Sharks player ratings v Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Oct 2012 at 09:07
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They say the sign of a special team is the ability to pick up good results from bad games and while the Sharks class of 2012 (in the Currie Cup, at least) hasn’t always been able to do that, Saturday was a good example. Beating decent sides away from Kings Park has been a struggle so far, with the side unable to record any away victories since the first-round defeat of Western Province at Newlands. In that light, a bonus-point win in Bloemfontein must surely rank as a highlight, even if the team didn’t consistently play superb rugby throughout the game.

Let’s rate the individuals against that backdrop.

1) Dale Chadwick. There was no scrum dominance this week and while last week I was forced to eat a bit of humble pie for missing Dale’s phenomenal tackle count, I’m pretty sure I made no such blunder this time around. In short, I didn’t see Dale do much to write home about. 5/10
2) Pieter Dixon. Only lasted 12 minutes of the game before going off injured, but during that period, the Sharks simply weren’t in the game at all. With the return of Craig Burden this week, those 12 minutes may just have been Dixon’s last in the black and white. 5/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. Struggled a bit up front against Marcell van der Merwe, who used his height to good advantage at scrum time. Wiehahn put in some nice touches around the field, though and has a lovely pass for a tighthead. 6/10
4) Jandre Marais. I really want to give Jandre a higher score because I just love his physicality and the way he gets stuck in. Work rate is also impressive. However, on the day, his discipline let him down, at one stage conceding two penalties within the space of two minutes for silly infringements. 6/10
5) Anton Bresler. Another superb game from the number 5, who was dominant in the lineouts and made a few nice carries too, all the while maintaining his usual work rate on defence. 8/10
6) Jacques Botes. Just the sort of game in which Botes excels – a really scrappy affair that suited a real scrapper. As is usually the case, he was involved in everything. weighing in with crucial tackles and making a few key passes. Scored the fourth try too, although that one was really more of a whole-pack effort. 7/10
7) Jean Deysel. Added physical presence as expected and made a few big hits, but really is battling to do much of anything with ball in hand at the moment. 6/10
8) Keegan Daniel. A quiet-ish outing for the skipper, but for Daniel even a quiet game is a pretty good one by everyone else’s standards; the superb kick through that resulted in Paul Jordaan’s try was one of a few stand-out moments. 7/10

9) Charl McLeod. A bit of an up-and-down performance from the scrummy, who did some unexpected things that flummoxed the opposition, but tempered that with a baffling propensity to completely disappear when the ball needed clearing from the base of the ruck. 6/10
10) Meyer Bosman. A real mixed bag at flyhalf, it must be said. There were a few costly lapses on defence, but also some strong tackles. Goal kicking was mostly good, with a few lapses, but it was his distributing game that really stood out for me. One or two really poor tactical kicks went nowhere, but was also responsible for some astonishingly long touch finders too. 6/10
11) JP Pietersen. This man oozes class and even when half fit, he’s a cut above the rest. The interplay with Odwa Ndungane leading up to the first try, including a superb offload, was just a taste of what he can do (and will do in weeks to come). 7/10
12) Tim Whitehead. Took on the defence bravely, made his tackles and was instrumental in the second try. Still looking for a little more variation in his game, though and more interplay with the express train outside him. 7/10
13) Paul Jordaan. His best all-round game yet. Scored a wonderful try, but it was his work on defence that stood out the most for me. 8/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. The commentators gushed over opposite number Raymond Rhule all night, which was a pity because in the process, they missed a fine game by the Bok winger. Ndungane is the heart and soul of this backline and his umpteenth error-free performance of the season, coupled with two great tries, laid the platofirm for a great victory. 9/10
15) Louis Ludik. Quieter on attack this week, but still performed the basics of his position to an incredibly high standard. 7/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Wonderful to see him get an extended run. He was dynamite as a ball carrier and put in some big hits too. A few missed tackles and a botched line out cost him a point. 7/10
17) Allan Dell. Only five minutes, but what a cameo!
18) Peet Marais. Continues to impress by playing with maturity that belies his experience. 6/10
19) Tera Mtembu. Not long enough to rate.
20) Cobus Reinach. Another bright performance from the man who arguably should have started. 7/10
21) Riaan Viljoen. Not long enough to rate.
22) Sbu Sithole. Not long enough to rate.


  • Ludik’s score? 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.10.12 09:32:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 1) : crap, sorry.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.10.12 09:37:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : No worries :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.10.12 09:54:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I enjoyed Dells run, pure power to break through those tackles and get the go forward momentum!

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.10.12 10:30:36 by MikeVS Reply

  • @MikeVS (Comment 4) : You gotta love the guy’s hunger! I’m pretty sure some of the other players were starting to take their foot of the gas thinking the game was won but that try eventually saved us from a draw.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.10.12 10:38:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Hugely so, it was the finishing blow that took us out of reach. Hopefully ha gets some more game time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.10.12 10:57:16 by MikeVS Reply

  • It showed the quality of the team that can win quite comfortably even when they are not entirely focussed on the night. The Players will be the first to admit that their heads were not totally in the game for whatever reason. But I must say that the way that both teams spread the ball from side to side is really pleasing to watch. Yes its a bit high risk but as the All Blacks showed, high risk equals high reward if your handling and rucking is accurate.

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.10.12 11:36:00 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : The players werent the only ones whose heads werent in the game. After watching the Boks I found it hard to get into the game and identify with the players – it was weird but its not the first time its happened. Second half was business as usual.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.10.12 11:42:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I have to say the Sharks have a pleasant headache at lock, Peet Marais, Jandre Marais, PSDT, Anton Bresler, all class players.

    Ally, well that’s a step closer to representing the Sharks by the time he’s 21 like told Rob in that interview 2 years ago

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.10.12 11:55:21 by Ludz Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) : Yeh i must agree that some adjustment was needed after the Bok game. It was just interesting to see the very different game plans adopted by the Sharks/Cheetahs compared to the Boks. But as you say 2nd half normality was restored against a pretty average Cheetahs side.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.10.12 12:20:05 by SheldonK Reply

  • 😈 Mmmm….McLeod had a great game. There has been some coaching as we requested and he has lost the two-step with some great quick service, little kicking and showing up Sarel. His break away with a poached ball was great and he slipped up once. Good to see the fact that Cobus is competing for the 9 is speeding up Mcleods game.
    Cobus did his job but kicked the ball straight into touch (fortunate during a advantage period) Charl should rate at 7-8 and Cobus at 5 for this game to be objective. McLeod did more than most players i.e. Tim. on attack and defence.
    But we are very fortunate to have these 2 humble, hard working 9s in our team – a great duo for SR! 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.10.12 17:13:10 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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