Richard Ferguson

Player Ratings: The Final

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 30 Oct 2012 at 10:00
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The Sharks went down in the last match of the season, losing to a Western Province outfit that clearly wanted it more, and played to their ability, while the Sharks somehow left the game plan that worked all season, to lose their third final in a year. Here is how the players went:

1) Beast Mtawarira. The scrums went well for the Sharks and the impact of Beast in the front row was felt. His loose play was not what we have come to expect from him. 6/10
2) Craig Burden. Was brought into the starting team to sort out the lineouts, yet that did not go according to plan. A poor showing from the burly hooker, who lost his place in the Springbok squad as a result. 4/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. His renewed partnership with Beast in the front row showed in the scrums where we dominated Western Province. The scrums went south when he left the field. 6/10
4) Steven Sykes. Again, brought into the side to get the lienouts right, and how horribly wrong did that not go. Missing in loose play as well. 4/10
5) Anton Bresler. Not the usual good game from the man that has played almost every game this entire year, but has to take part of the blame for the lineouts not working. 4/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. Coetzee tried valiantly to gain yardage the only way he knows how to, but was a marked man and yet rather ineffective. Defensively sound though. 6/10
7) Willem Alberts. Brought in to bring bulk and go forward ball, but I suspect Deysel would have done a better job. Alberts was one-dimensional and killed a lot of ball. 5/10
8) Keegan Daniel. In a game where the captain had to motivate his troops and keep the team going, I feel he went missing and will learn from this loss. His usual attacking game was not witnessed in a tight final.5/10

9) Cobus Reinach. It was a big game for the young scrumhalf but he could not equal his good showing from the semi-final. Although solid, a few passes went awry and should have been subbed a bit earlier. 5/10
10) Patrick Lambie. He kicked everything that was lined up at goal, but it was ion loose play where I felt Lambie could have let the ball go wider sooner, rather than killing it himself or going back into traffic. 6/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. A quiet game, as can be expected from a wing in a tight final. His defensive game was put to the test and I thought he did well when challenged. 6/10
12) Tim Whitehead. Linked up with Jordaan very well, creating some room for the youngster outside him, but got very little ball for most of the match. Defensively, another good effort from Tim.6/10
13) Paul Jordaan. He had a few great touches and a particularly good break in the first half, but again, got very little ball and was only there to defend, which he did well. 6/10
14) JP Pietersen. Adds huge value to the backline, and had a good game. Defensively strong and kept looking for work. The stand out back of the game. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. Was solid again, but not up to the standard he has set himself during the competition. A game that most likely cost him a spot in the Bok squad. 6/10

16) Kyle Cooper. The lineouts did not improve with his arrival, and it was at this stage that WP were dominating possession, and he got almost no ball in hand. 5/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. The scrums wobbled a bit with Wiehahn on, and was again only asked to defend for long periods of time. 6/10
18) Jandre Marais. Not on long enough.
19) Jean Deysel. Had little impact in his 20 minutes on the park, asked to defend and defend. 5/10
20) Charl McLeod. This was the best substitution of the day and Charl had plenty to do. A good little break which could have won us the game that his decision making was poor. 5/10
21) Meyer Bosman. Asked to defend in midfield, and did very little wrong. 6/10
22) Odwa Ndungane. No real effect out on the wing, even though he was on for a good 15 minutes. 5/10


  • You being generous to hookers and locks. 👿

    I think Lambie deserved a 7 too. Sharks tried to play the ball wide fairly often. Personally thought he could have used the short kicking game more to unlock the WP defenses = the one he tried almost worked a treat.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.10.12 10:17:56 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 1) : You forgot, it’s Richard Ferguson that wrote these ratings, in his books Lambie is probably lucky to score a 6 🙄

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.10.12 10:25:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Not bad ratings. Biggest disappointments were Beast ,Burden and Alberts, these 3 should have given us plenty of carrying options. I recall Alberts running into Ntubeni and being stopped dead in his tracks.

    I thought Jannie was good and Cooper was good in the loose when he came on ,making some good yardage.

    Time for some hard truths; 1)This isn’t the first final Keegan Daniel has gone missing from, his contribution to the Sharks this year has been massive, but I worry about his ability to play his natural game in tight final like games.

    2)Alberts is looking poor ,he hasn’t made a huge hit in ages and he isn’t dominating the advantage line, which he does for the Boks…wonder if commitment could be an issue? Wonder if its fatigue -one can only speculate.

    3)Our line-outs need to be sorted right away or we will continue to lose games .Marias looked good in this respect when he came on.

    4)Mcleod may still be our man at 9 ,Reinach needs to work harder getting to the breakdown and getting the ball out quicker.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.10.12 11:20:00 by Talent Reply
  • @Rich.. imo you are too lenient… at least deduct another 1 point from all the forwards.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.10.12 11:26:12 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : You’re being unfair to Richard; he has done well to suppress his normal instinct, which would go like this: “Patrick Lambie kicked well, defended well, option taking ok, score 7 – 2 (for not being Elton Jantjies) = 5” :mrgreen:

    Sorry Rich, just pulling your leg!

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.10.12 11:36:50 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Richard, you obviously have a yardstick to measure against,what was it? :mrgreen: IMO Burden & Ludik were never in HM’s plans,so they could not lose a place in the Boks if they weren’t going to be considered anyway 😆 I personally think that the BMT went out the window with the exhaustion of a really long season & they just weren’t in.What happened to specialist coaches & sports psycologists?Do they exist in the Sharks setup?We have a coach & assistants!By the way Cooper did get ball in hand (or nearly did before knocking on & breaking the momentum). 😮

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.10.12 11:50:30 by markm Reply

  • You’ve got to feel sorry for Craig Burden. The guy has sat on the bench for many games before finally getting his chance to prove himself this year. He did so, so well that he got the opportunity to tour with the boks which again took him out of the game. He was clearly rusty on Saturday and now has lost his place in the bok squad.

    It seems like the world is conspiring to keep him off the rugby field.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.10.12 12:55:05 by Orelando_G Reply

  • @Orelando_G (Comment 7) : Barring injury he is going to get his chance at the start of the S15. I hope he makes proper use of it.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.10.12 13:34:52 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I don’t know the stats yet, but from what I can remember, both Jordaan and Tim got the ball quite a few times, but couldn’t to much with it themselves.

    Lambie at most ran the ball about 3 times. That’s what I can remember.

    WP’s defence was smart and had us figured out. We couldn’t re-invent ourselves and get around them.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.10.12 14:32:20 by Letgo Reply
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  • Im a bit late on this thread, but how long has our line out been an issue, Sykes has not done much in his time at the Sharks. Maybe time for PSDT and the Marais brothers to step up….take it in….learn from it….and move on!!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.10.12 21:36:06 by Tintin Reply

  • @Orelando_G (Comment 7) : even if he didn’t have a nightmare on saturday he was still going to sit out considering chiliboy is ahead of him in the pecking order & meyer is keen on seeing brits in an environment he is familiar with…

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.10.12 00:00:48 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : Agreed.
    IMO Burden is done with the Boks unless there is an injury catastrophe.
    When everyone is fit he is behind, Bismarck, Liebenberg, Strauss, and Ralepelle and then if it’s in the Northern Hemisphere Brits goes ahead of him as well. No5 in SA at best.

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.10.12 06:12:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : I hope that is not the order in which you rate the hookers 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.10.12 07:50:09 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : He has not proven the contrary.

    He’s a good CC hooker at best, he’ll do a few things well in SR, but he’s not a great hooker, he plays more like a loose forward than a hooker.

  • Comment 14, posted at 31.10.12 07:51:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : I personally rate Cooper more in the long run – provided he can sort out his lineouts and scrumming

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.10.12 07:56:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 15) : Yep, definitely!

    He should be given far more opportunity during next year’s SR. Burden is more on an X-factor player and Kyle a genuine Hooker, not afraid of the hard graft and gaining the hard yards.

    Surely his lineout skills can be improved with some basic coaching (ditto for our entire lineout). He might need some work at scrum time, but then again I don’t think Burden is much better come scrum time.

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.10.12 08:03:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : other than Burden being last on that list, they are in no particular order.

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.10.12 08:13:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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