Sharks player ratings v Bulls

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 8 Jul 2013 at 10:05
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The Sharks were again a combination of very good and rather awful as they succumbed to an agonising single-point loss at Loftus. Let’s rate the individuals in a team performance that hovered somewhere between 6 and 7 out of 10.

1) Beast Mtawarira. A good game. Strong at scrum time and really starting to rediscover his mojo in the loose. 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Won a crucial turnover or two, but not quite as prominent as we’d like to see. Also, that yellow card was costly and he should know better. 5/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. A strong game from the doctor, although perhaps not as dominant at scrum time as we expected. That said, he did force his man Greyling off rather early and was prominent on defence and at the breakdown. 7/10
4) Edwin Hewitt. Put in one or two nice tackles, but also lost the ball in contact a shade too often. 6/10
5) Franco van der Merwe. A storming game from the on-loan Lion. This is the kind of showing we want to see form the big man. Deserves a high score for out-pacing Hougaard, if nothing else. 8/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. His best game for months. Was superb on the carry and also worked tirelessly in everything else he did. 9/10
7) Jean Deysel. A huge physical performance. The entire nature of the contest changed when he went off, which I feel ultimately cost the Sharks the win. 9/10
8) Willem Alberts. Quiet on attack, but did well on defence. Still waiting to see him at his ball-carrying best, but my goodness, some of those tackles were beautiful. 7/10

9) Charl McLeod. Another superb outing from the scrumhalf, whose speed and accuracy of service is getting back to his 2010 best. 8/10
10) Butch James. A real curate’s egg of a performance. Varied play nicely, but was poor on defence and his ridiculous yellow card ultimately cost the team victory. 5/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. The flyer is back to his devastating best. Great showing on attack, Lwazi made something out of nothing every time he touched the ball. 8/10
12) Pat Lambie. Again, what would have been a very strong individual rating must be cut back because of so many squandered points via missed kicks. 6/10
13) Louis Ludik. A quiet game on attack, although Ludik must get some credit for the role he played in neutralising the Bulls’ star midfield. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. The old warhorse again showed his value, with high workrate and also a wonderfully-taken try. 7/10
15) Riaan Viljoen. Superb positioning on defence, but quieter on attack than we’d like. Also missed a sitter which could have won the sharks the game. 6/10

16) Kyle Cooper. A strong showing all round, bar a missed lineout or two. 7/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. Showed his worth once again as a strong scrummager who is not shy to get stuck in in other areas. 7/10
18) Jandre Marais. A quiet 10 minutes, not enough for a rating.
19) Keegan Daniel. His best performance of the season, in the supersub role that made him famous. Made a mockery of the Bulls’ lineout and was a constant thorn in their flesh elsewhere too. 7/10
20) Jacques Botes. It was a bizarre move to bring him on for Deysel with 20 minutes to go and it must be said that Botes was anonymous. 5/10
21) Cobus Reinach. Still battling to find his best form and I felt that bringing him on for McLeod, when the latter was playing superbly, was a move that backfired. Reinach is always dangerous, but a few wayward passes hampered his team on the night. 6/10
22) Jaco van Tonder. Didn’t play for long enough to get a rating, but got a first cap, which is a start.


  • Can anyone tell me who is this Jaco ouke? Where did he come from, is he any good? what positions does he play?

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.07.13 10:19:51 by R Hayward Reply
  • Keegan Daniel did more good things in 30 minutes on Saturday, than he has done all season. We certainly gave the Bulls a timely wake-up call, just in time for the play-offs.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.07.13 10:28:13 by MerckZ Reply
  • I’d love to know what the coaches were thinking taking off Deysel and McCleod so early…and to a certain extent Alberts.
    Once we were on the back foot as a result of above, and defending the entire time, it was only a matter of time before Butch lost his cool. 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.07.13 10:31:49 by neilster Reply
  • Whats up with Lambie’s kicking? A loss of confidence or tiredness?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.07.13 10:34:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 1) : he’s from SWD very good player comes through the sharks ranks academy ext…he is very talented. Kicks well fast awesome hands runs good lines, Latham Roth type player.also a very good 10.

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.07.13 10:34:18 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 1) :

    He’s 22. Mostly a fullback, but also used at wing and was a flyhalf in his youth. Came to our Academy from Outeniqua… played SA Schools in matric.

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.07.13 10:35:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Thanks Boerseun & Rob, so is he gonna take over from Riaan in the CC? I assume that Butch is going to be our 10 for the season?

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.07.13 10:38:29 by R Hayward Reply

  • In essence, we were individually good, but not collectively good enough to finish the Bulls off. We could have comfortably thrashed them by 15 in the end.

    That being said, if the Bulls play that way in the end rounds, the Crusaders will counter it easily. I think even the Brumbies wouldn’t be too unhappy playing such a team. The Chiefs can sometimes do a disappearing act as a pack, especially without Clarke and Messam,

    Daniel’s success at line-out time would not have gone unnoticed by Blackadder and I think Matfield has some serious work to do. Still can’t believe how they let Kruger go before the end of the competition. W/o Kruger, Botha and Spies ( yes Spies!), they are very, very beatable, especially if their lineout threat is nullified.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.07.13 10:43:37 by gatewayshark Reply

  • The game was great to watch, it felt like this was a completely different team to the one we’ve seen this entire season. They seemed to play with no fear.

    I thought the loose trio were awesome, Coetzee was excellent and he carried the ball beautifully. I agree bringing Botes on was a mistake. I thought we lost all our grunt at once with both Alberts and Deysel off soon after each other. Keegan was great, so happy to see him come back with a great performance like the, he just needs to build on this and maybe lose the captaincy. Lambie was good with ball in hand, but his kicking hurt us, why didn’t Butch step up?? But my biggest question is why did Viljoen take the last kick, he had taken 1 and missed so why not back the guy we have backed all game, yes he would have probably missed anyway but was Viljoen a better option? Had he got the kick thats an easy answer but he didn’t and I don’t think he is an amazing kicker anyhow.

    A the end of the day, just glad to see us playing a better game and hopefully we build on this.

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.07.13 10:52:00 by Michael Reply

  • @Michael (Comment 9) :

    Lambie was not on the field ( replaced by Van Tonder) and Butch was yellow carded.

    There was no one but Viljoen to take it.

    Also, the kick Tjop missed earlier in the game was a 56m one.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.07.13 10:54:45 by gatewayshark Reply

  • @gatewayshark (Comment 10) : I missed Lambie being subbed. The beers were flowing in the last 15 min! Wish Butch could control himself, I think we might have had a chance.

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.07.13 11:03:12 by Michael Reply

  • Our team’s captain both let us down on the evening (Butch and Bismarck). Our kickers were inconsistent. Our key players were subbed a little too early. Our midfield consisted of a flyhalf and fullback. Our head coach has recently left. Despite all of the above we gave a very decent Bulls outfit a run for their money in a very entertaining game. I got a lot more than I expected on Saturday evening and the Bulls supporters I was watching the game with were sweating bullets right up to the final whistle. Proud of you Sharks!

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.07.13 11:04:22 by vanmartin Reply
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  • A good performance. I’m not sad that we didn’t make the Bull’s run tougher: we aren’t playing for anything.

    The subs were way to early and cost us the game. We lost to much grunt in letting Bismark, Deysel and Alberts take early showers with about 30 minutes to go.

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.07.13 11:17:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Jannie was also involved in a scuffle that luckily no one saw. At some stage I was ready to sell the brothers on a buy-one-get-one-free special. I really think that the Sharks would do better to stick with the young guns and give them game time.

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.07.13 12:54:01 by stertjie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : A idea for a article: Rob I didn’t watch the Sharks Game to my Spite but how was Lambie at 12 in your opinion. A NZ friend thinks he should slot into 12 with JAN at 13(Nz mate also played international rugby, chatted via sms while he was watching the highlights in NZ). Just interesting to see how they(NZ) see the GAME(BACK PLAY) and the way we sum up a game. The logic being with Lambie at 12 he brings more tactile dynamics and kicking options to the side, and as the 2nd choice 10 with Steyn finishing and Goosen Stepping up…I also on paper am skeptic but after seeing the High Lights and Lambie putting the ball behind the defense it causes his pack to choke the opposition AT THE BREAK DOWN IN THE PROCESS… I don’t know maybe Lambie is our Aoron Major in SA rugby. I remember Justin Marchell on reunion last year also hinting of LAMBIE at 10 or 12. I will watch the game tonight, I am also SURPRISED at LAMBIE’S sPEED OVER 40m, he is not a good chaser, but seems to break any line when he finds the Gap. A gOod indication of speed as a back, Bosmans biggest downfall. Lambie on defense is not as direct as in the past, he doesn’t impact the advantage line like he use to, a indication of some niggle he might be nursing- he rides the tackle like we use to say. always makes the tackle just at a 2m expense of his defensive line. I dont know if we move to much emphasis on 9 and 10 where in NZ they like to move the ball in supportive channels they by default bring the 12/13/14 or 15 into the first receiver ON 3rd 4th phase. haven’t we got a coach on our Sharksworld team to write a article on this. the sharks and Stormers use to be the bearers of Dynamic Rugby in SA, both teams have given this up to the Cheethas in dramatic fashion…havent we got some one with some stats at hand to explain the big influence of this? regards Boerseun

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.07.13 13:13:41 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 15) : Sounds like an interesting article!

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.07.13 13:26:05 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @neilster (Comment 3) : At first I could see the reasoning for the replacements and based on the replacements reputations it should have sped the game up and up to the final penalty it proved to be an okay decision.

    Cobus was a bit rusty and it slowed the tempo as he does not deliver the same service as CH. I expected CR to attack more and kick less. We had the Bulls on the ropes again, but BJ lost his cool (like so many of our players ever so often)and it broke our concentration and left us without a regular goal kicker when it counted. 😈

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.07.13 14:02:23 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @KILLER SHARK (Comment 17) : Exactly my thoughts, we’ve got the bulls under the thumb by upping the tempo so lets up it even more, was probably the thought process in the coaching box.
    Problem; the physicality of the above-mentioned was critical to the tempo since we were getting over the advantage line, setting targets for our forwards and getting quick ball.

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.07.13 14:17:07 by neilster Reply

  • I felt we showed to a reasonable extend that we can beat the Bulls (at Loftus) – we all know the outcome could have gone either way. But on one side I am glad we did not win. We need to focus on a new beginning here, which IMO starts right now.

    But I have to say I am stoked for Marcell to have gotten the MOTM award. AND at Loftus nogals! 😀 Losing team, yet still MOTM.

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.07.13 16:35:31 by Ice Reply
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  • Coetzee is n yster, Butch is n plank.

  • Comment 20, posted at 08.07.13 19:48:50 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Jep, we came within one point with 15 players on the field for 62 minutes…..against the Bulls…at Loftus.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.07.13 08:51:52 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) : I agree Saturday proved again – Butch is a yellow card waiting to happen 😡

    Marcell and Jean played bloody well and Deysel was subbed waaayyyy too early. But then again hindsight is a wonderful thing, but then again it doesn’t hurt to use your common sense and leave your performing players on the field :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.07.13 09:14:16 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 19) : 😛 I though you would love it 😛

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.07.13 12:20:06 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • I thought Marcel was good but would like him to look for an offload once in a while. He seems to get over the advantage line so often and it would be great if he could get the ball to someone else.

    Maybe it is more an issue of not having anyone to pass to?

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.07.13 15:45:28 by Orelando_G Reply


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