Sharks player ratings v Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 20 Aug 2012 at 08:33
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The Sharks won their second Currie Cup match of the season on Saturday when they beat the Lions, but again did so by playing only 20 minutes or so of rugby. Let’s look at the individual performances, in light of the fact that they did win comfortably, but not forgetting how much room for improvement there is.

1) Dale Chadwick. The entire front row came under huge pressure again this week. Chadwick was more visible in loose play than the week before, though, making some crucial tackles and one or two carries. We cannot give a prop a high rating, though, when the scrum goes backwards. 5/10
2) Craig Burden. Really struggled, along with rest of the tight five, in the first half and conceded at least two tightheads. Line out work also a little patchy. Some nice ball carrier in the second period, but again, found wanting in his primary duty against a fired-up Lions pack. 6/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. Took a bit of a pummelling from Lions skipper JC van Rensburg at scrum time, it must be said. Needs to learn from this game and come back stronger next week. 5/10
4) Steven Sykes. Started off quietly, but grew in confidence as the game progressed. While I’m sure he’s still feeling the effects of lots of Super Rugby game time, Sykes needs to start showing his mettle as a senior member of the pack. 6/10
5) Anton Bresler. Took some good line out ball and was busy and effective in the tight loose too. Made his tackles and carried the ball up strongly but wasn’t quite there in terms of the sort of impact he made towards the latter half of Super Rugby. 7/10
6) Francois Kleinhans. A really superb outing from the youngster in his first Currie Cup start. Kleinhans showed a work rate second to none and was probably the best player on the field in terms of defence. 7/10
7) Jean Deysel. The skipper led by example throughout and added a bit of spark to an otherwise listless forward effort. 8/10
8) Jacques Botes. Hard to shine at 8 behind a beaten tight five, but even in the second half when the tables started to turn, we didn’t see as much of Botes as I’d thought we might. 6/10

9) Charl McLeod. Started out very poorly indeed, but grew in confidence as he got into his game. By the time the second half was under way, he started to look like the Charl we know and love again, despite the slow start. 6/10
10) Riaan Viljoen. Tjop is impressing me more and more with his enterprising play at flyhalf. He does make the occasional mistake, but that booming boot is proving to be a real match-winner at this level of the game. 7/10
11) Sbu’ra Sithole. A great game from the young winger, who showed some very important things on defence, more so than on attack. His plucking of the high ball out of the air on numerous occasions, coupled with a beaut of a try-saving tackle – on the opposite wing – showed that this young man is more than just a speed merchant. Pity about the fumble with an open try-line, but amends were made as he scored not long afterwards. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. An assured and confident display in midfield, coupled with a great goal-kicking display that kept the Sharks in the hunt despite not playing at all well for much of the game. 8/10
13) Paul Jordaan. Such a dangerous runner, but afforded so few opportunities to show what he can do. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. The elder statesman in the backline is always great value for money, with the wisdom of his years of experience brought to bear. Scored a lovely try and was generally solid throughout. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. Another great performance from a player who is rediscovering his love for the running game. The form fullback in the country? I think so. 8/10

16) Monde Hadebe. Not on long enough to be rated.
17) Julian Redelinghuys. Pinged for hinging in his first scrum and did little to arrest the trend when he came on. Will improve as he settles at this level. 5/10
18) Jandre Marais. Very busy when he came on, but had few real opportunities to show his class. 6/10
19) Tera Mtembu. A nice cameo from the big number 8, who put in some lovely tackles, but otherwise saw little of the ball. 6/10
20) Cobus Reinach. Looks the part at this level, with a high level of execution of the basics of his position, together with the sort of x-factor that can turn a game. 7/10
21) Marius Joubert. Made a few decent tackles, but otherwise failed to do much. 6/10
22) Gouws Prinsloo. Unused


  • Best game I’ve seen Sithole play and the most pleasing was his defensive work. Even if he hadnt scored that try after fluffing an earlier one I would have been very happy with his showing.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.08.12 08:50:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 1) : Agreed. His attacking prowess was never in doubt, but there were questions over work rate and defence. This shows that he has put serious effort into rectifying his deficiencies.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.08.12 08:52:22 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Thanks Rob..

    I haven’t seen the game, but have read all reports and it all points to a pretty dire game..

    Monde will add a bit of weight to the front row, so we will hopefully see an improvement there..

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.08.12 08:52:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 2) : Must say, though, I was still very disappointed about the grassed pass, because Sbu’ra did that a fair bit last year as well. Defence, big check mark. Hands… not quite as much yet.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.08.12 09:00:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : There’s hope yet though; there was a time where JPP couldn’t catch a ball if you covered it in velcro and gave him matching gloves…

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.08.12 09:02:52 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 5) : oh hell yes… don’t get me wrong, Sbu is a hard worker and a very intelligent guy, so I know he’s working hard on all of his weaker areas. This guys needs to play out the season in the Currie Cup and then I think he’ll be ready for a role in Super Rugby next year… as Odwa’s long-term replacement in the squad.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.08.12 09:08:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Please can we get the U21 results sometime?

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.08.12 09:25:58 by jonnow Reply

  • @jonnow (Comment 7) : I’ll work on detailed match reports late today or tomorrow, but I’m afraid the under 21s went down 34-19 to the Blue scum

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.08.12 09:28:50 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : What makes him such an exciting prospect as a winger is that he has the one quality you cannot coach; raw, blistering pace. Definitely one for the future!

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.08.12 09:31:28 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 9) : Yes, amen.

    Can I just add something else.

    HOW QUICK IS JORDAAN? FLIPPING HELL… I cannot get over it.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.08.12 09:32:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : thanks

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.08.12 09:39:29 by jonnow Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Mvovo, JPP, Jordaan, Sithole, Daniel, Kankowski… what a pleasure to see gas all over the park, particularly considering the last few years

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.08.12 09:41:05 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 9) :
    Very physical too. He has a hand-off like a kick from a mule. Once he gets his hands right, he will be an awesome package.

    Good point o JP being someone who overcame handling and kicking deficiencies.

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.08.12 09:43:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : true I remember the same thing about him last year he really needs to sort out his handling but in 2007 jp had the same problem

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.08.12 09:43:53 by Poisy Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : exactly I use to hold my breath when somebody passed to jp hoping he would catch it 🙄 but seeing sbu even catch a high ball without any pressure on him he really looks uncomfortable

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.08.12 09:48:36 by Poisy Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : geez, i love that guy! he should be ahead of de Jongh in the springbok fold IMO. great X factor.

    While we are busy with the weekends game, maybe we should try and invest in getting Pat Cilliers back at the sharks. I could not believe how flammy our scrum was, adding that with injury to Jannie and Beast, we could be in a bad spot come Super Rugby.

    I still fee Herbst can go all the way, but i`m starting to doubt Chadwick. I have to add that i strongly believe in giving our own a chance, but at the rate our srums went backwards, it could be better if we invested? How`s Dell coming along?

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.08.12 09:59:48 by VanWilder Reply

  • The scrum was obliterated and that was very concerning but i am proud at how the boys fought back as the game impressed. But still not happy with how the lions bossed early on. Bosman impresses with his play, and why is Ludik not in the bokke? he is way better the sideshow bob.

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.08.12 10:25:58 by Dunx Reply

  • Well done sharks. They may have won playing only 20 minutes or so of rugby, but the Lions managed to play even less than 20 minutes 😥

    To be honest, some of the Lions players looked like they didn’t even want to be there at times, but who can blame them? On the filpside to that, one would think that given the circumstances, they would have given it their all, and shown everyone the middle finger by playing out of their socks!

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.08.12 10:41:58 by Greg Reply

  • I replayed Sbura’s try saving tackle over and over on the PVR, it was JPP-esque. There was a lot of ground between the tackled player and the touch line, more than between the tackled player and the try line – but he managed to hit him with enough pace and power to send him over. He’s a massive prospect, kind of worried he’ll be snapped up by the Kings.

    What the hell is JJ Engelbrecht doing playing Bok rugby ahead of Jordaan? Shameful. Riaan Viljoen is a better 10 than a lot of others playing Super Rugby.

    @VanWilder (Comment 16) : Agreed.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.08.12 11:05:08 by MerckZ Reply

  • @MerckZ (Comment 19) : Riaan Viljoen is temperamental.

    Jordaan is injury prone, but still can’t believe there’s no place for him in the Bok squad. He’ll get his chance though.

    Hopefully he’ll have an awesome CC season.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.08.12 11:24:52 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) : U’d also be temperamental if your head can take a kick by Butch James…

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.08.12 12:18:30 by Ice Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 18) : That’s what we all expected them to do during the SR.

    Honestly, I think being relegated from SR is the best thing that could have happened to the Lions, the real issues behind all their failures will now surely be addressed.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.08.12 12:29:37 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • shouldn’t Jordaan get 10 for lasting entire 80mins. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.08.12 12:43:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • If I was playing the Sharks I wouldn’t like seeing Viljoen at flyhalf. He’s big, fast has a step and an enormous boot. A potential handful. Bosman’s boot is a great bonus, and Jordaan and Sithole are exciting. Bring Pietersen, Mvovo and Lambie into the mix and we’ve got something here in my view. A penetrative backline.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.08.12 14:48:28 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • Was very pleased with TDS on Saturday,he’s ironed out a lot of issues,believe me you haven’t seen anything,he can offer so much more

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.08.12 16:10:56 by Ludz Reply

  • Any news on when Pieter-Steph will be back? and Whitehead? Im liking Viljoen at flyhalf…he could play the same role Butch James did at the Sharks.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.08.12 07:59:16 by SheldonK Reply


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