Sharks player ratings v Blue Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Oct 2012 at 08:00
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The Sharks splashed their way to yet another home victory on Friday night, this time a single-point thriller against the Bulls. Let’s rate the individuals on their performances.

1) Dale Chadwick. The up-and-down season continues for Dale. Scrummed very well against Werner Kruger, who is starting to become his bunny in many ways, but was pretty quiet otherwise in a pack that battled to gain a real upper hand. 6/10
2) Pieter Dixon. Started with a few wobbly line-outs, but came good after a while and was also a real rock in the middle of the scrum. Really not much of a factor at all with ball in hand, though and whether intentional or not (I maintain the latter), his red-card offence so nearly cost the team dearly. 5/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. A very good game for Wors, which started with a truly dominant scrumming performance. He’s been a little up and down this season, but was at his destructive best on Friday night. 7/10
4) Steven Sykes. Had a reasonable outing, all in all, but as the most experienced lock in either match 22, I was expecting a more dominant performance. 6/10
5) Anton Bresler. A pretty good all-round game, with high work rate, particularly on defence, again the stand-out characteristic. 7/10
6) Jacques Botes. Inside that relatively small frame beats the heart of a lion and what’s more, a true professional. Never gives less than everything he has and once again tackled himself to an absolute standstill in conditions that hardly suit his preferred style of rugby. 7/10
7) Jean Deysel. Performed admirably on defence, but once again was rather ineffective with ball in hand. After a bright start to the campaign, Wollie is starting to look a little jaded, which is a concern. 6/10
8) Keegan Daniel. The best forward on the field, for either side, by quite a big margin. This man is in the form of his life and it’s a travesty that he’s not still in the national frame. 9/10

9) Cobus Reinach. The hot streak continues. Cobus was superb and is rapidly proving to be a player you can rely on regardless of the conditions. Tactical kicking was spot on, passing remained crisp and accurate and his option-taking was also superb. 8/10
10) Riaan Viljoen. An error-strewn display at flyhalf that kept his team properly under pressure and did nobody any favours. You have to question whether shifting him back to pivot just before kick-off was the right move to make. 3/10
11) Paul Jordaan. Enjoyed no ball to speak off, yet still, somehow, managed to score one of his freaky “x-factor” tries. A special talent, but also an unorthodox one and if we’re going to nitpick, we could ask why he doesn’t do more to get his hands on the ball. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. Viljoen’s sloppy play at flyhalf saw precious little ball go the way of the centres, meaning Meyer was reduced to tackling for 80 minutes, which he did admirably. Goal-kicking was below par, though and he’ll want to bounce back after two less-than-stellar weeks with the boot. 6/10
13) Tim Whitehead. Did a great job of keeping the Springbok opposite him quiet, but like Bosman, had precious little opportunity to do much other than tackle. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Added huge confidence, composure and experience on a day when balls were dropping out of the sky nearly as frequently as the raindrops were. Odwa is the proverbial “safe pair of hands” in this backline and always does the right thing at the right time. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. Another utterly superb performance at fullback from a man who is consistently brilliant each week. 8/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Not long enough to be rated, but great to see him back.
17) Julian Redelinghuys. Not long enough to be rated.
18) Jandre Marais. Another superb showing from a man with a real penchant for the rough stuff. He’s big and strong and works oh-so hard. Watch this guy – he’s going places. 7/10
19) Tera Mtembu. Yanked off after just 30 seconds in the cruellest of circumstances; hoping he’ll get more time against the Cheetahs.
20) Charl McLeod. Unused.
21) Marius Joubert. Unused.
22) S’bura Sithole. Unused


  • Viljoen flopped at FH and FB! Odwa and Louis were MVP’s

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.10.12 08:12:43 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Viljoen needs coaching and Chadwick needs to work on speed and handling

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.10.12 08:15:32 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • You can’t tell me we don’t have any better loosehead props than Chadwick. Every time I see him play I feel like I’m gonna burst a vein.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.10.12 08:44:32 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 3) : U have no idea the shortage of props in this province from the Sharks right down to club level! Its actually a scary situation and we are lucky we havnt had many injuries!
    @KILLER SHARK (Comment 2) : Viljoen needs to be moved to a position where he can run onto the ball and not have to make too many decisions. He is big,strong and fast…but he is do dictator im afriad! Bosman to 10 pretty please! haha

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.10.12 09:05:07 by SheldonK Reply

  • So impressed with Reinach’s performance in the King’s Park swimming pool. Hopefully McLeod will also lift his game as a result.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.10.12 09:47:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : McLeod won’t get that jersey back, Reinach is here to stay

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.10.12 10:48:44 by Ludz Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : @Ludz (Comment 6) : Whats interesting to note is that Reinach is doing all the things that Charl did well a couple seasons ago. Then Charl thought he was too good and has been trying to do too much. Just the basics again and he will shine

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.10.12 10:52:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : I am really enjoying our style of play. I hope Mcleod sees that he needs to up his game now.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.10.12 12:09:31 by Dunx Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 6) : We need a quality backup though. I haven’t had time to follow the junior teams of late. Anyone else you know that’s rising through the ranks?

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.10.12 12:47:01 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : It is my hope that Reinach keeps the No9 jersey! Im reeeealy liking this young man!!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.10.12 12:55:16 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 9) : he’s coming nicely in the u21s and he’s still u19, Hanco Venter looks a real prospect,crisp service. Looks likely that he’ll be Baby Bok no.9 next year

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.10.12 13:46:55 by Ludz Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 11) : Thanks, will keep an eye out for him!

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.10.12 15:11:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Bulk players always lack consistency…Deysel, Alberts, Potgieter, etc….

    I love it when these bulk players prove me right on a regular basis….
    They are not the answer folks..Deysel, Alberts and co.
    There is a reason McCaw, Pocock, etc are the leading loosies in the world…

    Same reason Keegan and Marcell are by far our best loosies..

    Team for the playoffs
    1. Beast
    2. Burden
    3. Jannie
    4. Sykes/du Toit
    5. Bresler
    6. Botes
    7. Coetzee
    8. Keegan

    9. Reinach
    10. Lambie
    11. Mvovo
    12. Whithead
    13. Jordaan
    14. Ndungane
    15. Ludick

    16. Dixon
    17. Herbst
    18. Sykes/du Toit
    19. Alberts (impact)
    20. Mcleod
    21. Bosman
    22. Viljoen

    Thoughts and possible changes are welcomed??!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.10.12 04:40:46 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 13) : Wors at 3, Jannie to bench. Jandre bracketed with Sykes, let PSdT complete the season at u21. 12. Bosman 13. Whitehead, Paul for impact off the bench. When last did Lambie kick for goal? Rather keep our in form kicker on the field

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.10.12 07:10:16 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 13) : @Die Kriek (Comment 14) : As far as I know, the Springboks aren’t playing any CC from this year onward.

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.10.12 07:28:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) : Blessing in disguise maybe?

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.10.12 08:09:15 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 14) :
    Yeah fair enough on the continuity point…it hasnt always worked well in the past to just throw our boks straight in…BUT ARGHH I LIKE DU TOIT – must play haha.
    @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) :
    Are you for real??? That is such not fair for Lambie and perhaps Marcell as well…

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.10.12 18:49:32 by pienaar111 Reply


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