Anyone who isn’t a Sharks supporter, don’t read this, cos it’s gonna make you sick! Or, at least, green with envy!
The Sharks, to a man, stood up wonderfully against their more-fancied opponents and the grit and determination showed by every single player is worth 20/10 at least. So I’m not even going to try and be objective here – will save that for the stats.
1) Beast Mtawarira. A huge performance as part of a superb tight five effort. Beast handled Kruger with ease in the scrum and was prominent on the drive in the first half. 8/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Massive work rate all over the field. Would have got 9, were it not for a few silly penalties and a wayward lineout or two. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. His best game, probably ever. Got pinged for a few scrum infringements, but his awesome work on the drive, together with the hits he put in, gets him a respectable 9/10.
4) Steven Sykes. Sykesie was the heartbeat of a superb Sharks tight five showing and was simply immense wherever he went. Put the more fancied Bulls right back in their place. 8/10
5) Alistair Hargreaves. THE most impressive player on the park for the entire first half. Quite simply, he made Matfield his bitch. 9/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Keegan you are a legend, son. Played his heart out all day and his pace and skill allowed the Sharks to keep the high tempo game going all first half. Didn’t take a step back when things got tight in the second either. 9/10
7) Willem Alberts. Could not have played a better game. Simple as that. 10/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Handed a huge helping of “shut the hell up” to those who said he can’t play a tighter game. Hoff was superb and kept both of the Bulls’ Bok number 8s very quiet indeed. 8/10
9) Charl McLeod. I doubt any scrumhalf has ever handled the ball more over the course of an 80 minute game. Kept the machin going, all day long. 8/10
10) Pat Lambie. Composed under pressure, strong on defence and committed on attack. The way he nonchalantly plucked Morne Steyn’s 78th-minute bomb out of the air just summed up his day. 9/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. So strong with ball in hand, but on a day when the ball was never going to find its way to him, he needed to look for it more. 7/10
12) Andries Strauss. Ensured that there was simply no way through in midfield for the Bulls. Such a capable and strong defender, but his limitations on attack were again painfully evident. 7/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. You asked us to believe, Skipper. We did. And you delivered. Thank you! 9/10
14) JP Pietersen. Alas, his game didn’t last long enough for us to rate him. Hope he recovers quickly.
15) Louis Ludik. Got involved a huge amount from fullback and was never afraid to get involved. A great display. 8/10
16) Craig Burden. Unused replacement.
17) Eugene van Staden. Did HUGE work on defence in a frantic final few minutes. Such a useful player. 8/10
18) Anton Bresler. Unused replacement.
19) Jacques Botes. Came on at a time when his running game was never going to be required, but changed modes seamlessly as he always does and delivered the goods in an arm-wrestle, despite his size. 8/10
20) Rory Kockott. Unused replacement.
21) Andre Pretorius. Didn’t need to do too much, but made one or two superb line kicks under pressure. 7/10
22) Odwa Ndungane. Came on early and was his usual bustling self in a game when the wings had few opportunities. 8/10