Sharks player ratings v Force

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 20 May 2013 at 09:14
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The Sharks finally won a match on tour, by putting in a strong second-half display to down a game, but limited, Western Force outfit in Perth by 23 points to 13. While hardly a vintage performance, the win in itself was huge cause to celebrate. Another poor first half, though, means an overall team rating of no higher than 6/10. Let’s look at the individuals.

1) JC Janse van Rensburg. A good showing in the scrums and did a bit of work around the field, but did little else to impress and in particular, did no work as a ball carrier. 5/10
2) Kyle Cooper. Basics were sound and he looked for work all over. Starting to lose impact with ball in hand though as opposition defences start to watch him more closely. 6/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Anchored the scrum pretty well, but did little in other areas. 5/10
4) Anton Bresler. Put in some big hits as always and brought his usual high work-rate to the game. Carrying still needs work. 6/10
5) Franco van der Merwe. His best all-round game in a Sharks jersey to date. Worked non-stop for 80-minutes like an extra loose forward. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. His best showing in a year or more. Marcell was the beating heart that kept the Sharks pack going with his dogged defence and work-rate setting the benchmark for others to aim at. 8/10
7) Willem Alberts. Shrugged off some of the hesitancy on attack that reduced his effectiveness against the Reds. Still not back to his barnstorming best, but he’s on the way. 6/10
8) Keegan Daniel. Rallied the troops well to bring off a much-needed win – and scored a good try to boot. His all-round game remains well off the level that we saw last year, though. 6/10

9) Charl McLeod. Another error-strewn performance from the scrumhalf. 4/10
10) Pat Lambie. Kicked the goals that mattered and did a good job in distribution. His kicking out of hand, though, was at times wayward. 6/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Made a good fist of his limited opportunities. 6/10
12) Meyer Bosman. Started the game very strongly, but started to fall off the pace a little after his injury, with defence in particular letting him down a bit. 5/10
13) JP Pietersen. Not his best game to date, with little to do and little going his way. 5/10
14) Odwa Ndgunane. Defensively all right this week (despite being nastily flummoxed, along with several others, for the Force try). Really offers little on attack, though, despite his improving boot. 5/10
15) Riaan Viljoen. Another very impressive performance from Viljoen, whose “purple patch” on attack heading into the final quarter probably turned the match for the Sharks. 7/10

16) Monde Hadebe. Unused. Waste of a plane ticket.
17) Wiehahn Herbst. Another superb showing from a man who seems to be redefining the standard when it comes to work rate for a tight-head prop. 7/10
18) Pieter-Steph du Toit. A much, much better showing from the youngster, with his typical fire and aggression evident in abundance. 7/10
19) Jean Deysel. Unused.
20) Tera Mtembu. Played out of position, he did reasonably well and clearly relished his first senior win. 6/10
21) Tian Meyer. Unused. Shameful considering the game McLeod had.
22) Piet Lindeque. Good and bad in equal measures – strangely, he looked best when temporarily on for Bosman at inside centre. 5/10


  • Apparently Bissie and Butch are available this weekend…Truth???

    And is Kanko going to be used at all this season by that ******??

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.05.13 09:39:10 by pienaar111 Reply
  • Underlining my thoughts on Lambie’s decline, in terms of attacking creativity:

    Greg Martin (commentator) mentioned how he used to think Bosman was a straight up and down player, but has surprized him this season with his creativity, even more so that he provided more creativity than Lambie has this season….Those were his words.

    Lambie has to step up now and take on the gain line, which is what made him a star to begin with. He should be dominating all facets of play. Or at least trying to…

    Come on Pat we dont want you…we want SUPER-PAT!!! the sensation 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.05.13 09:43:49 by pienaar111 Reply
  • I hear Bissie is still out till the end of June ?

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.05.13 09:47:17 by DaveB Reply
  • also heard that the same with butch what do u guys think of swapping raain with lambie for bulls game raain is a good flyhalf and showed it when playing for griekwas

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.05.13 09:50:37 by sharks4eve2013 Reply
  • I would give Charl McLeod a 2/10. He really ain’t playing like we know he can – missing Reinach a lot. And it’s a big shame that Tian Meyer didn’t get a few mins on the field.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.05.13 09:52:57 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply
  • You really do hate McLeod….

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.05.13 09:53:05 by Uli Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 5) : Id just like to point out that Lambie has been playing allot better since McLeod is back.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.05.13 09:54:02 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 6) : 😆 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.05.13 09:58:26 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @sharks4eve2013 (Comment 4) : Riaan is dodgy at flyhalf…. has far more bad games than he does good ones. Currie Cup last year?

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.05.13 10:00:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 6) : I wouldn’t say hate though. Not impressed with his current form thats all 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.05.13 10:00:33 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 6) : no, I don’t hate McLeod. I hate knock-ons and errors that ruin the team’s momentum.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.05.13 10:00:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 7) : So you would rather have an underperforming scrumhalf to have a better playing flyhalf? Each to his own I guess :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.05.13 10:02:19 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • It’s just to give pat a bit of a break at flyhalf and I hear what u saying but when he is on song he’s dam good and then again with the currie cup games who was scrumhalf?:)

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.05.13 10:12:38 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • Marcel was on FIRE!!!!

    Couldn’t help but admire his work rate and the huge hits he made for the entire 80 minutes.

    By these ratings, it’s easy to see that it’s the youngsters that give it their all, with the more senior players lagging behind.

    I suspect the senior players are playing to survive an entire year of rugby, with their focus on international rugby, rather than giving their all in every game.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.05.13 10:19:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I also hate scrumhalf’s that cost teams games….

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.05.13 10:28:44 by Uli Reply
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  • @RedSharkUtd82 (Comment 12) : Look I am not going to debate this, as everyone knows how I feel, but you do forget that McLeod’s pin point passing and quickness to rucks give the Sharks important momentum. Something that’s lacking otherwise. That’s it for me,out on this subject.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.05.13 10:31:46 by Uli Reply
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  • please can you let me no how you work out your rating 1 – 4 4 -6 -6 8–8 10?
    Sharks did very well saturday and will beat the bulls this week

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.05.13 10:38:17 by steve haag Reply

  • @steve haag (Comment 17) : it’s subjective, Steve, based on my personal assessment of the game. As i’m sure you can tell, most people don’t agree with them.

    I try hard not to take it personally 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.05.13 10:42:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.05.13 10:52:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @steve haag (Comment 17) :

    You betting money on it?

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.05.13 10:54:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : I can count the number of “I agree with those ratings, Rob” comments on one hand…

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.05.13 11:03:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @steve haag (Comment 17) : @robdylan (Comment 21) : While I was watching the game, especially during the first half, I thought to myself that this is one of the worst Sharks performances/teams that I’ve watched in a long time.

    Sharks seemed clueless as to their defensive structures and on attack they made juvenile mistakes. It was once again only when the game seemed dead that the Sharks, through individual brilliance, broke loose and played with some resemblance of confidence.

    They’ll have to play miles better than that to beat the Bulls. Thankfully the season is still over and we’ll be the underdogs for this game, which seems to be the only times that the Sharks are able to play winning/entertaining rugby. 🙄

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.05.13 11:14:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 22) : I watched the recording on the weekend, and I have to agree. Just shows how poor the Force really was.

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.05.13 11:37:12 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 22) : this is the problem…. we so often let a good second half overshadow the dross crap dished up in the first.

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.05.13 11:44:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 22) : They actually playing like the old HRE regime… SNAP!

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.05.13 11:59:13 by Uli Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 22) : Truth!
    The Sharks dished up the same tepid game that they’ve been playing all tour long. Our only saving grace was that the Force were even more rubbish than the Highlanders on this given week.

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.05.13 12:24:24 by josefgremlin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : I agree with those ratings Rob, but….

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.05.13 13:17:23 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 27) : LOL

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.05.13 13:54:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 15) : Correct me if I’m wrong but…

    When Reinach has started matches we have won 5 and lost 2.

    When McLeod has started we have won 1 and lost 5.

    I’m not saying it’s all down to them, but those are the stats. 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.05.13 15:08:13 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • Way is there still hatred towards the sharks on facebook just went there to see all comments can’t we all get a long and sing kumbaya next to a braai

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.05.13 15:17:55 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 29) : Look those stats can be deceiving, my actual point in making about losing games was that McLeod has not actually “cost” us a game, the same cant be said about the other lad.

    Also you forget how our back line functioned when the other lad was playing, they never seemed to get any momentum at all, he’s late at the rucks, and his passing is all over the show. Yes, McLeod does make a knock on here and there as he tries too hard. That is his down fall. But he’s always the 3/4 person at the ruck, and his passes are spot on. To me its down to basics, and a scrumhalf needs to be at the rucks quickly, and pass correctly. That in its own gives a team momentum. That is something that lacks in Reinach’s game. Like I said I don’t want to be going on and on about this, but you asked and that’s my point I want to make.

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.05.13 08:18:17 by Uli Reply
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