Sharks player ratings v Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 Jun 2011 at 09:21
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Another game where the Sharks were woeful for the first half of the match, before turning it on and playing some sublime rugby in the second. Unfortunately, against the Lions, it wasn’t enough to secure the win that they needed, leaving their future in the 2011 Super Rugby competition hanging in the balance. Let’s rate the individuals.

1) Beast Mtawarira. A quiet and subdued performance from the big man, although he started to come into his own a bit more in the second half. Still a far cry from the Beast at his best – a player who is one of the foremost in the world in his position. 5/10
2) John Smit. Technically accurate in the set pieces, but suffered from the general lack of intensity that seemed to affect the entire Sharks pack in the first half. 5/10
3) Eugene van Staden. Forced a number of scrum penalties, but his all-round contribution was negligible this week. 4/10
4) Steven Sykes. Looked busy in the first half and was solid in the lineouts. Still missing the hard edge that we saw from him last season, though. 6/10
5) Gerhard Mostert. High work rate throughout the game and emerged as the best forward tackler as well. Not enough of a lineout threat at 5, one feels. 7/10
6) Jacques Botes. Tackled his heart out, but had limited impact in any other phase of play. Bootsie is another who is looking seriously short of mojo at the moment. 4/10
7) Keegan Daniel. Played out of position at blindside and the role simply didn’t suit him. Tackled furiously as always and handled the ball a fair bit, but made hardly any ground with ball in hand. 5/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Made more line break and running metres than any other player in the Sharks team and maintained a perfect record on defence. Really came into his own when the Sharks started to play a faster game in the second half. 8/10

9) Charl McLeod. Again a little patchy behind a beaten pack in the first half, but started to look far more like “2010 Charl” in the second, where his quick service was instrumental in the team’s revival. 7/10
10) Pat Lambie. A superb all-round game from a player who has BMT in absolute bucket-loads. Missed only one kick all day and was instrumental in all of the Sharks tries. His accurate boot spared a few blushes on defence as well. Good job Pat! 9/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Far better defence than we saw against the Cheetahs, statistically and Lwazi showed superb ball skills to gather a rolling kick from Lambie to score the crucial try. Work rate remains a concern, but that may also be more due to game plan than anything else. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. Another good outing – although far better in the second half. Bosman’s defence was again good (made the most tackles) and he really started coming into his own as an important linking player with creative men on both sides of him. 7/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. Absolutely nothing to write home about again this weekend. Stefan had zero attacking impact at 13 and kicked away promising ball once or twice as well. 4/10
14) JP Pietersen. A quieter game than last week from a player that knows how to turn it on when required. Scored a cracking try and was generally solid on defence as well. 6/10
15) Louis Ludik. Suffered from the fact that the Sharks really had no ball at all while he was on the field. Had little to do, so there’s not much to rate him on. 5/10

16) Bismarck du Plessis. Brought fire and controlled aggression onto the park and his introduction coincided with a drastic upswing in the Sharks’ pack’s effectiveness. 8/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. A superb cameo from a superb young man. Why do we buy in players when we have talent like this lurking on the fringes of our squad? Carried the ball 6 times and crossed the advantage line every time. 8/10
18) Alistair Hargreaves. Threw himself around the park like a man possessed, but was a little loose on defence. Good effort, though. 7/10
19) Marcell Coetzee. Another youngster who belied his age to deliver a commanding and assured performance. We simply have to play this youngster regularly in the Currie Cup. 8/10
20) Fred Michalak. Didn’t look unfit to me! Added real unpredictability and a LOT of pace to the Sharks’ attack when he came on, which was instrumental in the turnaround. Forms a formidable attacking combination with Pat Lambie. 8/10
21) Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Unused sub.
22) Adi Jacobs. Together with Michalak, proved the catalyst that ignited the Sharks backline. 8/10


  • The change came when they brought balance back to the loose forward trio by bringing Marcell Coetzee on, we’ve seen it countless times, you simply cannot play Botes and Daniel on the flanks at the same time. You need a big ball running blindsider in combination with one of them and Kanko at 8… Anyway, good comeback, but they really have left themselves a mountain to climb. The Bulls are simply better at the moment.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.06.11 09:26:00 by The Quirk Reply
    The Quirk
  • I know I posted it in the other thread already, but I thought you might be interested to see this Rob:

    Can you enlighten us any further on whether the Sharks are considering utilising his services before the tournament is through?

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.06.11 09:26:41 by MerckZ Reply

  • AGree with all your markings except I was a bit harsher on Mcleod there was a time in 1st half when I thought he was looking for a chair to sit on he was taking so long behinf scrum but yeah was really improved in 2nd half.
    I’m starting to feel more positive for this week, everyone has already written us off and got the Bulls as playing the Blues and we know how the Sharks respond to that:). And I also remember a certain Frenchman turning his magic on @ Loftus not too long ago 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.06.11 09:33:21 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

    Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette
  • Pretty much in agreement with everything you wrote Rob. There were a lot of negatives in this game but I also believe a lot can be learnt from this game by the Sharks. Just about everyone on the bench put up their hand. Charl also played a lot better in the second half. Really hoping he has turned a corner.

    Something else I wanted to touch on. We’re in good shape regarding the flyhalves we’re taking to the World Cup. Granted Butch had a brain explosion but otherwise both of them delivered commanding performances.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.06.11 09:50:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Minus 5 to everyone for yet again only playing for 40mins. And minus 10 to Plumtree and the entire Sharks management. for not getting things done, like defensive and attacking coaches that actually knows how to do the job.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.06.11 09:54:13 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • I was really concerned that the Sharks didn’t even seem to attempt to compete at the breakdown especially in the 1st half.

    I don’t recall seeing 1 counter ruck in the entire game. Very disappointing.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.06.11 10:07:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 5) : I second that

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.06.11 10:07:42 by Poisy Reply
  • @Jarson(addicted)Comment 5 – I second that especially the minus ten to management – its appalling that a team of this calibre doe snot have top notch specialists in place. 😕 😕 😕

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.06.11 10:07:58 by Caratacus Reply

  • It has become clear that there are a number of issues to be sorted out in Durban. Coaching, leadership, mentality.

    A lot has been written of late regarding the Sharks’ coaching team (or lack thereoff). Whilst the Stormers and Bulls have seven dedicated coaches, we only have three (with convoluted roles to boot). It is clear that we urgently need to get a sports psychologist on board. No modern team can consider a sport psychologist a luxury, it is an absolute necessity.

    Our much vaunted leadership is no longer a factor. Neither John Smit nor Stefan Terreblanche have what it takes to turn a team around. On Saturday we were on the backfoot for as long as they were on the field. It is only after they were subbed that we started with a revival. Should we then not perhaps finally appoint Keegan and Alistair as our captains? A change of guard could only benefit a rudderless team.

    I also find it perplexing that we allow the same issues to bite us week in and week out. Chapters have been written about our midfield yet we persist with the same two blokes all season long. Stefan started every single game whilst Meyer started every game except the one against the Bulls. Adi has shown to be enterprising on attack and willing on defense, whilst JL Potgieter has had very limited opportunities. We should have started with that particular midfield several weeks ago.

    Unfortunately on both our selections and choice of captaincy there seems to be an escalation of commitment by the coaching staff. In stead of reckognising that something is wrong, the maintain their belief that things will be better next time. The saying goes that only a fool believes he will get different outcomes by doing the same thing the same way twice.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.06.11 10:08:46 by King Shark - Kanko at 12! Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 5) : Its monday I know, but thats a bit harsh… 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.06.11 10:08:46 by Mole Reply

  • Spot on Rob ,thought John Smit was actually one of the better forwards in the park . Ryan Kankowski needs a flipin slap becuase if he always played like that then he would be a shoe in for the incumbent number 8 jersey.

    In terms of attack why do we expect so much with a fullback who is more one dimensional than zane kirchner ,a wing who never looks for work and an outside center who has absolutely no capacity on attack ,perhaps less than coenie oosthuizen.

    @MerckZ (Comment 2) : I think the sharks need to change their philosophy .They need to retain trophy winners like frans steyn and ruan pienaar and stop buying old and 2nd tier players .Stop bargain hunting .

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.06.11 10:10:14 by Talent Reply
  • AMEN to the comments on Wiehann and Marcell. We still have guys like Julian Redelinghuis and Dale Chadwick upfront!!
    And I watched Kleynhans against the Scots at the IRB u/20. he has an incredible high work rate. just the perfect replacement for Jacques Botes. We really NEED to play these players this CC, even if its just for the last 10-20 minutes of each game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.06.11 10:12:48 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @Talent (Comment 11) : i agree

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.06.11 10:18:14 by franshark Reply
  • I still maintain the two captains need to benched against the bulls

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.06.11 10:19:24 by Poisy Reply
  • Good fair ratings Rob. Stefan Terblanche – no comment.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.06.11 10:28:07 by Ben Reply
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  • Everybody knows I am not a charl fan,but he proved me wrong last season.
    I am just wondering,can it be that charl is ready to distribute but nobody to pass to and has to wait?

    Because the second half Fred and Pat were there to receive and he also looked alot better.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.06.11 10:28:16 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @Talent (Comment 11) : I’d love to see Ruan Pienaar back, and to a lesser extent, Frans Steyn – but those 2nd tier, returning older players have served us well in the past; think Percy Montgomery, Stefan’s contribution at Fullback and even Bobby Skinstad. We must, however, cut the sentimentality, and drop those players who are a little past it, to the bench.

    I think Joubert will be a fantastic addition to our midfield options, but we do need to work hard on giving players like Lindeque a chance in the Currie Cup.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.06.11 10:29:28 by MerckZ Reply

  • Fair ratings there, Rob. I can only hope that we start with either Adi or Michalak, cos we need their playmaking skills in tandem with Lambies. Is it too much to ask that we change the centre combination just this once?

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.06.11 10:29:43 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • Mossie needs to play 4 and Ali needs to play 5 this weekend. With Keegs at 6, Alberts at 7 and Kanko at 8. I think that will give us a well balanced forward pack.

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.06.11 10:29:59 by Ben Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 14) : true that!

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.06.11 10:30:00 by Honey Badger Reply

    Honey Badger
  • This is very funny!

    Attacking Stefan who`s playing out of position. Shouldn`t you rather be having a go at the guy who selects the team?

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.06.11 10:32:58 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 21) : Who is that comment aimed at?

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.06.11 10:36:00 by Ben Reply
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  • Let me say this load and clear. I’m going to loftes(waar dit rof is) en wen of verloor, I’m shouting till I have no voice for the team I believe can stil do it. Let Plum do what he thinks is right and good, but I will wear the black and white, I WILL support the SHARKS all the way. No surender no retreat, BLACK AND WHITE nothing els matters….. Go SHARKS!!!!! (And you will see this comment again)

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.06.11 10:38:03 by franshark Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 11) : Very good post buddy. Agree totally there. I also thought Kanko had a superb game. Also never thought John was as bad as most are making him out to be.

    It was the whole bench that made a difference not just Bissie.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.06.11 10:46:33 by Puma Reply

  • @franshark (Comment 23) : lol. Good get there and hope many Sharks supporters get to the game. We need as many as were at the Coke Can….hehehe. Think most of Ellis Park on Saturday were Sharks Supporters. Never seen it as full as that for a Super Game for years…hehe.

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.06.11 10:48:28 by Puma Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 17) : So Frans Steyn was with the Bok Group in Durban.

    Wonder if sharks management bothered to get his signature?
    Or have the Lions sealed the deal already?

    On a different note :
    I HAVE THE YELLOW CAP ON SB ! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.06.11 11:30:30 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 26) : whos cap did you steal?

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.06.11 12:34:51 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 27) : I actually have the yellow cap in 2 of my pools right now.

    Not un-like the Sharks I`ve got my timing all wrong though.
    Too Little, too late I`m afraid. 😥

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.06.11 12:45:42 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Next week we have Alberts and Deysel back don’t we. We could put a great team up. Will Plum make any changes. Especially to his backline, or will he again just use them as impact?

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.06.11 14:39:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 29) : I think we missed the opportunity to test how they would start(the impact players). The only change I would make would be jacobs at 13 yet even this change may have been left to late . I worry if we do make changes now that they may need a few games to find their feet as playing 80 minutes is a far cry from playing 20 when everyone else is tired. I think situational(injuries) and non situational changes in the team and perhaps a lack of foresight have left us in this predicament .

    I bet he wont make any changes

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.06.11 15:28:38 by Talent Reply

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