Sharks player ratings v Reds

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 13 May 2013 at 09:31
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The Sharks lost a fifth match in succession this weekend, going down to the Reds in a performance that scored a team rating of just 2/10 in the first half, rising as high as 6/10 in the second. Any player, in other words, who scraped a 5 this week thus outperformed his peers by some margin.

1) JC Janse van Rensburg. Looked disinterested and added virtually nothing from a work-rate perspective. Was relatively solid in the scrum. 3/10
2) Kyle Cooper. The Reds saw him coming and neutralised his runs pretty well. Set-piece work was acceptable. 4/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. Goes about his business with quiet efficiency, but did nothing to warrant over-much praise this week. 5/10
4) Pieter-Steph du Toit. Disappeared along with the rest of the team in an awful first half; didn’t come out for the second. 3/10
5) Franco van der Merwe. Another anonymous performance, as we’ve seen all season. 3/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. Tackled his heart out, but his play continues to be at sixes and sevens this year, if you’ll excuse the obvious pun, caused by the continual positional switching. 5/10
7) Jean Deysel. Lacked impact as a ball carrier and his hands let him down far too often. 4/10
8) Keegan Daniel. Everything he touched turned to sh*t…. the lowlight was when he couldn’t seem to muster the physicality to down Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper in a tackle – multiple times! 2/10

9) Charl McLeod. His rare purple patch against the Highlanders seems to have been temporary. McLeod’s error rate was again sky-high agaisnt the Reds and the rest of his team suffered for that. 3/10
10) Pat Lambie. Did what he could in a poor team effort and was particularly good on defence, as always. 5/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. The rare flash of hope in this dismal performance was Mvovo’s play. He continues to improve. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. The less said the better. 2/10
13) JP Pietersen. A very polished outing, played in an unfamiliar position. Defence was a strength although he battled to get any sort of decent ball on attack. 6/10
14) Piet Lindeque. Scored a nice try, which is good reward for him, but he looks nervous and unsure of himself on the field. 4/10
15) Riaan Viljoen. A solid outing, without being either really good or really bad. 5/10

16) Monde Hadebe. Unused
17) Jannie du Plessis. Looked fired up when he came on and added some much-needed grunt. 5/10
18) Anton Bresler. Added a physical edge to the pack when he came on. 5/10
19) Derick Minnie. A decent cameo. Kept his discipline in check, contributed well and scored a nice try too. 6/10
20) Willem Alberts. Looked hesitant with ball in hand, but made some decent contributions on defence. Clearly well short of match fitness at this level, though. 5/10
21) Tian Meyer. Unused again. Must be wondering why he bothered to come.
22) Odwa Ndungane. Brought on almost apologetically at the end to ensure his 100th cap was nothing to celebrate.


  • Our basic skills are pathetic to say the least. This is not what you expect from a professional SupeRugby team. The Sharks could very well go winless on this tour. The Force have been playing some decent rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.05.13 09:38:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Overall team performance: 2/10. That’s just because we kicked our penalties and the scrums were OK.

    If the Reds felt like it I’m 100% positive they could have crushed us by at least 50 points. They just went through the motions during the second half.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.05.13 09:38:29 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @PTAShark (Comment 2) : After the first half hour, I was seriously hoping that they would put 50 plus past us. But now the management gets to placate us with their injuries and “the team is hurting” drivel.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.05.13 09:56:10 by King Shark Reply
    King Shark
  • McLeod and Bosman continue to hamper the team with their less than wonderful performances.

    And where is Mtembu? Thought that ankle injury was minor?

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.05.13 10:57:45 by JhbSharkFan Reply

  • Look at the body language of our team. They’re disinterested. They’re slow to the rucks, uncommitted in tackles. There is no willingness to play for one another, and I don’t blame them because the captain is the team’s biggest offender. How can you follow your leader when he doesn’t set the example?

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.05.13 11:03:40 by CapeShark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • @JhbSharkFan (Comment 4) : the ankle injury was so minor as to be non-existent. The shoulder, though, was more serious.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.05.13 11:15:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • PSDT rating of 3 is harsh. He was solid, not as imposing as usual and being taken off at half-time was one of Plums pathetic calls

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.05.13 11:32:21 by Saffex Reply

  • @Saffex (Comment 7) : Agree 100%

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.05.13 12:39:06 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 7)MysticShark (comment 8) So you actually saying Bresler did not do his job. What a joke!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.13 06:57:07 by Marge Reply

  • @Marge (Comment 9) : I think it’s more a case of feeling that Anton should have come on for Franco, not for Steph.

    I think most (although clearly not Plum) can see that du Toit & Bresler is the Sharks locking combo of the future.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.13 07:17:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : Hell yeah. They are two phenomenal locks but Plum has serious escalation of commitment issues.

    “I brought Franco on board, so I will use him! I do not care if we march straight into hell, he is playing!!!” – Douchetree.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.13 07:26:17 by King Shark Reply
    King Shark
  • @King Shark (Comment 11) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.05.13 07:53:31 by FireTheLooser Reply


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