Sharks player ratings v Brumbies

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 2 Apr 2012 at 08:45
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The Sharks recorded their first away win of the season on Saturday morning in beating the Brumbies 29-26. It was the first time a team in black and white has won in Canberra since the 1998 Super 12, while the try bonus point was just gravy.

While the performance did lack panache overall, I think it’s important that we give ratings in line with how well the team did to pull through, especially in that frantic last few minutes when the Brumbies came back so strongly.

1) Dale Chadwick: The man’s best performance to date in a Sharks jersey. Great set-piece work and a huge work-rate on defence. Well done Dale! 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis: Monstrous as always. A key leader in the pack who sets the tone with his attitude and work rate. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis: A decent game from Jannie, but we’re stilling looking for a bit more activity around the park from the big doctor. 6/10
4) Steven Sykes: Sykesie was massive; huge on defence and also instrumental in the break-out that led to the bonus-point try. 8/10
5) Jandre Marais: Still adjusting to the pace of Super Rugby, but Jandre certainly didn’t let himself down in a handy performance. 6/10
6) Marcell Coetzee: By his own ridiculous standard, Marcell had a quieter game. That’s not to say that he wasn’t immense, though! 7/10
7) Willem Alberts: The Bone Collector is back. Vic tackled like a machine and was ever-present on the drive as well. Showed great composure to pick up a bouncing ball and dive over for a try that turned the match. 8/10
8) Keegan Daniel: After some first-half jitters, the captain was immense in the second half and strode the Canberra turf like a colossus. Keegan needs to tone down some of the fancy stuff he does, but otherwise he did very well. 7/10

9) Charl McLeod: Another solid performance from a solid player; his service was crisp and accurate all day long. 7/10
10) Fred Michalak: This was Fred’s first game at flyhalf in a while and it showed. Quality of distribution simply wasn’t good enough and kept the backs under pressure. 5/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo: A great game and a great try. There simply cannot be a deadlier finisher in Super Rugby at the moment. 8/10
12) Tim Whitehead: A busy and industrious game from the young centre; Timmy was solid on defence and made yards all over the park. Showed strength in the tackle that belies his frame too. 7/10
13) JP Pietersen: A somewhat rusty showing in his first game back, with a few tackles missed. JP was, however, ever-threatening on attack and will improve as his fitness comes back in the next week to two. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane: A real mixed bag from Odwa, with some shocking execution of the basics putting his team under pressure. A great intercept set up the second try, but his lack of pace is now becoming glaring. 5/10
15) Riaan Viljoen: A bloody good all-round game, with two tries just the cherry on top. 8/10

16) Craig Burden: Unused.
17) Wiehahn Herbst: Put in huge work on defence when the team was under pressure. 7/10
18) Anton Bresler: Another busy and committed performance from a player not shy to do the hard yards when required. 6/10
19) Jean Deysel: Not on long enough to be rated.
20) Jacques Botes: Little opportunity to run at the opposition, so Jacques was forced to tackle and tackle and tackle some more when he came on – which he’s very good at indeed. 7/10
21) Meyer Bosman: Not sure why he didn’t get on earlier; Meyer looked good as we’ve come to expect this season, without having too many chances to do anything. 7/10
22) Louis Ludik: Not on long enough to be rated.


  • Sharks really can be the most frustrating team to support sometimes… Just when they’re picking up momentum someone spills the ball, gives away a penalty or throws a speculative pass. You feel they’re just one game away from a really dominant performance where all the basics work. Hope it’s this weekend against the Canes… Glad to see Deysel back on the field!

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.12 08:51:03 by The Quirk Reply
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  • Great to get 5 points in Canberra.

    Just my thoughts on some players.

    Charl McLeod. He disappeared at times and he also seemed to take his time to get to the rucks and we were turned over a few times as a result. His ears must have been burning a couple of times as I was cursing at him.

    Riaan Viljoen. Great game and he has a huge boot but he really needs to work on his angles on the clearing kicks. We battled to get out of our 22 because of this.

    Freddie. None of the magic he can produce and some terrible passing at times.

    Willem Alberts. Welcome back Mr. Bone Collector!!!

    Sykes. Welcome back to you too!

    Whitehead. I like his play but sometimes he just tries to offload too much. He needs to learn when it’s on and when to hold onto the ball. Ditto Keegan Daniel.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.12 08:54:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • You are kind to Alberts in calling that a dive. It was more of a flop than anything else πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.12 08:58:39 by lostfish Reply
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  • To date the Stormers have won all their home games, and one away game. No bonus points for 4 or more tries.

    To date the Sharks have won all their home games, and one away game. Two bonus points for 4 or more tries.

    Makes for appealing reading when you put it that way, doesn’t it? Of course, the Sharks have lost some more away game, but (all together now) the Stormers still have to tour. Admittedly, there’s a chance that the Stormers could still pick up a few more away victories (they certainly look like a team capable of doing so), but all in all the Sharks are actually pretty handily placed on the log, all things considered.

    I just have one gripe with the Sharks at the moment; WTF MUST CRAIG BURDEN DO TO GET MEANINGFUL GAME TIME!?!?

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.12 09:02:16 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : It is only noticable at Sharks rucks when McLeod gets there a little late. With just about ALL the other teams, whoever gets there first after the ruck has formed, plays scrummie. With us someone simply joins the ruck with his feet over the ball and waits as if on the training pitch. No wonder we struggle to play a flowing game.

    Oh, and I would give Chadwick an 8/10. He had a VERY good game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.12 09:09:03 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 3) : I’m a kind person by nature πŸ™‚

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.12 09:09:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 4) : I feel the same way about Burden… Poor guy. And Bissie, is absolutely great, but will have to rest sometime???? But when? It’s not like we are ahead by 20 going into the last 20min for him to take a rest….

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.12 09:14:00 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 7) : im scared we might lose Burden soon. There are probably 10 teams in the comp where he would be starting

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.12 09:24:52 by jako Reply
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  • Who was motm in this game guys?

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.12 09:27:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 7) : Why would it be a risk to bring him on if we aren’t 20 points ahead? He has some qualities that we need in the last quarter of the game, such as being deceptively quick and knowing how NOT to run into the first available defender.

    He definitely wouldn’t weaken the side – that’s for sure.

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.12 09:28:01 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Rob you gave Odwa a 5? You still want him??? Jokes

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.12 09:53:33 by Ozbok Reply

  • Is it just me or does Bismark not seem himself? Dont get me wrong he had a good game but he has cut the bullying from his game. He doesnt push people around after the wistle and so on. The same with Jannie.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.12 09:55:50 by Ozbok Reply

  • @Ozbok (Comment 11) : nobody is really finding you funny anymore, mate. Isn’t it bed time for you yet?

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.04.12 09:55:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • No its not bed time but i get the point! Im sorry you didnt like my joke. shame

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.04.12 09:58:24 by Ozbok Reply

  • Ja, I agree with the ratings.

    Big comebacks by Sykes and Chadwick. Especially happy for Chadwick – its takes grande cojones to step up like that a few weeks into a tough tour, when you haven’t been firing. Keep it up!

    @Pokkel (Comment 2) :
    Agree with you – especially on Viljoen’s poor line-kicking.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.04.12 10:12:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I also agree with the ratings. I quite like Jandre Marais he is a hard working lock.

    @Rob now that you mention it, Dale was fantastic on defense. I think he has heaps of potential.

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.04.12 10:16:51 by Ozbok Reply

  • @Ozbok (Comment 12) : 😈 he is vice captain and has cleaned up his act. Jannie poor man is newly married and is longing for home πŸ˜›

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.04.12 10:18:59 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Ozbok (Comment 16) : we’ll do our “by the numbers” piece tomorrow, but according to the stats I’ve seen, Dale was the best tackler. 20 hits and no misses!

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.04.12 10:20:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) : the point on Viljoen is well-made. Let’s just say if the oke hadn’t scored 2 tries, he’d have been docked a point πŸ™‚

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.04.12 10:20:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ozbok (Comment 16) : I agree, was nice to see Chadwick up his workrate. Now to get him to “up” his socks!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.04.12 10:21:15 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Agree with you on all of those points but can’t comment on Whitehead – I didn’t watch his game closely enough.

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.04.12 10:22:18 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : That’s great news!

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.04.12 10:25:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Flip thats impressive for any position. Even better for the rookie in the team!

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.04.12 10:25:35 by Ozbok Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : some kind of person you are πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.04.12 11:30:03 by Franshark Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : chadwick made 25 tackles and made 92% of them.

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.04.12 11:36:12 by Megatron Reply

  • @Ben (Comment 9) : I would also like to know. Somehow they don’t seem to announce it anymore.

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.04.12 11:48:57 by stertjie Reply

  • Guys ,some of the ratings are way to high ! Good that we won on the road but once again we almost threw it away.

    Keegan was the only forward in my opinion who had an awesome game, looked to me that he did considerable damage at the breakdown.

    Chadwick improved considerably, but still needs to add some impetus in general play.

    Albert’s and Coetzee looked marked heavily , the former is nowhere near his true potential. Deysel looked good when he came on ,seems to have bulked up a little , I would like to see him on for a full 30 next game.

    Michalak was poor on attack but on defence he was outstanding, something I thought that was worth a mention.

    Finally the ref was shocking ,the last try JPP was held back and would have made an attempt to tackle his man. They scored two tries that shouldn’t have been tries …

    Sharks still looking for that game ,something between our tenacity versus the Reds and our attacking brilliance we showed against the Waratahs.

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.04.12 11:50:33 by Talent Reply
  • Odwa lack of pace? There were atleast three defenders in front of him πŸ™„

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.04.12 11:51:55 by Talent Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 25) : 23 out of 25 – wow!

    By the way where did you get your stats?

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.04.12 11:53:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 25) : from stats that you got where?

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.04.12 11:54:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, I’ll help you out and write a bit for next week’s ratings:

    16) Craig Burden: Unused.

    Glad to help.

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.04.12 11:57:32 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Is Keegan’s ground work getting better or is it just me? Bismarck has been our primary fetcher for a while, Jean Deysel’s also pretty handy – I think it’s all to do with forearm strength. If it’s not my imagination, and Keegan is getting better at “pill-pilfering”, it bodes well for our loose-trio balance and for continuity of captaincy if Keegan can secure that number 6 jersey…

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.04.12 11:59:31 by MerckZ Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 29) : @robdylan (Comment 30) :
    thank me later πŸ™„

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.04.12 12:01:39 by Megatron Reply

  • @MysticShark (Comment 31) : bloody classic πŸ™‚ Thanks for that

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.04.12 12:02:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 33) : you little ripper!

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.04.12 12:02:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 33) : how long has that been available?

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.04.12 12:04:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : is that a thank you? πŸ˜›

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.04.12 12:05:51 by Megatron Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : this morning already

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.04.12 12:10:32 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 33) : I’ll do it right now if that’s okay – thank you! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.04.12 12:19:03 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 37) : it is indeed… thank you!

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.04.12 12:24:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • I much prefer Verusco stats to the Aussie ones… ever since the demise of, I wasn’t aware that they were available on the internet.

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.04.12 12:25:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : what happened to ruggastats?

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.04.12 12:26:18 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 42) : not that I ever have time to check it out anymore.

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.04.12 12:29:18 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 42) : the guys who were running it stopped paying Verusco… they didn’t get the return they thought they would.

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.04.12 12:37:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • I sadly missed this game as was away but just a question that Im not sure can be answered but, the coaches/players etc tell us that the Sharks have had the toughest preseason to date but judging by their games so far we dont seem to be firing on all cylinders come the last 10-15min of a game. And to be honest its not so much the physical tiredness but the team seems to lose concentration in that period. So i know the 2 are linked but how much concentration/mental fitness has the team done as opposed to physical fitness?

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.04.12 13:15:35 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 45) : I can answer that: NONE. Because the Sharks seem to be in denial that the mental side of preparation even exists.

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.04.12 13:25:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Odwa is sooooo sloooooww ffs.

    where is subaru or whatever

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.04.12 13:27:48 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : You also read Ali’s column? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.04.12 13:39:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 48) : did you not see my comment on it? πŸ™‚

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.04.12 13:52:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Odwa has made the rugby365 team of the week.

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.04.12 13:56:19 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : Must have read it before you posted the comment but did go back to it to see what you had to say. I see I’m not the only one who suspects he’s a SW lurker. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.04.12 13:57:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 50) : they also have Heinrich Brussow bubbling under when he didn’t even play

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.04.12 14:01:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) :

    Brussow did play!

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.04.12 14:06:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Considering Jean Deysel was on for a silly amount of time, but affected a turnover, carried once across the advantage line, and made more than 5 tackles suggests he might hopefully get 6 min next week, and hopefully 7 minutes the week after. Then hopefully Burden can get 30 seconds next week and hopefully a full minute the week after – I really appreciate Plumtree’s faith in his Super Subs – geeze he believes they can contribute in 20 seconds of match playe – the ultimate Super Subs in the world.

    I hope not to talk of this abysmal player anymore, and hope to see good game time for these boys – a welcome return to Deysel – still 11 regular games left to make a serious impact in this competition.

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.04.12 14:17:21 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 50) : Congrats on being the owner of a new pair of Oakleys! 😎

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.04.12 14:42:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : now that explains a lot of things…

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.04.12 14:52:53 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 53) : did he? Howcome the official SA Rugby match stats say he didn’t?

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.04.12 15:01:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 57) : wait – skip that… I’m blind. He played at 8?

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.04.12 15:04:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 54) : 30 seconds of game time for Burden next week…? It seems your meds are making you delirious; the likelihood of Plum putting faith in Burden appears to be on par with the probability of me developing a fondness for Beyonce’s music… or to put if differently, not #$%^&* likely!

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.04.12 15:04:27 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 55) :

    Thanks…at last some good luck for me. 😎

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.04.12 15:15:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I know we do not like to paste from other sites but I thought this was very interesting and compared to Rugby365’s team of the weak its interesting from a Sharks point of view:

    This from planet rugby:

    Team of Round 6

    15 Ben Smith (Highlanders) – In the first game of the weekend, Smith was a constant threat from the back in Invercargill as he cut lines all day. Two tries went his way but it was how he seemingly glided across the turf that sees him pip Riaan Viljeon and goal-kicking full-back Dave Harvey.

    14 Kade Poki (Highlanders) – Having suffered for a long time with a niggling knee injury, it was good to see Poki coming back to something near his best form on Friday. The former Crusader has the ability to beat a man even when space suggests it would be nigh on impossible and is blending well with Smith and Hosea Gear.

    13 Nick Cummins (Western Force) – What a wise move it was from Richard Graham to bring in Cummins from wing for their clash with the Reds. Cummins has been restricted somewhat on the touchline and on Saturday we saw just how devastating he can be.

    12 Andries Strauss (Cheetahs) – Arguably the toughest selection in our list as few put their hands up except for Strauss, who backed up last week’s strong showing with another impressive effort at Westpac Stadium. We are still bemused why the Sharks let him go.

    11 Julian Savea (Hurricanes) – We come to the cushion of Hosea Gear’s departure from Wellington. Savea has been superb for the β€˜Canes throughout the early season and once again demonstrated how powerful he is, against the Cheetahs. Unfortunate to lose.

    10 Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) – What can we say about this young man? Once more he directed traffic in a manner beyond his years and then chucked in another play of the week with a fine solo try that saw him beat four tacklers. If he carries on like this then look out DC.

    9 Brett Sheehan (Western Force) – As one Australian commentator put it, β€œSheehan is getting better with age”. We couldn’t agree more. The 32-year-old number nine helped dog out a memorable victory over the Reds and starred from start to finish for his side.

    8 Keegan Daniel (Sharks) – He has the whole package. As we all know, this man tackles, runs and leads from the front but against the Brumbies, Daniel stood out in the turnover department. According to our stats he made three along with nine tackles and six carries.

    7 Willem Alberts (Sharks) – Alberts is a brute of a man and carried superbly for the Sharks in Canberra. Nailed on starter for South Africa right now as Schalk Burger nurses his knee.

    6 Adam Thomson (Highlanders) – First name on the list after his hat-trick. Need I say more?

    5 Nathan Sharpe (Western Force) – Despite the end being in sight, Sharpe shows little signs of slowing down as he put in another typically Sharpe-esque performance. Always on hand for a carry and secure in the line-out, the Wagga Wagga lock topped it all off with a try.

    4 Steven Sykes (Sharks) – It looks like Sykes is lapping up being back from Leinster and once again slipping into a Sharks jersey. He made ten tackles against the Brumbies but it was his general play around the field that impressed us most. A mention – yet again – for Stormers hard man Eben Etzebeth who continues to outshine lock mate Andries Bekker.

    3 Ben Alexander (Brumbies) – Dan Palmer’s absence meant that Alexander had to shift from loosehead to tighthead this past week, and to make our XV says plenty of the man. He was tireless again for the Brumbies, putting in eight go-forwards and seven tackles.

    2 Tiaan Liebenberg (Stormers) – And so we arrive at the hotly contested hooking position. Chiliboy Ralepelle, Stephen Moore, Adriaan Strauss and also Dane Coles pushed for the jersey but for a hungry performance at Newlands, try-scorer Liebenberg edges the quartet.

    1 Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) – Up against the Chiefs top try-scorer, Sona Taumalolo, but in truth there was little doubt where our final shirt was headed. Oosthuizen has been a rock for the Cheetahs and after being on the bench a week ago, he returned with a bang.

    Compiled by Adam Kyriacou

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.04.12 15:32:23 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 61) : Some really interesting choices there!

  • Comment 62, posted at 02.04.12 15:52:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 61) :

    Thanks for that.

  • Comment 63, posted at 02.04.12 15:56:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : 😈 Agree. Riaan should work on getting the distance he can but everyone has a day off. Not sure about your rating on Bissie. Watching the game again I would go for 9 on Bissie and 8 on Daniel. Our guys were monsters in defence and put their bodies on the line. Dale had a huge game. I missed him watching the game once but must appologize – he worked hard in the engine room.
    We slipped most of our tackles after the hooter sounded and of course JPP was held by the jumper to enable the Brums to score the last try.
    I would not deduct points from JPP, McLeod or Viljoen for serious kak skoppies in the last 5 minutes when we needed to keep ball in hand, but I would frown upon it! 😈

  • Comment 64, posted at 02.04.12 16:23:53 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @MerckZ (Comment 32) : 😈 Keegan was brilliant even as captain. If you watch the game and you see when the okes makes mistakes he is there to calm and bring them to order. For a side that were spanked with penalties in the first 2 games, they turned over a new set of cheeks. He worked hard in the boiler and created space on several occasions for Tim. He ran good lines. Just watch Mvovo’s try again. It was brilliant! We played as a team, creating space. I would like to see more balls going to the wingers though. 😈

  • Comment 65, posted at 02.04.12 16:32:18 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 45) : @robdylan (Comment 46) : I havent watched the game yet but from the match thread and postings its clear that we were under immense pressure in the final plays of the game and we held out. Does that alone imply a degree of mental toughness.

  • Comment 66, posted at 02.04.12 16:45:42 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 66) : Sharks coach John Plumtree, meanwhile, was delighted that this team bounced back from their loss to the Waratahs last weekend but was equally frustrated with some aspects of the performance.

    “At the end of the day the win is why we are here and we got there,” Plumtree said.

    “We are not overly happy with the performance though with certain things going wrong. We are making the same mistakes each week which is frustrating but we are really pleased with the effort and plenty of character was shown out there towards the end when the Brumbies had lots of possession close to the try line.”

    “I thought at times we played some great rugby, some end-to-end stuff that was pleasing for the crowd, and we scored four tries as well, so it was a good night.”

    In a match that featured six tries the Sharks coach had plenty of praise for the Brumbies and their attacking ideals as the South Africans prepared to head to New Plymouth for a date with the Hurricanes next weekend.

    “I think the Brumbies are a really good side,” he said.

    “Their forwards are good and they work really hard for each other and they showed they have some flair.”

    “I thought we looked after their wide stuff pretty well tonight but up the middle our forwards are pretty tired.”

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