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Sharks players ratings v Cheetahs


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 May 2012 at 09:28
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The Sharks turned in yet another solid performance in downing the Cheetahs 34-20 in Bloemfontein this weekend. Let’s run the rule over this rapidly-improving team and rate the individuals concerned.

1. Beast Mtawarira. Continues to impress after returning from injury and while WP Nel proved a tougher scrummaging opponent than he faced last week, Beast came through the challenge well. More active with ball in hand as well. 7/10
2. Bismarck du Plessis. The beating heart of the Sharks forward effort. When Bismarck is on song – and at his imperious best – it lifts those around him. Guilty of a little poor discipline at times, but was also singled out unfairly on a number of occasions for reasonably innocuous incidents. 8/10
3. Jannie du Plessis. Really coming back into his best form as a scrummaging tight head and was reasonably prominent on the drive as well. The Sharks tight 5 as a whole continues to impress and Jannie is a big part of that. 7/10
4. Steven Sykes. Looked a little off his game, to be honest and lacked impact. Replaced shortly after half time – was he perhaps carrying an injury? 5/10
5. Anton Bresler. The go-to man in the middle of the lineout, he was once again huge on defence with a massive work rate in all areas of the game. 8/10
6. Jacques Botes. Worked himself to a standstill as usual and did huge work at the breakdown to counter the threat posed by Heinrich Brussow. 7/10
7. Marcell Coetzee. Another superb game from a superbly consistent player. The confidence and maturity with which he plays tend to bely his youth. Continues to shine as one of the brightest stars in this Sharks team. 7/10
8. Keegan Daniel. If there’s one thing we’ve learned not to expect from Keegan, it’s the conventional. Plays such a crucial role in the Sharks’ continuity-based game and is growing in stature as a captain as the team continues to win games. 8/10

9. Charl McLeod. Despite a bright start, pretty soon reverted to the slow, inaccurate service that has plagued his game all season. 5/10
10. Fred Michalak. Asked to step into the flyhalf jersey very soon before the game, Fred delivered a very typical performance that combined the (mostly) sublime with occasional moments of the ridiculous. Put in one or two kciks that didn’t work out, but was otherwise superb, with a try included in his 19-point contribution. 8/10
11. Lwazi Mvovo. Some neat touches on both defence and attack, but after last week’s heroics, we need to dock him a point for a terrible knock with the try-line at his mercy. Made good, though, with a superb break to set up the final try. 7/10
12. Tim Whitehead. Battled for front foot ball, but was supremely active on defence and tried his utmost in everything that he did. Another young gem who continues to grow in composure as the season progresses. 7/10
13. Paul Jordaan. His attitude and enthusiasm, coupled with express pace, do a lot to excuse a number of technical shortcomings in his game. This young man has something special and it’s great to see him developing week by week. 7/10
14. JP Pietersen. Stood up as the senior player in the backline and made his presence felt, with some big physical carries that tested the Cheetahs defence. Was also strong when asked to defend and is starting to look back to his Bok best out on the wing. 8/10
15. Riaan Viljoen. Guilty of some aimless kicking (with Fred Michalak’s pace and guile turning one such poor kick into an unlikely try) and also tends to make poor decisions on the counter. Not a bad performance, but not a patch on what Ludik brought against the Force either. 6/10

16. Craig Burden. Not on long enough for a fair assessment. Need to remember too that the Sharks were down to 7 in the pack while he was there and that showed.
17. Wiehahn Herbst. A good showing from the sub, who came stupidly close to his maiden Super Rugby try. Stood firm against Oosthuizen in the scrums and was his usual bustling self on defence and at the breakdown. 7/10
18. Willem Alberts. Starting to look a bit more like the Vic of old, with some nice big hits and a few barnstorming runs. Still appears to be holding back a little from contact, but the signs are encouraging. 7/10
19. Jean Deysel. Not on long enough to be rated. Why have him and not use him?
20. Ryan Kankowski. As above. Picking two loose forwards on the bench and giving each just a few minutes seems silly, particularly when there is no scrumhalf on the bench.
21. Meyer Bosman. A nice performance from Meyer, who used his size to good effect. Scored a lovely try as well. 7/10
22. Odwa Ndungane. Unused.



84 Comments

  • The battle between Bismarck and Strauss was immense… After an initial “die bus is vol” moment by Bismarck early, Strauss came back with some great runs and big hits… Liking the Sharks momentum right now, they’re making far less silly errors and it shows in the results, but what to do about scrumhalf???

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.05.12 09:38:15 by The Quirk Reply
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  • I watched the game and I must be honest, I wasn’t particularly impressed. Yes we won, and yes by a reasonably good margin, but am I the only one who feels that the Sharks were only playing to half their potential?

    Anyway, moving on..

    Is it just me, or does it seem that Tim Whitehead has gone slightly off the boil? Is this form? Maybe the length of the season? Opposition noticing that he is a threat and targeting him more? Just ome thoughts..

    Good ratings Rob, agree with your questions regarding Deysel and Kano on the bench. Sure Deysel could have had a good impact coming on for Coetzee earlier, especially with Johnson coming on at half time for the Cheetahs?

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.05.12 09:39:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : I think we also need to give the Cheetahs their due, though. They were very good when they got the ball and didn’t let it go easily.

    I shared your concerns, though… the guys didn’t every really set the world alight, but to emerge with 5 points from that fixture was as good a results as we wanted or needed.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.05.12 09:42:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : I think the phases leading up to JP’s try was the best I have seen from the Sharks this year – if not past 2 years. Tahs looked pretty shell-shocked immediately after that, but climbed in hard – and kudos to Strauss for getting back in the game after Bismarck pretty much ran over him

    Keep in mind this Cheetah team was very competitive against the Stormers at Newlands the week before

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.05.12 09:52:05 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Absolutely..

    Fair enough for coming away with five points and a much needed, third in a row win, which was also an away win..

    All I am saying is that the type of rugby we are playing will not get us a win against tougher opposition..

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.05.12 09:52:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :
    Re Tim Whitehead.

    It seems as though the Sharks game plan has changed since they came back from overseas. Playing a much more circumspect, conservative game than they were earlier in the season.

    So whereas they were trying to run it from everywhere, they are now kicking a bit more etc etc.
    Centres are not seeing as much ball as they were.

    Still tackling like a machine though.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.05.12 09:59:33 by John Galt Reply

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  • Cheetahs were actually quite stupid not to counter-ruck. McLeod looked very vulnerable behind the rucks as he tried to make up his mind some times

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.05.12 09:59:49 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Richard why is it never good enough???

    When we lose we want to castigate them, when we win it was half heartedly???

    Come now the Sharks also left 3 tries out there which were created?

    There is no perfect performance, but from a team who also played with a different 10 than usual, a field where they normally have a hard time winning etc, and so one can mention many contributing factors for this, they actually played pretty damn good

    The Cheetahs tried as much as possible to tire the Sharks forwards by running at us with pace all the time, yet we stood up and hit back

    And like Rob said? where is the credit for the Cheetahs who never gave up??

    Anyhows just my thoughts

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.05.12 10:02:36 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • I agree with u on Tim, Rich. I was not overly impressed by his performance.

    Sykes went off in the 1st half and came back on, didn’t he? In his defense, I think he has a niggle as he was replaced then early in the second.

    Otherwise, I am happy with the improvement!

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.05.12 10:02:37 by Ice Reply
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  • :twisted: To be quite honest, we murdered the Cheetahs on Saturday.
    The only reason they were in the game and on the scoreboard is because of bad, bad referees.
    Their first 2 penalties came from good clean breakdown play (Brussow hanging onto the ball both times) by the Sharks and their try was so clearly a foot in touch. The referees including Kaplan and the joker who sent Bissi on and then recalled him were of NZ standard. Bissi should not have received a yellow as well.

    Mcleod had a blinder! He plays consistently well, but had a poor kicking game against the Force but did well against the Highlanders. Yet the mass hypnosis which emerge ever so often on this camp has him labeled as the weak link??? Ask yourself: Does he get penalized, sent off, tackled with the ball? Does he get brain farts like the rest of the our heros? No!

    But like all the players who really play hard and give it their all for the team, he makes mistakes. He puts us on the front foot from the base of the rucks and mauls.
    If the fact that he sometimes organizes the attack before spreading the ball bothers you then please watch again. The moment he does that (and I can see this is part of the game plan) the attack is reorganized and a new wave of controlled attacks. Too many emotions from the supporters here??
    Mcleod is a brilliant player and should be supported as such. 8/10

    The only Brian farts came from Bissi on his first shoulder charge, Jordaan’s block during the kick off and 2 kicks from Freddie. The rest were human mistakes. It is a team of men not machines.

    Beast killed WP up front. WP was so sore he started twisting his body inward which resulted in so many scrums popping up or dropping. Well Done BEAASSTT! 8/10

    Jordaan got involved and the 2 centers tackled well. He could have scored! Well played!
    Deysel was of the pace in his few minutes and slipped 2 tackles but he had to adjust first. So it’s forgiven.

    Overall we played well as a team with good support and ball skills together with brilliant defence. We can take the Stormers, Bulls and Lions!! :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.05.12 10:09:37 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • I am very impressed with Jordaan and how he is taking his chance

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.05.12 10:13:18 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • I actually thought we started playing more “sharks rugby”..? If we play like we did in the first 15 mins or so, you not gonna get teams beating us easily. There was magic in that game on quite a lot of times. IMO

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.05.12 10:14:57 by Ice Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 10) : Got that off your chest??? :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.05.12 10:16:28 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • I’m impressed that both our wings scored tries on the opposing sides of the field to their actual position; shows they went looking for work and didn’t simply wait for the ball to come to them. Good stuff!

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.05.12 10:17:33 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 12) : agreed ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.05.12 10:18:11 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 8) :

    Dude, I never said it wasn’t good enough..

    Go read my post again, and then my second post where I agreed with Rob..

    I am just saying that we can do better, the Cheetahs were not that great on Saturday, they played their best match against the Stormers last week and had nothing on us..

    My point is not specifically looking at this match, but looking ahead, where we face much tougher oppostion that this.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.05.12 10:19:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 10) : The problem with taking time to organse your attack is that the opposing team gets to organise their defense, and I’m not sure that attack trumps defense that often when both lines are set…

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.05.12 10:19:13 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) : exactly CS, there was a lot of plus points from this match,of course there is always room for improvement, but atleast they are as a team heading at the right direction, and i believe is nowhere near peaking yet, may that happen soon and continue till the end :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.05.12 10:19:59 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • I think some of you guys are being overly critical of the team, I don’t know if it is because you adapted an “If I don’t expect too much, I can’t be disappointed” attitude, but c’mon guys, a few weeks ago you wouldn’t even have given this win to the Sharks. You have to admit there is major improvements every week and if we continue on this trend things are looking pretty good for the season.

    Ice/sharks_lover, maybe we’ll have to wait until we beat the Stormers for them to get on board, but by then we would be able to tell them “I told you so”

    I don’t know why you would want to make comments that would give you an “I told you so” after you team loses, but I think that’s what they’re waiting for. I hope they never get to say it this season.

    I was really impressed by the way the Sharks played and think if they continue building from here, they’ll be a tough team to beat, even for the Stormers and Bulls, especially at home.

    There was periods we reverted back to our slow, predictable game, but the fact is, our set pieces are looking solid and our game looks much more clinical than it did only a few weeks ago (with a few lapses here and there, but overall a very promising step in the right direction).

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.05.12 10:21:41 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : ok Apologies then,

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.05.12 10:23:54 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 19) : you make a good point. If I were to sum up the biggest thing that I took out of this game, it’s the fact that the Sharks now seem to be playing with confidence and control. Earlier in the season, they looked panicked all the time.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.05.12 10:24:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 7) : I think McCloed does need to clear a bit quicker, but other than that his overall game was pretty good. Someone just needs to whisper in his ear get the ball out quickly and then you’ll see a big difference.

    @Ice (Comment 12) : That first passage of play was vintage Sharks. JP’s try was simplicity itself because we’d just worn them out. A joy to behold :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.05.12 10:24:51 by StevieS Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 18) :

    So you dis my comment about the Sharks not hitting their straps, yet you actually agree with me?????

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.05.12 10:25:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 19) : To me this was a very good win. The one team the Cheetahs believe they can knock over in Bloem is us. In the first 10 minutes, we managed to shake that belief out of them

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.05.12 10:27:16 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Job well done by the Sharks! To go to Bloemfontein and only concede 1 (dodgy) try has to be commended. To score 4 tries and come home with the bonuspoint even more so. I’m really looking forward to the game against the Stormers because then we’ll have a much better idea of where exactly we stand in terms of the front running teams. The Sharks are probably best-off in teams of injuries and if we can beat the Stormers on Saturday then we are definitely in with a shout.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.05.12 10:28:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 22) : Between him and Michalak they threw a couple of real rubbish passes at times.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.05.12 10:28:45 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 19) : for sure, I think we have a damn good chance now of going through with 3 home matches and the team just getting better and better and only 1 away match being the Lions, and surely although never easy with local derbies we should beat them

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.05.12 10:29:10 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) : Rich, but sometimes it’s good to look and accentuate the positives a little too.

    Yes we can do better and we always expect better from the Sharks, but we have seen a huge improvement over recent weeks, an improvement which will have to continue if we stand a chance of beating the imposing Stormers this weekend, but based on what we’ve seen in the last few weeks, something that this team definitely can do.

    I suppose we have a good balance here. We praise the team and a few of you like to bring us right back down to earth very quickly.

    Let me ask you a question just to try and put your thinking into perspective and maybe lets see what everyone’s answer to this is:

    Based on the past few performances the Sharks delivered, do you think we can lift our game enough to beat the Stormers this weekend?

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.05.12 10:31:43 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Thanks Rob, I appreciate that and agree with your assessment. By no means did you state that we’re where we want to be, but this highlights the improvements made.

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.05.12 10:33:12 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : You mean unlike the Sharks who got good ball and gave it straight back to the Cheetahs with unnecessary kicks.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.05.12 10:34:03 by lostfish Reply
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  • I really think Tim did not play the last 2 games at his best. Bosman looked very good when he came on. I think Plum must give hime a change to start again. The way the Sharks played lately, it fits Bosman better than Tim. I still like to see Bosman 12 and Tim 13.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.05.12 10:34:43 by springbok Reply

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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 10) : Do you actually watch McLeod playing. He might not get penalised or sent off but he takes his time clearing the ball out the ruck, his service is way too slow, he doesn’t have a kicking game to speak of, his passing is pretty poor. He does something good once in a while but at best he is an average Currie Cup scrummie.

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.05.12 10:37:48 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 32) : and the amount of time he takes to organise his attack give the defense far too much time to reset their defensive lines.

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.05.12 10:38:42 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 32) :

    I would love to have Jano Vermaak with the Sharks.

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.05.12 10:39:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 28) :

    I am not trying to bring anyone down to earth or to down play our victory..

    We played well for short bursts, like the first try for instance. But we still have this knack for going to sleep for parts of the game.

    Yes we can beat the Stormers this weekend, but not only due to the Sharks playing good rugby, but because the Stormers themselves are battling to play 80 minute rugby as well.

    The Stormers game is going to be a close one. Yes we are in with a shot of winning it, but the Sharks will have to improve in terms of consistency (getting Pat back in the team will help obviously) and playing for the full 80 minutes.

    Kicking the ball to Pietersen, Aplon and Habana will put the Sharks on the back foot, and the Stormers are a team that can easily put 15 phases together, and pin us in our 22m. Yes our defence is good and yes the Stormers don’t score too many tries, but they have the ability to nail back teams by getting into the opposition half and taking the three points. And we tend to give teams a lot of three pointers..

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.05.12 10:39:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 28) : Yes, we definitely have a chance of beating them! We almost beat them at Newlands playing rubbish rugby, so at home, playing much better I expect us to win.

    @Bokhoring (Comment 26) : Agreed, but overall I thought they both did well. Passes were generally in front of the players for them to run onto, which gives us momentum.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.05.12 10:39:23 by StevieS Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : difference here is you say they played to half their potential, i dont agree

    And of course there is always room for improvement,

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.05.12 10:41:14 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 34) : He is wasted at the Bulls at the moment. He will have to wait for the Currie Cup with them to get any regular playing time.

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.05.12 10:42:19 by lostfish Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 13) : :lol:

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.05.12 10:42:40 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : True, but it seems that we lacked the attacks in the first games and we have now settled for an organised set of waves. You can see this only happens when our players were isolated and the team catches up.

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.05.12 10:45:13 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 37) :

    Playing at half their potential = not peaking yet?

    Or am I missing something?

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.05.12 10:45:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 36) : Michalak threw some really beautiful passes – flat passes putting runners in space – I have not seen any SA flyhalf (including Pat) manage, and then he would mix it up with floppy passes to no one

    McLeod started OK – and then somehow lost the plot. I remember a couple of really shocking passes

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.05.12 10:46:53 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 33) : Yes I do, more than once. It is not Mcloed’s job to organise the attack, it is the receiver’s task to play into space. He sets up good flat ball for our players to attack with. This happens about 98%. He has a good presence not to play the ball when he sees the receivers hanging around.
    The times where the receivers have dropped the ball is when they drift away from the defence instead of going straight into the ball.
    He plays well into space and runs only when he really sees the gap and is a great distributor as a team player. Our guys are able to take his passes at pace.
    He cleared a good couple of kicks from the kick-off where we are clearly at our weakest!

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.05.12 10:56:04 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 35) : I think definitely there was still dips in our play, but mostly I would attribute this to playing against a strong Cheetahs team, they played really well in pieces and the Sharks did a decent job of keeping them quite and maintaining the ascendency in the game all along. The second half was a tough one, we didn’t play the ball as much, but like I said, I think this was more because of the Cheetahs hitting back at us. I never felt like we lost control of the match.

    Maybe I’m overly positive here, because after those first 15 or so minutes we never really produced exactly the same quality of play for the whole game, but it’s not that easy to keep up that type of intensity. Having said that, playing top teams more of those 15 minute burst of intensity will be needed.

    And you’re right it looks like the Stormers are just ripe for a beating, with injuries and not dominating any of their opposition in a while, the Sharks will have a good shot of taking a victory from this encounter.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.05.12 11:30:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • About Tim, I don’t think that he’s doing anything wrong as such, the game plan has just chanced in that our loosies and Bissie is standing outside the first receiver instead of our Centre’s. Many times Tim and Jordaan had to do the cleaning out from a big gain from our forwards. That’s just how they are used right now.

    So yes the game plan doesn’t quite show case his best talents, but that what he has been asked to do he is doing effectively. Our midfield defence has been solid and our ball retention improving.

    I don’t think changing the team now will be a good idea, especially since Bosman has thrown a few loose passes when coming of the bench in recent weeks.

    Also when Tim and Jordaan does combine on attack it could produce some magic and while they are effective on defence, there’s no need to change anything and take away the opportunity to use them in an attacking move.

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.05.12 11:35:20 by Letgo Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 43) :
    Mcleod’s passing was inaccurate, his kicking was poor and the time he allowed the defence to reset was counter-productive.

    Blame whoever you want to for his mistakes, but watch a 9 like Genia or Hougaard and then tell me that Mcleod deserves an 8. :roll:

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.05.12 12:00:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @letgo (comment 45) A big problem with our SA players, especially the shars is never ready for a pass. Like Saturday, that was a brilliant pass from Bosman to Mvovo, and he could not catch the ball. So its not always the mistake of the one that pass the ball, they just don’t expect it, because nobody can really pass that long passes. It worked weakly for the cheetahs when Bosman played there. Look at the overseas teams. Theres a big difference between our SA teams and the rest.

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.05.12 12:00:49 by springbok Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 46) : Actually we better sort that aspect out next week – otherwise McLeod is going get counter rucked all over the park this Saturday. There were so many ruck situations with 1 lone player guarding the ball and McLeod taking his time – just screaming for a counter ruck

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.05.12 12:09:20 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • Bismarck and Paul Jordaan made Planetrugby’s team of the week. :cool:

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.05.12 12:16:05 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 49) :

    I can hardly believe that?!

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.05.12 12:41:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good to see Bresler has now made Verusco’s top 10 list for tackles made

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.05.12 12:48:59 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 8) : Well said. Agree totally.

    Some just can’t be happy really no matter how well our boys play.

    I say very well done to our Sharks. Not only did we win we got the bonus point too. Proud of our boys. Could not have asked for more.

    Bring on the Stormers now……….. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.05.12 12:55:48 by Puma Reply

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  • Must admit. Saturday was a pleasant surprise. I didn`t think we`d get the bonus point.

    Well Done to them!

    Now lets focus on the Must Win Stormers clash! :twisted:

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.05.12 14:51:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I haven”t been able to watch the game yet, but honestly to come away with a bonus point victory, 14 points winning margin against the Cheetahs, THE CHEETAHS, people, they are our boggy side in BLOEMFONTEIN – these guys are my heros!

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.05.12 15:48:08 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 54) : ummm..”bogey” :razz:

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.05.12 15:58:49 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 54) : let’s boggy ;)

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.05.12 16:57:22 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 55) : @Franshark (Comment 56) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.05.12 17:00:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Guys I thought this was a good victory ,the first try was impressive . The guys looked fired up which is always one of the most important things .Sharks are on an upward curve and I have a good feeling this coming weekend with the Stormers looking a little stale .

    To me Beast ,Bresler and Bismarck put in Spartan like performances .Meyers chose to ignore Bresler ,well then the Springboks have reason to worry. All Sharks bias aside I think Bresler is a better lock than Juandre Kruger(the scrumhalf), Krugers only advantage the colour of his jersey and maybe being tutored by Matfield.

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.05.12 17:19:10 by Talent Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 58) : I’m quite happy to agree with you – just prepare to be savaged by the “anyone but Bresler” brigade who tend to prowl this site whenever his name gets mentioned.

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.05.12 17:20:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 58) : Anton has played very very well, as his been doing every game now that his been picked regular… His getting better and better every game and his not afraid to put his body online to make or take the big hits…

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.05.12 17:29:08 by Franshark Reply
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  • The guy just does all the donky work. How old is he ?24ish? Bresler to me is slightly behind Etzebeth,with just his line out jumping needing some fine tuning .It would be interesting to see them lock together.

    It seems to be a trend among the forwards coming out of the vodacom cup side ,their work rate is second to none.

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.05.12 17:52:43 by Talent Reply
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  • Although I acknowledge Bresler has been in super rugby mix for a while now.

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.05.12 17:53:26 by Talent Reply
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  • Must say I do like how he reacted to his omission from Meyer’s planning squad.

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.05.12 18:11:23 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 59) : Amen Rob , Breslerr is silently shutting everyones mouth, he is maturing nicely as a player

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.05.12 18:57:23 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 46) : Okay, to break it down: TRY 1 – 14 handles from the base including a great up and under and clearing the ruck, Try 3 – Penalty tap, long pass to Coetzee at pace, pass to Daniel at pace, who ofloads to Jordaan who off loads to Mvovo. Try 4 – Pietersen gets 2 going, ruck, Mcloed delays, gets the guys on the blind side to openside, long pass to Alberts, long to Freddie down the line to Mvovo who darts through into the 5, taken on, quick ball from Mcloed to Viljoen to Bosman – Try.
    Not every scrumhalf plays the same game and to the same game plan. This is up to ones own likes / dislikes. But is he great, hell ye!
    Now watch the game again and tell me where he went wrong and you might find 2 – 3 mistakes. If that is the measurement standard then Mvovo and Jordaan’s knocks with an open line must surely render them as weaker than the weakest link???

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.05.12 19:25:42 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Just reading the paper and see Sharks are concerned over Tim Whitehead, who has aggravated and old groin injury. They said they a little worried about Tim but it is the type of injury that can only be fully judged later in the week.

    Jeez hope Tim is okay to start this week. Jordaan and Tim have been playing very well together.

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.05.12 19:33:34 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 66) : I think Bosman (if needed) will do an excellent job with Paul.

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.05.12 19:55:36 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 67) : Yes he could but Tim is playing really well with Jordaan. We need consistency, the reason we starting to hit our straps right now.

    So hoping Tim is okay to play on Saturday and Ludik.

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.05.12 20:20:57 by Puma Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 68) : U don’t think we need a bit more experience there? Tim has not hit the straps yet. Going better, yeah, but I’m not yet convinced it is our best centre pairing right now. Agree it can only get better with consistency, but ja, I will take the hits and say that I have not been overly impressed by him thus far.

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.05.12 20:30:16 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 69) : Ice,

    I was speaking about our team hitting there straps. We need to be consistent in our selections.

    Tim has been great for us this year Ice and now that we have Jordaan at outside centre I think that is our best centre pairing and we must try and keep them playing (if they not injured that is) did you see on Rugby Planet and Rugby365 that Jordaan was in their team of the week?

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.05.12 20:35:52 by Puma Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 69) : Tim did not attack well is last 2 games but his defence was right up there – maybe why he got hurt.
    We will surely miss him and he looked good with Jordaan. Would love to see them against the Stormers!

  • Comment 71, posted at 21.05.12 20:44:20 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 61) : Not all plays are so visible for the TV camera – Bresler works hard in the engine room and takes and gives good hits. Hope he gets a date with the Bulls – he may still lift VD Merwe/Kruger and impress Meyer

  • Comment 72, posted at 21.05.12 20:51:06 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 71) : perhaps I am looking for more “action” and not so much defense. But hey, I am learning everyday. Its simply an opinion that I expected this wunderkind on centre, but has yet to see the complete package…

  • Comment 73, posted at 21.05.12 20:53:22 by Ice Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 72) : Bes must be in the running for the most improved player @ the Sharks! He is doing fantastic work!

  • Comment 74, posted at 21.05.12 20:55:32 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 73) : mmm..maybe he is out of place at times, but I must say I did not watch him that close.

  • Comment 75, posted at 21.05.12 21:01:13 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Bosman placed himself well on Saturday to score and he offer Mvovo a long pass to do the same – good game withing his short stay!

  • Comment 76, posted at 21.05.12 21:04:12 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • sorry for typos – studying while blogging!!

  • Comment 77, posted at 21.05.12 21:04:59 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 77) : I am certain u r not writing Rugby101, so get studying! :lol:

  • Comment 78, posted at 21.05.12 21:13:50 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 78) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 79, posted at 21.05.12 21:15:23 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 78) : Business Management at age 48!! Crazy!

  • Comment 80, posted at 21.05.12 21:16:13 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 80) : and YOU are calling ME “tannie”?!? :mrgreen: Have fun!

  • Comment 81, posted at 21.05.12 21:23:42 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 81) : Hey, never did never will :mrgreen:

  • Comment 82, posted at 21.05.12 21:27:15 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Bresler :oops:

  • Comment 83, posted at 22.05.12 10:42:56 by wow05 Reply

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  • @wow05 (Comment 83) : why the oops face?

  • Comment 84, posted at 22.05.12 10:46:21 by robdylan Reply
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