Player Ratings

Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Aug 2010 at 08:40

If I had to rate the Sharks as a team I would have given them an 8 for their play agains Griquas. This is how I thought the individuals did in a good team performance.

15. Monty Dumond (7) – Monty had a very up and down game. He made too many elementary mistakes, aside from the fact that he had the case of the dropsies, he also held on to a few passes to long. He did not however have a bad game at the back, making a few good runs and even creating a beautiful try for Ndungane. He just needs to eliminate those errors, the thing that was lacking here was game time, Plumtree should consider this the next time the Sharks are up against a weaker opposition.

14. Odwa Ndungane (8) – Plumtree said he would have to play for his spot in the team and Odwa seems to have taken this to heart. You couldn’t miss him, on defense and attack, he was always there. He put a lot of pressure on the kick-offs, he took the balls out of the air beautifully and was part of a few nice runs by the Sharks. A real wing, looking for work and getting involved in the game whenever possible. One of his best games in a while.

13. Stefan Terblance (8) – He got the Sharks over the advantage line every time he got the ball. His decision making is really good and the players around were put into space a few times with smart and well timed passes. He also had a good Captain’s performance, even though the crowd didn’t agree with his decision to kick the points from penalties, I think it made the difference towards the end when Griquas scored a few tries.

12. Andries Strauss (7) – Another good performance, playing the linking role very well, his passes are accurate and puts the players outside him on the front foot. Lambie has confidence to take on the line and Struass is always right behind him for support. Taking the off load or cleaning out the ball. He straightens the line nicely hand sets up front foot ball. His defense was solid again. A solid all round performance.

11. Lwazi Mvovo (7) – He got a little frustrated when passes didn’t come his way. He could have had three potential tries in this match. He didn’t do much more than wait out on the wing though and maybe he should learn a little lesson from Odwa, and get himself into the game more.

10. Patrick Lambie (9) – You can only hope that the Springbok selectors don’t mess him around once they select him South Africa hasn’t had a 10 like this in a very long time. He’s a natural player. He takes on the line and gets over the advantage line, looks to offload from these situations, slides through gaps, and spreads the ball to the back beautifully. He’s proved that he also has a kicking game and his place kicking is getting better every day.  He was in complete control of this match. He gets clean ball from McLeod and then organizes every move from there.

9. Charl McLeod (9) – Another outstanding performance, the Sharks really found a great combination in Lambie and McLeod. He gets the ball out of every ruck so quick and clean that the opposition is still retreating when our forwards comes running at them. He also made one or two good breaks, and this time his teammates were there for the offloads.

8. Keegan Daniel (6) – Keegan had a quiet game by his standards. He didn’t play badly or make any mistakes. But wasn’t around as much as we have gotten used to.

7. Willem Alberts (9) – He was huge on his runs as usual. He just brushes of the defence, but what was even better. He looks to run between defenders, not just over them. The Sharks played around the breakdown area with quite some success. The forwards made a lot of yards in this game with pick and drives around the ruck, Alberts made his runs and put these players into space. What a great performance, worthy of kicking someone off his green and gold throne at number 8.

6. Jacques Botes (7) – Does Botes every let you down? Rucks, tackles, runs he did it all. He had a really good game and was involved in many of the attacking plays by the Sharks.

5. Michael Rhodes (8) – Probably his best performance in a Sharks jersey, he did a lot of hard work at the front and was good at line-out time. He made good meters carrying the ball up and overall was very solid. He seems to be more suited to the lock role, maybe just a little slow for a loosie, but much more mobile as a lock.

4. Steven Sykes (7) – Sykes was outplayed by his new lock partner, who was everywhere to be seen. He still did some good work at the front. And again put was one of the guys who did all the hard work. It was a quiet game for the defenders and donkey work players on the field, since this was a more flashy game. They had to do their job very well for the backs to get clean ball though, so kudos to the guys that no one ever sees.

3. Wiehahn Herbst (7) – He plays better each time he goes onto the field. He had to compete with two guys that should probably with the boks, so he was never going to stand out in this game. But he held his own and made a few meters himself. The scrums were solid, these was no reset scrums in this match and only 2 free kicks.

2. Bismarck du Plessis (9) – I don’t know how many of you heard his man-of-the-match interview last week, but it is clear to see that Bismarck is happy to be back and playing rugby again. He is all over the show, he and Alberts was equally big in running over potential tacklers and getting the Sharks on the front foot. Bismarck also likes to get involved at the breakdown and likes getting in the opposition’s face. It’s good to have him with the Sharks.

1. Beast Mtwarira (8) – I don’t care what the Bok selectors thinks, Beast is still the best. Not as flashy in this game as he was in the WP game, but he was hard in defence and got involved with the donkey work a little more. Our scrums provided good clean ball for the backs.

Van Staden (5) – He got a yellow for a professional foul when playing a man taking the quick tap before retreating 10m, it was a little harsh from Kaplan, but a silly mistake from Van Staden. He was on the field for about 5min before he got sent off for the rest of the game.

Burden (6) – Made a few of his runs when he came on. Missed one line-out, didn’t have enough time on the field to do much.

Riaan Swannepoel (6) – He wasn’t on the field for long, but looked uncomfortable when the ball got spread wide. He didn’t get into the line on time and got his passes too deep, he also made one or two bad passes to the outside. The backline couldn’t get going and the Sharks got stuck in their half a little.

Rory Kockott (7) – Gave away a penalty when he ran away from his support, but over all he had a much improved game. He got the ball out of the ruck much faster 70% of the time, but still likes bringing everything to a grinding stop to organize his backs and forwards.

The rest of the guys didn’t really get a chance to get rated.

What do you think, especially those who were at the game. Do you agree?


  • Did Pretorious get onto the field?

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.10 08:41:16 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Awesome thanks Letgo. It’s great to know that there are people who’ll be our ‘eyes and ears’ on the field when pesky Supersport decides not to televise the game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.10 09:00:06 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : negative, rubber chicken

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.10 09:04:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • I agree with most of what you say Letgo..

    Its dificult for me as I don’t get to watch the entire game and miss out on some things..

    Regarding Dumond, I thought he was poor as a fullback, he was out of position a whole lot and to only end up making 2 tackles as a fullback says something..

    I thought Rhodes looked really good, he played a heck of a game at the rucks and was solid as a lineout man.. Star player for the future!

    Terblanche made some good decisions to start with, getting the points on the board, but his leadership was a bit lacking in the later stages when the Sharks were under pressure and it looked like they were slipping.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.10 09:36:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Gonna have to go with you on this one Letgo; the game not being televised.

    I used to think Kanko should get a shot for the Boks, but I’m beginning to feel Alberts is the 8 we need for the current game-plan.

    Lambie looks like he is settling in to become the first great SA 10 in a very long time.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.10 09:40:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Good to hear the feedback on Rhodes.. We should sell Mostert back to the Lions!

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.10 09:42:17 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • Bismarck is Back!!! The same guy everyone here wanted to send to the lions :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.10 09:57:16 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 7) : Not me!!! I love Bissie, knew he’s be back for the Sharkies. :smile:

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.08.10 10:34:22 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 6) : :lol: , lets give the guy a chance first. I don’t think Rhodes will be moved to lock permanently, but I think he just become a definitely bench selection for the s15, as he can cover basically 4 positions. 8,7,5,4… if I’m not mistaken. Pretty useful to have on you bench.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.08.10 10:37:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : You’re missing the big picture here Fish… Kanko AND Alberts. Alberts to make the guys soft and Kanko to run circles around them. I hope both of them sign with the Sharks for another few years. The Bok selectors will see they’re the best possible combination, with Deysel at 6. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.08.10 10:39:29 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 8) : Oh thank goodness!!! I had many fights on this blog over Bissie! I still firmly believe that currently he is SA’s best hooker, followed by Liebenberg, Botha and Strauss.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.08.10 10:40:16 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 9) : Sykes, Hargs, Skeate, Bresler, Rhodes, Marais Bros.. Nah, the Lions need Mostert more than us!

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.08.10 10:43:46 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : As far as Dumond goes, I think we should put it down to lack of game time…but you’re right he wasn’t perfect on the night. He just did better than I thought he would, and I’ve been giving him a hard time lately so I thought I’ll give him a break based on the few things he did well.

    I actually thought Stefan’s captaincy was the thing that kept us going even after letting a few tries slip through. (You can’t blame him for those?) I got a little panicky, thinking about what happened last time, but the Sharks stayed calm, stuck to their game and took any chance Griquas thought they had away in the last 5min or so.

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.08.10 10:44:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 11) : I take that one even further and say I think he’s the best hooker in the world. I don’t think any international team would not name Bissie in their starting line-up.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.08.10 10:46:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 11) : It’s ridiculous to think that the usually sane and intelligent people on this site was saying we don’t need him anymore. Ridiculous I tell you. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.08.10 10:47:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 12) : If you put it like that, it’s hard to argue.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.08.10 10:48:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • Relax people, Bismarck has just come back from injury.. And he rolled his ankle. Not much point having him play 10 minutes for the Bok’s when he can play 80 for the Sharks (hopefully). :razz:

    Send him on EOYT tour while Smitty rests along with Adriaan Strauss and Chilli.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.08.10 10:49:39 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) : Agree with you! Only the Springboks are crazy enough to do that :oops:
    @Letgo (Comment 15) : I told them that then too!!! :shock:

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.08.10 11:02:12 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Just thinking about EOYT… I would rest the ou Balies (or overplayed young balies!) like Smitty, Victor, Habana, Jacques Fourie, Spies, Morne Steyn, Schalk, Guthro and Danie Roussouw…

    My squad would be something like…

    1. Beast/ Blaauw/ Coenie
    2. Bismarck/ Adriaan Strauss/ Chilli
    3. Jannie/ BJ/ CJ
    4. Bakkies/ Flip
    5. Bekker (how long is he out?)/ Hargs
    6. Flo/ Stegman (if fit)
    7. Juan Smith/ Pottie
    8. Vermeulen/ Alberts
    9. Hougaard/ Vermaak
    10. Butch/ Lambie
    11. Aplon/ Basson
    12. JDV/ WO
    13. JDJ
    14. JPP/ Mapoe (if he ever plays!)
    15. Frans Steyn/ Jantjies

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.08.10 11:07:26 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 19) :

    Im not sure about Butch in that mix.. he is a good player.. and I thought he was okay on Saturday, but why not bring in someone like Grant or JL Potgieter?

    And maybe even Mvovo on the wing?

    And I would take Fourie du Preez to get some game time and captain the team..

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.08.10 11:15:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : If FDP is ready, most certainly.. But I thought he wasn’t?

    Butch could mentor Lambie?

    Mvovo ahead of Basson or Mapoe? Could do.. But don’t reckon PDV will.

    Grant from Japan to test match level? I reckon if PDV hasn’t picked him now, he never will.

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.08.10 11:21:55 by Oubaas2009 Reply

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  • Letgo,I’m NOT saying Kanko is not a good player, or should not start at 8 ahead of Alberts for the Sharks.

    What I AM saying is that Alberts best suits the Bok game-plan and should start at 8 for them.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.08.10 12:27:06 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : i would like to see alberts replace schalk. alberts offers a lot more in every department. except poefterness. :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.08.10 13:37:33 by try time Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 13) : those are the two points i disagree with. monty was poor and was out of position so deserves a lower rating. stefan’s insistence to go for 3 points when we had griquas under pressure, kept griquas in the game as we got stuck in our half after the kick offs. that is why the crowd was unhappy (me included). why soften the defence then start in your own half again for 3 points? otherwise i agree with your ratings.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.08.10 13:44:14 by try time Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 22) : the problem is the bok game plan, thats why kanko instead of spies, alberts and juan would be a better combo.

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.08.10 13:48:55 by try time Reply

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  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 19) : everyone has been giving smittie grief and he is looking a little worse for wear. but i don’t hear people moaning about matfield who is as pathetic, if not worse at the moment. he doesn’t do half the stuff he use to do in the line outs and doesn’t offer much at breakdown. his defence let through two tries. i was calling for habana to be dropped last year already. cj is another player i wonder how he gets re selected. he continually gets penalised at scrum time. spies can’t tackle and thinks he is a backline player as he never does dirty work. so players i would drop at the moment are januarie, habana, spies, schalk (to the bench), jp, cj, matfield and smit (to rest)

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.08.10 13:58:46 by try time Reply

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  • Difficult weekend for LMS coming up. Maybe the Leopards game would be the way to go?

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.08.10 15:09:06 by Original Log Leader Reply
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