Sharks player ratings v Blue Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 27 Aug 2012 at 09:16
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The Sharks suffered their first defeat of the Currie Cup season on Saturday, losing to the Bulls by 11 points at Loftus. In a highly entertaining game, it was the Sharks who emerged with a 4-try bonus point, adding just a little bit of consolation to an otherwise disappointing performance. Let’s rate the players concerned.

1) Dale Chadwick: His best game in some time. Dominated Werner Kruger in the scrum, tackled like a man possessed and put in a few nice drives and some lovely passes. Keep it up Dale! 8/10
2) Monde Hadebe: A very nice debut, with some great little touches on attack. Lineouts were a bit of a shambles, though and he fell off the pace a little as the big Bulls pack started to take control in the second half. A solid prospect, but could do with a wee bit of extra bulk. 6/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst: A better game from Wors, who stood well in the scrums and made a few nice tackles too. 6/10
4) Steven Sykes: Very physical and active in the first half, including a pair of great breaks to set up the Sharks’ first half tries. A little missing in the lineouts, though and also fell off a bit in the second half. 7/10
5) Anton Bresler: Work rate starting to climb to his best levels again and tackled furiously as usual. Steady in the lineout and put in some nice carries, including a great line break. 7/10
6) Franna Kleinhans: Not quite as good a game as we saw from him last week. Often the challenge for a young player called on to start is to find that consistency and Kleinhans battled against the big Bulls forwards. He will bounce back. 5/10
7) Jean Deysel: A good game from the captain, who looks to be back to his imposing physical best. Still developing his leadership skills, though and really needed to ensure the boys took the game by the scruff of the neck in the third quarter, which he didn’t quite manage to do. 7/10
8) Jacques Botes: Not really looking the part at number 8, if you ask me. Doing his bit on defence, but not the threat on attack we’d expect him to be, given his experience and skills. 5/10

9) Charl McLeod: A real mixed bag from McLeod, who started awfully with a number of crucial errors in the opening minutes. Recovered his composure to play quite well after that – and scored a nice try – but you can’t deny that the backs looked sharper when Reinach came on. 5/10
10) Riaan Viljoen: Just keeps getting better, does Tjop. In his first game as goal-kicker, he returned a 100% record, in addition to all the other things he did on the night. One or two miscued kicks, as we’ve come to expect, but that booming boot was mostly used to great effect. 7/10
11) Sbura Sithole: A bit of a mare for the young winger, who had no opportunity to run and was caught out defensively a few times as the Bulls opted to spread the ball quickly down his channel. 5/10
12) Marius Joubert: Scored a nice try, but otherwise did little to catch the eye. In particular, there was little synergy between himself and Jordaan on attack, with some promising moves breaking down due to poor passing between the two. 6/10
13) Paul Jordaan: Again failed to launch in any meaningful way, which is sad given how good we know he is. An outside centre needs good ball, though and he didn’t get any this weekend. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane: Again showed that huge work rate that we’ve come to expect – never stopped playing with all that he had and was justly rewarded with the Sharks’ bonus-point try in the final minute of the game. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik: The best player on the field for the Sharks by quite some margin. It does my head in to watch Zane Kirchner bumble away for the Boks while Ludik is left to languish in the Currie Cup. 9/10

16) Franco Marais: Nice to see him make his debut, but not on long enough to be rated.
17) Julian Redelinghuys: Did reasonably in the scrums, but need to watch discipline and up his work rate. 5/10
18) Jandre Marais: A hugely physical cameo from Sykes’ natural successor. 7/10
19) Lubabalo Mtembu: Not a bad game at all from Tera, who tackled like a man possessed. Still a little naive on attack at times, but will improve with more game time. 6/10
20) Bry Stander: Not long enough to be rated, but looks a real prospect. Nice and physical.
21) Cobus Reinach: Quick, accurate and slick. This is what you want s scrumhalf to be. 8/10
22) Gouws Prinsloo: Came on at a time when the Sharks were hell-bent on chasing tries and showed that he’s a good man for that type of rugby, even if playing at centre is a little foreign to him. 6/10


  • I agree the centers didn’t combine well, but individually I . . give me a sec, this is really hard to say . I thought MJ had a very good ga . game.

    Never thought I would say that

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.08.12 09:28:40 by Die Kriek Reply
  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : sorry – I didn’t.

    Maybe the stats will make me reconsider.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.08.12 09:30:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : There was still the ‘bash everything up’ mentality, but a lot of it he did right this time round, and he seemed to be very busy on defence and the breakdowns. But, like you said, we wait for the stats

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.08.12 09:32:51 by Die Kriek Reply

  • You have to left wings in your numberung,jordan was 13 not 11

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.08.12 10:01:32 by Poisy Reply
  • Charl was poor would give him a 4 cobus to start next game hopefully

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.08.12 10:02:44 by Poisy Reply
  • Sbura it must said was on the end of some very poor passes,and Jordaan was a passenger on defence,Beet brought something to my attention when CJ Stander scored the try and I saw it as well on repeat,Jordaan wasn’t even trying to cross cover despite his pace,where as it had been a 2 on 1 with Sbura and he committed to the inside man who offloaded to Ndungane and Sbura can’t be enitrely at fault for that,but ya he was far from his best

    Oom Marius outplayed Jordaan though,sorry can’t agree on Chadders

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.08.12 10:12:01 by Ludz Reply

  • Great passing from the base though from Chadders

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.08.12 10:13:07 by Ludz Reply

  • It thought we were going to win this right up until the Bulls scored those 2 quick breakaway tries.

    We did most of the playing in this game and I thought our guys played well again, but made a few too many errors and that cost us.

    We need to be more clinical with ball in hand. Both McLeod and Deysel were guilty of being to casual with possession. You don’t need that from the leaders in the group.

    They have to step up next week.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.08.12 10:21:41 by Letgo Reply
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  • Charl can be back up from now on. Cobus to start.

    And Viljoens passing game needs to get better,passing behind the players the whole time and stopping there momentum,or the other players are 2 flat.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.08.12 12:12:51 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Well usually the ratings are a little worse when we lose but I think that just goes to show that the team did not do all that badly and reconfirms my point that a bonus point at Loftus is an achievement under the circumstances the game was played of course.

    The Sharks should not be disappointed but should rather focus on their synergy as a team and a solid win at home this weekend.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.08.12 16:37:07 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • @Honey Badger (Comment 9) : I don’t agree that you should just “throw” McCleod away like that but he’s had a long Super Rugby season and I think it wouldn’t hurt to let him play a few 15-20 minute cameos off the bench to allow him to refresh and be on optimal form come end of the season.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.08.12 16:38:28 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie
  • ๐Ÿ˜ˆ @Ludz (Comment 6) : ๐Ÿ˜ˆ I agree with most of your comments. Yes the boys were bad but the game plan SUCKED!! We played Bull’shit rugby and they played Shark’s rugby! The defensive structure was non existent and the handling pathetic. In fact we are back to square one where we can not even do basics right.

    The problem with our rugby is that we look at how many meters a player carries the ball, how many ties he scores and how physical we can get.
    This is such old and senseless stats!! – This is a TEAM sport, THUS your job is to place your TEAM MATE in a better, scoring position!
    Enter Sonny Bill Williams – who comes from a different genre and all he does is to PASS the ball. And he is a god!

    We sucked as a side because we were not a team. We lost the team spirit that gave us the 2010 CC, put us in the final in SRโ€™12 and gave us 2 victories so far. This starts with the forwards. There were so many scoring and attacking opportunities that went by because we want to be heroโ€™s of the stats. Last week we missed out on the fourth try because in the last 2 minutes, Reinach and kicked in their 25, Odwa from the back and Tjops could not kick a penalty out! This week again we kicked the shit out of the ball. BACK TO BASICS BOYS!!!

    O ja, the calls by Peyper was sub standard as well. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.08.12 18:25:12 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • The week that the Bulls didn’t practice they play their most exciting game of the year.

    Just goes to show how much natural talent is being coached out of the boys from planet blue.

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.08.12 18:51:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Strangely enough I`m not too upset with this result.

    Yes it always sucks to lose against the bulls but come on we were up against it.
    Without Bosman we were always gonnna struggle.

    Add the loss of Burden to the mix and what you have is just too many youngsters all at once.
    Bringing youth through is one thing, relying on them to do everything for you is tempting fate.
    But we`re fresh out of options.

    I just hope Bosman and Whitehead are both ready for this weekend. Cheetahs will be difficult . . .

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.08.12 19:54:51 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @The Sharks Sharkie (Comment 11) : Im just not a Charl Mcloed fan because of the basic mistakes he has always been making.

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.08.12 16:40:09 by Honey Badger Reply

    Honey Badger
  • @Honey Badger (Comment 15) : Reinach certainly looks to be more the part, that I will give you. Mc Cleod has his good days as well though. There’s no denying that.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.08.12 16:56:10 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks Sharkie

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