Sharks player ratings v Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Oct 2011 at 09:57
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The Sharks were, quite literally, on fire against the Lions this weekend, doing all that was needed and more to secure a crucial home semi-final. Let’s rare the individuals involved.

1) Eugene van Staden. A monstrous scrumming performance at loose head, coupled with some good work on defence and on the drive. His best all-round performance in quite some time. 8/10
2) Craig Burden. Looked a little rusty in his first game back, but scrummed well and took the ball up strongly on a few occasions. A few messy lineouts cost him a better rating. 7/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. Part of an incredible front-row effort that saw the Lions walked backwards at times. Put in a few of his trademark big hits too. 7/10
4) Jean Deysel. Starting to look more comfortable in the unfamiliar number 4 position, but played like a flanker all the same and put in some big carries and huge tackles while he was on. 7/10
5) Ross Skeate. A magnificent game from a player who is improving with each outing and is now one of the real stand outs in the Sharks pack. 8/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Played the captain’s innings and in a loose trio where he was free to play a looser game, reminded us where his real strengths lie. 7/10
7) Marcell Coetzee. Finally out of his mid-season slump, the young Coetzee played a hell of a game and got involved all over the park, with strong carries and bone-crunching tackles the order of the day. 8/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. Blew off ALL his cobwebs with a performance that was reminiscent of Kanko at his best. Proved that, on top form, he is without peer at the back of the scrum in South African rugby. 9/10

9) Conrad Hoffmann. Started slowly with some poor decisions and execution, but really came into his own as the pack started to take control. A livewire player who is not afraid to take on defences, somewhat reminiscent of Ruan Pienaar in his youth. Looking forward to see Hoffmann improve further. 7/10
10) Fred Michalak. The little maestro is back. Fred has been off the boil the last few weeks, but perhaps the spectre of Lambie breathing down his neck and wanting his jersey spurred him on just a little! What a great performance. 9/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Full of attacking spirit, was Lwazi, but his hands let him down once or twice. He’ll know that he can play much better – not that he was bad, though! 6/1o
12) Marius Joubert. Another patchy performance from Joubert, whose indiscipline is becoming a real problem. Made a nice break to set up Kankowski’s first try, but was otherwise disappointing. 4/10
13) Stefan Terblanche. A strong performance, particularly defensively, in his 101st game, capped off with a great try. 7/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Defensively very solid and looked keen on attack too, despite not enjoying all that much ball down his side of the field. Looked to be away for a great try, before being somewhat strangely called back by the ref after an incorrectly-taken quick kick-off. 7/10
15) Pat Lambie. A performance that hung on the verge of “very good” without ever quite tipping into “great”. Lambs is safe as houses at the back defensively and his attacking instinct created much from fullback. 7/10

16) Bismarck du Plessis. Played the second 40 as though he was trying to win the game on his own. As always! Bloody marvellous to watch. 8/10
17) Jannie du Plessis. Continued where Herbst had left off in the first half by dominating his opponent in the scrum, while contributing a fair bit in open play as well. 7/10
18) Willem Alberts. Simply breathtaking to see the big man swatting foes aside at will with ball in hand, while putting in the typical “bone collector” tackles we’ve become accustomed to as well. Superb! 9/10
19) Jacques Botes. Not on long enough to rate (9 minutes) but we want to give him 10 simply for ripping the ball away and sprinting 70m to score!
20) Ross Cronje. Not on long enough to rate.
21) Jacques-Louis Potgieter. A superb cameo from a man who DESERVES more game time. Did you SEE that run to set up Terblanche’s try? How about the massive tackles? 8/10
22) JP Pietersen. What can we say? JP is JP and he’s a legend. That intercept try was just something else and he continues to be a huge threat, both on attack and defence. 8/10


  • Man! That was enjoyable rugby!!

    Skeate is seriously impressing me lately – from this losgat flopping around, he is puttin in some great work now!

    Ag dit was net LEKKERRRR!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.10.11 10:04:48 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • Fair ratings but I question how motivated the Lions team really was.

    JLP really put his had up in that little cameo. He must be hugely frustrated for not being able to oust a frankly terrible Joubert.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.10.11 10:06:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • It was great seeing Kanko back AND in form!

    Welcome back Kanko!

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.10.11 10:17:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • The Sharks picked the perfect time to return to form.

    The obvious change for this weekend is sad for Marcell fans like myself but is the reality of the situation. Willem Alberts, the star of the Currie Cup 2010 to start. I just hope Marcell can hold onto a spot on the bench but this is do or die time, so possibly a specialist lock will be the wiser/safer option. Botes to stay on account of Deysel being able to fill a big backrower cover for Alberts.

    Marius Joubert is an ever growing questionmark. Here the possibility of switching Lambie to 12 and starting Ndungane exists but I don’t think it will happen.

    The tickets are only R150.00 so thumbs crossed we’ll have a sell-out

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.10.11 10:23:39 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 4) : I think we need to keep Pat at 15 and look to start JLP at 12…

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.10.11 10:25:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : The sum total of Marius Joubert’s contributions this season, from what I have seen has been: 1 linebreak, 1 instance of very good hands setting up a try, a few decent tackles.

    JLP accomplished all of that in the few minutes he was on the park this weekend. Give the man a start, and a give Joubert a spot on the bench (at the Greyhound station, with tickets to somewwere else).

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.10.11 10:27:44 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Pokkel agreed with you irt Joubert yet he continues to be selected 👿

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.10.11 10:28:36 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • This Sharks performance had 1 major thing different from the others this season…and that was concentration and motivation. Im not sure if it was the influence of the returning Boks or the pressure to secure 5pts but there seemed to be focus and concentration from everyone. And it still looks like Stef is calling the shots!

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.10.11 10:40:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Yes Rob, finally someone has some sense!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.10.11 10:41:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • Great to see Eugene van Staden picking up some form again! And agree with others who made the same point – JLP must be given a go at 12.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.10.11 11:32:56 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : He palyed a few games at outside center for the Bulls during the 2010 season. I think he will make a good inside center.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.10.11 11:40:13 by Danman110 Reply

  • Agree with your ratings Rob..

    @beet (Comment 4) :

    I’m hoping to see a better turn out at the Tank as well.. Hopefully we can break 25 000, if not 30 000..

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.10.11 12:29:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : At R150 a ticket i heard, we will be lucky if we get a half full stadium! Why cant they leave the prices the same??

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.10.11 12:45:18 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 13) :

    Only R150? That’s like NZ$28.

    Freaking cheap for what you get.

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.10.11 13:07:21 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 14) : I have a season ticket so not sure of normal prices but i think its like R60-R80 for a Currie Cup game and this season the Shark Tank has hardly been close to half full. What makes them think that doubling the price will suddenly get bums on seats? South Africans dont have that kind of disposable income.

  • Comment 15, posted at 17.10.11 13:27:06 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) :

    Have to say that’s pretty cheap. Maybe it’s more down to dwindling crowds rather than cost?

    I mean here in Wellington, you’d be lucky to get 3,000 supporters at some of the games. They get about 15,000 for the Wellington Phoenix Football team, but rugby supporters watch it from home.

  • Comment 16, posted at 17.10.11 13:44:55 by hendrikp Reply

  • I wanna give them all 10, gist for making my day…no my weekend!

  • Comment 17, posted at 17.10.11 14:22:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 16) : I think the dwindling crowds are caused by the increase in the number of games and to an extent the cost which goes with trying to attend all the games. if there were fewer games it would be a novelty and hence more people would go watch. At the moment its just the die hard rugby fans.

  • Comment 18, posted at 17.10.11 14:26:15 by SheldonK Reply

  • Great game boytjies! You all deserve a 10! Except for Marius Joubert! 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 17.10.11 14:34:49 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 16) : Is that now Wellington innie Kaap or in NZ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.10.11 14:55:53 by Ice Ice Bokkie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Plum has painted himself into a corner here. While bringing Fred back to cover SuperPat while he was on Bok duty was a wise move, now he has a tough decision to make over the future of possibly the most talented player he’s yet been presented with, and I’m not talking about Fred.
    I swear some kind of pixie dust has been waved over you lot out there in Sharksworld land and you have turned into goldfish incapable of remembering just what a stunning flyhalf we have in Patrick Lambie. Which is very sad.
    My bet is that Mr Plumtree will remember that particular morsel of information sooner rather than later. Hopefully before you lot decide Pat’s future lies at tighthead prop. 😎

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.10.11 16:25:02 by SharonvanWyk Reply
  • sharon i couldn’t agree more. What happens when fred leaves next year? No flyhalf and a player of ludik’s ability on the bench. I just hope that plum is doing this bcos it almost end of season but if fred is at 10 in super15 then we are going to lose either lambie or ludik to overseas clubs and both are under 25.

  • Comment 22, posted at 17.10.11 19:38:43 by cody007 Reply

  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 21) : I cannot agree more Sharon. Lambie at 10 is also imo the find of the century.

    Freddie has got talent and flair, where Lambie, as young and inexperienced as he is??????, has that great ‘vision’ that only a truly gifted player has. He will not always shine at 10, but he will always give you a solid performance by ‘setting up’ play in the back line.

    We, the Sharks and the Bokke, need Lambie at 10.

    I say pick him first and the rest of the squad around him. As for 12, 13 or 15, go clone him and play them there, but leave original Pat on 10!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.10.11 06:08:12 by Silver Fox Reply

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