “Fellow-contributor hellbent has given me his ratings as well, so I’ll indicate what he thought next to my rating. He was possibly a little harsher than I was!”

    To justify from my position, BJ 6.5 vs RD’s 8 rating, perhaps I was a little harsh, he was one of the few players to really come out of the game well, but contributed little in the loose.

    Muller 3/10 (vs 5/10) – I dropped his rating because as captain he needs to do more. There is added responsibility (and dare I say, more numbers on his paycheque), and he needs to step up. Two weeks in a row now I have seen him on the wing. He doesn’t have the speed, sidestep or skills of a Beast, Cilliers or Carstens, so why is he out thee and leaving players like Dumond to clean out at rucks.

    Botes’s 4/10 (vs 5/10) wasn’t an indictment on the player, but rather his performance within a team environment that was played like 15 individuals, and he didn’t have the tight five doing their job.

    Keegan was back to his old ways with his discipline (indiscipline) and was lucky a few times. Otherwise, he did little else, and perhaps I was harsh, and in the context of what I said about Botes, perhaps the same proviso is necessary here.

    Otherwise, very similar ratings.

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.07.08 13:37:13 by hellbent Reply

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  • @hellbent (Comment 40) : great minds ;)

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.07.08 13:44:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : q/q rob. q/q

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.07.08 13:49:56 by try time Reply

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  • Comment 37, posted at 07.07.08 12:33:26 by billy Reply Edit

    Billy, I think Rob and I both agree that Stefan, as an experienced player needs to be more than just a fullback. He also needs to learn that you’ll get further running around a Bulls lock and flank defensive combo than between them, getting caught and losing ball.

    Also, his bombardment of up and unders is taking the wings out of the game. If they chase, they go for the centre of the field, opening up gaps on the outside. We conceded a couple of tries in the corner, which gives food for thought – we were short of numbers out wide…..

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.07.08 13:50:37 by hellbent Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 35) :

    LoL…well that is a tough one…he did not do as badly as Mujati though…LoL

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.07.08 16:50:48 by Hmmm Reply

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  • I would rate Botes and Daniel down from what you gave them…barring 2 runs in teh loose Daniels was nowhere and meant absolutely nothing….

    I will also give Nick a 6/10…he was at every ruck and before Botes and Daniels on a good few occasions…

    Was very dumb to replace him with Ndlovu who looks as physical as Mathie would as a loose forward…Nick was the Sharks only muscle in the loose…and all that was lost with Ndlovu coming on…

    Would have taken either Daniels or Botes off…

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.07.08 16:54:56 by Hmmm Reply

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  • While we would all like to see more leadership from some of our senior players (Carstens, Terblanche, etc), perhaps we are asking too much. Not everyone is a leader, and certainly experience does not make one a leader. I don’t think it is fair to knock down a player’s rating simply because they did not offer enough leadership based on their experience. Carstens has never been much of a leader, but that does not mean he is not an excellent prop and player in the loose.

    I tend to agree with all the ratings except for Carstens, BJ and Terblanche. Carstens played a better game than BJ, both scrummed really well, but Carstens was more prominent in the loose than BJ. I would have given Carstens 7 and BJ 6 (both were the pick of the Sharks players in the game in my opinion, with the exception of Jordaan who also played very well). I thought that Terblanche played his best game of this season on Saturday. Clearly someone has talked to him about his aimless kicking, and he was definitely backing himself much more in the game on Saturday, which was good to see. I also think that Terblanche is getting something of the short end of the stick because we are expecting more from him than we should, he too is not a leader, and is not a natural fullback. He has worked hard on his kicking from hand since last year, and while his kicks are often aimless, his kicking technique has improved. That being said, I think that Carstens, BJ, Jordaan, and Terblanche are the only players that were even decent on Saturday.

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.07.08 17:15:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 46) :

    And Teblansh saved 2 def tries…matching Mametsa with pace the once…
    I think that deserves credit and on that alone he deserves a 5/10…

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.07.08 17:18:56 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 47) : And don’t forget the try that “speed demon” Carstens saved. :lol:

    Actually, Carstens has always been very quick, and I would be interested to see how his times over 40m compares to some of the speedy guys.

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.07.08 17:22:36 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 48) :

    Hey…in the 95 Bok team Os was the fastest over 10 meters….so I wont be surprised…

  • Comment 49, posted at 07.07.08 18:03:52 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 46) : hey – I’m back in your neck of the woods later this month. Will be there for a full week this time…

  • Comment 50, posted at 07.07.08 18:50:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : Awesome Rob, will you be able to stay for a weekend or a weekend day? We definitely need to get that beer this time. Please let me know the dates once you know them and where you will be staying. In Reston again?

  • Comment 51, posted at 07.07.08 19:22:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 51) : Staying in the same place. Arrive late on Sunday 20 July, fly out on Saturday 26 in the evening. Maybe we can make a plan to catch the Sharks game together on Saturday morning?

  • Comment 52, posted at 07.07.08 19:37:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : Definitely have to catch the Sharks game if you are around. I usually watch the games at home on Kuduclub (Mediazone) broadband to my television. July 20, 21 and 22 are the Screwpile Annual Regatta in Solomons Island on the Chesapeake, and I will probably be there for those days, but back from Wednesday on. If there is anyway you can plan your flight out on Saturday from Baltimore Washington International (BWI) as opposed to Dulles? BWI is only 25 minutes from Annapolis and I can certainly make sure you get there in time for your flight, Dulles is about 1 1/2 hours away.

  • Comment 53, posted at 07.07.08 20:33:25 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 53) : afraid i’ve already booked, but I can always find my own way to the airport

  • Comment 54, posted at 07.07.08 21:27:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • guys i think not only are some of you being a little unfair as the sharks are without hordes of players due to boks or injuries

    and besides that we have Rob clutching at straws big time , you dont only have new kids playing that need to be nurtured into the team ? , rob you wish to play a natural wing out of position now ?

    and if he fails will he be cast aside ?? , take things into perspective and see what the problem is

    1) at prop we are fine
    2) locks ? Sykes will be back this week , but we do need to buy an enforcer type lock
    3)flanks we do need to find a replacement for AJ,in deysel we have but when he is injured???
    4)scrumhalves we are ok , we have ruan in boks team as well as cockott injured
    5) herein lies big problems for us , we have freddy injured , we have ruan and steyn both also good at flyhalf in bok team , thats 3 flyhalves out , bulls have hougaard and steyn ? regular and experienced
    6) barrit who can also play flyhalf and is the brain in our backline out injured and just before the game , add to that that steyn is our best center ??? in bok team
    7) wings is another problem as both our regular wings are in bok team and they also both do well at full back , and yes it is refreshing to see a good youngster like jordaan comming through with pace too , and the experience can only make him better
    8)you guys rated stefan poorly yet i can show you he saved 3 certain tries and did try hard but when you play with new players each week on the wings you dont get time to gel as combo’s and we all know the back 3 perform as a unit
    the more they play together the better they perform as a unit

    if you take all those players which is around 15 with boks and injuries and to top that have just started with new coach and his ideas which we can see differes from Dick , surely we are not seeing clearly

    i agree and know some players are not performing to their abillity , but we also know that a team needs to play together to gel , and the continuos injuries and loss of experienced players makes it so much harder

    8)

  • Comment 55, posted at 08.07.08 07:30:44 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • infact here is the players out

    smit
    bismark
    ryan
    beast
    steyn
    ruan
    jpp
    odwa

    cockott
    deysel
    sykes
    fred
    barritt

    7 of those players are from the backline
    4 of them good to play flyhalf
    2 of them scrum halves
    2 of them wings come full backs

    so yes the depth is being tested to the limit and yes maybe it is checkbook time

    we also just lost ackermann and AJ

  • Comment 56, posted at 08.07.08 07:35:55 by sharks_lover Reply
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