Sharks player rating v Leopards

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 16 Aug 2010 at 09:20
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Another week goes by and the Sharks put in another superb performance, with the quality throughout the squad really starting to show. Another big “well-done” to all concerned is reflected in the ratings. As always, let me know where you agree or disagree with these (subjective) assessments.

1. Pat Cilliers: Patto was superb and responded beautifully to the challenge of Beast on the bench pushing hard for a spot. Dominant in the scrum – if only the idiot ref could have realised that! 8/10
2. Craig Burden: Going from strength to strength this season, Craig was again superb. Set pieces looked fine and he showed a high work-rate with ball in hand. 8/10.
3. Eugene van Staden: After a quiet start to his Sharks career, the big former Griquas man is really showing his value. Solid in the scrum and very prominent both on attack and defence. In this man and Wiehahn Herbst, we have two superb tightheads for the season. 8/10
4. Ross Skeate: His best performance to date. Skeate was simply immense and showed a high work-rate and superb skills. 9/10
5. Alistair Hargreaves: Can’t wait for the stats this week, because I reckon they’ll show that Hargs did an absolutely HUGE amount of the donkey work in order to allow Skeate a little more freedom. 8/10
6. Jacques Botes: Ever-present at the breakdown and did his beavering best to supply quick ball to his team (and slow ball to the other guys). Put in a few of his trademark linking runs too. What an asset! 8/10
7. Keegan Daniel: Immense work-rate, amazing skill and anticipation and showed strength on the burst that belies his size. Keegan is in the form of his life would probably be playing international rugby if he had been born anywhere other than South Africa. 9/10
8. Willem Alberts: Again truly superb. Played a huge role in re-starting a few promising moves after Kockott has done his best to stall them through slow service. 8/10

9. Rory Kockott: While perhaps a little unfair to compare him to Charl McLeod, that’s all we really have to go on and the fact is, Rory isn’t up to the standard of his former understudy. Far too often caught out of position and his service is too slow. Also takes wrong options way too regularly. Did well to score a trademark try, though. 5/10
10. Pat Lambie: Didn’t have quite as easy a ride this week, given the ball he got. Still did well to dictate the play and vary his options. Stood up well to a couple of dangerous late charges and maintained his composure throughout. The only small criticism is that one or two of his kicks looked a little aimless, but for the moat part, another accomplished performance at pivot. 8/10
11. Lwazi Mvovo: What a gem we have unearthed in this chap. Pace, Power and enthusiasm to burn. If only Bryan Habana could play like this. 9/10
12. Andries Strauss: Mr Solid was again just that. Strauss showed that in a backline full of x-factor players, sometimes all that’s needed is a guy who can execute the basics well to be in position when required and act as the link. Superb on defence, as always. 8/10
13. Stefan Terblanche: Made me eat my hat by putting in a wonderful display this week, including two great tries. Did he perhaps look his best when forcec to replace Ludik at fullback, though? Stef’s best outing in Sharks colours this season. 9/10
14. Odwa Ndungane: A promising return from injury. Really works hard and gets involved in everything. 7/10
15. Louis Ludik: Coming back to his best form and starting to look dangerous with ball in hand. Scored his maiden Sharks try to boot. 8/10

16. Bismarck du Plessis: Bismarck’s discipline was shocking and the 3 penalties he conceded within the space of 10 minutes completely halted the momentum late in the game. 3/10
17. Beast Mtawarira: After spending way too much time on the sidelines, Beast is back and he’s dangerous as always. How is Plumtree ever going to choose between him and Cilliers for the next game? 8/10
18. Steven Sykes: Didn’t really get enough time for a fair rating, but didn’t do anything wrong.
19. Mike Rhodes: Very visible and very busy when he replaced Alberts. Showed a fair turn of pace on occasion and created one of Terblanche’s tries with a superb breakdown steal. 8/10
20. Charl McLeod: The difference was immediate when he was introduced, as he just brings so much more pace and continuity to the game than Kockott does. He MUST start against Province. 8/10
21. Monty Dumond: Full of running and proved a valuable attacking option against a tired Leopards defence. 7/10
22. Riaan Swanepoel: Swannie’s defence was perhaps THE single biggest reason that the Leopards failed to score a try, despite some frantic attacking play late in the second half. The lad is enjoying something of a renaissance after being dropped earlier in the season and was again creative on attack. Could 13 be his best position? 9/10


  • Thanx Rob.. Insightful as always..

    Who would you rate as your Man of the Match?

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.08.10 09:29:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Nice to see Dries and Swannie stepping up. Both playing well, perhaps its the thought of JLP and Bosman arriving soon! They may be looking for other offers.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.08.10 09:34:45 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Skeate

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.08.10 09:40:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bismarck needs to sort himself out. He looks over eager and is attempting the Bakkies Botha theory of all balls and no brains.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.08.10 09:42:23 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • Think swannies a tad slow 4 13 but he did make a great line break, first 1 4 a while and his defence was awesome. Pretty much spot on with the ratings imho

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.08.10 09:43:16 by RuckingFun Reply

  • @RuckingFun (Comment 5) : I DO put a lot of thought into them πŸ™‚ Glad you approve.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.08.10 10:17:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • One would swear you guys just beat the Bulls the way you’re going on!! 😈 πŸ˜†

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.08.10 10:21:32 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 7) : I agree…it WAS only the Leopords πŸ™„

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.08.10 10:24:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • ‘Keegan is in the form of his life would probably be playing international rugby if he had been born anywhere other than South Africa.’

    ……. or New Zealand ! πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.08.10 10:24:56 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : Been there done that!

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.08.10 10:25:24 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 9) : yea yeah, ok maybe.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.08.10 10:25:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 7) : how many tries did your lot score against the Bulls? Bearing in mind this is the weakest Bulls side in years…

    We scored 5 against them, just so by the way.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.08.10 10:26:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.08.10 10:28:28 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I cannot wait for Sat!!!!!
    Interested to see who gets the starting berths this weekend ie Beast v Cilliers, Skeate v Sykes.
    Agree that McLeod must start, the quickest distributing 9 in SA at present, none of this two-step pass crap!
    Lets pack out the Tank this weekend and give WP a proper welcome to DBN! 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.08.10 10:33:52 by Mole Reply

  • This weekend’s game will be a humdinger. That WP defence is pretty water tight. A real pity we don’t have the bulldozing Deysel to open a few holes for us. O well, Albets will just have to take on that responsibility with Daniels and Botes feeding of him.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.08.10 10:57:07 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 15) : who’s Daniels? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.08.10 11:01:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :

    And yet you are still second on the log.

    We put 50 past Griquas. Remind me what the score was when you guys played them?? 😈 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.08.10 11:01:41 by wpw Reply
  • Ok, going out on a limb here, but well done Lions!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.08.10 11:02:12 by Mole Reply

  • not sure if i agree with Kockett rating One thing he needs to start next week we are going to need a reliable kicker as good as Lambie is his kicking for poles has been average and against WP it will bite us in the butt

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.08.10 11:04:07 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : And your point is ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.08.10 11:06:22 by Charlie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 17) : by one point. Let’s see what happened this weekend.

    Oh, and please send me your BB pin. I lost all my contacts

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.08.10 11:10:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Just call me Warren :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.08.10 11:22:04 by Farlington Reply

  • @Farlington (Comment 22) : haha! Clever πŸ™‚

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.08.10 11:32:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 10) : got the t-shirt too hahaha

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.08.10 11:47:20 by richzed Reply

  • Bismarck’s stupidity will cost us against a team like the WP. I think we have to start with the guys who is showing better form. Cilliers, Burden and Mcleod.

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.08.10 13:07:58 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 25) : agree that Burden and Charl *must* start against WP.

    Beast v Pat is 50-50 thing.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.08.10 13:25:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 25) : Couldnt agree more… Bismark needs game time, but not against WP…

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.08.10 13:38:42 by Mole Reply

  • If we keep beast and bismark on da bench and den bring em on with 20-30 min left they can give us good go forward ball and perhaps we can hav a repeat late game blitz like da cheetahs game, especially as da bulls softened em up a bit 4 us. Well dats wat im hoping 4 at least!

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.08.10 18:29:45 by RuckingFun Reply

  • Agree, and Kockett needs 2 learn he is a scrumhalf not a forward! sorry that u weren’t given a larger body rory!

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.08.10 19:24:47 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • Sharks are playing well but it was against the leopards so not much to read into this performance but the Macleod ,Lambie ,Strauss combination is paying rewards now Sharks need a outside centre pref not swanpoel to slow sharks hav the weapons now hope plum keeps his new found insight

  • Comment 30, posted at 17.08.10 03:02:01 by zvision10 Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 7) : I wish I was here to make this comment earlier when the chances that someone might actually read was more than 0, but here goes one just for fun.

    You’re only saying that, because WP is playing us (the Sharks) next and you know as well as we do, that the Sharks are playing some excellent rugby right now.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.08.10 15:09:33 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : πŸ˜† , we should correct every Supersport commentator with that one. Keegan Danniels and Patrick CillierS. 😐

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.08.10 15:13:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 19) : Kocket needs to start????????

    No ❗

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.08.10 15:16:48 by Letgo Reply
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