Sharks player ratings v Blues

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 28 Feb 2011 at 07:09
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Another good win and a far better overall team performance from the Sharks this weekend sees the average rating out of 10 move upwards, as you would expect. There was some criticism last week that the ratings were on the high side and left little room for improvement… my retort is that any win in Super Rugby by two clear scores or more shows that you must have done a lot more right than you did wrong and the same applies to this week’s ratings.

1) Beast Mtawarira. A good showing against a Blues front row full of big names. Beast was his usual tigerish self in the loose and never took a step back in the scrums. 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Lineouts vastly improved this week and Bissie looked to get stuck in all over the show, but his ball-carrying technique wasn’t up to scratch and he made little ground as a result. Also guilty of some selfish play at times. 6/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Again the rock and anchor around which the pack supremacy was built, although quite in open play. Put in a few good tackles, though. 7/10
4) Steven Sykes. Some strong runs and worked well in tandem with Hargreaves, showing good understanding between the pair. 7/10
5) Alistair Hargreaves. Was incredibly industrious out there, showing a high work-rate and superb hands for a tight forward. Bossed the lineout and was generally in great form. 8/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Keegan’s pace was so telling on defence, where he regularly got right in amongst the Blues backs and caused real havoc before they even knew he was there. Such a skillful player, he had a busy outing to mark his 50th cap. 8/10
7) Willem Alberts. So much has been spoken about the silly decision not to pass with a 2-man overlap that the many good things that Big Vic did have been overlooked. He was, once again, a hugely effective ball carrier and was responsible for so many of the truly massive hits that the Sharks used to rob the Blues of momentum. Not his best game from a decision-making point of view, but his value is clear. 6/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. The Hoff continues to develop the tighter aspects of his game and against the Blues he was given a little more room to run as well, which he did with his usual aplomb. Such a valuable team member. 8/10
9) Charl McLeod. If Charl put a foot wrong out there, I’m afraid (or pleased) to say I don’t recall seeing it! Shook off an injury concern during the week to deliver yet another fine performance – one of his best. 9/10
10) Pat Lambie. I honestly can’t see how you could want a flyhalf to do more – or be more influential in a game – than Pat on Saturday. His kicking, handling, running and tackling were all simply superb. 9/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Some typically strong runs from Lwazi, who needs to get more involved because he is the most potent strike runner we have. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. Meyer was prominent on defence and showed good touches in distribution as well. 7/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. Once again, the skipper made his presence felt with his uncanny knack to pop up in the right place at the right time. Still not quite making those big breaks that one would like to see from an outside centre, but his value to the team is clear nonetheless. 7/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Another superb showing from the evergreen Odwa who makes up for a decreased top-end with strong defence, good anticipation and a frakly astonishing work rate for a winger. 8/10
15) Louis Ludik. An outstandingly accomplished effort from the fullback, who is going from strength to strength in this Sharks team. Louis was the best South African 15 on display this weekend by a comfortable margin and his efforts in the air, as well as on the counter, were crucial to the Sharks. 8/10

16) John Smit. The lineout woes that affected Bismarck last week seem to have found John this time around, with a few ugly misses blighting an otherwise encouraging performance after so long on the sidelines. 6/10
17) Eugene van Staden. Deserves full marks for the chip-and-chase which so nearly resulted in a try! Gena added a huge amount coming on against a tired pack and is rapidly becoming a crowd favourite at Kings Park. So sad to see him hurt. 8/10
18) Anton Bresler. Still finding his feet at this level, but he looks comfortable and understand his role well. Get stuck in all over the park. 7/10
19) Lambert Groenewald. Not on long enough to be rated.
20) Conrad Hoffman. Not on long enough to be rated.
21) Jacques-Louis Potgieter. The one-handed interception and quick hands to send JP Pietersen away for the match-winning try show that we ahve a player with superb skills in Potgieter. Turned the match on its head in an instant. 8/10
22) JP Pietersen. Nice to see him back on the field, not to mention the score sheet, at last. Did well to finish the try set up by Potgieter’s interception and used his size well on defence. 7/10


  • Couldn’t agree with you more..

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.02.11 07:17:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Agree almost on the money ,think alberts should get a bit higher maybe 7 and kanko lower again a 7.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.02.11 07:22:33 by Talent Reply
  • Great display by our team!

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.02.11 07:29:14 by Ice Reply
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  • The Sharks are playing very well so far.

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.02.11 07:33:28 by Loosehead Reply

  • What do missed opportunities mean to the Sharks? You all know I harp on about bonus points, and get quite irate when the Sharks waste theirs. Why do I get so mad?

    We have to look at the logs to see. The Sharks have been by far the strongest South African team, yet the log doesn’t show this. Whats worse is after 2 weeks the Waratahs have already started running away with it as I predicted, and already look like home final candidates. It is one of the problems with the new Super Ugby format, it looks after the weaker country. Not quite fair. Now because of this New Zealand and SA have to fight it out for the other home semi, yet they have the stronger teams in their conferences.

    Now the Bulls have been average in the first 2 games and sit with the Sharks at the top, while had Stefan not panicked in the first game, and Alberts not butchered two tries in the second, we would be up there with Waratahs, with a home game against them to bring them down to Earth. But now that home game could be enough just too close the gap of Sharks missed opportunities. The Sharks are going to lose games and this will put even more pressure on themselves.

    So is it the end of the road? No, but the Sharks have to realise they cannot waste anymore opportunities to get BP’s. I understand Plumtree’s thinking on looking at one game at a time, but as coach he should be looking at the big picture as well. The Sharks have a great tour ahead, the Aussie teams are looking beatable and so do the Chiefs. The Crusaders are a little shaken and may not be able to keep up their game for a while. So the Sharks have a great chance to get in a good position. But opportunities have to be taken. Securing a win is priority aim, but if the opportunities for BP’s present them, take them with both hands, never shy away.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.02.11 07:44:27 by try time Reply

  • I thought there was still a little bit of room for improvement in Charl’s play. Sharksworld better have an 11 on hand for when he does click.

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.02.11 07:46:20 by beet Reply
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  • Remember the team has had a chance to clear out the rust, John Smit only got his on Saturday. So I expect him to get better.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.02.11 07:46:55 by try time Reply

  • Agree with your ratings Rob.
    Now Conrad, please get the ball out when its available to get the backs moving. This is what’s been working!

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.02.11 08:00:57 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @beet (Comment 6) : I had a good look at the scrumhalves that played this weekend and Charl was head and shoulders above them all including a rusty Fourie du Preez. Charl’s passing and speed to the breakdown was magnificent. He’s never going to be as flashy as some other no 9’s but the value he adds in term of the team as a whole is what the ‘new’ Sharks are based on. I’ve always been a fan of Janno Vermaak but he is also now doing the 3 step before he passes and that wastes valuable seconds.

    The biggest difference between the Sharks from last year S14 and this year is McLeod and Lambie….no doubt in my mind.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.02.11 08:06:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : and the worst scrumhalf in the world is………no not Januarie, tewis de Bruyn. The Cheetahs have 2 minutes to win the game the idjoot stands behind the ruck wasting 30 seconds at a time trying to find someone to pass the ball to. and giving the players coaching lessons where to stand. naka lost the game for the cheetahs when he took sarel off. if i was a cheetahs supporter i would want his head on a silver platter.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.02.11 08:13:30 by try time Reply

  • I also think alberts should get an 8,he had some strong carries again.and re: the try : it almost looked as if toeava was moving on macleod ,alberts dummied coz it looked like toeava had macleod covered,and then toeava stepped into alberts again for the tackle.methinks toeava showed some brains in that situaion.

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.02.11 08:36:25 by bergshark Reply

  • @try time (Comment 10) : Very true…the Cheetah’s advertise their tactics for about 30 seconds before they execute. I was hoping for a Cheetah’s win but Tewis was just infuriating. I don’t really care about the Cheetah’s but I really wanted them to beat the Bulls. I was shouting at the TV for Tewis to get a move on.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.02.11 08:53:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Bang on with the ratings Rob. Isnt just lovely to be a sharks fan at the moment!

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.02.11 08:53:37 by billy Reply

  • @billy (Comment 13) : to borrow a line from Ronald McDonald; ‘I’m lovin it’ 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.02.11 08:59:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • Spot on Rob – a great team effort, and guys like Kanko, Mcleod, Lambie and Odwa (enough pace to catch Ranger from behind!)were superb.

    Our locks do everything well (Ali has phenomenal hands) but wish they were more competitive in the line-outs.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.02.11 09:13:15 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Hahahaha. My namesake….

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.02.11 09:13:46 by billy Reply

  • I’m pretty much in agreement with the ratings. Things I really appreciate at the moment:
    1) Alistair Hargreaves queitly going about the business of become an indispensible cog in the well-oiled machine that is the Sharks tight five. He’s had to live up to a lot of hype (and criticism), and he’s repaying his supporters (and muzzling the naysayers) in the best possible way – with consistent performances between the while lines
    2) Kanko demonstrating that he has the goods in tight situations, and settling the “Hoff vs. the overhyped steroids donkey from the Bulls” debate
    3) Louis Ludick: other than slow clearances by scrumhalves, the most infuriating trait in rugby players (for me) is fullbacks, who, when deciding to run the ball back, do it hesitantly and at half pace. Louis decides, commits, and runs hard and fearlessly. Everyone knows what a great buy Big Vic was, but Louis is still going to repay us in spades; watch this space!

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.02.11 09:21:22 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @try time , I agree. Also, if the Stormers had managed a bonus point win, they would have been top!

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.02.11 09:28:49 by Crock Reply

  • its so nice that a lot of critics,those that did not think the sharks were good anough to win against the best backline in superugby 2011, are very quite this morning. Maybe still going thru the tape to see where we paid the ref or something like wise, i’mm trilled out off my skin. I know it is still early but again, 8 point after 2 games is a long long way better than 3 points after 5 games. man its good to be a SHARK

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.02.11 09:35:37 by franshark Reply
  • @Culling Song (Comment 17) : i have to agree about Louis Ludick. he will get better and better. and even Odwa played brilliantly. that crosscover tackle on Ranger i think…

    i know its not the vodacom cup thread, but someone who impressed me in the game against the bulls was de Kock. geez, he runs well and reads the play so well. can someone tell me how old he is?

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.02.11 09:39:29 by VanWilder Reply

  • I’m sorry but the bull-in-shark-clothing doesn’t deserve an 8, for one interception…he’s gonna have to do more than that to impress me

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.02.11 09:40:49 by jessi Reply

  • @jessi, yep! My sentiments exactly.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.02.11 09:43:04 by Crock Reply

  • I read the match report on the Blues website, and I must say, it is nice to see that they are gallant in defeat, and accept that the Sharks were simply the better team on the day. Adding to this, the fans blogging on the site have a similar outlook; no sour grapes in evidence whatsoever.

    Lastly, it would seem that they too recognise that Kanko is really starting to mature into the complete package, as he is their nomination for man of the match.

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.02.11 09:50:10 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @jessi (Comment 21) : @Crock (Comment 22) : Doesn’t matter where he was and who he played for…he is a Shark now and he needs our full support. He is going to be very valuable to the Sharks campaign this year.

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.02.11 09:51:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @billy (Comment 16) :
    Not only did Odwa catch Ranger but he did it after tackling someone 10 – 20 odd meters back in the same movement. He was brilliant.

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.02.11 09:57:03 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : 😳 was meant to be @Big Fish (Comment 15) :

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.02.11 09:59:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • This was definately an improved performance!

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.02.11 10:09:19 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 5) : Agreed.

    If we look at the local competition in isolation we have reason to celebrate, but when you step back and take in the global picture we`re under some pressure.

    Gonna have to hope the `Tahs slip somewhere and we need some bonus points to catch up.
    Maybe scoring tries would be easier in the better conditions overseas? Here`s Hoping .. .

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.02.11 10:22:51 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Pokkel yeah but I still think we have enough talent in our own province + I don’t rate him that much…

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.02.11 10:34:01 by jessi Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : That was my moment of the match, who said Odwa didn’t have enough pace? Hauling the Blues danger man, brilliant stuff from Odwa!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.02.11 10:39:59 by war1 Reply
  • Think Odwa gets a 6 for me. He did nothing wrong but he looked as dangerous as a fruit fly out wide.The Blues just had so much more pace than him. Ditto with Bosman and Terblanche. We really don’t have shear pace in our back line at all.

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.02.11 10:41:43 by deanoelsch Reply

  • @jessi (Comment 29) : Just remember that JLP was signed when the Sharks didn’t have a flyhalf (even before Lambie started playing there) and with this long competition we will need him at some stage and he has Super rugby experience.

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.02.11 10:43:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Agree completely on the ratings. Alberts did a lot of good work, unfortunately his brain fart in not passing pi##ed me off for the rest of the game and when the Blues closed within 7 I was cursing him. But he did play well as always.

    Kanko starting to show he should be given the Bok 8 jersey and allowed to settle. People often say he has been given his opportunities and hasn’t taken them. But he has only been played in a starting position against the weaker teams with weaker players around him who don’t compliment his strengths. Pierre Spies given far longer to settle into the side, even when he was playing like rubbish and didn’t deserve to be there.

    Think we’re doing well so far and can hopefully have a good tour.

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.02.11 11:02:52 by Butchie34 Reply
  • @Pokkel @jessi . Must be a personal thing. From his U21 days, I had a dislike in the guy. Some players are just like that, unfortunate that he now plays for us!
    There are a few others like that I can name…

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.02.11 11:07:24 by Crock Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : I played with Scharl a couple of years ago…and his biggest attribute was his breaking runs from the loose…he and wilhelm kock won many a game for maties like that…I think in more time he would find his skin and really show us his best ability…he has a tendency to some games just take to long to clean…but if he stays spot on like saturday…I think he is going to keep hoffman on the bench again!!! I hope hoffy gets a 20min run each game…he is a good ball player and if given the chance will not let any team down…

  • Comment 35, posted at 28.02.11 11:33:51 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @Original Champion (Comment 28) : i had a chuckle at naas. last week he was going on about how bonus points aren’t that important, then this week when he saw waratahs looking like getting a home semi, there was a quick turnaround and he acknowldeged the value of the bp’s. they also questioned him about the rwc. so he said the boks must just win all their pool matches and then they must meet the all blacks in the final. only way sa will meet all blacks in the final is by losing a pool match.

  • Comment 36, posted at 28.02.11 11:48:59 by try time Reply

  • Hmm correct me if I`m wrong but doesn`t Lambie have a better kicking record than Steyn at the moment?

    Does that mean he is a shoe-in for WC 2011??

  • Comment 37, posted at 28.02.11 11:50:01 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @[email protected]@butchie34: what’s up with the snide remarks??ag nee ,man guys..:-(

  • Comment 38, posted at 28.02.11 12:18:49 by bergshark Reply

  • Let’s hope all sa’s goalkickers kick 90% and more ..

  • Comment 39, posted at 28.02.11 12:20:16 by bergshark Reply

  • Bismarck Du Plesis – The problem I’ve realised with him is as soon as he goes into a tackle and is still on his feet he just ends up standing there and shoving people out of the way instead of trying to work his way forward.

  • Comment 40, posted at 28.02.11 12:31:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 39) : That is true but he does give his support players time to get to him and the ball is usually retained.

  • Comment 41, posted at 28.02.11 12:38:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 40) : So Alberts doesn’t give his support players time to get to him? No sorry I don’t think you can look at it that way.

  • Comment 42, posted at 28.02.11 12:41:47 by Ben Reply
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  • @bergshark. Sorry, just one of those things. I do really hope that JLP can pleasantly surprise me. But my standards are quite high…

  • Comment 43, posted at 28.02.11 12:43:16 by Crock Reply

  • @Crock (Comment 42) : He is actually a very nice guy of the field.

  • Comment 44, posted at 28.02.11 12:46:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @Crock: jlp also sets himself very high standards,would like to believe.
    I think he is an excellent buy for the sharks -he is not just a very good rugby player ,he is also a tenacious competitor (and I value that characteristic in a sportsman highly),but not to the point of resorting to dirty play.
    Anyway,we’re all sharks fans 🙂

  • Comment 45, posted at 28.02.11 13:08:22 by bergshark Reply

  • No one had more doubts than me about JLP and the added pressure his presence on the bench put on SuperPat. But after his easy slotting into the centre on Saturday and the added dynamic it brought to our game, I feel much better about his future role in the team. It’s another dimension we can’t ignore and exciting to see him and Pat on the same field of play at the same time, with Pat retaining the No 10 shirt.

  • Comment 46, posted at 28.02.11 16:06:57 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • IHO charl had 2 kak games and I give him a 5.

    First time in a long time that I can say that.

  • Comment 47, posted at 28.02.11 20:47:16 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 47) : WHAT?

  • Comment 48, posted at 28.02.11 22:15:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : Bit harsh to say both games.

    Just against the blues.
    I am feeling a rory is developing,if you know what I mean.

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.02.11 22:22:27 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 49) : Take that back.

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.02.11 22:25:11 by Ben Reply
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  • No I thought I was the only one but alot of people think so,just not on the site and that is what actually matters.

  • Comment 51, posted at 28.02.11 22:29:58 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 51) : What do you mean presicely with a Rorry is developing?

  • Comment 52, posted at 28.02.11 22:32:12 by Ben Reply
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  • When he decides to snipe and there is two okes in front of him 😕

  • Comment 53, posted at 28.02.11 22:33:27 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 53) : That’s fine. Just as long as her cleans the rucks out quickly when he doesn’t pick and go.

  • Comment 54, posted at 28.02.11 22:35:39 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 54) : Yes,he must just remember that his quick ball delivery is his priority before he starts to think about sniping.

    Is it just me or has he started to snipe a lot more?

  • Comment 55, posted at 28.02.11 22:39:25 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 55) : Nah he did snipe in the currie cup as well. And quite succesfully too.

  • Comment 56, posted at 28.02.11 22:42:06 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 56) : Ok,maybe just not so effective the last few games?

  • Comment 57, posted at 28.02.11 22:43:55 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Night sharkies,and the few other 🙄
    Got to quit the job tomorrow,I can’t miss another game of rugby because of work on the weekend and not to mention the CWC.

    My heads in the right place.

  • Comment 58, posted at 28.02.11 22:56:12 by Honey Badger Reply

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