Richard Ferguson

Sharks player ratings vs Blues


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2012 at 09:30
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The Sharks beat the Blues in Auckland this weekend, coming away with the full five points and ending their tour on a bit of a high, celebrating 11 points from the four matches. Many feel the Sharks could have done much better, but let’s take a look at the individual performances from the weekend’s match.

1.Dale Chadwick – Was solid in the scrums and once again played the full match, his eighth full game so far this season. His work in the loose also showed improvement from previous outings – 6/10
2.Craig Burden – What a game from the big Burden, showing that the Sharks can manage without the great Bismarck. Showed insight and good pace in getting his intercept try, but was extremely busy throughout the game – 8/10
3.Jannie du Plessis – One feels that Jannie is just not hitting top gear at the moment, whether it is just form or some niggle that he might be carrying, he just does not seem himself. Tony Woodcock did show him a few things though. We hope for a better match on home soil – 6/10
4.Steven Sykes – Was at the right place and time to score his try after the Daniel intercept, and was good in the lineouts. He could be an important part of the team in terms of a cool head and leadership abilities – 7/10
5.Anton Bresler – A busy match from the big guy, getting his hands dirty at ruck time. Showing he is a go to man in that second row, amongst quite a few locks currently at the Sharks – 7/10
6.Marcell Coetzee – Only played half the match, and we are still to learn whether he went off as a result of an injury or not, but played his heart out and tackled like a machine, yet again – 7/10
7.Jean Deysel – Starting his first match, seemed a little out of sort still, but put in a fair amount of work on defence with some huge hits, as well as hitting rucks, which is why he was selected. Good to see the man on the park – 6/10
8.Keegan Daniel – Has showed some real improvement in form over the last few weeks, with the two New Zealand matches probably his best outings so far. Great intercept that led to the Sykes try, and was in support to score his own and had the Blues defence guessing throughout the match – 8/10

9.Charl McLeod – This guy is playing his heart out at the moment, putting in a huge amount of work on defence, and getting the ball to our man Lambie with speed and accuracy – 7/10
10.Pat Lambie – How we have missed this man, and what could have been against the Hurricanes should he have played, we will never know. Knows when to take on the line and when to put his backline away, just wish he work on his kicks not hitting the player in front of him – 7/10
11.Lwazi Mvovo – Saw him getting involved at ruck time and looking for work, which is what we have been asking for. Had limited opportunities with ball in hand – 6/10
12.Tim Whitehead – Yet another stand out performance from the new acquisition, Tim is proving to be the number one line breaker at the Sharks, and his partnership with JP Pietersen is working a charm. Got himself a lucky try as well – 8/10
13.JP Pietersen – A quieter game from the big centre, still got the Sharks over the gainline when it mattered. Again, he had limited time with ball in hand – 6/10
14.Louis Ludik – Not a conventional winger, but what defence this man showed, tackling anything that moved with ball in hand. Saved the Sharks on a few occasions, well played Louis – 7/10
15.Riaan Viljoen – Solid as ever from the fullback, who shows great ability under the high ball. His long range kicking boot is handy to have from the back – 7/10

16.Kyle Cooper – Came on to make his debut, but not long enough to rate.
17.Wiehahn Herbst – Came on for Jannie, and the scrums looked as solid as before. It won’t be long until we see him starting matches regularly – 7/10
18.Jandre Marais – Another hot lock for the Sharks, the big man getting involved and not allowing his inexperience to drop the quality on the park. A great asset and will be pushing hard for more game time – 7/10
19.Willem Alberts – Made quite an impact from the bench, putting in a few good runs, but his defence is what is most notable, putting in some big hits – 7/10
20.Jacques Botes – Played almost 40 minutes, coming on for Marcell, and showed what a great asset he still is for the Sharks. Great with ball in hand, and one of the first men at the breakdown – 7/10
21.Meyer Bosman – Came on too late to be rated.
22.Fred Michalak – Not long enough on the park for a rating.


46 Comments

  • good ratings Rich… thanks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.12 09:40:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have to wonder if JPP is good there for the long term

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.12 09:50:57 by Uli Reply
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  • Kyle forced a penalty against the Blues in that last ruck (on the hooter) which sealed the match for us. I think that deserves a mention even if he wasn’t on long enough to be rated.

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.12 09:53:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I just not agree with McLeod…
    Lambi is just that good that McLeod looks ok, the way he gives a few steps before he passes puts the defense 2 steps closer to our attacking line, reducing our pace and space….. And his passing was not that accurate, to many highish balls that the receiver has to take and then go into a tackle to upright..

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.12 09:56:09 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 2) : as soon as Frans comes back he’ll go back to wing…

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.12 09:58:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 2) : He’s not the complete packages just yet but still better than any other 13 in the Sharks squad in my opinion. Time will eventually tell but I think it’s been one of the management team’s better decisions this season.

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.12 09:58:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I havent watched the game yet but judging from the ratings I think its fair to say that the Sharks generally played well which is once again in contrast with what many said during and after the game, with KSA even going as far as wanting to disassociate himself from the Sharks team.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.12 10:02:23 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : he’s a bit of a drama queen, that KSA Shark… 🙂

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.12 10:03:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : 😆 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.12 10:05:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) :

    Its more a case of not giving them all 10/10 for an overseas win, but still criticising a team that played under par for parts of the game.

    You have to be positive for a win overall though.. We have seen a lot of negative from the match, had to be positive..

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.12 10:07:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : I like positive.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.12 10:15:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) : I’ve watched the game twice now – the Sharks played well enough to win it but it wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination a convincing victory.

    Still, a win is a win and that is definitely something to be positive about.

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.12 10:26:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Lambie was probably our best back on Friday. He’s worth more than the standard 7 being handed out. Or if he gets 7, the rest should be getting 5s and 6s.

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.12 10:31:42 by Dryden Reply

     
  • i think it was a great result, but not a great game from the Sharks. If the Blues backs could actually hold on to the ball, it could easily have been another loss. Sharks were hanging on by the teeth for extended periods of time

    Sharks lineout needs serious work this week

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.12 10:32:29 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Agree with the ratings, except I think JP deserves a point or 2 more for some excellent defence again.

    I thought that Sykes was a huge presence out there – I had some reservations regarding his return, but he has been very good so far. Similarly, Bresler showed some real physicality too.

    Of course, real stand-outs were Burden, Keegan, Pat and Whitehead (probably already more linebreaks in the midfield than all of last season).

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.12 10:36:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Dryden (Comment 13) : he missed 4 out of 10 tackles, though…

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.12 10:36:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Do you have the player stats for the game available?

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.12 10:45:37 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 17) : will get the stats article up tomorrow, but check http://www.verusco.com in the mean time

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.12 10:55:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Marcel Coetzee still completed 12 tackles + 1 miss in 41 minutes (probably carrying an injury too) on the field. This kid reminds me of a young Schalk Burger

    Stats confirm what I believe – Burden needs to up his work rate in terms of the set piece and tight loose – only made 4 tackles in 72 minutes

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.12 11:10:00 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 15) : you just as well could have copied what I said on the post match thread, also named the same players and Jpp defense…

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.12 11:26:10 by Franshark Reply
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  • With Pat and Tim we have players that has the ability to see a gap and break a line…

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.04.12 11:29:13 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 19) : Imagine how much more noticeable he would be if he had Schalks blond hair. He may even have got some of those MOM awards that he deserved earlier in the season.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.04.12 11:29:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Good ratings again ! Was impressed with ludik at wing ,really made an impact at kick-offs and has been playing his heart out.
    Daniel was immense .

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.04.12 11:39:56 by Talent Reply
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  • Looked like Burden struggled at scrum ,cooper came on and we seemed to dominate ?marias also had something to do with that?

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.04.12 11:41:06 by Talent Reply
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  • Man, I’m on fire! Second Sharks game I watched this year, second victory I’ve witnessed!

    I must say that there were definitely some standout individual performances. What remains alarming is the lack of composure and cohesiveness as a team though. As Siorc so eloquently put it over the weekend; the Sharks are a team of narrow victories and desperate defences 🙁

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.04.12 12:16:43 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Missed the game, so I can’t really argue. Very nice to see the youngsters and new guys stepping up so well!

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.04.12 12:24:34 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Culling Song (Comment 25) :

    So are you watching your 3rd this weekend at my house? The Sharks are going to need all the help they can get.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.04.12 13:07:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 24) : Sorry I would have loved to help at scrum time but I was sitting waiting to go into a hearing at that time 😉

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.04.12 13:10:44 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : Sounds like a plan. Hope you don’t ruin my purple patch though :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.04.12 14:11:36 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 29) :

    I can’t guarantee that though…not with our track record. 🙄

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.04.12 14:52:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 30) : Well maybe then Culling should watch this match at his own home and you at yours we need to win this one 😳

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.04.12 15:05:45 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 31) : I think it’s going to take more than that for the Sharks to win this weekend. 🙄

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.04.12 15:14:15 by Pokkel Reply
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  • 😈 The Sharks play like skillful professionals and then make the most incompetent amateur mistakes! It makes them so difficult to rate. We kicked the ball into opposition, flopped it on the floor like a snoek, danced around as if we were in an Indian reservation and all this in our own 25!! Not to mention the slapk*k kicking out of the red zone. Then comes the brilliance and we take the game away. Daniel, Burden, Lambie, Sykes et al!!

    But it must be said: New Zealand referees are the worst in the world! Walsh might represent Aus now but the two cardboard cutouts who were supposed to support him, combined with Brown (jobby), (cheating) Lawrence and (clown) Jackson are the laughing stock of world rugby. Friday’s troupe of jesters sauntered through a comedy of errors. Walsh was as rusted as an old periscope and could not focus! Even at scrums!! Line outs were as straight as a black market ID maker! Against these odds the guys still played well.

    Dale had a bad game. Or maybe it is just the fact that it is too expensive for FOX TV to place a camera on the opposite side of the pitch to pick up the scrum battles!!! We really need The Beast back. Graig and Sykes were aggressive and fit and the forwards played well in combination. Keegan played well but missed a single vital tackle which almost lead to a try! He is growing as captain.
    McLeod had a good one but for his kicked that was blocked and could have lead to points. Lambie made a welcome return.
    JPP, Viljoen and Tim had good games but for the dancing around loose balls on the ground instead of diving on them!! 1 Lead to a try!
    Viljoen had moments and then kicks directly into touch to keep the pressure on in our 25. Our wings got little ball and at time were in space. But they all defended like Spartans!!!
    Our incompetent amateur mistakes are made within our 25!! Our skillful professional plays lead to beautiful tries! We are way off the mark, but we took 5!!
    Well done!! 😈

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.04.12 15:36:04 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • One thing I’d like our boys to try is to play safer in our own 22…these boys are gonna be the cause of me not making the end of the SR season. Do we HAVE to (try and) run the ball EVERYTIME in our own territory?? Geezelikit!?

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.04.12 15:47:24 by Ice Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 32) :
    Someone could take a Chief or two hostage?
    Bribe them to throw the game?
    This is S.A. after all, just playing to our strengths 😛

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.04.12 15:52:22 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Ice (Comment 34) : 😈 YES!! It seems to be their most basic area to correct, yet nothing is done. I feel like ripping plums head off and drink all his blood each time this happens. Even the Saders kick it out of this area. 😈

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.04.12 15:56:27 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 36) : Easy there Killer! Ripping people’s heads of and drinking their blood is not the answer. Rather try alcoholism, it’s much more fun, and better for your health (and the health of those around you)

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.04.12 15:59:46 by Die Kriek Reply

     
  • @Ice (Comment 34) :

    Playing attacking rugby out of your own 22, whilst being quite risky can also be very beneficial. The opposition have to drop a wing and fullback plus another player – usually an 8 or some other player back to cover kicks leaving 14 or 15 players attacking against 12 (the bulk of whom are are usually forwards). If you go through a few rucks and tie in a few other defenders you bring the opposition numbers down as well.

    It is quite an attacking ploy that Auzzie and NZ teams use a lot. I know it is risky, but if your skill levels are good and you pick the right moments to do it you can really devastate teams. Im not against it – infact it could be done more particularly by SA teams.

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.04.12 16:09:02 by Pat Reply

     
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 35) : ill ask Suzi to bake them a cake 😉

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.04.12 16:09:39 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Die Kriek (Comment 37) : 😈 Ek hoor jou! Maar ek voel altyd slim, sterk en aantreklik met daai goed in! No, I discovered that alcohol doesn’t solve my problems…but then again, neither does milk.
    For me it is the perfect solvent though, It dissolved my marriage, family and career! I was left wondering what the hell happened to my bra and panties…and I am a guy…or use to be…or…let’s drink! 😳

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.04.12 16:10:24 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Sometimes it is on to run from inside your 22 – especially from turnover ball. Also makes sense to bash up the ball to get the kicker a better angle or closer to the 22 to kick. But the Sharks are overdoing the running from the 22 and becoming predictable in doing that.

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.04.12 16:11:24 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 39) : 😈 I hear you, but we are so predictable now the only thing that gets dropped is the ball, by us. 😈

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.04.12 16:11:59 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Sharks have actually been at their most vulnerable at the kickoff after scoring some points. Just when they scored some points and look to build a decent lead, they let the oppo back into the game due to silly mistakes at the next kick-off

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.04.12 16:14:07 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 43) : 😈 Yip! That is all part of the problem that compiles every time we enter our 25! 😈

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.04.12 16:15:55 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 41) : @Pat (Comment 38) : it could be, I agree, but we do it everytime! There is no changing of plans. It has become so predictable – that’s why I asked do we have to run EVERYTIME? 😉

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.04.12 16:18:09 by Ice Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 43) : and that’s a problem since the game against the bulls….

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