Sharks player ratings v Griquas

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 15 Oct 2012 at 09:36
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The Sharks ran out emphatic 42-3 winners over Griquas at the weekend, playing some scintillating rugby at times, yet also not quite hitting top gear and continuing to make silly errors at key times. Let’s rate the individuals concerned.

1) Dale Chadwick. Schooled by Lourens Adriaanse at scrum-time, Chadwick was also pretty anonymous in open play. Not the loosehead’s best performance. 5/10
2) Kyle Cooper. Struggled to find his jumpers in a pretty messy line-out display, but showed up well as a ball carrier. 6/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. Also had some scrum wobbles, but made up for those with a fine display in other aspects of the game. Really does have lovely hands for a front-ranker. 6/10
4) Jandre Marais. Another big physical display from the man who works non-stop. Would have scored more had his lineout ball been safer. 7/10
5) Anton Bresler. Performed admirably in the middle of the lineout against the underrated Martin Muller and was, as usual, huge on defence. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. A quiet game from the young Bok, brought in late for Jacques Botes. Did his bit on defence, as always, but struggled a little to fit into what the Sharks expect a number 6 to do. 6/10
7) Jean Deysel. A huge game from Deysel, who showed wonderful commitment and high work rate in all that he did. Has some really neat ball skills for a big man, as he showed in sending Odwa Ndungane away for what proved to be the first try. 8/10
8) Keegan Daniel. Played his usual linking game and was a fierce competitor in the tight loose. His yellow card, though, could have cost his team and does cost him a point. 7/10

9) Cobus Reinach. This kid just keeps getting better. Another superb attacking performance, while still performing well in his primary scrumhalf duties. 9/10
10) Patrick Lambie. Controlled the game admirably in his first full game in yonks. Distribution, defence and goal kicking were all well on par, with just a few handling and line-kicking issues detracting from the performance. 8/10
11) JP Pietersen. If there is a better back-line player on the planet right now, I want to know who it is. Pietersen oozes class and confidence and is probably the world’s most complete winger in terms of balancing attacking and defensive capabilities. The work he does off the ball is huge and this was the case again on Friday. 8/10
12) Tim Whitehead. Distributed crisply and cleanly, while making sure of his tackles. A good all-round game from Whitehead, who is turning into Mr Dependable in midfield. 7/10
13) Paul Jordaan. Another strong showing from Jordaan who is starting to show that there’s more to him than just the occasional “moment of magic” with ball in hand. His defence is becoming a real strength. 7/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Only lasted 11 minutes before going off injured, but looked full of running in that time. 6/10
15) Louis Ludik. Recovered well after his slight dip against the Cheetahs and again delivered a faultless display of attacking rugby from fullback. 8/10

16) Craig Burden. A very rusty performance from the man who hasn’t played in far too long. Burden made one beautiful break, but botched a try by not passing in a four-on-one situation. Will improve with more game time. 6/10
17) Jannie du Plessis. Relishes the contest at any level and made his mark in the ten minutes he was on the field. 7/10
18) Peet Marais. Like his brother, the kid has a massive work rate and is not afraid to mix it up with far older, more experienced men. Peet is a bit of an unsung hero in this pack and is going to be a big asset next year. 7/10
19) Tera Mtembu. Showed just how dangerous he can be with a little space. Tera is a big guy and did his bit to mix it up physically when on as a blood replacement for Deysel. It was when he later returned at number 8 for Daniel, though, that we saw his true gifts. This lad has pace and power and is a star in the making. 8/10
20) Charl McLeod. Looked a little bit like a cup of weak tea after Reinach’s double-espresso act, but that’s really not doing his own performance justice. McLeod put in a solid showing and also reminded that he too has a fair bit of toe in scoring the final try. 7/10
21) Meyer Bosman. Big, physical and composed, Meyer oozes confidence these days and his presence in midfield late in the game helped to keep the Sharks on the front foot. 7/10
22) Lwazi Mvovo. Made an unprecedentedly early appearance in the 11th minute and made a good fist of his time on the field, with several strong darts down the left-hand touchline. Also scored a cracking try that showed his power as he took a lovely inside pass from Lambie. 7/10


  • Good ratings Rob..

    I feel for a coach who has to select a starting fifteen from the current squad, who are all in some pretty decent form!

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.10.12 09:47:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Hope Beast gets a start next week. We need something at special at loosehead, Dale is good, but he’s not the answer. As for the Boks, it seems the ones who played the least in the Green & Gold performed the best in Black and White

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.10.12 09:56:35 by Die Kriek Reply

  • The team looks good for a crack at the trophy maybe a few changes in the front row is all that is needed, that is if the returning boks are up for it. The make up of the loose forward combination will also be interesting.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.10.12 10:05:50 by markp Reply

  • was a nice game to watch. We just never seems like losing this from the get go. We are in it for the big one. Time to win as it seems we win the currie cup every 2 years.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.10.12 10:17:52 by Dunx Reply

  • Great win Sharks we hope it is a packed Kingspark on Saturday make an effort guys.As e great Sharks supporter i follow your ratings and by the numbers every week, want to differ from u with Marcells rating 24 tackles 10 ball carries gaining 80 meters i really think deserves more than a 6 ,havent even mentioned his rucks is this kid spoiling us with his workrate?

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.10.12 10:17:55 by underdog Reply

  • Rob, I think Chadwick is getting a bit of a hard deal on SW. I didn’t think he was much different from Herbst to be honest. Neither scrummed too well but both showed up in other aspects.

    Reinach, Pat and Deysel were standouts, but I also thought our Bok wings showed real class.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.10.12 10:27:52 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Rob Lwazi’s hands were really bad! Keeps on knockin the ball on with the try line beckoning, I would have given him 1/2 point less 🙁

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.10.12 10:31:27 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : fair enough, Fish… fair enough.

    I’m sure when the stats come out, we’ll see.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.10.12 10:34:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @underdog (Comment 5) : you have access to the stats? They’re not on verusco yet…. you must be an “INSIDER” 🙂 Send them to me, please?

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.10.12 10:34:39 by robdylan Reply
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