Sharks player ratings v Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 24 Jun 2013 at 09:21
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It was a somewhat rusty Sharks outfit that took on the might of the Lions at Elils Park on Friday night and while they didn’t quite manage to pull off the win, there was some encouraging play nonetheless. The forwards, though, will feel that they let themselves down, with scrum-work in particular leaving a lot to be desired. Let’s rate the individuals involved.

1. Dale Chadwick. Started pretty well and even scored a try, but again conceded a few penalties and was found wanting at scrum time. 5/10
2. Kyle Cooper. A typically energetic, bustling display from the hooker who set up the third try virtually single-handedly with a great break. He will be a key player this Currie Cup season. 7/10
3. Wiehahn Herbst. Played very well for the short time he was on the field, with his work rate high and scrummaging sound. Unfortunately didn’t last long due to a groin injury. 6/10
4. Edwin Hewitt. An encouraging first outing from a man who doesn’t appear to shirk his duties. He carried strongly, tackled well and worked tirelessly on defence to boot. 7/10
5. Jandre Marais. A bit of a mixed bag from the big lock – he competed well at the line-out and scored a good try, but was less visible that his partner in most other aspects. 6/10
6. Keegan Daniel. His individual contribution was poor, but his leadership and management of the referee were, if possible, worse. 2/10
7. Jean Deysel. A strong and encouraging performance from a man who stood up to lead the pack in Daniel’s surprising “absence”. Tackled well and put in some strong carries too. 7/10
8. Tera Mtembu. A strangely quiet game from Tera, with his trademark carries few and far between. Did well to spin out a few tackles, though. 5/10

9. Charl McLeod. Started poorly, with numerous mistakes, but found his rhythm after the opening quarter and went on to deliver a reasonably solid showing. 6/10
10. Butch James. A very encouraging showing from the old man, given that this was his first game of rugby in around 8 months. Distribution was pin-point, goal-kicking good and there were also none of the usual “cheap shots” on defence. 7/10
11. Sean Robinson. A quiet evening for the young man, with nothing really coming his way. 5/10
12. Heimar Williams. Enjoyed a good half before he was replaced. Made a few nice breaks, cleaned out furiously at the breakdown (winning two penalties in the process) and scored a maiden try to boot. Looking forward to a big Currie Cup. 6/10
13. Louis Ludik. Stood head and shoulders above every other back on the park, with four line breaks in the first half alone, two of which led directly to tries. Looks a real gem at outside centre, in only his first appearance in the position. 8/10
14. Odwa Ndungane. Had little to do with ball in hand, but was phenomenal on defence in an all-round pretty good showing. 7/10
15. Riaan Viljoen. Another player to deliver a combination of good and uninspiring play. 6/10

16. Monde Hadebe. Wasn’t on long enough to rate.
17. Allan Dell. Endured a torrid time in the scrums, coming up against the wiley JC Janse van Rensburg in his first game in over 2 months. Atoned to an extent with some good loose play, particularly on defence. 4/10
18. Brynard Stander. A brief cameo, but one in which he showed enough strength and commitment to hint at a good Currie Cup season to come. 6/10
19. Khaya Majola. Not on long enough to rate.
20. Tian Meyer. Not on long enough to rate.
21. Fred Zeilinga. Looked a bit like a boy against men when he first came on, but gained in composure as the match wore on and started to look almost comfortable towards the end. Still needs some polishing, but there is plenty to work with there. 5/10
22. Tyler Fisher. A little raw – in fact, very raw – but he’s a big lad not afraid to mix it up on defence. Unfortunately had no chances to impress with ball in hand. 5/10


  • Personally I think Butch deserves a 8, he dictated the game really well, tactical kicking and ensuring the ball get to Ludik….sheer brilliance by Oom Butch 🙂

    Zeilinga was underwhelming, Sharks will be wise to invest in Robert du Preez, who’s able to dictate play through that beauty of a skip pass of his, and his tactical kicking is second to none.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.13 09:37:02 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • Yes oupa Butch was really good.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.13 09:45:31 by Uli Reply
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  • Pretty generous 2 for Keegan 😛

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.13 10:02:25 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 3) : yeah, I’m all heart

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.06.13 10:04:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • The less said about Keegan the better, but hopefully with Venter there, Chadwick will be ”persuaded” to rather go play Lawn-balls or something other than rugby

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.06.13 10:13:38 by KingRiaan Reply

  • On what basis do we now rate Rob du Preez ahead of Fred Zeilinga? The fact that he’s played well against 19 year olds?

    As South Africa rugby fans, we get ahead of ourselves on these performances and then drop players at the slightest hint of difficulty.

    Remember this time last year when Handre Pollard could do no wrong? Now he’s a bit off and suddenly he’s yesterday’s news.

    Rob has massive talent, but he needs to prove himself at u21 & Vodacom Cup level. Fred has all the makings of being SA’s Jonny Wilkinson. Let’s give him a real shot before looking for alternatives. Especially when he’s sitting behind a pack that’s being destroyed

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.06.13 10:16:28 by disgruntled shark Reply

  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 6) : I really enjoyed watching Heimar play and I thought Zeilinga looked really promising when he came on. With Butch mentoring Fred and Rob, we can look forward to some wonderful flyhalf play from them in the coming years.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.06.13 10:20:15 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 6) : Have to agree. Zeilinga is a good player. Du Preez has much to work on before he can be pulled into senior Rugby .Players must pay their dues.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.06.13 10:20:33 by Talent Reply
  • Never said du Preez need to be fast tracked into the senior side, but the Sharks need to invest time and coaching in him because he sure has a ton of raw talent.

    Zeilinga was not impressive vs. the Lions at all, and our game went pear shaped when he came on. He did the exact same telegraphed inside pass over and over again with no success.

    He is still young and I’m not trying to be overly harsh on the boy, I just think du Preez is a brighter future prospect.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.13 10:30:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : You still gonna do that article on the iol/Mercury/John Smit interview?

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.13 10:38:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Maybe Keegan needs a stint overseas. I’m sure he’ll get back to his best, but a change of scenery will do him a world of good, because there’s clearly something wrong.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.06.13 10:55:34 by MerckZ Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 10) : oh ja – I must.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.06.13 11:09:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • Keegan got a 2?

    You are getting soft in your old age, Rob.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.06.13 11:37:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : one for showing up and another one for ensuring we only had to watch him for 70 minutes, rather than 80

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.06.13 11:40:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Man, I’m having some serious regrets about my K-dog tattoo. Should probably not have had it done on my forehead…

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.06.13 11:57:34 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 6) :

    I dont know you … but damit !!!! i like you !!!! good comments !!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.06.13 13:22:13 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : We need a new captain, but who?

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.06.13 13:30:52 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 17) : ANYONE OR ANYTHING WILL DO hahah…

    personally I dont see Bissie as an option. he was the same rash, hothead in his youth like Keegan and those traits dont bode well for leadership.

    Deysel, Lambie are my only options. Dont know what Kanko is like in the leadership roles (if he ever sees the fields at Kings Park that is). Those two are the only ones that I see can step up

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.06.13 13:38:40 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @Uli (Comment 17) : 100% agree, Lambie would be a good option or Frans Steyn?

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.06.13 15:18:49 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 6) : if this was facetube I would hit the like button

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.06.13 15:21:25 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : Show me a flyhalf who has a great game behind a pack that is not only struggling, but the locks are quite literally seeing their arse because the front row is being folded like an accordion

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.06.13 15:28:24 by disgruntled shark Reply

  • @disgruntled shark (Comment 21) : Our u/20 pack wasn’t performing most of the world cup either, but du Preez managed to rise above it.

    And Butch seemed quite at ease irrespective of the pack stuck in reverse maul.

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.06.13 15:32:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 18) : @The Hobbit (Comment 19) :

    I think Deysel would be best, if he can stay injury free, not sure if Lambie can be a captain? But would be nice if we are able to have a young cool headed guy take us to the future.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.06.13 16:06:12 by Uli Reply
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  • Can’t someone get the Japs to take KD and leave Kanko in Durbs?!?!?!

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.06.13 17:45:40 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 24) : can I get a HELL YEAH?

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.06.13 17:47:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 23) : Deysel injury free? A joke, yes? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.06.13 17:47:39 by robdylan Reply
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