Sharks player ratings v Chiefs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Mar 2011 at 07:34
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Man, this is always so much harder to do after a loss, isn’t it? Let’s have a look at a very subjective assessment of how the guys went in Hamilton.

1) John Smit. Looked all right in the scrums and did a good job of keeping the troops going for the 55 minutes he was on the field. Still finding his way back in, though and it was really not a game to write home about. 6/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Was again the pick of the Sharks forwards from a physicality point of view (along with Alberts) and his work rate is truly second to none. One can’t ignore the fact that his discipline was a factor this week, though, along with some more sloppy lineout work. 7/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Did his bit in the scrums, but was also seriously lacking in the discipline stakes and also seemed to miss a tackle or two. 5/10
4) Steven Sykes. Did the basics well, but didn’t stand out in any way. 6/10
5) Alistair Hargreaves. Was quite prominent in a the tight phases, but must take his share of the blame for the patchy lineouts. 6/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Good on defence, but did little with ball in hand and guilty of a few bad knock ons. 6/10
7) Willem Alberts. The Sharks go-forward man was again in fine form. Funny that his hands didn’t disappear along with the rest of the team’s. 8/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Another very strong, physical showing, but the Hoff needs to rediscover the spark that makes him so dangerous with ball in hand. 7/10

9) Charl McLeod. Mostly good, with quick service that lacked a little accuracy at times. Tactical kicking was poor, though. 6/10.
10) Pat Lambie. Another strong showing – Pat was assured and confident in horrible conditions and his kicking, both tactically and at posts, was of a high standard. 8/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Looked to get involved in the play and was unlucky not to score once or twice. 7/10
12) Mayer Bosman. Looked all at sea, frankly. I guess it never rains like that in the Free State! While he made his tackles count, Meyer unfortunately added next to nothing on attack this time out. 5/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. His night was characterised by a leaden-footed attacking display, coupled with some truly awful tactical kicking. A night he’d rather forget. 4/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Worked hard as usual, but had zero opportunities really and lacked the pace to make any sort of impact when he did get the ball in hand. 6/10
15) Louis Ludik. Not a great outing for the former Lion, with his kicking from hand and competing in the air both found wanting. Positional play was good, though and his defence also sound. 5/10

16) Craig Burden. On a day when we really needed any sort of spark out there, it’s baffling that Burden wasn’t used.
17) Beast Mtawarira. Scrummed well and made a few carries, but was also quiet by his own standards. 7/10
18) Anton Bresler. Not on long enough to be rated.
19) Jacques Botes. Came on for Kankowski and unfortunately had little impact. 5/10
20) Conrad Hoffman. Unused sub.
21) Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Not on long enough to be rated.
22) Adrian Jacobs. Looked alert and alive out there, but alas, his fellow backs seemed unable to get the message and capitalise on what he tried to do. 7/10


  • What a frustrating game this was to watch and probably to play in as well. Hoping for an better game at Twickenham.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.03.11 09:04:36 by war1 Reply
  • okey, so i did not watch the Rebels or the Chiefs game in full, as i was at work, but could this slump in form not have something to do with John Smit`s return? i very much doubt that, but maybe he`s has not got the troops rallying behind him as he always managed to do? i know i cant possibly pin the slump on one oke, its surely a team thing, but as motivated and confident we played against the blues and force, so unconfident we played against the rebels and Chiefs (the parts i saw).

    in all its still a very productive tour with 11 points from 3 games, but if we lose against the crusaders and stormers, i`m affraid that all confidence will be lost by then.

    GO SHARKS!! you can do it!

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.03.11 09:11:43 by VanWilder Reply

  • Apparently Lambie injured a finger and is doubtful for the weekend, atleast untill further tests has been done.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.03.11 09:25:54 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • The Sharks D was top notch again. Perhaps if the game had to be played over again in the same poor conditions, we would opt to kick the ball long and take our chances with Sivie, Nanai-W and Masaga running it back at us from deep, backing our defence to stop them short of the frontfoot line.
    Mike Delany was outstanding, he really looked up for the challenge and hurt us badly.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.03.11 09:37:23 by beet Reply
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  • I didnt watch the game and glad I didnt, I wouldve gotten angry 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.03.11 09:39:21 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • rob you are a bit generous with the du plessis brothers. 9 points came from their ill discipline. those 9 points lost us the game. nevermind bissies poor lineout throwing. smit might be sluggish but he did more for the team than the two plus threes. what i don’t understand is why is bissie doing what our loosies should be doing at breakdown? watching brussow on saturday i realised our loosies are average.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.03.11 09:43:40 by try time Reply

  • both locks deserve a negative point for their part in lineout mess.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.03.11 09:44:54 by try time Reply

  • as for stefan is his age finally catching up with him, because he is getting worse as the competition is progressing?

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.03.11 09:46:26 by try time Reply

  • rob you are also lenient with charl. this was his worst game for a year. granted it is still better than rory would have been.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.03.11 09:48:01 by try time Reply

  • ryan kankowski is predictable and chiefs stopped him all game. the team was far more effective when botes came on. you are far too generous here.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.03.11 09:49:57 by try time Reply

  • you are a little tough on botes. i agree with the commentators here, the sharks looked better when botes replaced kankowski. the kiwi commentators were impressed with his work rate.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.03.11 09:52:08 by try time Reply

  • well the tackle stats show just how bad the sharks ball retention was. 194 tackles to 67. that is just plain dumb rugby. the worrying thing is the sharks are defending more as the tournament progresses. this is going to burn the players out. and it is all due to bissie and the locks poor linout performances, and poor tactical kicking and ball retention from the backs. not surprising when the backline captain is unimaginative and is boot happy.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.03.11 10:20:49 by try time Reply

  • ja rob the stats support my feelings that botes outplayed ryan. he was beter in almost every department.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.03.11 10:24:25 by try time Reply

  • yup the du plessis brothers accounted for 5 out of 9 penalties. and 9 points against the sharks. this is shocking and plumtree needs to address this urgently.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.03.11 10:29:08 by try time Reply

  • Charl proved me wrong,I did not like him,but he isn’t making the right decisions at the moment.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.03.11 10:51:36 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Interesting assessment Rob, I cry every time I see Willem Alberts in a sharks Jersey, but you are going to have to give him a rest soon or else you risk him going the same route as Deysel. What has happened to him is he training yet ? Kanko is totally out of form at the moment, he is playing sideways rugby at the moment, but he is class, so hopefully he will find some form in the future, I would not have given him more than 5.
    I fear for the Sharks on Sunday though, the Crusaders are playing pretty awesome rugby at the moment. Give them a go and then I believe you have a very good chance of winning this trophy!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.03.11 11:41:57 by Whindy Reply
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  • Charl cost us with that brainless penalty he conceded. . .

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.03.11 12:03:10 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 6) : Brussow was sensational on Sat. To come back from such a bad injury and perform like that was incredible. I’ve always maintained that the Boks missed him even more than FDP last season.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.03.11 15:02:05 by Villie Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 7) : I’m starting to get a bit concerned with the lineout now. It hasn’t functioned all tournament yet. It’s a vital area in the modern game, so we have to get it sorted and soon!

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.03.11 15:04:35 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 19) : agree with you.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.03.11 15:23:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 17) : Yes he is like another flanker…

    But I am to hard on the guy.

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.03.11 21:39:11 by Honey Badger Reply

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