Sharks player ratings v Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Jul 2012 at 08:00
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The Sharks pulled off a superb victory against the Bulls in Durban on Friday night, with the team rallying and pulling together to record just the sort of resounding victory they needed, after the atrocious loss against the Lions a month ago. Let’s see how the individuals did.

1) Beast Mtawarira. Part of a truly monstrous scrum effort and was busy and effective both on attack and at the breakdown. 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Bissie was at this sublime best and displayed a physicality and work-load that his opposite number simply couldn’t counter. It was men against boys out there, with the Sharks hooker leading the charge. 9/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Totally annihilated Dean Greyling at scrum time, to the extent that the Bulls man simply wasn’t a factor in the game when he is usually an important ball-carrier for his side. Also made plenty of tackles in what may have been his best showing for the Sharks to date. 8/10
4) Anton Bresler. A hugely physical display marked by big tackles and aggression at the breakdown – Bresler overshadowed both of the Bulls’ Springbok locks and was also safe as houses on his own line out ball. 8/10
5) Pieter-Steph du Toit. A real stand-out in his first start and it’s a pity he only lasted 38 minutes. Plenty of pace and appears to have the physicality needed to succeed at this level, despite his age. 7/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Such a workhorse and such a key link-player, Daniel was prepared to get stuck in and do the donkey work while the other loose forwards ran amok. A great captain’s innings. 7/10
7) Marcell Coetzee. As always, made more tackles than anyone else and hardly put a foot wrong all evening, either on attack or defence. 9/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. We saw glimpses of form from Kanko in the final test against England and on Friday we were treated to the full package, Simply sublime in everything he did, with his dominance in the lineout a new factor in his game that caught everyone by surprise. 9/10

9) Charl McLeod. Stayed away from the fancy stuff and just concentrated on getting the ball away as quickly and cleanly as he could. One of his best games so far this year. 7/10
10) Fred Michalak. Always seems to save his best games for the Bulls and Fred was mature and confident as he controlled the game. Prepared to let Frans Steyn do most of the damage, but Michalak was always there to get the ball to the danger-men outside him. 7/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. A pretty quiet game from the top try-scorer, who unfortunately grassed a pass with an open run to the tryline ahead of him. THAT try-saving tackle on Akona Ndungane in the first half was a thing of beauty, though. 7/10
12) Frans Steyn. The energy and commitment that he brings to the team is infectious and while Frans will always make one or two mistakes in a game, the good that he does simply cannot be overstated. A great first outing back for the Sharks. 8/10
13) Tim Whitehead. Hugely committed on defence and a constant thorn in the Bulls’ side on attack. His partnership with Steyn shows much promise. 8/10
14) JP Pietersen. Such a key player for the Sharks, who is taking his role as a senior player in the back line very seriously. Scored a cracking try and was solid as you can ask for on defence. 8/10
15) Louis Ludik. In addition to his ever-safe play at the back, Ludik attacked the line with gusto this week and was finally rewarded for his efforts when he managed to scythe through for the vital bonus-point try late in the game. Mr Consistency delivers again. 8/10

16) Craig Burden. Unused.
17) Wiehahn Herbt. Solid in the scrums and put in a few of his trademark monster tackles as well. 7/10
18) Jandre Marais. A real physical presence, he made a huge number of tackles and carried the ball up strongly. 8/10
19) Jean Deysel. Brought on at lock – a position which doesn’t suit him – but Deysel did his best to adapt and contributed to the win as best he could. 6/10
20) Cobus Reinach. Only on for a single minute, so not enough to rate. Welcome to Super Rugby, young man!
21) Meyer Bosman. Not on long enough to rate.
22) Odwa Ndungane. Solid, as always, without really having much opportunity to show what he can do. 6/10


  • Just on Meyer Bosman, we should mention that he did create the penalty that finally got us the line-out that lead to our 4th try. He was on for only 5min, but that chip-chase-steal was pretty significant.

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.07.12 08:17:38 by Letgo Reply
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  • They all deserve +1 for silencing the blue bull supporters comprehensively and completely

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.07.12 08:22:09 by stertjie Reply

  • Question, lets say our injured players have recovered, so we have Lambie, Alberts, Botes, Jordaan and Sykes back, what team do we want to see running out against the Cheetahs?

    Who do we drop for Lambie, who we’d like to see start if he’s ready? Do we drop solid and very committed Louis Ludik or slot Lambie back into the fly half spot next to Frans Steyn, or do we bring Jordaan back to the midfield, where he will probably have to start if we reach the play-offs?

    We surely want to start Alberts, but who will get benched? Marcell has been one of the outstanding loosies, Keegan is our captain and Kanko back at his best is another man you don’t want to bench.

    Sykes may be the only one that will slot back into the starting line-up, especially with the injury to Steph du toit.

    Plum would have to be very careful in deciding what to do this week. The team did so well just as it was against the Bulls that maybe he shouldn’t be changing anything to that starting 15.

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.07.12 08:25:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • 3 poor tactical kicks and Steyn still gets an 8??
    - I dont mind praising good performances, but same goes for errors. He looked rusty first game back. but he will get there.
    For once I agree McLeod had a decent game.

    I know no one will agree with me but that is our best loose trio!!
    - especially considering it dominated the “big bulky carriers” that Bok coaches rave about…


  • Comment 4, posted at 09.07.12 08:31:30 by pienaar111 Reply

    pienaar111Currie Cup player
  • Fantastic game by the Sharks……but why oh why the can’t we see more of that on a regular basis??

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.07.12 08:34:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • if you consider that Ludik hasnt had a bad game at 15 all season (when given the opportunity)- why not leave him there??

    - who thinks a Lambie and Ludik 10/15 combo is our best bet??

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.07.12 08:34:44 by pienaar111 Reply

    pienaar111Currie Cup player
  • Well done Sharks – great team performance. Proving that we do have one of the most talented teams around. Keegan is growing in leaps and bounds as a Captain – and the effect Frans Steyn has on a team is enormous. Cant wait to see him and Lambie working together too. Fantastic to see “our” Bok front row smash “their” Bok front row!
    My sister ( a Bulls supporter – BCB in the Sharksworld Superbru) has been ignoring me all weekend :grin:

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.07.12 08:38:25 by Just a Fan Reply

    Just a FanCurrie Cup player
  • Is it just me or is Bresler playing better with his short hair? ;-) Other than that, it was the first game I really watched of Pieter-Steph and that boy is going to be huge! Marcell is a legend in the making for the Sharks. Plus does Bismarck have any equal in rugby at the moment?

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.07.12 08:39:19 by KingRiaan Reply

    KingRiaanTeam captain
  • Now the boys must just pull up their socks, play with their hearts and win the next 4 games for us.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.07.12 08:40:34 by KingRiaan Reply

    KingRiaanTeam captain
  • I loved how PS du Toit played in the 38 minutes he was there. The guys is going to be a extremely valuable player for us and the boks in the future!!! I just hope he gets over that injury in time for this weekend.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.07.12 08:44:17 by Viking Reply
    VikingCurrie Cup player
  • Steyn was a bot up and down in the game, mainly due to some wayward kicks. Other than that he had a great performance. Once he gets use to super rugby level of play again he will be unstopable.

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.07.12 08:46:05 by Viking Reply
    VikingCurrie Cup player
  • @Viking (Comment 11) : I just think his boot was happy to be at Kings Park again :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.07.12 08:48:24 by KingRiaan Reply

    KingRiaanTeam captain
  • @pienaar111 (Comment 4) :

    PSdT had a good game but Jandre Marais was just fantastic. He worked really hard in that game.

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.07.12 08:50:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Spot on with the ratings this week Rob.

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.07.12 08:57:59 by Puma Reply

    PumaCurrie Cup player
  • @pokkel
    oh yeah i agree…i was impressed with him with his stint earlier in the season as well!!
    Good to finally see us with a few potential stars in the locks…Sykes and Bresler doing well as well!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.07.12 08:58:10 by pienaar111 Reply

    pienaar111Currie Cup player
  • Once again, well done guys, great team effort. Let’s get the focus back, we have a very important game on Saturday.Any news on PSDT?

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.07.12 08:58:32 by GreatSharksays Reply

    Assistant coach
  • Ryan had the best game I have seen him play in years. Marcell is slowly becoming a legend.. he is pure class. Good first game back for Fransie too. Some have to remember here he will ALWAYS try something and it may or may not work. I like that about Steyn. Fransie was brilliant in the tackle. Stands up long enough in the tackle for the support to arrive and almost always off loads to them.

    Bissie was superb too and so was Jannie. Thought Jannie had a outstanding game. Actually our whole team. Well done to all of them.

    Now we have to do it all over this week if we want to make the play offs. Need another 4 try bonus point win. If we don’t make it, I am okay with it. Then at least our Boks get a break.

    Go Sharks.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.07.12 09:06:24 by Puma Reply

    PumaCurrie Cup player
  • PSDT has what it takes too. Going to be a great as well. Played a reall good game until he picked up a ankle injury.

    Think that is our future locks for Sharks that started on Saturday. PSDT with Bresler. Though J. Marais was terrific when he came on too. Think we sorted with our locks for next year, having Sykes around too.

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.07.12 09:11:20 by Puma Reply

    PumaCurrie Cup player
  • @Puma (Comment 18) : reall = really

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.07.12 09:11:46 by Puma Reply

    PumaCurrie Cup player
  • The big difference between the Sharks of this past weekend and that other Sharks team whom we so loathe to support is TEAM play.

    The problem with a TEAM made up of so many star players is that the individual tend to think he can do it on his own.

    Oh how we need a mental coach for this team, to keep all those egos in check.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.07.12 09:21:52 by FireTheLooser Reply

    Assistant coach
  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : Michalak also has an injury..Lambie might slot in @ 10 then if he is ok to go. Albert as well, might be back, so that will Cover PSDT. Sykes back. We ar all set!

    GREAT rating ROB! Although I will deduct a point from Timmy…just for being caught by Spies! :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.07.12 09:24:27 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner IceAssistant coach
  • If we continue with the game plan we had on Friday night, and if all our players are available, I would like to see the following:
    Beast, Bissie, Jannie, PSdT, Bresler, Keegan, Marcelle, Kanko, McLeod, Lambie, Mvovo, Whitehead, Jordaan, JPP, Ludik. Reserves: Herbst, Burden, Marais, Alberts, Deysel, Freddie, Frans Steyn.
    Frans Steyn on the bench only because he is not allowed to play in the play-offs. Meyer Bosman can take his spot on the bench should we make the play-offs (when we make the play-offs).

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.07.12 09:45:00 by Bite me Reply

    Bite meVodacom Cup player
  • @Bite me (Comment 22) : I tend to agree with you. I would love to see Fransie play but it may be better to opt of continuity for when we make the playoffs.

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.07.12 10:01:57 by Viking Reply
    VikingCurrie Cup player
  • Thanks Rob, I think your ratings are spot on this week! At least you and I have watched the same game, according to Pieter Muller Marcell had a quiet game and rated him with a 6?

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.07.12 10:38:51 by underdog Reply

  • the jerkyl and mr hyde sharks are rightly the tost of the town once again, how log will it be before they fluff it like they did against the canes and lions?

    the BIG question is, WHO ARE THE SHARKS, the team that matches the bulls and dominates them or the bunch of over-inflated egos that lack commitment & consistency who lost @ Ellis Park?

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.07.12 10:51:23 by Megatron Reply

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  • @underdog (Comment 24) : He doesn’t know his arse from his head! Not only did Marcell tackle, he made meters, gone over the advantage line, drew in defenders, made fantastic offloads, especually the one leading to Bissies try and he stole if THAT sounds quiet, I’d suggest to Muller to KEEP quiet! :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.07.12 10:54:17 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner IceAssistant coach
  • What a difference a functional lineout made. It has been one of the two Achilles heel’s of the Sharks this season – often not being able to build momentum after kicking a penalty into the oppo half

  • Comment 27, posted at 09.07.12 11:28:08 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : I`d start Sykes but stick Alberts on the bench.

    Start with :
    Ludik, JP, Whitehead, Steyn, Mvovo, Lambie
    Finish with :
    Steyn, JP, Jordaan, Whitehead, Mvovo, Michalak. ( after we have the bonus point. )

  • Comment 28, posted at 09.07.12 11:56:48 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • @Megatron (Comment 25) : Fair question. The next game will be telling.

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.07.12 12:45:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Well said! Thank you Ice, I could not said it better!

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.07.12 13:06:29 by underdog Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 18) : Rhodes and PSDT?

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.07.12 13:18:30 by GreatSharksays Reply

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