Sharks player ratings v Reds

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 Mar 2012 at 08:00
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The Sharks staged a dramatic fightback to run out 27-22 winners over the Reds on Saturday evening, after a horror start that saw them trail by 17-0 after just half an hour. The ratings below tend to reflect the truly amazing and gutsy display by the entire team during that second-half revival.

1) Dale Chadwick. Showed remarkable resilience in completing his fourth straight game without replacement. Was technically sound in the scrum and more visible in the loose than he has been in previous weeks. 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Discipline again showed marked improvement. In all other facets of play, Bismarck was simply sublime and has now delivered back-to-back man of the match performances. 9/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. A pretty good game from the doctor, who was solid as a rock at tighthead. Work rate seems to be improving, but there’s still a way to go. 6/10
4) Steven Sykes. Was having a pretty good game before being forced off with a knee injury – particularly prominent on defence. 6/10
5) Anton Bresler. Rose to the challenge after coming into the starting line up for Ross Skeate and put in a superb 80 minute display typified by dogged defence and huge work rate all over the park. 8/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. All we can really say is that this was another typical Marcell Coetzee performance, which is close to becoming the biggest compliment you can pay anyone at the moment. Marcell, on his current form, is the best loose forward in the South African conference, if not the entire competition. 9/10
7) Willem Alberts. A far more assured performance from the big man, after some jitters against the Lions. Vic is coming back into his own and it is a joy to watch! 7/10
8) Keegan Daniel. The captain showed his worth as a leader, motivator and link-man in a sublime performance that saw him deliver some vintage number 8 play. His try, scored off the back of a scrum, was a key moment. 8/10

9) Charl McLeod. Wonderful quick service throughout kept his back line on the front foot. Set up the first try with a stunning break and generally looked alert and dangerous. 8/10
10) Pat Lambie. A great all-round display from Lambie, who spared the Sharks a few blushes with his educated boot. Took on the line at times, but generally preferred to play those around him into the game with great passes. 7/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. A real x-factor player – you always feel that something is going to happen when Lwazi gets the ball. Far more involved than is often the case and was cruelly denied a good try when Alberts was deemed to have committed a foul during the build-up. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. Called into the starting lineup at the 11th hour, Bosman and Whitehead initially struggled to find each other on defence. Matters improved dramatically after the opening period, but Meyer struggled a little with his passing in the strong wind. 6/10
13) Tim Whitehead. A great performance, with some really big hits being put in late in the game to really keep the Reds under pressure. Few opportunities with ball in hand but made the most of what came his way. 8/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. A solid outing again typified by a huge work rate all over the field. Odwa’s lack of out-and-out pace was a limiting factor, though, with a number of good attacking opportunities, which faster wingers would have exploited, snuffed out far too easily by the pacey Reds defence. 6/10
15) Riaan Viljoen. Suffered a few jitters when kicking from hand, but was otherwise solid at the back and looked to attack when possible. Scored a great try to seal the game for the Sharks. 7/10

16) Craig Burden. Not on long enough to rate – at least he got on though!
17) Wiehahn Herbst. A much-improved performance from Wors, who played like a man possessed when he got on. Disipline was exemplary this week. 7/10
18) Jandre Marais. A wonderfully assured debut performance, marked by a great try with his first touch of the ball at this level. 7/10
19) Jacques Botes. Only just on long enough to get a rating – he did what was needed in a period when the Sharks’ backs were against the wall. 6/10
20) Fred Michalak. Not on long enough to rate.
21) Marius Joubert. Unused – probably a good thing since he’d just played 80 minutes in the curtain-raiser!
22) Louis Ludik. Unused.


  • forgot to mention it in the arti, but well done to Pat for kicking 100% for the first time this season

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.12 08:11:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good ratings Robbo..

    Fantastic perfomrance from the boys, in what were horrendous conditions.

    Have to feel for Dale and Bismarck, playing 320 minutes of Super Rugby without a break.. I hope they last!

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.12 08:18:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I am happy with the boys! Wishing them all the best for the overseas leg!! U can DO it!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.12 08:36:35 by Ice Reply
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  • Must admit as impressive as Coetzee is, I thought him to be the weaker of Alberts and Daniel. He was dummied with regularity when covering the openside channel, resulting in some devastating Reds linebreaks that were responsible for 17-0 in the first place! He also still knocks-on at crucial moments and still isn’t passing the ball when clear overlaps indicate he should, his wobbly pass off the left hand to Daniel a notable exception.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.12 08:38:08 by neilster Reply

  • Sharks really looked awful in the first 30, i was ready to pack up my black plastic bag / raincoat and go sit in the pub… Great comeback though, felt for the reds losing both their kickers but that’s the way the cookie crumbles…

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.12 08:53:30 by The Quirk Reply
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  • I must admit the Sharks looked a lot better in this game, eventhought the Reds took an early lead it was all Sharks for pretty much the whole game. The man responsible for this improved performance is Charl McCloed! He was so quick to the breakdown,which meant his forwards had to be there even quicker and accurate. The his strong pace and quick clearance from the base allowed his backs to operate better. The Sharks cannot afford to have a slow and laboured scrumhalf. So yes there were some other good performances but for me-McCloed was the catalyst!

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.12 09:09:28 by SheldonK Reply

  • Awesome comeback by the lads. The heart they showed to comeback from 17-zip was so impressive. That, and the ability to score tries, is a sign of a new spirit in this team.

    @neilster (Comment 4) :
    Valid point on the passing – but I am sure he will improve with more time at the level.

    Similarly with the defensive system – he is playing at openside for only the 2nd week, so some adjustment to his role is natural.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.12 09:11:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @neilster (Comment 4) : Give the chap a break…he is doing more good than what your rant is worth! He is also not playing in his natural position which is 8. He has done a tremendous job at 7 and it was only his 2nd game at six…

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.12 09:12:08 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : Hey I’m not giving him hard time, I merely suggested that Daniel and Alberts were IMO better on the day! If someone is being billed as the form loose fwd in the country I’m entitled to pt out why I think he is not.

    He will be if he continues to work this hard at his game, that much I am sure.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.12 09:20:24 by neilster Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 8) :
    @neilster (Comment 9) :

    Im sorry Ice, but I tend to agree with Neilster here..

    Yes he is playing fantastic rugby, and I commend him for yet another great performance..

    He does have to improve in certain areas still, with his handling being an area of concern. No matter where you play, you have to be able to catch the ball.

    Again, just an opinion here..

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.12 09:22:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @neilster (Comment 9) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : and completely valid, of course… these ratings are intended as a “straw man” foe people to pick apart as they see fit.

    I agree that Marcell does some things wrong, but I challenge anyone to identify a better South African loosie over the first four weeks… come on, let’s hear those names…

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.12 09:28:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) :

    I’m not arguing the point that he is not the best loose forward in SA at the moment, and probably one of the best in all conferences..

    Just raising the point that whilst he is having a great time at the moment, he can be even better.. And of this I am sure, as he grows accustomed to a new position and gains confidence..

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.12 09:31:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : especially well done with the crappy conditions.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.12 09:41:06 by lostfish Reply
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  • Re: Marcell Coetzee

    And WP/Stormers media and supporters are always accused of hyping up their players!! πŸ™„

    Oops, I forgot, this is a Sharks website. 😈

    Sorry! My bad.

    Carry on. πŸ˜†

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.12 09:57:33 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) :

    Hey Wes..

    You must be happy with the result on Friday night, well done re: your team!

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.12 09:58:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 15) :

    Hey Rich. πŸ˜‰

    Yeah, I’m especially impressed with the way we’re scrumming at the moment.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.12 10:06:04 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) :
    Do you have a point or where your pudge palms just missing your spoon? 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.12 10:10:02 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) :
    Terrible grammar. 😳

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.12 10:11:42 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) :

    That scrum came out of nowhere, but it looks solid!

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.12 10:12:56 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @neilster (Comment 4) : I also felt that Mercel did not have his best game.

    Sensing a new lovechild :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.12 10:20:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 8) : but was it a 9 performance πŸ™„

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.12 10:23:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : must say thought that Bismarck looked very fit though, and unless Jannie or Beast are ready gonna be difficult to have front row youngsters in their own.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.12 10:28:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I’d say there are few if none established names performing in order to rival him but Kolisi is right up there, and impressing in a similar way. You are probably right tho, at this early stage of the competition πŸ™‚
    He needs to learn to see when it on on his shoulder though – and our gameplan relies on this – as he will most definately be targeted for predictability as the competition moves on.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.03.12 10:29:11 by neilster Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : Indeed, and also even if you are out of position you still should not buy dummies from Genia. You should just flatten him regardless! He is the dangerman, not players outside of him, whilst there is not Cooper…

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.03.12 10:31:18 by neilster Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 18) :

    Serves you right vetgat! :mrgreen: 😎

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.03.12 10:35:44 by wpw Reply
  • Charl McLeod was my personal Man of the Match – it just once again proves how vital an on-form scrummie is to any team.

    Mvovo also had a great game and is due two tries – one from Alberts and one from Viljoen for that awful pass (luckily he atoned to a degree with a try of his own). He’s really working hard on defence too which is encouraging to see.

    Great effort from the whole team! I honestly did not expect such a spirited comeback. Sharks you were awesome!

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.03.12 10:47:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • 😈 In a game of wasted opportunities I thought that Lambie and Viljoen’s poor kick placed us under a load of pressure in the first half. We dominated the Reds so well (despite JPP’s disruptive change) that we left 3 – 4 tries behind and still took the game. But to be honest we should have bagged the bonus point.
    Viljoen’s poor pass to an open Mvovo was shocking at this level and although I am a fan this should bring his rating below 50%.
    Herbst is also below par and stood off the drives as if he is uncertain of what to do then he dives in when he does decide to move in. A talented scrummer but needs to put in a lot more work in the loose game.
    The loose trio allowed the Red through the channel next to the scrum twice, almost leading to tries and let the forward through for the second try. This is the same channel the Crusaders used to punish us last season, so we need to close it up. Mcleod was hot and Tim seems to settle in well. Bosman is now where he wanted to be last season.

    I wonder if our conditioning is not the reason for so many injuries.

    For the 3 refs: Lawrence had a shocker with his forward miss! Kobus’ calls of on Ione and Alberts were both below par but what is most surprising is that Kaplan was always close to these actions (not more than 10m) and in line with the forward pass. Why he did not call them, or was he okay with them all????

    For the rest, our attack was great, our defence lacked at times but we played blistering rugby as a team. 😈

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.03.12 10:47:56 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • I’m getting really nervous about the amount of time Bismarck has to put in. No need to try and catch up all the time lost playing behind JS in one comp. πŸ˜‰ Burden has to get game time very soon… but I’m sure this has been discussd on here before.

    But before I forget, I’m very proud of the fighting spirit the team put in. Great performance coming back from being down 17 points. Well done boys and I hope you have a great tour.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.03.12 11:49:30 by Farlington Reply


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