Sharks player ratings v Lions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 19 Aug 2013 at 09:14
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A better performance in many ways, from the Sharks, saw them net their first win of the Currie Cup campaign against the Lions on Friday. We rate the team performance as hovering just a little below 7 out of 10 and rate the individuals accordingly.

1. Dale Chadwick. A better scrum performance for the most part this week, although Chadwick again ended up properly under the cosh when the hugely experiences CJ van der Linde came on to shore up the Lions’ efforts, with Ruan Dreyer then establishing a better platform against the Sharks number 1. Dale does a lot in open play, but again battled to make real impact as a ball carrier. Defence remains a strong point. 5/10
2. Kyle Cooper. Did well in the set piece, but we’re still looking for more explosive carries from the hooker. 6/10
3. Wiehahn Herbst. A very good return to form; while he was on, the Sharks scrum was imperious and he took his young opposite number to the cleaners. 7/10
4. Edwin Hewitt. A better game from Edwin, who did more work all round and also did a better job of asserting his physicality. 6/10
5. Marco Wentzel. Added composure and put in some nice touches; a hard-working lock who doesn’t often do much flashy stuff, but is effective all the same. 7/10
6. Brynard Stander. A far better game from Brynard this week, with a good try to boot. Still needs to work on his first-time tackling, but you can’t fault his commitment or work rate. 6/10
7. Jean Deysel. Deysel putting in a typically “Deysel” performance. Breathtaking! 8/10
8. Jacques Botes. The captains fulfilled the “worker bee” role in the trio this week, leaving the flashy stuff for the flankers this time around. 7/10

9. Charl McLeod. A great game from the scrumhalf; no errors and added real urgency in everything he did. 7/10
10. Butch James. Butch, it has to be said, was rather anonymous on the night and was also responsible for a few missed tackles and a poor kick that led directly to the first Lions try. 4/10
11. Lwazi Mvovo. Another quiet game from a young man who seems to have a bit of a Bok hangover. Needs to come to the party this week. 4/10
12. Heimar Williams. A superb debut, but for a silly intercepted pass. Heimar bossed all the stats and really does look a gem for the future. 8/10
13. Louis Ludik. Another quiet outing; with Ludik not doing much on attack and occasionally being found out of position on defence, one has to wonder how well the switch to 13 is actually working. 5/10
14. SP Marais. Superb debut for the young man; he did it all, with a smile. 7/10
15. Odwa Ndungane. Another solid game from the old-timer, but he loses a point for that unfortunate yellow card. 6/10

16. Craig Burden. Battled to assert himself off the bench this week, although he didn’t do anything glaringly wrong either. 6/10
17. Rayno Gerber. After last week’s great scrumming show, the old man was a little less impressive this week. 5/10
18. Peet Marais. Another hugely impressive cameo from a youngster who must be pushing hard for a start. 7/10
19. Tera Mtembu. Added a fair amount of physicality, which is nice to see, but is still yearning for a bit of space to show off his skills. 6/10
20. Cobus Reinach. Played well, without really excelling in anything. 6/10
21. Fred Zeilinga. Another composed showing, marked by superb kicking out of hand. Celebrated with his first points in Sharks colours as well. 7/10
22. Jaco van Tonder. Proved a reliable option at fullback, although could have looked for a bit more distance with some clearances. Will get his chance this week, I’m sure. 6/10


  • Heimar really did look good, didn’t he. I’m glad to see a young player getting a chance and proving himself. Now it’s van tonder’s turn. He has also shown a lot of promise and I think given a shot will show he can now make the step up.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.08.13 10:21:44 by Letgo Reply
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  • The biggest concern is the Sharks defense, for which all players should take the blame. They was just no urgency on defense. Williams needs to start again and i def think Zeilinga deserves a start as does Peet Marais. Give Mvovo a rest as well.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.08.13 10:40:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : Really feel for Mvovo but I agree. Move Ludik to wing for the next game and bring in one of our age-group 13’s. It’ll be a trial by fire but the younger players have all stepped up really well.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.08.13 10:53:29 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : That was a great performance from him for his debut. I was really impressed. He can only get better.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.08.13 11:08:00 by lostfish Reply
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  • Ludik isn’t really suited to outside centre. Defensively it is a difficult position and an outside centre needs a little more gas than Ludik seems to have right now.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.08.13 11:08:57 by lostfish Reply
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  • I dont see anything about Marco Wentzel that gets him a 70% rating. I didn’t see it last week either. His defence was seriously lacking that almost led to a lions try. (5)
    The kick that Butch put in tghat led to the Lions opening try was a great kick. Odwa should never have also have chased the ball reciever, it was already covered by two other players, he should have covered the second reciever.
    Cobus is just a better overall player than Charl, has a great right foot for a s/h and tackles!
    Does Louis want to be there. Smit refused to release him but he is leaving anyway, as soon as the last game is played.
    I wouldn’t bring Keegan back either. I hear he has been fit to play but trying to deal with emotional issues.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.08.13 11:12:42 by BBB Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : Yeh its tough on Mvovo, but he hasnt come to the party this year- needs to look for more work. Id leave Ludik at 13 to be honest,its tough on him to move there after a good year at 15 for the super rugby side. He just needs the ball more. The Sharks defensive structure just needs work so that everyone knows what is happening.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.08.13 11:35:58 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : Defensively it’s just such a key position that I’d feel more comfortable having a specialist there. I also feel like we’re missing out on the Ludik magic because he’s stuck in a position he’s not comfortable with.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.08.13 12:36:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 8) : Is there an out and out specialist 13 in the Sharks squad? I cant think of 1 besides Marius Joubert and he has been pretty much a 12 since arriving in Durban.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.08.13 13:24:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 9) : That’s why I mentioned recruiting from the age groups. It’s worked well in other positions. I heard the name of Tyler Fisher mentioned before.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.08.13 14:18:12 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : Tyler Fisher is only a year out of school. He definitely needs to develop a lot more or he will get murdered at that level. Id prefer if we looked at the clubs before we go to the kids.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.08.13 14:24:15 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : It may be a better alternative in that case. Paul Jordaan needs to get better already!

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.08.13 15:22:59 by vanmartin Reply
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  • YEAH. Paul Jordaan needs to get better real soon – I’m just scared he’ll be snapped up by the boks just like Du Toit will be!

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.08.13 00:12:32 by [email protected] Reply


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