The Sharks lost to the Waratahs on Saturday after leading for much of the match, only to go down 34 – 30 to the Sydney based outfit. The ratings will take into consideration the fact that the boys lost, but will also take into consideration the fact that they played really well for long parts of the match.
1) Dale Chadwick. Was solid in the scrums and in the tight play, getting involved in the rucks and mauls. His handling and play in the loose still needs a bit of work. 5/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Was again huge in both the tight play and in the loose, with some seriously good work to hold off three defenders to score his try. His lineout throwing was superb in this match. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. The doctor again had a decent game, and was effective in the mauls and got his hands dirty. He wasn’t on the park when it all fell apart for the Sharks. 6/10
4) Anton Bresler. Good line out work from the young lock, who is taking his chance to start a few games with both hands. His work in the loose can improve if he is to be the enforcer. 6/10
5) Jandre Marais. Did really well in his first start, and he can proud of how he stood up in the tight to more experienced players. Line out work was good as well, and he was prominent come ruck and maul time. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. Another hard working performance from the young loose forward, who played his heart out, as he always does. Cannot really fault him on anything but that spectacular missed tackle, when he somehow managed to face-plant himself. Good work Marcell, keep it up. 8/10
7) Willem Alberts. Slowly starting to hit his straps after his lay-off, he was prominent in defence with some massive hits put in. A few strong carries from the big man before he was subbed. 7/10
8) Keegan Daniel. A mixed bag from the captain, he scored a really well worked try and was prominent on both offence and defence. The handling errors were a bit high (3 in the first 15 minutes) and you have to question how well he communicates with the team when they are down on the scoreboard. 5/10
9) Charl McLeod. Another good performance from the halfback, who is securing his starting jersey with some pretty good ball to the backline. 7/10
10) Pat Lambie. A good all round performance from Lambie, with some really good kicking at goal, only missing the one penalty. He took a big knock in the first half and continued through to the end. Defensively, he is a machine! 8/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Scored the opening try of the match, and is looks to be getting involved a whole lot more. His defence is also really good, as well as showing off a pretty decent left boot. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. Was superb on the day, and is my Sharks man of the match. He was clear in his communication with Whitehead, on both attack and defence, and made some very good runs, as well as showing good distribution. Inexplicably substituted, which was a shame, as he was having a blinder. 9/10
13) Tim Whitehead. Tim is really coming onto his own at the Sharks, and together with Bosman, had some really brilliant moments. His defence was tested a bit, and he fell off one or two. Keep it up Timmy! 7/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Was busy as always, but his distinct lack of pace let him down on a few occasions, as well as his handling. Solid. 6/10
15) Riaan Viljoen. Brilliant on attack, coming into the backline effectively, and strong at the back, especially under the high ball. Another solid performance. 7/10
16) Craig Burden. Not on long enough to rate, and again out of position.
17) Wiehahn Herbst. Decent work from Herbst, the scrums were solid all match long. 6/10
18) Steven Sykes. One has to wonder if he was completely fit to take part in this match. For what I saw, he was pretty ineffective. 6/10
19) Jacques Botes. Usually makes a big impact coming off the bench, but the Sharks were under pressure and he did not shine. Solid as always though. 6/10
20) Fred Michalak. Not on long enough to rate.
21) Marius Joubert. Came on for Bosman and there was a distinct drop in every single aspect of his game. He just is not good enough to be in this team. 4/10
22) Louis Ludik. On for Odwa in the final few minutes, hardly saw the ball though. 5/10