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?Tweet