Sharks player ratings v Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Feb 2011 at 08:00
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The Sharks recorded a 24-9 victory over the Cheetahs at Kings Park on Saturday. Let’s have a look at how the individual performed in my completely subjective analysis.

1) Beast Mtawarira. Brought into the starting lineup as a late substitute, Beast was all fire and brimstone and did a particularly good job of destroying WP Nel in the scrum. 8/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Bizzie was up and down. He scored a great try to put the game out of sight, but will admit that his basics and discipline were poor on the day. No fewer than five lineout throws went wrong and there was also a penalty for pushing Andries Strauss to answer for. 6/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. The doctor is turning into a world-class prop. He had the better of Coenie Oosthuizen all day and did some yeoman work on defence too. 7/10
4) Steven Sykes. Busy and industrious as ever and part of a tight five that got on top early and stayed there all day. 7/10
5) Alistair Hargreaves. Had a very active game, but must take his share of blame for the lineout woes. Also conceded a few silly breakdown penalties. 6/10
6) Jacques Botes. Was all over the park and scored the opening try, before going off injured early on. 8/10
7)Willem Alberts. His usual self. What more can we say? A deserved man of the match, yet again. 9/10
8)Ryan Kankowski. Really played the tight role to perfection and was a great foil for Alberts. Showed that he is more than just a fancy runner. 8/10

9)Charl McLeod. Directed the game well, as he usually does, but battled a bit with the slippery ball and guilty of a few wayward kicks. 6/10
10)Pat Lambie. Calm and in control all day long. Returned an 80% place-kicking success rate and dictated the play well, despite one or two aimless kicks from hand. 7/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Had bitterly few chances, yet tried to make ground where he could. 6/10
12) Meyer Bosman. A quiet game for the new boy, who didn’t have much to do on a day when the tactic was to kick. 6/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. The captain kept control and ensured the win and his decisions were mostly sound. Had little ball to attack with, but stood his ground defensively. 7/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Enjoying the last game of his 20s, Odwa was very good – the pick of the Sharks backs. He was a rock under the high ball and injected pace and urgency into every move that involved him. 8/10
15) Louis Ludik. A solid outing from a brave and exciting player. Ludik looked to attack wherever possible and a few fumbled high balls were the only blot on his copybook. 7/10

16) Craig Burden. Not on long enough to be rated, but did manage a good lineout throw or two.
17) Eugene van Staden. Carried on the good work in the scrums and was prominent on the drive and on defence. 8/10
18) Anton Bresler. Not on long enough to be rated.
19) Keegan Daniel. Incredibly busy and big on defence, but it was not the sort of game to suit Keegan’s skills. 6/10
20) Conrad Hoffman. Not on long enough to be rated.
21) Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Fluffled his lines with his first kick at goal and was also guilty of some wayward handling. Pottie can – and will – only improve from here. 6/10
22) Adi Jacobs. Not on long enough to be rated.


  • Was a good game!!! except for the rain that just would not go away – we got slightly wet but remained in our seat to the end. Good start for the season, GO SHARKS GO GO GO!!!!!! I did miss Rory on the field 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.02.11 08:11:29 by Ardent Shark Reply
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  • I thought our locks did brilliantly after not getting much game time in the preseason, both of which returned from injuries.

    The lineouts will get better as they will actually train and not have to pass fitness tests..

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.02.11 08:26:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • You are a generous man, on Saturdays performance, not many would have got more than 6 max 7 out of 10 for their performance you do not leave much room for improvement??

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.02.11 08:38:16 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 3) :

    I think the ratings are based on how well they adjusted to the conditions, and how they kept the Cheetahs out the game..

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.02.11 08:43:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Rating are a bit generous I think.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.02.11 08:51:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) :

    We won by 15 points?!?!?!

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.02.11 08:52:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : I want to leave more room for improvement 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.02.11 08:54:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • adi should get a negative for yet another basic knock-on. after watching waylon on saturday, i am wondering if the sharks kept the better centre.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.02.11 09:04:16 by try time Reply

  • Decent first outing in kak conditions.

    But you will need to up your game against the Blues, they look damn hot (and may I add my pre-season pick to end up champs)

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.02.11 09:07:05 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 9) : hey until your team get’s legitimate log points you can’t say anything. 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.02.11 09:12:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    Hey we got as many as you okes, without breaking a sweat!

    How silly is that though, who decided on that?

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.02.11 09:19:08 by Morné Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 11) : It was O’neills way of ensuring the Rebels get points this year. 🙂 It is a scoring system that is being adopted from the NRL it seems. (Jarson sent me a link)

    One would think that such a radical piece of information would be well publicised. Ah well serves me right for expecting logic.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.02.11 09:26:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I noticed that the log on this site has gifted the stormers 4 points. Is there something I’m missing? 😕

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.02.11 09:30:53 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 11) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : It’s blerrie insane. 👿

    Did anyone from SANZAR explain what the point of it is? 🙄 Cause I can’t see the point. 😐

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.02.11 09:35:56 by McLovin Reply

  • This 4 points for a bye still doesnt make sense, and I couldn’t find anything to officially explain the reasoning behind it. 🙄

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.02.11 09:36:40 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Why not just give everyone their bye points at the start and get it over with? 🙄

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.02.11 09:37:31 by McLovin Reply

  • @CapeShark (Comment 13) : It’s not just on this site.

    As far as we can determine the S15 gives each team 4 points when they play a bye. There has been no official announcement from SARU or SANZAR on the matter but the official Aus and NZ S15 sites (SA doesn’t have one) list the Stormers as having 4 points.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.02.11 09:37:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 15) : It’s f*££(ng bedonnerd is what it is. 👿

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.02.11 09:38:58 by McLovin Reply

  • I also read that there might be a change in how bonus points is awarded. I cant remember where or how exactly, but its sounds like you have to score 3 tries more than your opponent to get the bonus. So basically the losing team wont ever get 2 bonus points.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.02.11 09:40:37 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • Fair analysis, as this is a Sharks fan site :mrgreen: I think journos would have rated differently, because we cannot go 11/10 when we are firing on all cylinders, but fair in view of the conditions and start of the season. Mid way through the tournament and judging would have been more harsh.

    Trust that when the game is more stable our subbies are used more efficiently. Also would rather have Swanie than Adi on the bench.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.02.11 09:41:52 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : all I can surmise is that it makes it easier to see a teams relative position on the log because they don’t lose points when the play a bye.

    So now you have the situation where a team has a game in hand and are level on points with the others.

    We may think SANZAR are twits, but they are clever, they have no website to contact them through for a reason 🙂

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.02.11 09:42:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I have found more logs giving the Stormers 4 points than logs giving them 0 points. So imo it has to be official then 😕

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.02.11 09:42:57 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Sanzar and clever in one sentence? 😯

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.02.11 09:44:43 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) :

    Thats the thing, eliminates game-in-hand scenario.

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.02.11 09:45:01 by Morné Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : That actually makes sence.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.02.11 09:45:39 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : I suppose…

    Going to take me a while to get over it though. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.02.11 09:46:36 by McLovin Reply

  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 22) : It is official. It is a SANZAR ruling, it is official. But agree the reasoning is vague, must be to simplify the weekly debate as to where teams stand during the week. Points management is supposedly easier to analyse.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.02.11 09:47:19 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • So it eliminates the game in hand scenario and creates a new one where a team with a game in hand could still be level with the others……

    this was designed for the NRL where it is difficult to determine who is more drunk or high, the spectators or the players, so they could just look at the log without having to look if their was a game in hand or not.

    Look on the bright side. We can remove the “played” coolumn from the log because all teams will be deemed to have “played” the same amount of games at any stage in the season.

    Fooking stupid if you ask me.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.02.11 10:15:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 28) : this was designed for the NRL where it is difficult to determine who is more drunk or high, the spectators or the players

    Thanks for the first proper chuckle of the morning 🙂

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.02.11 10:23:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Fair rating except I would give Kanko less. He never ever passes the ball any more. All the opposition needs to do is drift with him and wait until he tries to break inside and nail him.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.02.11 11:56:47 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Good assessment…I will just drop Sykes a point…your locks were not good…
    Bizzie will have a tough time throughout the comp if they don’t start mixing it up more…no one is taking control of the linouts in the side…

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.02.11 21:27:47 by Hmmm Reply

  • Worried about our sh back-up..

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.02.11 13:16:50 by bergshark Reply

  • Shouldve kept kockott 🙁

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.02.11 13:17:46 by bergshark Reply


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