Sharks player ratings v Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Aug 2011 at 07:01
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The Sharks played superbly this weekend to totally annihilation a virtual Super Rugby-strength Cheetahs side in the first half, scoring five tries before you could even blink. Unfortunately, the second half was less good. Let’s see how the individuals fared.

1) Dale Chadwick. Part of a strong scrum effort that put the more experienced Cheetahs to the sword. Chadders scrummed WP Nel into the ground, but could have done more in open play as well (if we’re going to nitpick). Continues to develop as a truly destructive loosehead scrummager. 7/10
2) Craig Burden. Burds did the hooking basics superbly, with strong scrums and a perfect lineout record paying testament to his development in the position. He seems to have taken a bit if a step back in loose play, though and did give away a raft of penalties. 6/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. A superb display in the scrums, where he never stepped back an inch and was ferocious on defence as well. The kid loves to put in really monster hits which knock the ball out his opponent’s hands (along with the stuffing) and a fari few of these were in evidence. 7/10
4) Anton Bresler. Huge workrate and controlled aggression throughout, which saw him deservedly take man of the match. A player who is growing in authority with each outing. 8/10
5) Ross Skeate. Forced off after just 20 minutes with a groin strain, which means we unfortunately didn’t see much of him. Put in some neat touches while he was on the field, though. 6/10
6) Jacques Botes. Scored two good tries and was far more visible on attack this week, while never shirking his typical beaverish work at the breakdown. Good game, Boots! 7/10
7) Marcell Coetzee. Our pick of the loose forwards. Marcell was all over the park, putting in big hits when needed and also carrying the ball up strongly. A great find. 8/10
8) Keegan Daniel. A pretty quiet game by the captain’s high standards. He was there or thereabouts for the full 80, without quite managing to hit his straps. That said, he played a crucial role in setting up Richards’ try, but also gave away too many penalties. 6/10

9) Ross Cronje. Was again absolutely fearless on defence and played reasonably well otherwise, although his speed in decision-making needs to improve. Still tends to throw the odd wayward pass as well. 6/10
10) Fred Michalak. Again proved the difference with his amazingly-accurate goal-kicking keeping the Sharks just that little bit too far ahead to ever be seriously threatened by the Cheetahs’ comeback. Oozes composure and class at this level and while he does make plenty of mistakes, you somehow never seem to notice them. That said, he did miss six tackles. 7/10
11) Sbura Sithole. Was this really only his first start? Wow, but talk about a player fitting in and looking the part from the word go. A really good game, marked by tigerish defence and a wonderful work rate off the ball. And did you see that try? The boy has wheels, that’s for sure. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. A far stronger defensive performance from Meyer this week, who was generally a fair bit ore involved – and noticeably so. Threw another of his silly offloads into the hands of an opposition player, but was otherwise solid. 7/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. A good outing for the vice captain, with plenty of aggression on defence and hard running evident. Kicked away one or two decent balls without thinking, but was very good, for the most part. 7/10
14) Mark Richards. Another strong showing from a player who is fitting in well at this level. Never looks outclassed and his try was a thing of beauty to behold. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. By my reckoning, the best back on the park this week. Louis was simply everywhere – a constant threat looking to join the line and attack, without shirking his defensive duties. A great performance. 8/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Executed very well in everything he did and adds a real physical presence coming on. 7/10
17) Eugene van Staden. Did nothing wrong, but we’re looking for more of an impact, given his experience. 6/10
18) Jandre Marais. Superb performance. In only 60 minutes, returned the joint highest tackle count and second-highest ruck attendance score. This kid is not afraid to get through donkey work – and LOTS of it. 8/10
19) Francois Kleinhans. Unused.
20) Cobus Reinach. Unused.
21) Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Unused.
22) Marius Joubert. Came on at inside centre, which brought him into the game a little more. Looked quite good on defence, but had few chances to show anything on attack. 6/10


  • I thought Ross Cronje was better than a 6/10. His speed in decision making is also influenced by the options available to him at the breakdown and the speed with which they arrive.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.08.11 08:27:02 by steve Reply
  • i also think Ross had a better game than just a 6…he improved a huge lot from last weeks game and he had a few “mooi lopies”…just my opinion!

    Thought Marcell was outstanding…again! And Anton is really growing game by game!

    Would love to see Reinach have a run on the field for a change.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.08.11 08:48:25 by Ice Reply
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  • I think Dale, Wiehann and Anton was absolutely magnificent!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.08.11 08:50:53 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @steve (Comment 1) : Cronje deserves a lower rating. His pass is just too slow for this level and he doesnt pre-scan his options before arriving at a breakdown, which is why he takes too long to make a decision.
    Im looking forward to Hoffman’s return.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.08.11 09:30:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • yey – Salmo will be so happy Meyer only missed 1 tackle – he s getting better 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.08.11 09:35:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • Ross would be a good option at flyhalf or inside centre. I just don’t see his basics as good enough for scrummie. Passing is a real weakness.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.08.11 09:35:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cronje made a few awful passes – unacceptable for a 9. But his bravery on defence and willingness to attack is very positive.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.08.11 09:51:08 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : i thought he did not have his best game but didn’t cost us or anything like that.
    Give him a chance.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.08.11 10:08:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : lets agree to disagree – I’d play Cronje ahead of Hoffman anyday.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.08.11 10:16:28 by steve Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I don’t think improving on basics is an impossible thing for a player to do.

    I agree with you, definitely, he needs to improve on some things, but I thing he does read the game well. He just needs to mature a little. Know when it’s time just to find your first ball carrier, instead of looking for something special. There’s not always time for that.

    I like his composure though. Even when it looks like he put himself under too much pressure by taking too long, he seems to get out of it.

    There’s a lot of potential there.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.08.11 10:19:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • @steve (Comment 9) : 😯

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.08.11 10:24:19 by Franshark Reply
  • Also considering Cronje’s involvement in Sharks tries – he did well.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.08.11 10:24:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 10) : @rekinek (Comment 12) : Agree there…

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.08.11 10:35:16 by Ice Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 5) : :mrgreen: I am, and even more impressed with a good rating.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.08.11 11:02:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • The boys are looking good. Keep up the good work guys.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.08.11 11:47:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Dale Chadwick was impressive for me considering who he was up against at scrum time.I must admit thinking that he might struggle against wp nel but he stood up nicely to the free state front-rower(with no neck and plenty of experience on this level).well done ,Dale..!

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.08.11 12:41:26 by bergshark Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 16) : Agreed – he has stepped up nicely and looks comfortable at this level.

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.08.11 13:07:39 by steve Reply

  • @bergshark (Comment 16) : Dale also gets my nod. How’s that loosehead from FS? He is going to be a problem.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.08.11 13:30:20 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 8) : He almost cost us on that one stage when I think it was WP Nel just picked the ball up from the ruck and ran past Ross. Ross was asleep but luckily he passed the ball back into Ross’ hands and it ended up as a try for us.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.08.11 13:36:24 by Ben Reply
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  • I’m not a fan of the Cronje twins at all. They just aren’t good enough to cut it at the Sharks imo.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.08.11 13:42:48 by Ben Reply
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  • We are all entitled to our opinions but i am a bit bemused by some of Ross Cronje’s detractors on this, a Sharks focused site.

    Interestingly Rugby365 has selected Cronje in their Currie Cup Team of the Week after both the Bulls and OFS games ie two out of the three rounds played so far. That is also just another opinion but he must be doing something right.

    I would rather see young players being tested than wasting money on players like JLP and Bosman who have done little to warrant their salaries.

    IMO all that some of these young guys need is game time at this level. Most of them (Richards, Sithole and Cronje in the backs and Chadwick, Herbst, Bresler and especially Coetzee in the pack) have grabbed the opportunity in the three games played so far this year.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.08.11 14:38:47 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 21) : I am all fro developing our youngsters – but nothing wrong with having a healthy mix of young and experienced in one team…

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.08.11 14:42:37 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 22) : I agree – there is no doubt that the youngsters benefit from the experience of guys like Michelak and Stefan

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.08.11 14:59:34 by steve Reply


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