Sharks player ratings v Leopards

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 22 Aug 2011 at 07:00
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In a home game against supposedly weaker opposition, the Sharks were supposed to romp home with an easy bonus-point win on Friday night. A combination of dogged defence from the visitors and lacklustre play from the hosts, though, saw the latter limp to an unconvincing 23-3 victory, with only three tries scored. Let’s rate the individuals involved.

1) Dale Chadwick. A very good night for Dale in the scrums, where he had his opposite number under pressure the whole way through. The vague interpretations of muppet-ref Louwrens van der Merwe again made the scrums a lottery, but Chadders held his end up well. 6/10
2) Craig Burden. A very busy game from the hooker, who was active as a ball carrier, while never shirking in the tight. 7/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. Did some nice work with ball in hand and showed a high work rate at the breakdown. Immovable as always in the scrum. 6/10
4) Anton Bresler. A very visible presence, both on attack and defence, who also maintained a high ruck attendance statistic. 6/10
5) Ross Skeate. An impressive game from Skeate, considering the overall team malaise. Missed a few too many tackles, but popped up everywhere and got stuck in with gusto. 7/10
6) Jacques Botes. Went about his job in his quiet industrious fashion and never shirked (when does he ever?). Wasn’t able to motivate the team as a leader, though, which was concerning. 6/10
7) Marcell Coetzee. Once again, the top tackler, best ball carrier and most frequent handler of the ball amongst the forwards. The best forward on the field by quite some margin, although his high workload seemed to take its toll later in the game, as he went through a quieter patch. 9/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. A game the Hoff would rather forget, I fear. Far too many errors on defence and little thrust or verve with ball in hand. 4/10

9) Conrad Hoffmann. Looked slow and rusty all game and was subbed off at half time in a clear indication that he wasn’t giving the coaches what they were looking for. 4/10
10) Fred Michalak. We’ve had the Beauty of Fred’s game for the last few weeks. On Friday, he showed us the Beast. Even his usually-reliable boot let him down this week. Next week will be better, I’m sure. 4/10
11) Sbura Sithole. Did the best he could with what he had, but simply saw no ball. Hope the lad didn’t catch a cold out there. 6/10
12) Meyer Bosman. Let’s give the lad his due – he made HUGE metres on attack. Then again, he failed, quite spectacularly, to capitalise on any of them and his penchant for running away from support before impatiently flinging the ball away when he is tackled was clearly evident. If Meyer can’t step up against the Leopards in the Currie Cup, then when is he going to? 5/10
13) Marius Joubert. Probably had his best game to date for the Sharks, which is unfortunately not really saying very much. Solid on defence and very busy on attack, but certainly doesn’t appear to have the “something special” that we’re so desperately hoping to see in the Sharks number 13 jersey. 5/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Thank Heavens for good old Oddy! He may not be flashy, or even very quick any more, but he knows how to haul out the goods when it matters. Scored two great tries to ensure that the Sharks at least took some points from this game. 8/10
15) Louis Ludik. Once again, an ever-exciting attacking threat, while solid as houses when it comes to the defensive side of fullback play. Another really good game from Louis. 7/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Really short of game time and it showed, with lineouts, in particular, a real mess. Can hardly blame the kid, since he never gets the chance to practice in a match situation. 5/10
17) Eugene van Staden. Performed reasonably in his 20 minutes, but failed to really stand out in any way. Then again, he is a prop! 6/10
18) Alistair Hargreaves. According to the commentators, who mentioned this fact no fewer than 6 times in 20 minutes, it’s REALLY nice to see Ali back on a rugby field. He looked hungry for action and got stuck in well, although the role of tight lock is one that will never really suit him. 6/10
19) Keegan Daniel. Second time in three weeks that Keegan has been yellow-carded for a tip tackle, which really isn’t good enough at all from the squad captain. 3/10
20) Charl McLeod. Came on at half time and showed why he is the Sharks first-choice scrumhalf. Tidy and accurate in all he did. 7/10
21) Adi Jacobs. Played for half an hour, yet failed to add the missing spark in midfield. 5/10
22) Stefan Terblanche. A good 15-minute cameo from the veteran, who scored a lovely try and generally looked very keen to get stuck in. 7/10


  • Where Leopard penalized and the deducted oa point after the game, 2=3 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.08.11 07:27:41 by Franshark Reply
  • This is what happens when players get 9’s and 10’s 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.08.11 08:41:54 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 1) : I have no idea what you mean! :mrgreen:

    When will you guys learn not to mess with the man who has the “edit” button?

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.08.11 08:57:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • I really whish Plumtree will have some guts and play a young center this weekend. Maruis Joubert was never that great and has just shown that again. JLP and Bosman should never really be used anywhere but 10 and it seems we have that position covered for now. Stefan has never really let his team down, but should really make way for new talent to come through(just look how guys like Marcell and Chadwick and the other young players are shining). Adi is the only current center that I feel can still bring something to the team.

    This is the best time to give a young center a chance. How could it be any worse than what we’ve seen from the current bunch of centers so far?

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.08.11 09:35:40 by Letgo Reply
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  • i think the stats are well in order

    well a win is a win but we should of won by far ok we did but what i meant by 30 plus

    well done guys

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.08.11 09:42:05 by chaz Reply


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