Sharks player ratings v Kings

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 15 Jul 2013 at 09:54
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The Sharks dispatched a weak Kings side to the tune of 58-13 over the weekend. While the first half performance lacked any sort of real rhythm, the second was much better and resulted in some glorious free-running tries from the Sharks. All-in-all, the team performance probably warrants somewhere between 7 and 8 out of 10, given that the opposition were pretty poor. Let’s rate the individuals.

1) Beast Mtawarira. Played a top game – seems to be finding his best form very fast. It wasn’t so much the scrumming this week (we know Beast can do that) but rather the loose play; he scored one try himself and played a big role in a few others. Outstanding! 8/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Another very strong performance. Bismarck was probably the primary reason the Kings never stood a chance of establishing parity up front. The strength of a prop, with the ball skills of a flanker. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Unfortunately, his match only lasted 26 minutes. In that time, he scrummed well. 6/10
4) Edwin Hewitt. Looks a very strong player, but a few issues relating to conditioning and handling still plague his game. 6/10
5) Franco van der Merwe. Another strong showing – not quite as good as last week, but played his part in a strong tight five performance. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. A storming performance on defence, with tireless work rate to boot. Not quite as on-song as a ball-carrier this time around. 7/10
7) Jean Deysel. Those two bumps alone deserve a near-perfect score. Deysel really played superbly and showed just what a valuable man he is when free of injury. 9/10
8) Keegan Daniel. A superb showing from the captain who seems to be rediscovering his best form after a poor start to the season. His line-uot work was the highlight in a game that stood out for all the right reasons. 8/10

9) Charl McLeod. Started out poorly, with some passes battling to find their targets. Improved as the game went on, though. 7/10
10) Riaan Viljoen. Battled to really control the game from flyhalf in the opening period, but managed to add nicely to the free running in the second, once things opened up. Has a huge boot and a decent step, but again lacks the “complete package” as a pivot at this level. 6/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. A great game for the winger, who amazingly didn’t get onto the score-sheet himself. Was instrumental in many of the tries, though and popped up in all sorts of unlikely places. 8/10
12) Meyer Bosman. It was his first game back from injury, but it must be said he struggled a little to find any sort of rhythm, particularly on attack. goal-kicking was poor, but he finished off with a nice try, at least. 6/10
13) Louis Ludik. Wasn’t really much of a factor on attack for much of the game, but performed the rest of his duties well and scored a great try. 7/10
14) JP Pietersen. Again, we need to cut him slack for the long injury lay-off, but JP looked out of sorts, with kicking from hand a particular weakness. 6/10
15) Odwa Ndungane. His best game of the season. Could fullback be his best position? Barely put a foot wrong all day long. 9/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Performed his basics well and put in a carry or two – but we didn’t see any of the barnstorming runs this week. 7/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. Pinged a few times in the scrum – often unfairly I thought – but otherwise put in another commendable showing. 7/10
18) Jandre Marais. Showed how valuable and versatile he is with some lovely touches in broken play. He will be missed, oh yes! 7/10
19) Willem Alberts. A great cameo. He looked his old self. 8/10
20) Jacques Botes. Am I the only one feeling a distinct “lack of mojo” from Botes at the moment? The old warhorse is just not quite as ever-present as he used to be. 6/10
21) Cobus Reinach. Another solid showing from a young man who improves week by week. 7/10
22) Fred Zeilinga. So nice to see a youngster make a faultless debut. Sure, he didn’t get much time, but did superbly with the chance he was given and scored a cracking try to boot. 8/10


  • Cheers Franco and thank you. 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.07.13 10:28:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Odwa deserves 10/10! I have never seen him so involved in a game (think the commentators mentioned that a number of times). I wasn’t impressed his selection at 15 but yet again, it proves why I do what I do an I’m not a super rugby coach πŸ˜›

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.07.13 10:48:50 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Really believe Deysel should be in the Bok squad for Rugby Champs…the only guy in SA Rugby that plays the 7 role just as well as Willem…not to mention his great skills on the ground too.

    Hewitt needs a decent conditioning block…it will do wonders for him, he has all the potential. Hard working lock.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.07.13 11:08:51 by JJR Reply
  • I actually thought Ludik deserved an 8, he ran some nice lines and ran with ball well on attack! πŸ˜€ I really hope he doesn’t leave.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.07.13 11:16:24 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • To be honest I thought they all played brilliantly. The last game and this are totally different to anything we have seen this season. Cant be a co incidence that Plum is not there. Suddenly everyone is alive to oppurtunities and the ball is MOVING out wide. A pleasure to watch.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.07.13 12:11:55 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 5) : you know what I noticed? Remove Plum and suddenly Daniel looks a different player…

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.07.13 12:17:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Everybody looked better, but let’s not forget this was the bottom of the log side’s second team.

    I was far more impressed with last week’s performance against the Bulls; a game we would quite easily have won if anyone in our team could kick.

    Solid enough ending to the competition, though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.07.13 12:22:34 by rhineshark Reply
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  • I must say I do not think Deysel deserves a 9 because of his hands… He knocked a couple of sitters wich cost them a try or 2, But yes he still had a great game…. Bosman surely deserves more than a 6….He was one of only 2 fetchers on the field and worked like a strong Horse….Only mistakes he made was with his Kicking…. But in overhaul it was a brilliant team performance…. Well done Sharks for kicking the Kings ass all over the show….. 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.07.13 12:53:58 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 8) : if we mark Bosamn on his kicking he should get a 0/10. cant believe he missed 5 in a row. Botes was closer at converting πŸ˜›

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.07.13 12:58:45 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 9) : Well his kicking was 50% so that is 5/10 and his overhaul work and turnovers gained was surly atleast 9/10 So he deserves at least a 7/10….That little stunt with Botes cost me a whole point on Superbru I would have been spot on…. πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.07.13 13:12:39 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I think you hit the nail on the head there! It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off his shoulders – The difference in him in the last 2 games cannot be attributed to just ‘getting his mojo back’.He looks, plays and talks like a different man.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.07.13 13:20:59 by Caratacus Reply

  • And Odwa looked like he’s played fullback all his life…

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.07.13 13:23:11 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 10) : 6.5/10 and we call it quits? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.07.13 13:25:43 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @The Hobbit (Comment 13) : :mrgreen: I will not mind to have him in my team…He is such a good player and his workrate on the field is brilliant… I really rate him it is a pity he is lost for South African Rugby…. Go well “BOSSIE” you will be missed and good luck for the path forward…..

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.07.13 13:35:35 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Caratacus (Comment 12) : I’ve seen him play there on a couple of occasions before this past weekend and he always played better there than at wing. Odwa makes the right decisions and at the right times, and his basics are always good. I hope he can finish off his career in the 15 jersey.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.07.13 13:56:46 by JJR Reply
  • It was the B team of a B team let’s not get over excited.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.07.13 14:30:13 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 16) : hey – welcome! Glad you managed to get in at last πŸ™‚

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.07.13 14:33:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Tnx Rob for sorting out

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.07.13 14:46:58 by benji Reply
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  • Well done Fred, great debut now you just need a few more chances to prove yourself. Real gas shown for the try. SA’s version of Johnny Wilinson…

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.07.13 22:44:01 by Grasshopper Reply

  • Okay so Hoffman is being let go(playing club rugby in HAMELTONS Cape Town), so all indications are that we have retained UNgerer..just fishing here? And that Hoffman will join Boland, on loan from the sharks(always first stage of exit). Reinach/Mcloude/Venter/Ungerer and heard we have another good 9 joining academy from provice…no worries here.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.07.13 12:42:12 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 20) : Hoffmann has been out of contract for more than a year already

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.07.13 13:09:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • I rated Hoffman big time ,he could do what the present two netball players just can’t and that is off the deck ,flat ,straight hard pass giving the Sharks split second advantage and front foot ball,no two step wiggle the ball before we pass nonsense as is the case now.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.07.13 14:35:14 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 22) : pity he couldn’t play for more than 14 minutes without picking up a 3-month injury, though.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.07.13 14:36:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hopefully Venter and Ungere(have not seen them play yet)are up to it cause the Sharks at present lack a good No9

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.07.13 14:43:46 by benji Reply
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  • @benji (Comment 24) : you another who doesn’t rate Reinach?

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.07.13 14:56:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 14) : Agreed.

    Improved 1000 % since he first started with the Sharks.
    Yes his kicking was suspect on Saturday but remember those long range kicks he saved us with in the past?

    Going into the Currie Cup without him is a huge concern for me.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.07.13 17:20:14 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I rated Reinach when he first started but he seems to have lost it now

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.07.13 21:00:50 by benji Reply
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