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Sharks player ratings v Cheetahs


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 20 Sep 2010 at 09:55
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Can’t we just give the whole team 11/10 this week for sending the wining Cheetahs back to their village with their tails firmly between their legs? We can’t? Oh, ok then. Individual ratings it will be.

1) Pat Cilliers. What a dominant display against a supposedly strong opposition tight head. Pat put in his best destructive scrummaging display EVER in a Sharks jersey and still had the legs to get about the field a fair bit. 8/10
2) Craig Burden. The former three-quarter loves to tell us that he prefers to be measured on his set-piece work, rather than on running about with the ball. In that case, Burds was superb. Part of a dominant Sharks scrum and virtually flawless in the lineout. Not that he didn’t put in one or two strong runs as well. 8/10
3) Eugene van Staden. A massive performance fro a guy who has turned out to be a very astute off-season signing indeed. With Julian Redelinghuys out for the Super 15, van Staden is going to be hugely valuable in 2011. Great on the run this week, where he so nearly scored what would have been a memorable try. 9/10
4) Steven Sykes. His usual bustling self, Sykes was all over the park, hitting rucks and making tackles when it mattered most. 7/10
5) Alistair Hargreaves. Another big showing. The pink scrum cap was everywhere and Hargreaves got through a massive amount of work, both on defence and offence, where he was often on-hand with a clever pop to keep things moving. 8/10
6) Keegan Daniel. This guy is just so important to the Sharks’ game plan this season, adding huge pace and skill wherever he goes. Keegan never takes a step back and motivates and inspires those around him with his heroics. Keep it up, Keego! 9/10
7) Willem Alberts. Vic’s only real challenge now is finding ways to improve on his own incredibly-high standard. He has been, quite simply, breathtaking ever since returning from injury and must surely be THE premier ball-carrying flanker in the Currie Cup. My only major concern at this stage is that he’s possibly being overworked and might need a break after the Lions game. 9/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Hoff was back at his destructive best, setting up two of the Sharks’ tries as only he could. He put in huge work in the tight phases too and was a tyro on defence as well. 9/10

9) Charl McLeod. Charl was far, far better than he was against the Pumas and despite an error or two, did all that was required of him and more. The tap penalty that lead to his try, while initially appearing to be a poor decision, turned out to be a master-stroke and you have to back him for having the balls to try that – and the pace to pull it off. 8/10
10) Pat Lambie. Varied his play nicely this week and looked calm and assured in all that he did. Place-kicking was better, although he did miss two, admittedly tricky, conversion attempts. A much better all-round showing. 8/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Said it before, said it again. If this lad wants to become the top-class winger we all know he can be, he needs to up his work-rate and find ways to get involved other than on his own wing. 6/10
12) Andries Strauss. Solid on defence as we’ve come to expect, but unfortunately added very little as an attacking threat in midfield. 6/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. Played a real captain’s innings and got involved in everything. Often called on to save the situation with his cool head and steady hands. Well played, Oom Stef! 8/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Fluffed a regulation regather after Lambie put a superb stab that should have been 5 points. Other than that, Oddie was very good and played his part as a senior member of the team. Scored a great try and his work rate in all facets of the game was exemplary as always. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. Coming back into form and was dangerous throughout. Not quite as blisteringly fast as he was before the knee injury, but showed great positional sense and an attacking instinct that can’t be coached. 8/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Only got a minute at the end, but I spotted his blonde mop competing furiously as always!
17) Wiehahn Herbst. Played a solid 15 minutes, but it would be wrong to admit that the scrum looked steadier and stronger with van Staden there. Herbst is developing nicely, though and did little wrong. 7/10
18) Mike Rhodes. Came on for a minute. That’s now less than 10 minutes total game time in three outings. What’s the point?
19) Jacques Botes. Put in some lovely work all over the park with his great positional awareness and sure hands proving key. 7/10
20) Rory Kockott. Only played for three minutes, so not fair to really rate him. What a try though!
21) Andre Pretorius. Also not on for long enough to be rated.
22) Riaan Swanepoel. Not on long enough for a rating.

Lionel Mapoe: Got the Cheetahs worked up into such a froth, they forgot to win the game. 10/10
Meyer Bosman: Dropped the ball so often, you’d swear he was already taking a salary from the Sharks! 10/10
Supporters at the Stadium: For coming out in pink and showing their support for CANSA 100/10
The above is, of course, not counting the typical poephol cheetahs fans who thought wearing their yucky orange was more important than pink on the day. Boo to you!



55 Comments

  • i was there ,brilliant atmosphere,best this year methinks!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.09.10 10:03:00 by ruggabugga Reply
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  • quite a bit generous for Charl. I start to hink more and more that he may not be enough for S15 standards.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.09.10 10:06:52 by rekinek (in pink) Reply
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  • Awesome display guys….was a big big game for us and glad to see we took up the challedge, this side is growing with every game.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.09.10 10:07:25 by Tintin Reply

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  • fantastic team performance, the guys need to keep up the high standards

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.09.10 10:09:03 by war1 Reply
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  • Re Bosman, do we really need him? Looks like he does the job for the Sharks without being paid :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.09.10 10:10:52 by rekinek (in pink) Reply
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  • Good allround performance by the Guys. I still don’t get why people are being subbed with 1 or 2 mins left. Give them at least 5mins or nothing at all.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.09.10 10:11:01 by Jarson Reply
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  • @rekinek (in pink) (Comment 2) : you think? Remember this is very subjective, based on watching the game only once. Will look at te stats in a wee bit.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.09.10 10:12:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 6) : though worked well in kockot’s case.

    it’s probably to earna cap.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.09.10 10:12:10 by rekinek (in pink) Reply
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  • Willem Alberts live is truely immense!!,no i person ever seems to get him down,perhaps 3 or more??

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.09.10 10:13:00 by ruggabugga Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : i know .. ;-) I was voicing my subjective opinion as well. If it not be for the try I really did not think he played that well.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.09.10 10:14:06 by rekinek (in pink) Reply
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  • I was pleasantly surprised. I’m sad to say that I expected a different outcome. But I really don’t mind being proven wrong. And the area where I thought we were going to suffer, we actually dominated. Well done to Plum and the lads. You made me proud with your effords on and off the field. Keep it up and sorry I did’nt believe in you. Just for that I will be at the game against the Lions.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.09.10 10:16:46 by Farlington Reply

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  • Remember Charl’s pass to the TJ? :lol: :oops: His try did make up for that though :smile:

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.09.10 10:16:53 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 12) : oh ja… that was a low point. Maybe I was too kind to the Wonderboom Wonder

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.09.10 10:21:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • well done to the sharkies! to grind out a win like they did was good to see. imo, the sharks use to play a loosegame against the cheetahs, but with their counter attacking capabilities they caught us out in previous years, but this year we played a more structured game and on defence we tackle them back and forced the errors. Just 2 worrying points i`d like to make… our dicipline was not up to scratch. a few time we were penalised after the ref called ruck or “hands off” and i`m just worried that we are relying only on Alberts to force us over the advantage line. Sure Deysel will do it too, but what will happen if Alberts gets injured too? but otherwise a good win! i like the way the log is looking at the moment… :mrgreen: now for the lions… i WILL be there this saterday!

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.09.10 10:26:15 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Great work by the forwards for doing the hard graft so well. It’s nice to see that we don’t have forwards except Kanko and Daniel standing around in the backline and the forwards made sure that the backs got quality ball. I give the forwards a collective 9/10.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.09.10 10:27:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 14) : we might need to use mike rhodes a bit more, might see you at the stadium, then

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.09.10 10:31:38 by war1 Reply
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  • any other supporters at the Coke Tin this weekend?

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.09.10 10:34:28 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Jarson (Comment 12) : Meisiekind moment… :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.09.10 10:34:48 by Charlie Reply

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  • Kudu’s to the Sharks players !!! ;-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.09.10 10:35:31 by Charlie Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 17) : there will be lots, not sure how many you will know though :mrgreen: like I said, I might be there.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.09.10 10:36:07 by war1 Reply
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  • Hi rob wats your email

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.09.10 10:44:49 by Neil.watson Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 16) : great! i think there will be alot of people as always. should be a cracker! Lambie vs Jantjies… and maybe Kockett vs Vermaak… Alberts and Ludick vs old team mates… :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.09.10 10:48:32 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Great match to watch, thanks for the tickets I won in last week’s compo. The atmosphere at the stadium was awesome, Sharks pack was awesome and the result was the cherry on the top.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.09.10 12:04:35 by jonnow Reply

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  • @jonnow (Comment 24) : glad you had a good time, Jon!

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.09.10 12:07:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • My dad visited me this weekend and told me the Eugene van Staden making that amazing run was the same childhood friend who’s hair I accidentally painted white after we came across a tin of paint in our backyard rubbish dump year’s ago in Bloemfontein. My mind was officially blown. :shock:

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.09.10 12:38:31 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : Maybe that was caused, by the after shock from childhood years… :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.09.10 12:42:11 by Charlie Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : awesome… get back in touch. I want an interview :)

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.09.10 12:43:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Who knows, it may just be possible if my dad still has his dad’s contact details

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.09.10 12:46:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 29) : please try if you can?

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.09.10 12:49:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • the guys were wrecked. i saw alberts get up around the 65 min and walk back slowly to get to the play. the guys put a lot into the game. hope they are saving some for the playoffs. plum needs to look at his decision to play keegan and ryan together. it puts a lot of pressure on alberts and the locks. often the sharks ball carrier was caught without support. botes usually provides this service. other than that the played brilliantly.

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.09.10 12:53:23 by try time Reply

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  • as for your assessment on mvovo, i am not sure he is part of plums gameplan. twice or three times odwa was used as a ball carrier in the midfield, as part of a planned move. mvovo would have been a better choice to be used as he is harder to bring down. unless plum felt it would be more of a surprise using odwa.

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.09.10 13:02:01 by try time Reply

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  • also a little tough on dries. he wasn’t allowed to attack by very good defence by the cheetahs. he put a lot of work in on saturday, the crowd even gave him applause when he came off. i would give him another point. you can take that point from keegan for not supporting the ball carrier enough.

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.09.10 13:05:41 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 32) : is it a crazy idea, or could Mvovo become a bloody useful 13?

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.09.10 13:06:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • and i’ll take a boo for wearing b&w. but i did wear a pink ribbon as consolation.

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.09.10 13:07:11 by try time Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 30) : Will do, will contact you if I manage to arrange something

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.09.10 13:07:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : i would like to test his defence a little more, but it could be a great move. move stef out to his original position.

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.09.10 13:08:43 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 33) : I looked at the stats. 3 line breaks for Dries. I owe him an apology

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.09.10 13:08:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 35) : good on you

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.09.10 13:10:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : it was great to see the crowd applaud him when he came off. he put a lot in.

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.09.10 13:13:55 by try time Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : actually thinking about it more, mvovo to 13 and stef to 11 could be a brilliant idea. if you look at how much ball got to wings in either of the big games on saturday, he is being wasted. but at 13 he will be in the game more. stefan will then be able to act as cover for ludik when he joins the backline. hopefully plum thinks of this.

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.09.10 13:16:40 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 40) : And he put in one or two big hits on his cousin Adriaan as well

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.09.10 13:21:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 35) :

    I was also in my black and white shirt – but had a pink princess crown on my head and painted my nails pink (SEriouly PINK)….thanks to my two daughters who lend me these apparel! :lol:

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.09.10 13:23:24 by Pink Ice Reply
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  • @Pink Ice (Comment 43) : :lol: i stopped short of a pink crown. my nails have a pink hue to them naturally.

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.09.10 13:29:29 by try time Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 42) : he is playing good rugby. may not be the best attacking player, but he is solid on defence. teams can’t win if they can’t break through a defence. that is what really killed the cheetahs.

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.09.10 13:30:53 by try time Reply

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  • We did lose a lineout (the one after Lambie put through that grubber and the Cheetahs returned the ball with a good kick that bounced out), and I would of given Keegan a 8. didn’t quite give a 9/10 performance.

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.09.10 16:53:00 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 46) : ja – I said “virtually flawless lineouts”, didn’t I?

    Checking the stats, should prob dock Keegan a point. And Charl. Should give the extras to Dries

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.09.10 17:00:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good ratings Rob, I agree with your high rating of the tight 5, they demolished the cheetahs scrum a few times!!

    I was worried about this game coz we had no Botes to do our rucking, but we played a good game and I’m happy to have put my head on the chopping block in our podcast, and the Sharks duly delivered!

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.09.10 17:08:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : well like you said, “virtually flawless” – i mentioned the flaw!
    Looking at the stats, Dries shud get an extra point yeah!

    How’s Charl’s kicking game?

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.09.10 17:09:48 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 49) : Charl doesn’t kick… that’s one of the things I like most about him

  • Comment 50, posted at 20.09.10 17:30:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) : But can he kick. Kicking from the back has become less important but still remains an important part of the game. Also, if you can put through a good box kick it will keep the opposition guessing while if you run ALL THE TIME you might be slightly predictable?

  • Comment 51, posted at 20.09.10 17:39:38 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Rovers doing the business at club champs

  • Comment 52, posted at 20.09.10 18:22:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : I hope you understand if I have mixed feelings about that. Ah, screw it, GO ROVERS!!

  • Comment 53, posted at 20.09.10 18:28:03 by war1 Reply
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  • Charl was under a lot of pressure. Our cleaning out aren’t as precise when Botes is not on the field. He needs to learn to sometimes wait for the ball to be more steady before he tries to awing it out, it will slow down the game, but then everyone will know who’s fault it is. When Botes came on Charl played twice as good.

  • Comment 54, posted at 20.09.10 22:52:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • I think when Strauss leaves we’ll miss him. He’s a solid center and does what is asked of him. I think, if he had been given more opportunity with the Sharks he could have grown into a valuable player, maybe at the Cheetahs that’s what will happen for him and for his sake…I hope so.

  • Comment 55, posted at 20.09.10 22:54:41 by Letgo Reply
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