Sharks player ratings v Force

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 14 May 2012 at 09:00
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The Sharks thumped the Force by a whopping 53 points to just 11 on Saturday evening and while the performance itself lacked polish at times, it was nonetheless a commanding display. Many of the players involved put up their hands in a big way and as such, the ratings below will be some of the highest we’ve seen yet this season.

1) Beast Mtawarira. Hugely destructive in the scrum and effective in the tight loose. The tight five as a whole just looks that much better with this man in the mix. 9/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Contributed hugely as always and discipline was superb this week. Should probably be taken to task for botching a try by not passing with a big overlap, but was otherwise very good value for the hour he was on. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Pulled his weight as part of a front row (and tight five) that secured dominance early on and simply kept their opposition under the cosh all day long. A very good display which underlined his Bok credentials. 7/10
4) Steven Sykes. Scored a superb try and again showed that he has the ball skills to compliment his aggressive work in the tight. A massive, massive improvement after a poor outing against the Highlanders. 7/10
5) Anton Bresler. Huge work rate on defence and did some decent things with ball in hand too. Perhaps most impressive, though, was the way he dominated in the lineout. Bresler is rapidly erasing any question marks about his appetite or aptitude for big rugby in the number 5 jersey. 9/10
6) Jacques Botes. In many ways, Bootsie is the heart and soul of this Sharks team and when he plays well, the team follows. Simply massive in all areas of the game. 9/10
7) Marcell Coetzee. For long periods in the first half, Marcell seemed the only man capable of getting the Sharks any go-forward at all, before the team discovered their collective mojo. A hugely valuable contributor in a dominant forward pack. 8/10
8) Keegan Daniel. Only played for 50 minutes and I must say, I’m pleased that he enjoyed a rare rest this season after steering the team to an unassailable position on the scoreboard. Keegan was good for the most part, but needs to focus on personal discipline. 7/10

9) Charl McLeod. The glaring chink in the Sharks’ armour on the day was the slow and inaccurate service from their srumhalf. McLeod put in some good relieving kicks under pressure and was very involved, of course, but the speed and accuracy of his delivery really does need to improve a great deal. 5/10
10) Pat Lambie. Another composed and assured performance, which unfortunately only lasted 40 minutes. Lambie was steady and confident, with the lovely break to set up Paul Jordaan’s try just gravy. 8/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Mvovo only really had two opportunities in the game and yet showed how DEADLY he is as a finisher, with both of those half-chances turned in 80-metre tries. This man has such pace it is frightening and showed – particularly with his second try – how deft and sure his awareness and handling can be. 9/10
12) Tim Whitehead. While the ball still isn’t getting to him often enough, Timmy was solid as a rock in defence and always looked to take on the opposition when the opportunity presented itself. Growing in stature week by week. 7/10
13) Paul Jordaan. The same comments made about Whitehead can apply to Jordaan; assured and composed on defence and took his one opportunity incredibly well, which resulted in a try. We need to get him the ball more often! 7/10
14) JP Pietersen. Very involved in the play and is such a key player defensively, as he so successfully gets himself into position where he can disrupt opposition attacking plays. A few touches on attack, without much to write home about and appears to still be trying to mentally shift back to playing wing, rather than centre. A class performer who is not far from being back at his devastating best. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. There wasn’t a South African fullback to touch him this weekend. Louis showed some great touches on attack, including a wonderful try and was defensively as safe as houses. After being somewhat unfairly dropped for Riaan Viljoen earlier in the season, Ludik has answered his critics in the best possible fashion with a pair of simply stellar performances wince being recalled. 9/10

16) Craig Burden. Scored a lovely try and was busy and effective. The silly trip that saw him yellow-carded detracted from and otherwise good showing. 7/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. A good performance from the young prop who while steady in the number 3 jersey, is not yet quite as dominant as du Plessis was on the day. Defence remains a strong point. 7/10
18) Pieter-Steph du Toit. Enjoyed a good 20-minute run and looks the part at this level. Took a good lineout ball or two and defended well, but is still waiting for an opportunity to show his skills on attack. 6/10
19) Jean Deysel. Made some big hits when he came on, but was a little quiet on attack. 6/10
20) Ryan Kankowski. In a game that really should have suited him to a T, Ryan wasn’t particularly prominent. We were hoping to see some of his devastating running skills off the back of a dominant scrum, but that never really happened. Looks in need of match fitness, which will come in time. 5/10
21) Fred Michalak. A very good game all round – one of the best we’ve seen from Fred and certainly better than he’s been at any stage in 2012. 8/10
22) Meyer Bosman. A mix of good and bad from a player who, to be honest, performs better as a starting option than as a sub. Good defence, but prone to few wobbles with ball in hand. 6/10


  • Good ratings Rob..

    Let’s hope to see similar numbers again a few times this season..

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.05.12 09:12:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m going to copy and paste this from another thread because I feel strongly enough about it to repeat myself.

    I must say, I don’t think Louis Ludik has been given the credit he’s due for his conduct this season.

    At the start of the year, with Riaan Viljoen’s elevation to the starting team (and Riaan’s standard of play at the time, to be fair) it seemed as if Louis’ days might have been numbered. As a result of injuries, Louis was given a chance on the wing, which may not be his best position, but where he did enough that Plum had no hesitation in moving him back to fullback when Viljoen’s standard of play staretd faltering.

    The important point is that at no point did you get the impression that Louis was letting his head drop and become disgruntled or demoralised. Instead he never gave up, giving his best at every opportunity presented to him, and right now, with the steadiness and composure he adds at the back, it seems unlikely that Riaan will wrest back the jersey.

    I admire and respect that kind of commitment and fighting spirit, and for that, Louis, I salute you!

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.05.12 09:14:42 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Good ratings

    26 missed tackles and 11 turnovers conceded still a major concern to me.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.05.12 09:16:25 by Bokhoring Reply
  • 22 players rated, must be a first?

    Certainly the first since I joined

    Good ratings Rob, I bet you were itching to put a few 10’s in there

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.05.12 09:22:01 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Culling Song (Comment 2) : Agreed, Ludik was my man of the match.

    Question for everyone: Didn’t see much of Jannie (but I wasn’t focusing on him much), did he do well outside of the scrums?

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.05.12 11:15:31 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) :

    To be honest, didn’t see much of him either..

    He did well in the scrums, and not really much else..

    I assume that he hit a fair few rucks, and I am hoping he was good on defence, but will have to wait for Rob’s stats article to see..

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.05.12 11:21:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : Rugbystats show Jannie with 7 tackles, 1 miss and no contributions in runs / rucks/mauls, although I think they only credit the 1st person at the breakdown – which would be difficult for a tight head

    Verusco credits him for being 17 at rucks in first 3 – second highest after Botes

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.05.12 12:00:47 by Bokhoring Reply
  • The best thing from this permormance was that the error rate and penalty count was much lower than in previous weeks which allowed the team to get some momentum. Our backline still looks like they have never practised any moves and rely on individuals to break the line or opposition errors. With the guys that the Sharks currently have, just a few half decent backline moves will see them cut any defense to pieces! Good to see Beast looking trimmed down and battle ready! I also think Michalak had a great half. And if I were Plumtree id fine Burden his whole match fee for that kick out – was just stupid from a guy who was playing well!

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.05.12 12:27:13 by SheldonK Reply

  • It was good to see both Whitehead and Jordaan on Lambie’s shoulder after Pat made the break that lead to Jordaan’s try. To often in the past players would break and then there’s no supporting runners.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.12 12:35:11 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Good ratings, but 7 for Burden a bit high.

    Really impressed with Ludik – didn’t think he had the pace to burn wings post his knee injuries.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.12 15:25:44 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I think McLeod’s rating is a bit too generous. 4 at best but I would be inclined to give him a 3 for his terrible kicking, some kicks he hardly gained any ground. He is just too slow in getting the ball out, his passing is not good and he doesn’t seem to be able to notice a gap when it is staring him in the face. While the team as a whole is slowing improving McLeod is going backwards.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.12 17:09:01 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : you are right… but it was his birthday this past week 🙂

    Scrums were a lot weaker once Craig came on.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.05.12 17:58:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : and it was Coetzee’s 21st on Tuesday and what a lovely party after the game he must have had! 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.05.12 20:02:29 by Ice Reply
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