Sharks player ratings v Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 2 Aug 2010 at 15:52
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Another good win against quality opposition means that we should be in line for some high ratings this week? Well, maybe. Read on and see!

We need to bear in mind here that while the Sharks did very well to come away with the win in Bloemfontein, they played disctinctly average rugby for well over 80% of the game. Let’s see how the individuals performed.

1. Pat Cilliers. A pretty average outing for the big man, capped off with a broken nose just before half time. WP Nel got the better of him in the scrums and he was largely anonymous in broken play this week, making only 6 tackles and making very little progress with ball in hand. Will drop out for Beast this weekend, but needs to come back fighting. 4/10
2. Craig Burden. Showed that he too is human with a display that was a way off his best. Lineouts and scrums were the main issue here, and while he was active in the loose and on defence, he found the Cheetahs line hard to break with ball in hand. Still made more progress than any other forward bar Kankowski, though. 5/10
3. Wiehahn Herbst. Scrummed reasonably well, but needs to become more destructive at tighthead as he matures. Far more active in the loose than he has been, with 10 tackles to his name and several good ball carries. Needs to hit a few more rucks, but on the whole, Wiehahn is coming on nicely. 6/10
4. Steven Sykes. Topped the statistics for both tackles made and rucks hit – just what you want your tight lock to do. Took over the lineout calls when Skeate went off and seemed to revel in the responsibility. A good outing from a player who is starting to find his best form. 7/10
5. Ross Skeate. A promising debut, but Skeate may just have erred on the side of not doing enough of the tough stuff in a game where the Sharks were getting hammered up front. Must take his share of the blame for the shambolic lineouts. Needs to up his tackle and ruck stats in order to seriously challenge Hargreaves. 5/10
6. Jacques Botes. A very quiet game from Botes. In a loose trio that was outgunned in terms of bulk and physicality, Botes was on a hiding to nothing from the start, since neither Daniel nor Kankowski really has the acumen nor the interest to play the tight game. No doubt Jacques worked away furiously trying to do the job of somebody 15 kgs heavier, but he didn’t seem to accomplish very much in the process. 4/10
7. Keegan Daniel. Always looks threatening when he gets the ball and has a truly beautiful pair of hands, as demonstrated in making the scoring pass for Lambie’s second try. That said, he failed to make much headway against a resolute Cheetahs defence and simply doesn’t have the bulk or physicality to make it as a number 7 in a game like this. Did his best, but he was the wrong man for the job. 5/10
8. Ryan Kankowski. So do we rate him on the first 70 minutes, or the last 10? Again, the issue here is one of balance and since the loose trio had none, Hoff has very little scope to play his natural game until Deysel was brought on in the last quarter. Once he was no longer expected to do the bashing, Kankowski started to shine. Largely anonymous for the first hour, though. The amazing run that set up Lambie’s first try sees him get 7/10.

9. Charl McLeod. Saw to it that the Sharks backs received the best ball they could expect to! Improved his defence remarkably, but still prone to a few handling errors. Communication between him and the rest of the line not always up to scratch – far too often McLeod would break without any support. Still a good game. 7/10
10. Steve Meyer. Had his involvement cut short by a broken nose just on the half-hour mark. Steve battled to really get into the game in his time on the field, although he did put in some truly monstrous tackles on the rampaging Cheetahs in the first half. 6/10
11. Lwazi Mvovo. Had a pretty anonymous first hour, before really igniting the game in the final quarter. Needs to look for work more and improve his positional play, but is simply devastating on attack. 7/10
12. Pat Lambie. Despite all the rave reviews, I thought Lambie struggled for the first hour. He received very little good ball and was unable to make any sort of impact on the defence. That said, he put in some huge tackles and bided his time. Was the clear difference between the two sides in the last 10 minutes, though, playing a vital part in all three of the Sharks’ tries. He’ll get better each week and is a real star for the future. 8/10.
13. Stefan Terblanche. A very quiet game for the old man and one in which his leadership paled into insignificance int he face of the Juan Smith inspired Cheetahs surge. That said, somebody had to be there to keep the lads calm and steer them to the last-minute win and Stef probably needs to get some credit for that. 6/10
14. JP Pietersen. An absolute monster on defence and always looking to involve himself in the play. Guilty of getting into a few mix-ups in the opening half when he should have rather let the inside backs do their thing, but all-in-all, a very encouraging display from one of SA’s most accomplished wingers. 7/10
15. Louis Ludik. Did his level best to get involved in everything he could, but was frustrated by a lack of opportunities on the day. His involvement was cut short by a knee injury that we can only hope isn’t too serious. 5/10

16. Kyle Cooper. This kid somehow always manages to stand out. Perhaps a little unfair to rate him on only 10 minutes’ play, but he came on at a time when the Sharks had the momentum and did his bit to keep the ball rolling. 7/10
17. Beast Mtawarira. Marked his return to the side with some trademark play and looked every bit the unstoppable force of nature we’ve come to know and love. Beast is a legend and his introduction immediately lifted the team and the intensity of the forwards. A little disappointing at scrum time, which is why he only gets 7/10.
18 Eugene van Staden. His best showing to date, capped off by a fine try. Very prominent in the loose for a prop, although if he is a destructive scrummager, we’re still waiting to see the evidence. 7/10.
19 Willem Alberts. A pretty quiet game from the big man, although his introduction at the expense of Botes did do its bit to stem the tide. Moved to lock when Skeate went off, which is frankly a waste of his talents. I don’t see Alberts as an impact replacement, rather a natural starting option along with Deysel and Kankowski. 5/10.
20 Jean Deysel. Again, perhaps a little unfair to rate him highly on only 20 minutes work, but the impact when he came on was palpable and seemed to almost single-handedly swing the entire contest the Sharks way. I’m going to go somewhat overboard here and give Wolla 8/10.
21 Ruan Pienaar. I’m afraid “bad Ruan” was back – it was all shaking of head and waving of arms and very little constructive play. Ruan has shown that on his day, he has the ability to be a great flyhalf. Those days, I fear, are too few and far between to count on. 4/10.
22 Andries Strauss. A great performance from one of the “nearly men” of Sharks rugby. Dries has been very solid and incredibly involved over the past few weeks and on Saturday it was no different. He even managed a line break! 7/10

What do you think, fans? Let me know where I’ve been too generous, as well as unduly harsh.


  • Didn’t see the game Rob, but seems fair..

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.10 16:05:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Seems fair I think.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.10 16:12:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : and you base your opinion on … ❓ 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.10 16:16:09 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 3) : I was wondering the same thing, but didn’t want to say so 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.10 16:16:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • Highlites..

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.10 16:24:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I only realised how kak that sounds after I wrote it..

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.08.10 16:26:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : it’s ok… it’s called “Wes Syndrome” 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.08.10 16:28:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanx Rob..

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.08.10 16:32:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : or Monday 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.08.10 16:33:48 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • cant we give Willem Alberts a 5(+1)/10 for that tackle on Ashley Johnson?? :mrgreen: ashley went full tilt and Willem nearly skinned him… 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.08.10 16:34:53 by VanWilder Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :I wouldn’t be able to get away with saying that 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.08.10 16:39:58 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • Yep, you never know which Ruan is going to turn up on the day. Sad for such a talented player to be so dreadfully inconsistent…

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.08.10 16:42:16 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 11) : we’ll yet to see whether Rob does 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.08.10 16:43:46 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • Yeah! the last 15 minutes were well worth watching from a Sharks point of view. Great to see Jpp and Beast back…desperate for both of them in the Bokke!
    Going to come right out and say it right now – that I find it difficult to be objective with our boy Lambie…. I think he is great! In fact with all our youngsters the fact they they found that intensity at the end instead of just hanging on only for the bonus point was great! Now we just need to learn to string the good perfroances to a second week.

    Black and White – All that Matters!

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.08.10 16:44:20 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 13) : let’s wait when wes is back from his hairdresser/ess :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.08.10 16:44:47 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 12) : he’s more consistent at 9. Probably good that this 10 thing is put to bed.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.08.10 16:46:02 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • 5. Ross Skeate. 5/10

    Its why i don’t rate Ross, does some good things but misses the basics as a lock. To soft.

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.08.10 16:46:15 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • oh weeeeesssaaaaaaallllleeeeeeeee……. 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.08.10 16:49:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 17) : Him and Charl need a haircut….

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.08.10 16:53:49 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 17) : I’m afraid I agree with you. People see the odd great run on the wing and mistake that for effective donkey work. I’m afraid I’m yet to be convinced that he should start ahead of Hargreaves.

    General rule of thumb – the less you see of a lock on the field, the better.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.08.10 17:17:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : yes, which is why it was so difficult to pick locks for my team of the week ; locks and props were the only positions I had to think about a little

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.08.10 17:42:04 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 21) : no team of the week from me 😥 have not watched a single rugga game this weekend 😕 – must be the reason of my bad mood.

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.08.10 17:45:47 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 21) : you’r such a natural, dude 🙂

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.08.10 17:58:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 22) : hi to little on SW missed the lot of u’s on sat when the game was on
    Sharks were great Lambie started off a bit shit but in the old end that guys make to want him on the team and man of the match he must be very proud of himself :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.08.10 18:13:31 by chaz Reply

  • @chaz (Comment 24) : 😀 far too little sister. have the game recorderd and will watch once manage to spare a minute.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.08.10 18:21:10 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • Bastard!! 👿

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.08.10 18:35:03 by wpw Reply
  • I would give skeate (6) and Jacques more, they played really hard in a team not suited to their style.

    Botes (6) especially, he did his job just like always, the problem was he had no support.

    I would give Keegan (4), he didn’t even try to change his game, he got the ball on the wing more than both our wings.

    Beast, (5), he was good in carrying the ball, but I was a little disappointed that he didn’t get stuck in around the rucks, I was hoping to see a little improvement in ball retention after he came on, but he kept himself a little scares on defense.

    I would still give Alberts 6 or (7), he was quiet, but quietly made a difference. We got over the advantage line more and kept possession more, and made a couple huge tackles to keep them on the back foot.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.08.10 19:26:35 by Letgo Reply
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  • I want Piet Lindeque to play 13 this weekend.

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.08.10 20:07:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 26) : who is that is a bit harsh don’t u think its all that hair they are cutting off i’m afraid 😥 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.08.10 20:12:56 by chaz Reply

  • One wonders where the sharks would of landed had iut not been for a destructive loose trio…damn it gives me great pleasure watching deysel get the ball n lift his arm for the push off…its actually his signature move..hehe

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.08.10 21:34:12 by shaniboi Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 30) : I’d rather not wonder about that at all. 🙂

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.08.10 21:37:18 by Letgo Reply
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  • Question for anyone: is either of the U21 or U19 13’s quick enough to do a sub-11 sec 100m?

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.08.10 23:37:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I think you got the ratings spot on, Rob, especially with little and large. Deysel made such a difference and Lambie goes from strength to strength – just hope they don’t move him around too much and he becomes the dreaded “utility player”. He’s too good for that. 😐

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.08.10 23:41:41 by Donald Reply

  • @Donald (Comment 33) : Yip, the sharks need to learn from past mistakes – Frans & Ruan. Choose a position, and let him make it his own.

    Happy with the ratings, bring on the Lions!

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.08.10 09:08:00 by Mole Reply

  • Rob,

    You may laugh at this but if Burden can be changed from a winger into a hooker there is no reason why Kyle cannot be transformed from a hooker into an inside center.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.08.10 09:24:34 by dawj Reply

  • This was a tense game indeed, there was much gained psychologically from this victory and lets hope we can build on this, pity about the injuries, but good to see the big guns coming off the bench and making an impressive impact, Deysel will take three weeks to get some momentum going and I am looking forward to see him and Alberts sucking in defence and creating structure… Alberts smoked Johnson in a huge hit, the best hit I’ve seen in sometime… I was not impressed with Macleod generally, although the best we have, he needs to work on his total game, he was the reason for quite a few turnovers… But a great talent and in time he will become a phenomena…

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.08.10 11:01:00 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • I must say I was most impressed with Eugene Van Staden. Good scrumager and gets around like a loosie. I think he will a regular starter after Sat. That scrum will dominate with Beast & Van Staden + our big loosie Alberts, Deysel & Kanko. Lions will be blitzed the Sat.

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.08.10 12:20:01 by Ernie Reply


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