Sharks player ratings v WP

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 17 Sep 2012 at 08:00
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On a Saturday evening when any prospect of attractive rugby seemed as dim as the cloudy skies above and distant as the sun that was nowhere to be seen, the Sharks nevertheless managed, somehow, to emerge bonus-point victors against the old coastal foe. Let’s see how the individuals did.

1) Dale Chadwick. Work rate continues to improve steadily and was part of a Sharks front row that literally destroyed their opposition from the first scrum to the last. One or two fumbles on attack, which is forgivable under the circumstances. 7/10
2) Pieter Dixon. Did a great holding job and certainly contributed to the niggle that, I’m sure, led to the Province boys losing their rag so blatantly in the second half. Messed up one lineout, though and was generally a bit behind the pace in open play. 6/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. A lovely game from a guy who’s been under a bit of pressure so far this campaign. Wors was at his destructive best in the scrum and also put in some truly ferocious hits on defence. 7/10
4) Jandre Marais. This guy is all about work rate and it’s great to see him building up a head of steam with an extended run in the starting lineup. Jandre is hard and uncompromising and was a key part in a strong, dominant Sharks tight 5 showing. 7/10
5) Anton Bresler. Strange to think that this bloke is now the elder statesman in this forward unit… Anton continues to step up and it was work in combination with the Marais brothers that provided so much of the impetus to the Sharks’ forward charge. Also takes a mean lineout ball. 7/10
6) Jacques Botes. This was all about experience. The Sharks loosies had it, the Province boys didn’t. It showed. Boots rolled with the punches (literally) and as he is wont to do, popped up at all the right places all the time. 8/10
7) Jean Deysel. Got involved in a little pushing and shoving with Jebb Sinclair which earned him a bit of a questionable yellow. Otherwise, Wollie was pretty good, but not quite at his best on a night when his new offloading game was always going to be a bit of a non-starter. Some lovely big hits, though. 7/10
8) Keegan Daniel. The epitome of keeping his head when all about him are losing theirs. A great game by the skipper and a wonderful individual try that turned the course of the match. 8/10

9) Cobus Reinach. Showed that if anyone truly believed tactical kicking was NOT a part of his armoury, well, then they were wrong. Cobus is the complete package at scrumhalf and turned in another compelling and mature performance in atrocious weather. 8/10
10) Riaan Viljoen. Tjop was his usual mixed bag of sublime and awful, but ultimately when one looks back, I think that his boot will have proved decisive on a night when territory was everything and attempting to hold the ball a fool’s errand. Kicked a little too much towards the latter stages, when the Sharks had numerical superiority, but otherwise didn’t do too badly. 6/10
11) Rosco Speckman. An all-action debut for young Rosco, who set up the first try with a sublime chip and otherwise defended well above his weight in a game when ball to the wings was always going to be scarce. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. If there are any other candidates for season MVP at this stage, I think they may as well get their coats and head on home. Meyer is stepping up week in and week out with excellent defence, strong work with the ball and a goal-kicking boot that seems unable to miss from anywhere! 9/10
13) Tim Whitehead. A quiet game in his first outing back. 5/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. He does what he does – and what he does is somehow, magically, always be where he’s needed, to do the thing that needs doing – whether it’s a catch, a tackle, a clean, or sometimes all three within the space of a few seconds! 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. Showed again that he’s the best fullback in the country. Didn’t put a foot wrong on defence all night and joined the line with menace and purpose when given the opportunity. 8/10

16) Monde Hadebe. The increase in pace and intensity once he came on was marked. 7/10
17) Julian Redelinghuys. Unused
18) Peet Marais. Got stuck in properly – playing like a guy with far more caps to his name. 6/10
19) Bry Stander. Not long enough to be rated.
20) Charl McLeod. Looked pretty good, but not quite as good as Reinach. Some odd decisions at the end, with the Sharks up by 15 men to 12. 7/10
21) Marius Joubert. Not on long enough to be rated.
22) Sbura Sithole. Few opportunities to do much of anything. 5/10


  • We have to start backing Reinach more, the kid was enormous!

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.09.12 08:24:08 by Die Kriek Reply
  • The Sharks did well to walk away from a game in those condition with a bonus point.

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.09.12 08:27:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Reinach impressed me again, plus from where I was sitting it looked like Rosco’s has one hell of a work rate. He kept looking for work.

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.09.12 08:35:51 by KingRiaan Reply

  • fun game to watch interesting calls

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.09.12 08:44:15 by Dunx Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 1) : have to agree,he’s the future,he needs to start more,apart from a lekker 2010 Currie Cup,Charl Mcleod has always been a pretty average scrummie,now you have a special player in Reinach

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.09.12 08:49:21 by Ludz Reply

  • Reinach was very good, but again why sub the guy? No need unless he took a knock. Daniel really does provide that missing “link” and the Boks have definitely missed a trick there. Viljoen looks a bit bored at 10 to be honest. I think he prefers running onto the ball and perhaps a switch with him and Bosman could work. Ludik needs a shot at the Green and Gold! Its long overdue!

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.09.12 08:57:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • Talk about questionable calls from the referees! I know we need to bring new blood in with refs retiring and all, but why use Currie cup or Super Rugby to do so!This Lourens guy was literally thrown into the deep end. Why not start off as assistants to gain experience?Pro Legoate is a supposed experienced ref yet he also made some dubious calls as an assistant.Anyway a really hard fought (literally) game. HM should get some feedback on this game. Why persist with Sideshow Bob when Louis can do the job. Meyer Bosman showed up JdV.Why use Flo when Keegan showed how it was done? Wors is getting ready to take Jannie’s place.Bresler really has Etsebeth & Flips number.What more can I say? 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.09.12 09:25:21 by markm Reply

  • @markm (Comment 7) : I cannot agree with you more regarding the refs. Some really shocking mistakes all around from the ref to assistants and even the TMO (who was wearing a blue and white shirt! hmmm)

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.09.12 09:42:40 by SheldonK Reply

  • Really enjoyed Keegan’s cheeky NFL-style try!

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.09.12 10:00:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : well WP were so offside at every ruck it was hard to move the ball wide so take the direct route was the only way!

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.09.12 10:39:18 by SheldonK Reply

  • McLeod looked pretty good? I don’t think so. Reinach was better than what McLeod has been this whole year.

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.09.12 11:41:03 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • I certainly had doubts about Reinach’s kicking – gladly they have been put to bed.

    Was impressed with Speckman. Doesn’t offer the physicality and speed of Sithole, but much more industrious and adventurous.

    Huge games from Bosman and Ludik.

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.09.12 11:44:34 by Big Fish Reply
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  • The assistant on the second yellow of the game, had no idea about the incident until the crowd growled in displeasure. In seeing Ludik lying on the ground he thought about lifting his flag, thought about it a second time and then decided to put it up. I laughed my ass of when I got home and watched the game on TV again – Late shoulder charge. hahahaha…

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.09.12 15:59:29 by Letgo Reply
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  • The scrums where a thing of beauty!

    Well done boys!

    Reffing was diabolical, very happy we got a bonus point win 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.09.12 16:04:23 by MikeVS Reply

  • @MikeVS (Comment 14) : Just on that…crises how bad has Carstens got? He wasnt that bad at scrum time when he was with the Sharks was he?

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.09.12 08:05:38 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : The WP rot attacks another forward!

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.09.12 10:18:53 by MikeVS Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : I must say I was very happy to see Kitshoff be shunted around. The tonsil cut me off badly last Friday on his way to the airport.

    I asked Wors to crunch him in the scrums!

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.09.12 10:21:23 by MikeVS Reply

  • @MikeVS (Comment 17) : Hahaha gotta love how the wheel turns! But seriously the Sharks scrum has looked dodgey in every game besides the WP games!

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.09.12 10:30:37 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 18) : True, I must say I am impressed with Chadders, he has really stepped it up of late!

    Lets hope they build on saturdays scrum performance

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.09.12 10:47:06 by MikeVS Reply


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