Sharks player ratings v Reds

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Jul 2012 at 10:06
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This one is easy – give them all 10/10!

Ok, no – let’s be a little more measured about this. The Sharks, as we all know, put in one of those ultra-special team performances to beat the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday, only the second time a South African side has ever won a Super Rugby play-off game away from home. While it almost seems unfair to rate the players as individuals, let’s give it a go anyway. Bear in mind that all of these are in the context of a team performance that was worth at least a 9…

1. Beast Mtawarira – Sublime. Applied huge pressure at scrum time and was busy and effective elsewhere, with some great defence too. 8/10
2. Bismarck du Plessis – that pass that sent JP in for his try was worth a rating of 8 all on its own, but Bissie’s all-round work at the set piece, on the drive, on defence and particularly as a leader in the pack earns him one more than that. 9/10
3. Jannie du Plessis – Strong as the rock of ages in a dominant scrum that laid the platform for victory. No slouch on defence either and also made a few good carries. 8/10
4. Willem Alberts. Adapted to the unfamiliar role of lock very well and played a huge innings. Ever present as a ball carrying option and used his strength and bulk to good effect. 8/10
5. Anton Bresler. The stand-out tight forward, to my mind. Made a massive number of tackles, as usual and dominated the middle of the lineout for the Sharks. A man who is raising his game week by week in a pack where he is the only uncapped player at international level. 9/10
6. Keegan Daniel. The captain was my man of the match and quite simply could not have played better. 10/10
7. Marcell Coetzee. The young man tackled his heart out and never stood back an inch all game. What a player! 8/10
8. Ryan Kankowski. The Hoff’s great form continues and he was once again a real stand out in all that he did. 9/10

9. Charl McLeod. A bit of a mixed bag from Charl, with one or two passes not quite finding their target. That amazing intercept try more than made up for it, though and his option-taking throughout the match was sublime. 8/10
10. Fred Michalak. It’s been a long, long time since we’ve seen “bad Fred”, with the mercurial Frenchman providing yet another sublime performance. Always in control, always thinking and how good was that drop goal? 9/10
11. Lwazi Mvovo. Few opportunities with ball in hand, but always looked to make things happen and was great in support and on defence. 8/10
12. Tim Whitehead. Played a vital role in both first-half tries with the neatest of touches. Defended well and played his part in a great team performance. 8/10
13. Paul Jordaan. The pace, vision and skill of this man belie his youth. What a prospect! What a performance! Hope his hammy isn’t too serious. 8/10
14. JP Pietersen. The form back line player in the whole country, bar none. JP simply can’t put a foot wrong at the moment. 10/10
15. Louis Ludik. Proved again that he’s the Sharks’ best bet at fullback; his positioning and technique on defence are outstanding and he’s never afraid to join the line with heart either. 9/10.

16. Craig Burden. I saw him working furiously on defence at the end there, but he wasn’t on quite long enough to get a rating.
17. Wiehahn Herbst. The biggest compliment I can pay is to say that I didn’t notice when Jannie went off. Wors anchored the scrum admirably with the Reds putting on huge pressure 5m out, for most of the second half. Also got through his customary work on defence. Great to see. 8/10
18. Steven Sykes. The yellow card was silly, but he threw his body around hugely in the 10 minutes he spent on the field. 7/10
19. Jacques Botes. Not on for long enough to rate.
20. Cobus Reinach. Unused.
21. Meyer Bosman. Huge on defence and did some crucial work with the ball too. Had he not “tripped over his feet” with the tryline a-begging, he’d have got more. 8/10
22. Odwa Ndungane. Unused.


  • The boys need to play like this for only 160 minutes more and they can get their hands on the trophy!

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.07.12 10:20:46 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • Great play from the Sharks. Lets hope we can keep it up for another 160min!

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.07.12 10:30:47 by Viking Reply
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  • I think the ituation for Saturday is one where the Sharks are looking forward and cannot wait to get back out there where the Stormers are looking up to the game with a lot of pressure on their shoulders to get the win. Which side would you want to be on come Saturday?

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.07.12 10:32:22 by Viking Reply
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  • When Keegan is on fire, the whole team lights up, but when Keegan is off, the whole team falls asleep.

    Case in point – First 40 vs. tjietas.

    I think we possibly underestimate just how much influence Keegan has on this team.

    So Plum, just keep Keegan in the correct head space and you’ll never need a head shrink for the team ;-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.07.12 10:36:40 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 4) : Keegan IMO has a lot of BMT on his own. He just looks so relaxed in the big games when it comes to decision making and on fire when he plays. Thats a good combo.

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.07.12 10:42:59 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 3) : Very true, Sharks with nothing to lose – they’ve already exceeded expectations whereas the Streamers, second year in the semi’s, third year in the play-offs and still no silver ware – lotsa pressure on them.

    At least they can stop worrying about the bonus point 4th try :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.07.12 10:44:56 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • How awesome was the one-handed pass Bissy made to Meyer Bosman (before he tripped) :shock: ? Actually the whole passage of play leading up to that was pretty amazing. Are we sure that Plum is still coaching the Sharks? :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.07.12 11:03:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I can’t think of one player that even had a quiet game. Everybody pitched up for this one.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.07.12 11:16:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • After this weekend Heyneke has a few questions. Is Spies realy our best 8 with the form Keegs and Hoff are in? Is the backpedal Bulls front row realy the best backup for Beast and the Brothers? How long can he keep making excuses for Morne ‘punt-n-pray’? Do we realy not have a quality fb, or does he just not like Louis?

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.07.12 11:31:52 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • only 1 player deserves less – McLeod (apart from intercept) was again the worst player on the park (not poor but not gr8.

    And fully agree KEEGAN and JP were dynamite. I was at Suncorp and heard all the pre-match talk about ‘boring SA rugby’ ‘they will just keep it with the forwards’ etc…

    Only concern was our scrums?? – why though I do not know!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.07.12 11:38:04 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 10) : I thought the scrums were fantastic… what did I miss?

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.07.12 11:43:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks are looking very good. A think they stand a real chance to go to the finals. They just need to keep it together on Saturday.

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.07.12 12:09:06 by King Shark Reply
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  • I am still FLYING!! So proud of the guys!

    Had a message from Scott Waldrom – says quite a few people down there reckon if the Sharks can overcome the travel factor, that they can take this!! What an awsome compliment!

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.07.12 12:28:01 by Ice Reply
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  • Sharks were brilliant. My only worry is Paul Jordaan who is clearly carrying that hammy injury from Junior world Cup.

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.07.12 12:51:40 by Ernie Reply

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  • The sharks have dominated for 3 weeks in a row.I wonder how their bodies are doing though?must be taking a toll.But im proud of the guys really i honestly had negative thoughts on saturday morning and i stressed all game as we all know the sharks can come out firing only to lose it in the second half.

    Stormers wont be easy push overs and the travel factor might come back to bite us in the arse but the way i look at it is if the travel factor is a negative aspect then surely having a weeks break must make you rusty as the sharks team have gelled well and are on a high.We actually have no expectations going into this game as a couple of weeks ago everyone said the sharks wont be in a semi.All the pressure must be on the stormers and i really cant see them breaking our defence with habs and jdj.Pity fransie wont be playing though.Wonder where lambie will fit into the set up as ludick has changed his whole game tactic.

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.07.12 12:56:12 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :
    I dont know mate…i was at the ground and it seemed they kept getting the better hit???
    Maybe it was because I was arguing with 30 000 whinging Aussies hahaha so I didnt notice!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.07.12 13:02:51 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • I wanna see Bosman ploughing his nose through the turf again, :razz:
    but none of the highlight videos show it :sad:
    Ozzie commentator was quick to add “There must be a sniper in the crowd” :razz:
    But if he had cost us the match-winning try, I wouldn’t be laughing now :shock:

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.07.12 13:11:14 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Jannie only struggled in one scrum right after he got injured, after thast one he went back to his normal self untill he got subbed

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.07.12 13:22:32 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 18) :

    Bismarck’s head popped up quite a few times…..he probably can’t wait that long to get involved in the game again. :grin:

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.07.12 13:27:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 19) : A Hookers head will pop when a prop is scrumming scew into him, kinda natural lol

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.07.12 13:35:05 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @CapeShark (Comment 17) : I really enjoyed the sniper comment :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.07.12 14:28:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 21) : haha yea, only a aussie commentator can say something like that.

    Does anyone know if the Sharks are back yet? And what the status on injuries are?

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.07.12 14:31:41 by Uli Reply
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  • well done Sharks :razz:

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.07.12 14:33:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 22) :

    They arrived back late yesterday.

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.07.12 14:40:49 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : ah good stuff :)

    Just something tactical regarding the time zone situation we are in. I would think it might be best the Sharks stayed on Brisbane time zone, as they might have to travel back to New Zealand. It might just make it allot easier for them. I wonder how they are handling it all.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.07.12 14:48:02 by Uli Reply
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  • :twisted: I agree with the ratings but one. One of this site’s Blacksheep, foster child Charl Mcleod.
    Just to bring it into perspective, here is the comment after the Cheetahs game: “9) Charl McLeod. Quality of service was a real issue, with many passes not going anywhere near the intended recipients. Scored a nice try, though, but needs to find the form he showed against the Bulls – and fast. 6/10″

    I watched that game again and this is what he did:
    First half -14 Passes completed, All good, 1 ball lost in tackle, 2 box kicks and rendered a penalty for playing the half back His opponent, but okay.
    Second Half – 29 Passes, all good. 1 Knock (kick by forwards) not his mistake and a brilliant try!??

    This week he made 2 kak mistakes, knocking a good attacking ball and missing the pass to Freddie on the line. Yes I too had to clean spit off the TV after “talking” to him!!!
    But I think he deserves the respect he plays for. He is very dedicated and he showed up both Houghaard and Genia. Did you miss the tackle on Genia to dislodge the ball in the first half and then he scores the winning try??!!
    Come on guys, time to be honest and stop the prejudice. He tackles the big guys evey week and Saturday was no different. He disrupted the “let’s box” Higgenbottom at almost every scrum! Bump him up to a 9!! :twisted:

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.07.12 15:03:08 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 26) : I actually agree 100% with you, he is getting the same kinda flak that FS used to get, but when he’s gone everyone will want him back home asap.

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.07.12 15:09:21 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 27) : True. When you want to beat a dog, you will find a stick. If one of the “stars” had scored either one of those two tries, it would have been the play of the week!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.07.12 15:21:10 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • :twisted: What realy worries me is the fact that no-one in the team can kick us out of our 25 and it just piles up the pressure on our try line! :twisted:

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.07.12 15:25:35 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • :twisted: Ludick’s stop of Digby was worthy of Olympic Gold! :twisted:

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.07.12 15:28:21 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 28) : I can’t win either way, though… cos if I give everyone 9, then it’s just cos I’m biased :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.07.12 16:03:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.07.12 16:20:36 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : You gave Keegan 10 – do you have same tatoo as CS :shock: :lol:

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.07.12 16:30:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • so… it looks like Whitehead will get to play against his old team :grin: (hopefully I’m not jinxing him now..)

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.07.12 16:31:24 by rekinek Reply
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  • The Sharks are an awesome team. I can’t see them losing on Saturday!! :twisted:

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.07.12 17:50:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : :twisted: I can, as we are only human. But I can see us winning as well as the WP are human too :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.07.12 18:00:56 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : Everything does not revolve around try scoring ability ;-) :twisted:

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.07.12 18:53:30 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : :roll: :lol:

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.07.12 19:04:12 by Ben Reply

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  • FireTheLoser
    Oh but it does! Especially when even your loosehead prop can offload in the tackle.

    The Sharks are superhuman! :grin:

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.07.12 19:11:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 39) : All of that yet YOU still have a guaranteed home final spot – you just need to show up and defend. ;-)

    Sharks hardly broke into the top six, and didn’t you listen to the ozzies, Kaplan gave us that game on a silver platter. :lol:

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.07.12 19:18:29 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Watching the game again now, I can’t pick any weakness in this team, maybe a bit of tiredness, but you can see the fire is still there, that reserve energy article of Letgo being played out.
    Also, watching with english commentary, I can’t see what these damn Aussies are on about. I’ve lost count of how many times Kaplan has missed the Reds holding on, going offside, and quite a few off the ball instances

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.07.12 20:11:39 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 41) : I could actually see when fatique set in, and then they got up again. That was about the time of poor Meyer’s stumble, and I blame fatique for his wobble entirely :wink: (I am actually serious)

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.07.12 20:26:50 by Ice Reply
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    You didn’t mention Marcell in your comment. Well done! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.07.12 21:54:46 by wpw Reply
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  • Charl can get a 6 because of his try.

    Takes to long to pass.

    Box kicks is useless.

    But he gives his all and I respect that.

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.07.12 22:02:13 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 42) : You could se almost from the start of the second half the boys were tired, but they just kept going! Never lost focus until the last minute or 2

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.07.12 22:16:51 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 43) : ROTFL! :lol:

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.07.12 23:00:45 by Ben Reply

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  • Aparantly Paul J is under injury cloud… Not even 50/50 at this stage…

  • Comment 47, posted at 24.07.12 07:45:02 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 45) : If we can keep possession for 60%+, we can take the game. But If we have to defend for 60%+, it’s going to be difficult.

  • Comment 48, posted at 24.07.12 07:46:38 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 48) : At least we know the Streamers don’t know what to do when they have the ball, they’ll just give it to Grant or Joe to kick it back to us so that they can do what they’re built for – defend :twisted:

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.07.12 08:03:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 42) : :twisted: Yes it was clear. Also he thought of stepping inside the defender but the legs were just too tired and he over ran himself. If we feel bad about losing out on this try, imagine how this will haunt him for years to come. Us rugby players can not put those ghost to rest! :twisted:

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.07.12 08:50:39 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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