The Sharks stood up really nicely as a team on Saturday night, to hand the high-flying Stormers only their second loss of the 2012 Super Rugby season. Let’s see how the individuals did.
1. Beast Mtawarira. Did a real demolition job in the scrum and was prominent everywhere else too. Surely the country’s premier loose head prop, bar none? 9/10
2. Bismarck du Plessis. Led from the front with his outstanding work rate and pilfering skills again vital to the team cause. 9/10
3. Jannie du Plessis. His best game to date in a Sharks jersey. Monstered young Kitshoff at every scrum and was active on defence and in the tight loose. 8/10
4. Steven Sykes. A little subdued by the high standards set elsewhere in the pack, but still played with fire and contributed to a huge tight-five effort. 6/10
5. Anton Bresler. Improves game by game and was far better taking the ball into contact this week. Strong work on defence, at lineouts and kickoffs as usual. 8/10
6. Marcell Coetzee. Tackled everything that moves and made huge yards with ball in hand. What more do you want? 9/10
7. Willem Alberts. The Bone Collector was close to his devastating best, smashing the Stormers back with huge hits and making valuable yards over the advantage line. 9/10
8. Keegan Daniel. A superb performance from the captain who is growing in stature and confidence with each successive victory. 8/10
9. Charl McLeod. A far better showing from the scrumhalf, whose service from the back was far crisper this week. Box kick were also far more accurate and decision-making top-notch. 8/10
10. Fred Michalak. A vintage “good Fred” performance, with, as always, one or two little mistakes thrown in just to keep us guessing. For the most part, though, he controlled the game beautifully from flyhalf. 8/10
11. Lwazi Mvovo. The best finisher in the business, bar none. Starting to show a decent head on his shoulders too when asked to fall back in defence. 8/10
12. Meyer Bosman. Kept the highly-rated Stormers midfield at bay all day with huge work on defence and was ever-present when asked to take the ball up to (and over) the advantage line. 7/10
13. Paul Jordaan. Put in some truly vital tackles at key times and uses his pace as a deadly weapon in all that he does. 7/10
14. JP Pietersen. His pressure work from the kick-chase and awesome presence on defence are often worth two of any other winger; still hoping to see more of JP with ball in hand, though. 7/10
15. Pat Lambie. This kid is the best fullback in the country, by a long shot. Problem is, I believe he’s the best flyhalf too, so without a cloning machine, we have a real problem on our hands. 9/10
16. Craig Burden. Did not get on
17. Wiehahn Herbst. Kept up the scrum pressure and was prominent in the tight loose when he came on. 7/10
18. Pieter-Steph du Toit. Not on long enough to be rated.
19. Ryan Kankowski. Did not get on
20. Jacques Botes. Not on long enough to be rated.
21. Odwa Ndungane. Solid in all he did, but had no opportunities with ball in hand. 6/10
22. Riaan Viljoen. Did not get on