Sharks vs Leopards: Player ratings

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 11 Oct 2011 at 13:04
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The bonus point win for the Sharks on Saturday evening was enough to keep the Sharks in second spot for the time being while it also secured a semi final berth for the Sharks. Six tries were scored and the Sharks looked good on attack but were on the back foot for much of the second half. How did the players do on a warm Saturday evening in Phokeng? Read my ratings below.

1. Dale Chadwick 6/10. Looked solid in the scrums and did his fair share of work in the loose as well. As a lifter, he would have to take some sort of blame for the line out problems.

2. Kyle Cooper 6/10. Was typically industrious in the loose and made quite a few metres for the team while getting through a mountain of work. The line outs were not good enough though.

3. Eugene van Staden 5/10. A quiet game by his standards. The scrum looked solid while he was on.

4. Jean Deysel 7.5/10. His ball carrying won him the official man of the match award. Another strong performance.

5. Ross Skeate 6/10. Got through a mountain of work in the loose and was very good at the kick offs. An otherwise superb performance was marred by the line out problems and as the senior man in the tight five he has to take his fair share of blame for that.

6. Jacques Botes 6/10. Another industrious performance rounded off by a try off the back of a rolling maul.

7. Marcell Coetzee 7.5/10. After putting in some subdued performances recently Marcell weighed in with some superb ball carries which in my mind just eclipse those of Jean Deysel. Whenever he got the ball you just knew he was going to make ground. He was my man of the match.

8. Keegan Daniel 7/10. A solid performance from the captain. He looked much more comfortable when the forwards were on the front foot. Rounded off his performance with a good charge down and try.

9. Conrad Hoffmann 5/10. Struggled a bit when under pressure and was sometimes slow to release the ball. A decent performance nonetheless and he managed to score a try too.

10. Fred Michalak 6/10. Played flat and brought the backline into play on attack. Was courageous in defense but perhaps needed to get more distance with his touch kicks when the Sharks were under pressure.

11. Lwazi Mvovo 6/10. Looked very dangerous with ball in hand and scored a good try.

12. Meyer Bosman 7/10. Made a few line breaks and was a real handful. He really put his body on the line, to the point that he had to come off with what looked like a neck complaint.

13. Adi Jacobs 6/10. Scored the first try and was looking lively.  It was a shame that he had to come off injured.

14. Sibusiso Sithole 6/10. Scored the sixth try which was a beaut. Was very closely watched by the Leopards defense.

15. Gouws Prinsloo 7/10. A very good debut. He looked comfortable at Currie cup level, even when given the added responsibility of kicking penalties for touch. Also very closely watched by the Leopards and was not given space to move.

16. Monde Hadebe. Made it onto the field but not long enough to be rated.

17. Wiehahn Herbst 5/10. Came on after half time and did well. The scrums struggled a bit in the second half and he has to take a bit of the blame for that.

18. Anton Bresler. Not on long enough to be rated.

19. Jan Andre Marais. Not on long enough to be rated.

20. Ross Cronje. Not on long enough to be rated.

21. Marius Joubert 6/10. Came on a bit earlier than he would have expected. Did well without being spectacular. Some good tackle busts and line breaks contributed to the momentum of the team on attack.

22. Stefan Terblanche 6/10. Came on for his 100th Sharks Currie cup cap and was solid if not spectacular.


  • I think the ratings for Botes and Daniel are a bit generous as they did not secure ruck ball on attack and if my memory is correct they didnt effect any turnovers either. I thought Deysel and Skeate were a good combo and Coetzee did well too. Michalak seems to be going through the motions though. Sithole and Mvovo should be deducted more points as their defense is not good enough for professionals. I was impressed with Gouws, as i said he can only be judged when playing with the seniors, and i judged him and he passed.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.10.11 13:24:02 by SheldonK Reply
  • Did Dale pull up his socks? 😉 (I really mean his socks)I was not able to watch this game..

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.10.11 13:43:56 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 1) : Good post ,agree !

    Saying this I will get alot of criticism but I think Coetzee will play openside next year ahead of Keegan Daniel. I would like to see us rotate the looseforwards and see Keegs appear at 6 and 8

    6. Coetzee/Botes/DanieL
    7. Deysel/Alberts/Coetzee
    8. Kankowski/Daniel/Alberts

    A group of loosies most countries would envy

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.10.11 13:52:08 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 3) : I truly believe that someone needs to give Deysel a little wakeup call…he will always struggle to make the Bok side at flank…but there is no incumbant no4 lock for the Boks….and he has looked useful there in the last 2 games. I think we also forgetting Kleinhans who made a good impact in the little time he got before being injured. Some u21s also look decent. I think Botes is a bit past it and Keegan needs to focus!

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.10.11 14:05:11 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Ice Ice Bokkie (Comment 2) : Nope it seems he has the same size socks as the Frenchman, they only go as high as the ankles!

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.10.11 14:06:25 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 4) : Unfortunately I think that Deysel is just too short for an international 4. He is a strong runner, but is also quick to the breakdown and affects a few turnovers as well. This all makes him a very versatile backrow player, indeed we have seen him play all three positions on this CC. Although he is effective in this CC, I just don’t think 4 is his position.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.10.11 15:40:27 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 6) : I dont know his exact stats but how much shorter is he compared to Danie Rossouw, Steven Sykes, Anton Bresler etc? And do you think Deysel,Alberts and Kanko in the same loose trio?

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.10.11 15:53:33 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : Danie Roussow is 1.98 tall, Bressler is 1,98. Jean Deysel is 1.91. So he is significantly shorter than both. Not sure about Sykes, but as I recall he is very close to 2 metres. Deysel is just not tall enough to play lock on the international stage.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.10.11 15:58:34 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : I think a loose forward trio of 6 – Deysel, 7 – Alberts, and 8 – an in form Kanko would be superb.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.10.11 15:59:33 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : Steven Sykes is also 1.98 tall. So all three you mentioned are quite a bit taller than Deysel.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.10.11 16:00:56 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 10) : Cool thanks for the stats! i didnt realise he was that much shorter. yeh im a big fan of the deysel,alberts and kanko loose trio…

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.10.11 16:06:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : kanko has to get to the party, Alberts @ 8, Daniel, Botes, Coetzee, Deysel all rotating

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.10.11 16:27:20 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 12) : I did say an “in form” Kanko. I’m sure he will come right, he is a class player. Problem I have with Alberts at 8, is that every time he has played at 8 for the Sharks, he has had a very poor game. Kanko (in form) is a better 8 than Alberts, who is a much better 7.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.10.11 16:37:21 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 12) : Kanko had a bad year this year, but he has been superb for the Sharks every year since 2007.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.10.11 16:39:31 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 9) : I don’t even have to tell you what loose trio i prefer! 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.10.11 17:25:17 by Ben Reply
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  • If we had to choose a form loose trio -6.Coetzee 7.Alberts 8.Deysel- the way he played in 3n !!

    If I had to choose a trio based on what I think will be the strongest ;
    6.Coetzee-work horse delux

    7.Alberts sub 45(Deysel)Slow down game as some sought of fetch/carrier combo ,make it clear he must try slow opp ball at rucks.

    8.Kanko sub 55(Daniel)-5 min warm up period and offers huge impact in the last 20 -same as jacobs

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.10.11 18:01:05 by Talent Reply
  • I think like the Springboks this year ,next year the sharks greatest strength will lie with their depth .

    Imagine this bench;
    16.Burden-Time to shine
    17.Van Staaden(versatile)
    19.Deysel-no lock cover is an issue especially if our jumper is down …

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.10.11 18:07:43 by Talent Reply
  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 14) : I am a huge HUGE fan of kanko, I’ll play him any ware from 4 to 15 just to have him in my team… With half his form… I think the disappointment of falling out of favor for the WC as played on his mind.. He’ll feel better now that that’s over and so why he should have been there…

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.10.11 18:11:55 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 18) : as=and, so=show 😳

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.10.11 18:26:26 by Franshark Reply
  • Kanko has altered his game this year and has got a lot more involved in the tight phases so people think he is off his game cos you dont see him running with the ball in the backline as much. But people have asked him to improve his tight game and i really think he has. I just hope his running game doesnt disappear.

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.10.11 08:29:08 by SheldonK Reply


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