Richard Ferguson

Sharks player ratings vs Waratahs


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 26 Mar 2012 at 09:34
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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



32 Comments

  • Thanks for doing these Rich… got to say, they correspond with my views by and large although I missed most of the first half thanks to the fucknuttery at SuperSport.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.03.12 09:44:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • “Dale Chadwick. … His handling and play in the loose still needs a bit of work.” must be the understatement of the season so far! a dominant LH who can understudy Beast should be top of the shopping list, unless there is another youngster coming through the Academy who I’m not aware of.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.03.12 09:59:51 by Greg Reply

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  • The Waratahs outlasted the Sharks. We should have put the game away when we scored that try to take the lead to more than 7, instead we let in two soft tries during the teams’s regular and somewhat concerning 2nd half nap-time…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.03.12 10:08:32 by The Quirk Reply
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  • Have to say that I agree with most of the ratings except that 4/10 seems to high for Joubert and I would’ve deducted a point off Keegan for those idiotic fancy passes that he keeps trying. He needs to realise that he can pass normally and still be effective.

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.03.12 10:14:18 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 2) : Back Chadwick… it’s the poor guy’s debut season really in Super rugby and we’re comparing him to a player like Beast.

    His handling wasn’t brilliant but the only glaring knock-on I can remember happened in the first 15 minutes when he couldn’t hang onto a Keegan Daniel hospital out the back pass. He could’ve passed normally he had the time, but he wanted to be fancy.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.03.12 10:18:24 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Thanks Rich..more or less how I saw it too. Thought Bissie was a bit more quiet than usual, but did excellent work with that try.

    I stick to my perception of what went wrong.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.03.12 10:22:21 by Ice Reply
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  • I must say that the more I think of this game the more pissed off I become. The Sharks let the Tah’s stay in the game by not being focused after scoring and letting them score immediately after scoring themselves. I’m not going to blame individuals but I think that we have a captaincy issue here.

    We should NOT have lost this game. The Brumbies are not going to be much easier and they look to be playing decent rugby at the moment.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.03.12 10:22:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • In other news, i just read that the Reds have signed Sam Lane on a short term contract to cover flyhalf…

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.03.12 10:24:04 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) :

    Having said all that I think that there are lots of positives as well but our defence seems to be getting worse as the season progress.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.03.12 10:24:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 5) : Greg is a Lions supporter and doesn’t have to back him. Therefore its a unbiased opinion.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.03.12 10:25:45 by Ben Reply

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  • For once, I have nothing to say about an incident or two that the ref missed. The Sharks lost because our captain wasn’t focused on the basics, we went to sleep after scoring and we had a centre who should have been sold off to a glue factory instead of joining the Sharks.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.03.12 10:26:03 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Was Paul Jordaan injured? Can’t help but wonder why Joubert was on the bench ahead of him…

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.03.12 10:27:40 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) : Ok, makes sense. Of course, if we just go out shopping for a new loosehead we’re accused of poaching.

    Can’t win

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.03.12 10:28:00 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 12) : I’m starting to believe that our coach is a bit of a doofus (to use 5 year old language). Marius was good a long time ago, but those days are LONG gone.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.03.12 10:29:46 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 14) : Plumtree is a good coach, at pragmatism he is perhaps a world leader, but to be as effective as he can be he needs someone attack minded in his coaching team, someone willing to take a gamble on a youngster like Paul Jordaan, let him loose, give him your backing and let him play. It’s why he and Dick Muir worked so well together, Dick was all about attack, and Plum tempered that with common sense…

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.03.12 10:41:14 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 10) : On the contrary, have been a follower and supporter of Natal/Sharks since the early 1970s! I just don’t see the promise in Chadwick that others seem to: he had a decent CC last year but has yet to make that step up to the next level. Even giving him the benefit of the doubt, say he’s a slow starter and will need 2-3 seasons to reach his full potential: that still leaves the team needing someone who can back-up Beast when the need arises. What am I saying here? championship teams need players who can do more than “hold their own”. DC seems to be capable of doing just that at Super rugby level, but no more at this stage.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.03.12 10:42:49 by Greg Reply

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  • @The Quirk (Comment 15) : When I started reading your post, I immediately thought of the results Plum and Dick had together.

    But as head coach wouldn’t Plum just override the more adventurous assistant?

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.03.12 10:43:10 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 6) :

    Not sure what game you were watching :mrgreen:

    I’d have given both Bismarck and Marcell 9′s. Bissie is just getting better every week, and this week he made a bucket-load of tackles, ran the ball up very strongly and was very useful at set-piece.

    Marcell also keeps on with a HUGE workrate. Could maybe hold back a bit and work on precision rather then running around trying to do everything himself… but at the moment he’s pretty much irreplaceable in that starting-XV, a full-strength one anyway.

    Have to mention, to all the haters, how good was Koster on the weekend? 28 tackles – some pretty important ones at that – as well as showing a definite improvement in his ‘tight game’.

    Not to mention Johan Goosen being excellent against the Rebels, and again more then useful against the Crusaders. Just saying :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.03.12 10:43:54 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 6) : what game were you watching Ice?! Bissie had a MONSTER of a game and was easily our most effective forward. sure we aren’t winning too many games yet but can you imagine a current Sharks pack without him???

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.03.12 10:44:48 by Greg Reply

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  • I must say i think those ratings are bang on! Why was Bosman subbed? If not for injury then that was just madness. The fact that Chadwick and Coetzee have played every minute so far showed in the last half an hour! Whether we like it or not, the bench cost us this game. Both the composition of the bench and the timing of when they were used was completely off! That is 1 area that Plum really needs work on! But the first 60min looked good and the Tahs only lived off our errors.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.03.12 10:47:25 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 14) : Cant agree more! Marius was good, u cant score a hatrick against the all blacks and not be decent but the optimum word there is WAS. He is rapidly approaching Epi Taone as being the shitest signing ever! Plum has some serious blind spots…

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.03.12 10:49:44 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 21) : This will sound bad but if I was given Sophie’s choice and HAD to sign either Epi Taone or Marius Joubert… It would be Epi every single time!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.03.12 10:55:14 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • I guess there were a lot of things that the weekend’s loss could be blamed on – jetlag, our defence, our handling, inexperience in our forwards etc…

    For me the defining moment where our momentum turned was one extremely poor substitution – that of one Meyer Bosman. This guy has stepped up this season.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.03.12 11:01:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : Couldn’t agree with you more.

    Meyer Bosman was doing his King Lyonides impression screaming “THIS IS SPARTA” at the Persians (Tahs) and then the shepard crook came out yanked him off and put the Persian Foreign Legion on (Joubert).

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.03.12 11:05:41 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 19) : @hendrikp (Comment 18) : Don’t READ into what I write, what you WANT to see. All I meant was that he did not do the “flash” play. I didn’t say he did not play well. He seemed to have done the hard graft, but not in a “geez there is is, flip there he is again” sort of way. How many times did you hear his name by the commentators in the first 20 or so?

    He was immense, just not in a flashy sort of way…if you get what I am saying.

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.03.12 11:32:23 by Ice Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 18) :
    Koster is having his best season so far – a lot more physical than he used to be. Credit to him – but still don’t see him taking that 8 jersey for the Boks.

    Goosen has been good – but that’s about it. I’d much rather they put him at 15; more space, less tackling and a much better option that Daniller.

    Regarding the ratings, I think they are too high considering the ease with which we allowed tries.

    Bismark, Lambie and Bosman were absolute stand-outs for me though.

  • Comment 26, posted at 26.03.12 12:03:50 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Captain conundrum…..

    Bissie to prone to penalties, because he is so involved in the loose. A bit hotheaded as well at times.

    Keegan….don’t know where it went wrong. Maybe he is trying to hard to have a “captain’s game”.

    Pat: still to young? What about the Welsh captain?

    Bosman: yep, I expect a few large eye emoticons :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 26.03.12 12:18:58 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • As much as I like Whitehead, his error cost us the game, so he has to lose marks for that.

    Agree that Bismark was immense in the half that I saw…like Rob only got to see the 2nd half!

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.03.12 15:17:24 by Villie Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 26) : You serious BF? Goosen is just great at 10, wouldn’t want to move him at all. He has no weak links, superb boot, good attacking game and solid in defense…also looks unflappable for such a youngster.

    Brilliant for the Boks that they suddenly have 3 young talented 10′s in addition to Morne Steyn. They have options depending on the game plan!

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.03.12 15:21:59 by Villie Reply
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  • I can give you a rating for Michalak : Came on as a replacement and immediately managed to give the backline such slow ball that they were pretty much useless. Needs to join Joubert in knitting blankets for the bench. 2/10

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.03.12 21:02:44 by stertjie Reply

     
  • @Big Fish (Comment 26) :

    Just pointing out Koster has actually played pretty darn well… and it matters considering how, when I mentioned his name earlier in the year, people were making him out to be a terrible loose-forward who shouldn’t even be in the squad. He’s looking like a definite Springbok hopeful.

    Not sure what the problem with Goosen is. In Australasia they are taking notice. He definitely needs to mature his game… more precision, but he’s a hell of a flyhalf already. Definitely not a fullback, he’d be wasted there. Definitely the form 10 in the competition right now.

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.03.12 02:12:47 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 31) :
    Actually, I was agreeing with you on Koster – he has stepped up in a big way this season. I just think that there is going to be huge competition for those loosie spots and he may fall short as 1 good season isn’t enough.

    @Villie (Comment 29) :
    Absolutely serious. I don’t agree that his defense is good, and his control of the game is still not great.

    That doesn’t mean that he won’t one day be very good – he is after all just a kid. Many young flyhalves start out at 15 or 12 so that they have more time and space to adapt (players like Lambie, Larkham and Carter), and I think it would work well for Goosen too.

    The Cheetahs have a very good alternative in Sias, while Daniller is a real stock-standard 15. At the back, the Cheetahs would still have Goosen’s big boot, the option of slotting drop-goals from loose clearances, and space for him to run – which is when he looked best to me.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.03.12 07:47:21 by Big Fish Reply
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