Sharks player ratings v Blues

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Jul 2013 at 09:25
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The Sharks pitched big time to deliver a commanding first-half performance against the Blues, before mysteriously pulling a group disappearing act in the second. The team showed character in heaps, though, to pull off a late try and snatch a dramatic win. Against a team performance that earned around a 6/10, let’s rate the individuals.

1) Beast Mtawarira. If a prop’s primary job is to scrum, then Beast must surely have had the perfect game. He was simply monstrous and destroyed the Blues number 3. We’re still hoping to see more storming runs from the big man, but he also weighed in with some nice carries and a few tackles too. 8/10
2) Kyle Cooper. Did his basics very well – lineouts were good, scrums excellent and contributed well in a strong tight five display. Not quite as effective on the carry as we’ve seen in the past, though. 7/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Just like Beast, Jannie was a monster in the scrums and did a fair bit of work around the field again. I don’t know how he does it, given how much rugby he’s been asked to play, but this was a vintage performance from the big man. 8/10
4) Edwin Hewitt. Looked pretty good for his first-ever start, with some big tackles and one or two decent carries. Made a few handling mistakes, though, while his conditioning looks a little off as well, probably affecting his ability to last 80 minutes at this level. Plenty to work with, though. 6/10
5) Franco van der Merwe. Based on the opening 20 minutes alone, I felt we were heading for a rare man-of-the-match performance from Franco. He was everywhere, making the sort of huge contribution one would expect from a 5-lock. Unfortunately, he seemed to revert to type for the next hour, playing well in the lineouts, but otherwise fading into obscurity. 6/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. A storming game from the youngster, who at times appeared to be taking on all the loose forward roles in one. Did plenty of carrying work and also tackled himself to a standstill. 7/10
7) Willem Alberts. A strangely quiet opening period, with even the commentators picking up that Alberts was doing little carrying work. He started to get more into the game later on, but this was a far cry from his Bok heroics of the week before. 6/10
8) Keegan Daniel. It pains me to write the same thing week after week, but the captain simply isn’t feeling it at the moment. Once again, he cut a dejected figure on the field, with his normally sure hands letting him down on a number of occasions. Also really battling to assert himself in the tackles, which is a shame since he always had a reputation for tackling above his weight. 4/10

9) Charl McLeod. Stood up head and shoulders above any other player on the field in the first half. McLeod’s service was deft and sure, his hands superb and used his pace to good effect in a number of situations. I can’t recall seeing a better game from him in the last two years. 9/10
10) Pat Lambie. Goal-kicking aside, I thought Pat had a very good game. He varied his options well and line-kicking (and defence) were both sound. Unfortunately, we have to acknowledge that his inability to find the target on five different occasions so nearly ended up costing his team this match. 5/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Had very little to do in this match, but looked for work all over the show. I wonder how many realise that the denied Sharks try in the first half would have had Mvovo’s name against it, had it been scored? It certainly would have been his first ever score from the back of a rolling maul! 6/10
12) Butch James. A very ordinary game from James, it must be said. Missed a few crucial tackles in midfield and unfortunately failed to add anything of meaning on attack. Far from complementing Lambie on attack, the two seemed to get in each others’ way more often than not. 5/10
13) Louis Ludik. Performed as well as could be expected on attack, given that he received literally zero ball. Defended well in an unfamiliar position too. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Mr Dependable was again all over the field, appearing to be playing several different positions at once. Solid on defence as always, but it is Odwa’s lack of real game-turning pace at wing that remains a concern. 6/10
15) Riaan Viljoen. Along with McLeod, was the rare shining light on attack amongst the Sharks backs. Put nary a foot wrong and scored the winning try to boot. Well played, Tjop. 7/10

16) Bismarck du Plessis. A very good cameo from Bizzie, but it was his leadership in the last few minutes that stood out more than anything he necessarily did on the field. 7/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. The youngster replaced the veteran and the scrum continued to march forward. You can’t ask for more than that. 8/10
18) Jandre Marais. A pretty quiet ten minutes as a blood replacement was all we saw of him. 5/10
19) Jean Deysel. Played like a man who wants the jersey – any jersey! A really good 15 minutes from Jean. 7/10
20) Jacques Botes. Was not on long enough to rate.
21) Cobus Reinach. Did well in his first game back, although the rust was evident. Needs to work on providing the sort of quick service that McLeod did. 6/10
22) Jaco van Tonder. Unused. Hope he gets a run against the Bulls.


  • I am seriously not being funny here but 21) almost cost us the game again….

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.07.13 09:30:33 by Uli Reply
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  • Bismarck for captain. No contest

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.07.13 09:30:53 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 1) : yeah, but you would say that.

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.07.13 09:34:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 2) : That’s for sure! Bismarck is thinking, anything Strauss can do he can do better.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.07.13 09:35:27 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Charl was GREAT. Hats off, for sure. It has to be said that I was very happy with Marcells performance – like a man possesed!

    Thought the new okie did quite ok, considering his first outing in the Black and White!

    And thanks, Tjop – for that try I was praying for in the end! It was a good team-try. Phase after phase, grunt and grind and then the distribution and VOILA!!! SCORE!!

    I cant say I echo the same sentiments regarding Pattie. He’s passing was somewhat off the mark. Either too far infront or behind the player, stopping all momentum Marcell had in that one run. He seems to lack bigtime confidence at the moment. And where normally he puts a bad thing behind him, he seemed phased by his missed kicks etc. Let’s hope it only goes better from here on.

    And Jean Chippendeysel gave us girls a very very good performance! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.07.13 09:39:18 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 5) : biting my tongue HARD at that comment. Wondering if it would have warranted a mention if the pass had been intended for any other player… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.07.13 09:56:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can’t wait to see Hewitt after a solid conditioning block at The SHARKS. He’s always strong in the first 40 but after 50 he gets tired fast…he has great potential as Rob mentioned.

    James at 12 doesn’t work…he never played well there for the lions and i don’t see why he will here…he’s not comfortable with the 12 jersey at all. Hopefully Jubba’s hand is good to go this week…solid on defence and will hit it up all day.

    Bissie is definitely the guy we need to have as captain going forward. Deysel has also shown his leadership qualities in the past…He seems to be well respected by the whole group.

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.07.13 10:01:27 by JJR Reply
  • @Ice (Comment 5) : @robdylan (Comment 6) : Got to agree with Ice here Rob…

    Im a huge Lambie fan but wow he is low on confidence..I mean big time. As she said he has always been one of those cool players who just swat the mistakes from memory…didnt dominate the role at all in my mind…

    And its starting to get ridiculous now. Keegan no longer warrants a place in the match 23…I would love for him to clear his head and come back like the old Keegan…an easy starter in the #6 jumper for my mind…But he cannot justify to himself keeping any of the other loosies out of the team.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.07.13 10:05:32 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 7) : hang on…. are you seriously suggesting Marius Joubert should play against the Bulls? πŸ™‚

    Pass the pipe, you’re hogging it!

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.07.13 10:06:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, I think we are doing Odwa a disservice by not considering him as a 13 or 15.

    He has the skills and the brains.

    @Uli (Comment 1) :
    You are making my mouse scroll button tired.

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.07.13 10:07:41 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I would rather have Serfontein run into Joubert than James…butch won’t be able to make any tackles on him.

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.07.13 10:07:43 by JJR Reply
  • @pienaar111 (Comment 8) : ok look – i gave Lambie 5/10. I’m not sure what clearer indication there can be that he didn’t have his best match.

    My issue with what Ice said wasn’t anything to do with Lambie’s play… but more the way it came across as “Lambie’s sole purpose is to give Marcell good ball. If he doesn’t, he had a poor game” πŸ™‚

    Maybe I’m just oversensitive.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.07.13 10:08:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • 19) was awesome to see Deysel unfazed by not having a shirt, he had a few carries and tackles without one and much to the crowds delight, Was funny to see it was almost like the kiwis werent to sure if they should tackle him or not. Also nice to see he plays without any shoulder padding like most guys these days.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.07.13 10:09:59 by Dunx Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : I agree with you.

    @JJR (Comment 11) : oh gawd… you want him at 12? It gets worse.

    I’d rather pick Heimar Williams.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.07.13 10:11:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : haha remember a time before Marcell when Lambie was Ice’s golden boy? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.07.13 10:11:32 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 13) : that boy is solid, hey…. yoh.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.07.13 10:12:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Hahaha sorry I didnt even read that far down…Sorry @Ice, but Marcell’s woes have nothing to do with Lambie. Only Keegan has been worse than him this year…He is always committed but wow he lacks variety (or a head).

    Personally I would have 6. Botes 7. Deysel 8. Kanko/Tera but not many would agree with that either I guess

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.07.13 10:13:22 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 17) : one thing that Plumtree said in recent times that I do agree with, though, is relating to Deysel and how he seems to do better as a sub than a starter.

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.07.13 10:20:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Haha, no, not at all! It just so happens that for obvious reasons, I could remember that pass very well and I like to use examples when trying to get a point across. It just so happened that it was indeed Marcell in this one instance, which I mentioned.

    But I know I will get oversensitive flack if I DO mention MC in a example. So n worries. πŸ˜›

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.07.13 10:25:42 by Ice Reply
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  • @ Robdylan…
    I hate that theory. Maybe I just want him ahead of Alberts coz Im not a fan…
    either way though…u need an Openside playing openside…AKA Botes not Marcell. Marcell is a blindside, forget what HM thinks. He has nothing going for him on the ground which is what an openside needs. He is big, strong and abrasive – Blindside. U mentioned in one of the articles that Kanko played for Rovers over the weekend right??

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.07.13 10:26:29 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 17) : I was not critting Lambie, because Marcell as person got a bad ball. I was critising Lambie”s off passing in general – just happened to use that incident as an example.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.07.13 10:27:48 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : He has played really well there for the sharks XV…he’s kak at 13; but he does do the basics at 12. Makes his tackles and is always willing to hit the line hard. We lose a good distributor at 12; but at least the channel won’t get cut to pieces by Serfontein.

    I will be fine with Williams playing there though…i just don’t want Butch at 12…he can’t make a tackle without taking someone’s head off…he can’t bend the knees after all those ops πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.07.13 10:28:20 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Yup, Deysel works really well off the bench…i just think he shud be getting 30 instead of 15 off the bench.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.07.13 10:29:54 by JJR Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Think it is the same with Jordaan…makes a big impact off the bench…he’s a lot more focussed on defence when he starts, but off the bench he is focussed on attacking; which he does best.

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.07.13 10:32:16 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 24) : you seriously just told John Smit that we need a new kit sponsor? Are you joking?

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.07.13 10:53:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Nope…Reebok contract finishes soon if i’m not mistaken.

    Sharks need to be associated with a brand that we can be proud of…Reebok? C’Mon that’s not good enough.

    Can guarantee a Nike or Adidas sharks jersey will sell better than a Reebok one.

    SA Sides- Bulls (Puma), Cheetahs (Puma), Kings (Puma), Stormers (Adidas), Sharks (Reebok)…we stick out like a sore thumb…main thing that irritates me is the lack of innovation from Reebok.

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.07.13 11:02:33 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 26) : dude, I think it’s possible you’ve just cottoned onto about the 400th most important issue in Sharks land. Don’t you reckon there are bigger fish to fry than obsessing about your subjective perception of a clothing brand? FFS man.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.07.13 11:14:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : That’s why i bring it up; because no one seems to care…there is big money in a proper kit sponsor…

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.07.13 11:19:52 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 28) : do you have any evidence at all that anybody besides you is put off buying the Sharks kit because it’s manufactured by Reebok?

    If anything, the reason more people don’t buy Sharks replica jerseys is because they’re so FKING EXPENSIVE and because the stupid plastic logos don’t survive washing.

    And those logos were on the Canterbury jerseys as well, just by the way.

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.07.13 11:34:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Canturbury is crap too πŸ˜†

    Just some innovation in design from Reebok could go a long way imo. Reebok don’t make anyone want to buy a new jersey because it is just the same thing every year…how do you think football teams make money every year off the jersey’s? They change the designs and make it different and fresh…it would be great to have more white in our superugby jersey…i thought it was Black and White, nothing else matters…

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.07.13 11:46:49 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 30) : they must first get rid of that uber cheesy slogan…and all the others. The reebok jerseys are quite cool I think. pity it was ripped off by a bunch of…nevermind

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.07.13 11:59:39 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • saw Andre Joubert at the boat show yesterday. I reckon he would still be able to play πŸ™‚
    almost had to slap my wife though πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.07.13 12:01:26 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • A 5 for Lambie… come now Robbo… 😈

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.07.13 12:07:12 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 32) : that’s never a good thing to admit πŸ™‚

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.07.13 12:07:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 32) : πŸ˜†

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.07.13 12:11:08 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : had to get it off my chest πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.07.13 12:12:23 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 8) : Keegan had another shocker. With the depth we have in the loosies, it is time for him to go. He’s not a positive member of the team any more. Start with Jacques Botes, Marcel and Willem Alberts. Bring Deysel on as an impact player with 30 to go.

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.07.13 12:20:17 by TheGoose Reply

  • @TheGoose (Comment 37) : exactly like that. with Bis as captain

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.07.13 12:22:52 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 36) : jealous, are we…? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.07.13 12:27:00 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 39) : party ouens kry mos alles. only thing she can say is “trek in jou maag liefie :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.07.13 12:29:04 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @TheGoose (Comment 37) : I like your thinking…but in place of Botes who is reaching the end of his career, i would go for Stander…work horse and a half, makes tons of tackles and carries it up just as well as anyone.

    My Team for superugby next year with current squad situation;

    2.Bissie (C)

    21.Du Preez

    I like a blend of youth and experience.

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.07.13 13:23:31 by JJR Reply
  • @JJR (Comment 41) : and Anton Bresler can’t get a look in? πŸ™„

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.07.13 13:27:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob I still wear a super 12 Sharks jersey made by Canturbury. Yes it’s old but all the stickers are still on and it still looks good. The main reason I don’t buy a new one is that the new ones is to small, not all Sharks supporters can fit in a XXL, don’t care who makes the supporters kit just make them bigger for big supporters like me!!!!!

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.07.13 13:32:37 by JD Reply
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  • Rob how the hell did you give Keegan a 4, are you mad he should be no higher than a 2. How did you swing it that nobody except me is giving you shit about it?!?!?!?!

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.07.13 13:43:50 by JD Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 41) : Where’s Mvovo?? Hewitt on the bench, not a bad player. Would also like to see him after a solid preseason.

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.07.13 14:02:54 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 13) : He does wear shoulder pads.

    Except, when you’re Jean Deysel your shoulders are the pads!

    @Uli (Comment 1) : You should just copy and paste your comments from other threads to save yourself some time! 😈

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.07.13 14:06:33 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 46) : no comment. that matter is not up for debate πŸ˜€

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.07.13 14:54:45 by Uli Reply
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  • Think Lambie’s rating is spot on. The boy had a bit of a Pollard on Saturday.

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.07.13 14:58:42 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 48) : He is just not the cake we all thought he was… I dont know if its just a dip in form which I really hope for his sake it is, or if he is being exposed for how he actually plays. I am very worried about him.

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.07.13 15:48:23 by Uli Reply
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  • @Uli (Comment 49) :

    I dunno brew – its tough being a Lambie, especially behind that pack at the moment.

    I still think he may be too small when all is said and done…

  • Comment 50, posted at 01.07.13 16:12:24 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • I reckon Lambie needs to put on some weight over the off-season so that we can start calling him Fat Pat.

  • Comment 51, posted at 01.07.13 16:12:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • First of all he has hardly played in the last mth so it is understandable he is rusty and had a pt to prove, after IMO being unfairly removed as 1st choice pivot in the first place.
    He looked as if he was trying a little too hard…
    Perhaps he needs to move to 12 to rediscover his natural feel for the game, and stop thinking about controlling the game from 10 all the time, possibly instilled in him at the Bok camp.
    It makes sense as well, as Butch is not a 12 these days that’s for sure.

  • Comment 52, posted at 01.07.13 16:46:10 by neilster Reply

  • Wasn’t there going to be a big announcement about the new coach, player contract extensiosn and new recruits today? It might mean that there’s one or two players we haven’t pegged down. No need to rush, let’s get our ducks in a row before making any announcements.

  • Comment 53, posted at 01.07.13 16:52:29 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • I didn’t see any of the other games, but from my understanding players like Willie le Roux and MornΓ© Steyn didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory either. It’s just the post Springbok hangover, maybe thinking that they can take it a bit easier in SR, I won’t be too worried about Lambie’s goal kicking.

    Anyways, seems HM and co already did their trick on Willie, he didn’t even have to come to the Sharks after all….hey Uli 😈 πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 54, posted at 01.07.13 17:08:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • If Kanko has to go recondition himself, wth can Keegs play? Actually, I don’t even want to keep asking this. It is just beyond ridiculous.

  • Comment 55, posted at 01.07.13 17:50:52 by King Shark Reply
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  • At the moment Keegan is the only player that makes Spies look good.

  • Comment 56, posted at 01.07.13 18:45:34 by JD Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 5) : 😈 McLeod deserves this 9! I rate him and I love the fact that we have Cobus and Charl competing for that jersey, it brings out the best in them both.
    Lambie needs McLeod to give him space to manoeuvre in and if Lambie becomes more present as Bok FH they need to bring Charl in too. We are fortunate to have SH position covered by these 2 boytjies.
    Yep, that HULK thing by Jean was nogal classic! πŸ˜† 😈

  • Comment 57, posted at 01.07.13 19:26:01 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • Why do they keep Keegan, how many weeks in a row does he have to get lowest ratings. He needs to shape up or ship out, we have more than enough players to take over from him. He keeps better players out of 23 squad.

  • Comment 58, posted at 01.07.13 20:39:29 by Quentin Spies Reply

  • I thought Hewitt was pretty average, what on earth he was playing ahead of Marais is beyond me. Coetzee had a good game

  • Comment 59, posted at 01.07.13 22:33:15 by Saffex Reply

  • @JJR (Comment 41) : Ag no man, Hewitt is not S15 material. Peet Marais and Bresler are far better.

    Who is Maseko – where is Mvovo

  • Comment 60, posted at 01.07.13 23:23:22 by Saffex Reply

  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 57) : incidental that Lambie started playing crap when his SH partner changed? I think not.

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.07.13 08:23:00 by Uli Reply
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  • @Saffex (Comment 59) : Marais had an injury doubt during the week.

  • Comment 62, posted at 02.07.13 08:56:03 by KingRiaan Reply


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