Sharks player ratings v Blue Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 6 Sep 2010 at 09:37
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Well, after seven rounds of good ratings, I’m afraid we need to come back down to earth with a bump here. Bear in mind that I have intentionally not looked at the match statistics before compiling these ratings, since they’re meant to be subjective. A detailed statistical analysis will follow later, as always.

1) Beast Mtawarira. Like most of the Sharks tight five, was sublime in the first half and totally anonymous in the second. Beast gave Frik Kirsten a real going-over in the scrums, but was found wanting later on when the young Rossouw de Klerk came on with fresh legs. The Bulls strategy of two props on the bench actually worked out for them and the Sharks were caught without a replacement for a rapidly tiring Beast. 6/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. The loss of Keegan Daniel early on had a knock-on effect, with Plumtree unable to send Craig Burden on for Bismarck. As a result, the burly Bok was forced to play 80 intense minutes, which I feel was a bridge too far at this stage of his rehabilitation. Bismarck was another to be huge in the first half, only to fall away drastically in the second. Lineout throwing was not to his usual high standard. 6/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. Herbst was massive in the scrum and totally destroyed Dean Greyling. There was a marked decline in scrum stability when he went off and although he did little in the loose, I thought it was an accomplished performance from the youngster. 7/10
4) Steven Sykes. Put in a few strong runs and ball carries, but seemed one of the worst culprits when it came to handling and should probably have been playing a bit more of a tight game. Still part of a strong pack showing in the first half, but disappeared with everyone else in the second. 6/10
5) Alistair Hargreaves. Alistair had a quiet game by his standards, despite scoring a great try late in the second half. Must take his share of responsibility for the lineout wobbles and as one of the leaders in the team, did little to arrest the second-half slide. 5/10
6) Jacques Botes. Played the linking role pretty well once Daniel went off, but one feels that his contributions at ruck time were missed as a result. Still, on balance, probably the Sharks best loose forward on the night. 7/10
7) Willem Alberts. Hard to give this man a low rating, since he was immense in the first half, before going off for blood. In an ideal world, he wouldn’t have come back out, since he was clearly affected by the knock. Was mostly invisible in the second period, like so man of his teammates. 7/10
8) Keegan Daniel. Was on his way to another superb performance before cruelly going off injured. His 35 minutes were good enough to get him 8/10

9) Charl McLeod. Not his usual accurate self, but nevertheless did his best to get the backs going, only for those a little wider to mess things up. McLeod did enough to secure a good individual rating and was better than Kockott, on the whole. 7/10
10) Pat Lambie. A poor overall game from the youngster, in which he varied his options poorly on attack and too often simply passed the ball on without trying to improve matters for those outside him. Lambie at his worst is still miles better than any other flyhalf option the Sharks had, though and he will learn from this display and come out firing next time. 5/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Needs to up his work rate – and drastically. He is our best finisher, yet he so seldom gets his hands on the ball. His try, though, was superb. 6/10
12) Andries Strauss. Did he play? Dries was, quite simply, anonymous throughout. Swannie must start the next game. 4/10
13) Stefan Terblanhce. The captain reverted to type under pressure, opting for safety first and stupid kicks that gave away possession. Where was the leadership on a day when the Sharks so badly needed it? 5/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Oddy has exactly the opposite problem to Mvovo. His work rate is exemplary, but he lacks the pace to finish. Was badly caught out for pace in the second half when he should have scored the try that would have put the result beyond doubt. 5/10
15) Monty Dumond. A late inclusion and again played out of position, Monty is doing his best, but is not the attacking option the Sharks need at fullback. Kicked away too much possession, although he did make a few impressive line breaks in the first half. 5/10

16) Craig Burden. Burds was forced to come on out-of-position at blindside flank and quite simply disappeared. 4/10
17) Eugene van Staden. At a time when fresh legs were needed to counter the Bulls’ renewed scrum threat, van Staden added nothing at all. 3/10
18) Anton Bresler. The best of the Sharks forwards, he was at least consistent in what he delivered over 80 minutes. Rode the bench like a real pro.
19) Mike Rhodes. Came on as a blood sub for Alberts, but didn’t do enough in five minutes to warrant a rating.
20) Rory Kockott. Did some good things with ball in hand and looked to add a bit of spark to an otherwise flat backline when he came on. Too often took the wrong option, though and his speed of service is still lacking. 5/10
21) Andre Pretorius. Did nothing worth mentioning, which is a pity given that we’ve brought him in because of his experience. 3/10
22) Riaan Swanepoel. Only on for ten minutes, but set up the last try with a frankly superb break. Swannie is a player reborn and needs another shot at the starting 12 jersey. 7/10

OK, now I’m off to look at the match stats! Let me know where I’ve got something wrong here.


  • Rob, I know the All Blacks all but proved that altitude is a problem, but do you think our Sharks are not fit enough?

    I read the same into a few of the remarks you made, where they all disappeared in the second half? Or am I completely off the mark?

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.09.10 09:53:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : well, I guess it’s possible, but they did finish strongly. Problem was mostly due to kak hands.

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.09.10 09:58:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Why oh why did Plum send on Burden for Keagan Daniel? Insane in the brain.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.09.10 09:58:58 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 3) : I actually think that was a good subsitution

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.09.10 10:01:25 by war1 Reply
  • botes should lose 2 points for possible tries he butchered due to soft knock ons.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.09.10 10:04:58 by try time Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 4) : Boet, I understand the logic as explained by the idiotic commentators but I am sorry. Where in the world do you sub a hooker on, when you have a No.8 go off?

    Get Rhodes on the park. Move Alberts to 8. Simple. Keep Burden to replace Bissie later on in the game.

    Playing flank is not just about carrying the ball. Its also defensive running lines, scumming, lifting in the lineouts, being a lineout option? All things that CB is not really well versed in.

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.09.10 10:05:02 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • but agree swannie has obviously been working hard with all the extra spare time he has. agree he should start this weekend. stefan needs to be dropped.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.09.10 10:09:27 by try time Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 7) : Man, I am an angry man today.. Guess that’s what happens when the Sharks and the Bok’s throw away leads!

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.09.10 10:10:59 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Oubaas2009 (Comment 7) : If it had worked out, it would have been ingenious. We are so fickle sometimes, if the Sharks scored the match-winning try at the end there we would have probably been full of praise for the team.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.09.10 10:18:18 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 10) : Plum was trying to be too clever. K.I.S.S

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.09.10 10:22:01 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 10) : Completely disagree with you there. Craig Burden added absolutely nothing to the flank position. And we didn’t play well enough to win because we were absolutely k*k for 20 minutes and let them in for 3 soft tries.

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.09.10 10:27:30 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Ummm…why the hell is my comment awaiting moderation??

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.09.10 10:32:59 by klempie Reply

  • You have to give the Bulls a lot of credit for their 2nd half performance. They showed a lot of character after we had them on the ropes in the first half.

    Unfortunately the Sharks had no answer in the second period and that was disappointing…especially against an extremely weakened Bulls outfit. Doesn’t bode well for when they are at full strength!!

    However we are still top of the log and as supporters we should not be too harsh. As long as the boys put this defeat behind them and come back strongly, then perhaps this will have been the kick up the backside needed.

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing. At the time, I also thought bringing Burden on at flank could prove to be a good idea but looking back it didn’t work and Burds was unable to add much to our game.

    Biggest disappointment for me was some of the defence in the 2nd half….we just opened up and made it easy for them. Looks like the Bulls have found another gem in young scrummie Snyman!

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.09.10 10:37:18 by Villie Reply
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  • I dont know if i missed it somewhere on a thread r article: But why the hell didn’t Ludik play? Please can someone clear that up?

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.09.10 10:40:33 by SharksRTB Reply

  • We are still desperately short of a quality 13. Adi can play there when fit but Strauss and Swannie are both 12’s, Oupa has done a decent job filling in…but he’s just a stop gap. Who have we got? Help me out!!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.09.10 10:41:47 by Villie Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 14) :

    Ludik injured his quad in training..

    It had nothing to do with his concussion.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.09.10 10:41:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 12) : because it has nothing to do with the current topic, because we do not encourage people posting entire articles as comments and because your intention in posting it is to try and stir up political discussion, as always.

    You want more reasons, or is that enough to go on?

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.09.10 10:46:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 12) : with you there. At the time, I thought it a masterstroke to bring CBB on at flank. Turned out to be a disaster.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.09.10 10:48:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    He musta got bliksemed a LOT at school, coz he just doesn’t seem to know how to NOT stir shit.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.09.10 10:52:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : not often enough

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.09.10 11:32:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    because it has nothing to do with the current topic, because we do not encourage people posting entire articles as comments

    I don’t have posting rights so I cannot post it as a separate thread. I’ve seen loads of instances of people posting articles.

    and because your intention in posting it is to try and stir up political discussion

    No. It really wasn’t. The fact that the RWC winning coach is wanting back in and making moves on that is newsworthy and has nothing to do with politics!! FFS!! 👿

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.09.10 11:39:17 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 21) : well, in that case, we have an article about that up already.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.09.10 11:40:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Yeah, I must say, it makes sense that a discussion follows a certain logical thread…

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.09.10 11:44:25 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : @CapeShark (Comment 24) :

    My post timestamped 10:03
    “Snake White slithering his way in” timestamped 10:36

    i.e. The relevant thread did not exist until AFTER I brought the issue to everyone’s attention by posting it. Funny that! 🙄

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.09.10 11:46:54 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 24) : ok – let’s nip this in the bud.

    Do you want posting rights? To me, it’s quite simple. You need to agree to sign up, 100%, to the editorial policy and I will gladly give you rights to post your own articles. My feeling is that the condition I impose (same one I impose on all other authors) is not palatable to you, however.

    Your decision.

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.09.10 11:57:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : I don’t want posting rights, but posting the odd article in a comments section should be fine (and I’ve seen others do it without censure!). I don’t do it very often (even once a month would be pushing it!) so what’s the problem? If you find that unacceptable then delete the post and repost it as an “In the news item”. Don’t make false accusations of politicising stuff when that is obviously not the case!

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.09.10 12:02:18 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 26) : you really want to argue that point, given your record here?

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.09.10 12:04:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : So because I have a record EVERYTHING I say has a political bent??? 🙄

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.09.10 12:07:18 by klempie Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 28) : to my mind, you have quite willingly forfeited the right to be assumed innocent until proven otherwise. That’s through your actions, not mine.

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.09.10 12:15:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 24) : Want some snot with those trane?

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.09.10 12:23:26 by Baldrick Reply

  • @klempie (Comment 28) : Want some cheese with that whine?

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.09.10 12:25:43 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 31) : @Baldrick (Comment 32) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.09.10 12:28:25 by klempie Reply

  • @ Klempie

    “The relevant thread did not exist at the time”

    We decided at 8am this morning to post an article, but it takes a bit longer to write an original than it does to copy and paste somebody elses article..

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.09.10 12:36:51 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 34) : Can I be blamed for not being aware that such an article was in the process of being authored?

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.09.10 12:39:35 by klempie Reply

  • There is no blaming here..

    You make out as if nobody on this site was aware of the news, and that we posted just because you put the article in as a comment..

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.09.10 12:44:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Aint no hateration and holleration in this here dancery… 😈

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.09.10 13:22:38 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 36) : hitting the hallucinogens early?

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.09.10 13:33:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) :
    Got to bed at 5, and up again at 8 to finish my research proposal.

    Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. 😉

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.09.10 13:42:12 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 38) : The best natural high in the world when you’ve worked through the night and finished something off nicely and got that “second wind” blowing up your arse. 😎

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.09.10 15:20:17 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 39) : Sounds like you could give Sting a run for his money :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 06.09.10 16:00:52 by CapeShark Reply
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  • I just watched the highlights. A masterful piece of obstructive play by Juandre Kruger in the run-up to his try.

  • Comment 41, posted at 06.09.10 16:14:49 by robdylan Reply
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