Richard Ferguson

Sharks player ratings vs Bulls

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 2 Sep 2013 at 10:24
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The Sharks overcame a stop/start first half to beat the Bulls by some margin on Saturday, a score that certainly flatters the home side in this instance. Although the Sharks went on to score four tries, it was only as a result of well timed substitutions that the Sharks did do as well as they did. A team score of 8/10 can be split as 7/10 before the break and 9/10 after the reserves came on.

1. Dale Chadwick. Not a lot went right for Chad in this game, getting pinned multiple times for dropping the scrum, so much so that the referee eventually pulled out a yellow card for repeated offences. Not sure if I agree with the yellow, especially in the case that two props are dropping and binding onto each other. That said though, in a closer match his ten minute absence could have cost the team dearly 6/10
2. Craig Burden. Craig’s first start of the season went down without anything spectacular. The line-outs functioned with him there, while the scrum never quite got onto the front foot. Was overshadowed by his substitute in this match 6/10
3. Wiehahn Herbst. The trend amongst the forwards this weekend was to just get by, and Herbst did nothing more than his fellow front rankers. His side of the scrum was a bit more secure, but the big prop lacked the oomph required around the park 6/10
4. Peet Marais. His first start of the season, and again, we saw nothing particularly special from the player. The line-outs did function properly when he was on, but was subbed at half time after a rather anonymous display from Peet 6/10
5. Marco Wentzel. Wentzel finally came through with a few steals from Bulls set piece ball at the line-out. He was a bit busier than the rest of his tight five and managed to score his first try as well 8/10
6. Keegan Daniel. Keegan was allowed a bit more freedom in the second half, when the match opened up a bit. He was overshadowed in terms of the grunt work in the first half, but came good with a good run and offload to allow Heimar Williams to score 7/10
7. Jean Deysel. Another strong performance from the big man. He is setting this Currie Cup alight and is certainly one of the form men at this stage. His work at the breakdown, in conjunction with Botes, was magnificent. Somehow though, he fell off a few tackles and got bumped a few times in contact 8/10
8. Jacques Botes. The captain led from the front, managing at least three turnovers at the Bulls breakdown in the first half alone. He is certainly making the most of his time on the park, something he was not assured of when the season started. 9/10

9. Cobus Reinach. Reinach looked a little dull at the start of the match, dropping his first ball in the opening minutes already. He picked up his pace as the match progressed, but there was a clear shift in the Sharks when he was replaced by the ultimate man of the match, Charl McLeod 6/10
10. Fred Zeilinga. Zeilinga is improving with each match. He was solid on defence, getting up after some big bumps from the Bulls loosies. His tactical kicking was also better than in previous weeks. His goal kicking was the real match winner though, nailing conversions from the touchline with relative ease. Keep it up young man 8/10
11. Lwazi Mvovo. Not sure I saw Mvovo on the field in the first half, while his second input was limited to chasing a few kicks. He seriously needs to up his work rate, he seems to disappear when the match tightens up. 6/10
12. Heimar Williams. Williams had a quitter game than against the Cheetahs two weeks ago, but was nevertheless solid in midfield. He got the ball past him, where it died with Ludik, but was called in on defence and stood firm. 7/10
13. Louis Ludik. Ludik again looked a little lost in midfield, but made some strong runs with what little ball he got. His defence is his strong point in midfield, keeping the Bulls centres at bay 6/10
14. Odwa Ndungane Back from injury, Odwa showed why he is still class. His experience at fullback let SP Marais do some attacking without having to worry about his position, with Odwa covering well. 7/10
15. SP Marais. Marais looked positive on attack while being solid on defence and being in the right position when required. Looks like a good replacement for Ludik at fullback, while being slightly better in attacking ability. Scored another try as well, this time a somewhat lucky charge down 8/10

16. Kyle Cooper. I suspect he has played himself into starting again next week, with a busy second half performance. He was full of running and carried the ball well. 7/10
17. Rayno Gerber. His impact made little difference to the struggling Sharks scrum, but was busy in terms of hitting the rucks and being able on defence 7/10
18. Edwin Hewitt. Carried on where he left off when starting matches, doing very little wrong but being completely invisible. 7/10
19. Justin Downey. Came on late in the match, did very little wrong, but was hardly in the game. 6/10
20. Charl McLeod. Celebrated his 50th Currie Cup game in style. His service was crisp, he gave young Zeilinga a few more seconds on the ball with accurate ball, and was a menace both on attack and defence. Rounded off his landmark with a try and a Man of the Match award 9/10
21. Butch James. Came on late in the game when the match was over as a contest. Did very little wrong while keeping himself on the field of play. 6/10
22. Jaco van Tonder. Was a half time replacement for Odwa but was largely anonymous during the second half. 6/10


  • Cobus should get a 5, a score of 7 is not a true reflection of his game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.09.13 10:29:44 by GreatSharksays Reply
  • Would drop a pint off for everyone. Wasn’t vintage rugby.

    Zeilinga has an excellent kicking game, but not the hardest on defence and needs to be more creative with ball in hand. Still, a very good prospect.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.09.13 10:40:20 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 1) : I agree, but don’t question anything CR on this site…

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.09.13 10:41:04 by Uli Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 1) :

    I hear you, and will meet you halfway..

    Updated his score to 6/10

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.09.13 10:48:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Dale Chadwick deserves a 2. We must have a better prop around. He was shocking …. again. Craig Burden also played himself out of the starting line-up for next weekend’s important game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.09.13 10:55:52 by Bite me Reply

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  • Scores a bit generous overall – probably due to the result in the end.

    Back 3 should be docked for hardly being able to catch a high ball. I was surprised the Bulls did not continue with this tactic, as it almost always worked for them.

    Tight 5 was fairly quiet and struggled to contain the Bull bruisers. Fortunately the Sharks loosies managed to turnover possession at will at critical times. Sharks surprisingly managed to steal a number of Bull lineouts at the end – so Wentzel and Daniel deserve some kudos there.

    Cooper is definitely the better hooker of the 2, but he needs to work on his lineout.

    Sharks attack still very laboured, and simply moved the ball from side to side without gaining much – until Zeilinga had no choice but to kick. Some great tactical kicks from him, mixed with a couple of fairly ordinary ones. Would still like to see him attack the line a bit.

    With McLeod’s contribution the Sharks may well have lost this match.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.09.13 11:16:08 by Bokhoring Reply
  • I think you didn’t see much of Mvovo becoz the ball didn’t reach him that often 😉 and when it did he is either on the touchline with no space or he is being shouldered into the ground when chasing kicks. The man had to run back across the field to try and make space for himself a few times too. Our backline / attack is far from firing on all cylinders 😥 🙄

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.09.13 11:53:37 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 6) :
    I thought the Bulls youngsters showed their inexperience in not kicking on us more. Things may have been different had they done so. Also why I think the scores should be a bit lower.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.09.13 11:53:51 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Deysel should be given a 6 or at most a 7 for falling off more than half of his tackle attempts! And Odwa should be given 4 or 5. While he was on the field all he did was come out of the defensive line, leading to the bulls early try, kick aimlessly and once even kicked the ball over the dead ball line from behind our 10 metre line. You obviously did not see that he was taken off at halftime. Therefore Van Tonders rating is also wrong as he played a whole half!

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.09.13 12:16:00 by woody Reply
  • @woody (Comment 9) :

    Apologies about van Tonder, you are right, I didn’t see the replacement at half time..

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.09.13 12:36:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • hi guys. Sorry if I havent been paying attention, but where is Tim Whitehead?

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.09.13 13:42:08 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : Good Richard, I agree. McLeod came under harsh criticism, often based on emotional views only, these few months. He is a true team man and a hard worker. I expect these critics to show respect when it is due to congratulate Charl as well.

    We should never show our player up against another. They are 1 team. Our team.
    The situation in our camp is a healthy contest for the no9 shirt with a great rotational basis. Charl came under pressure to up his game and he did. I rate him highly as the scrumhalf I would have liked when I still played flyhalf. Cobus has a different style which makes him dangerous, and it shall show again is certain games. He is feeling the rust and pressure and shall soon be back to his best. To err is human, and the harder you work the more ball you will get to play with and also to make mistakes from. We are fortunate to have 2 world class guys in our team. Heyneke this is where you should look!

    I liked McLeod’s response when he said that Cobus shall start next week. This shows they are true teamsters. Congratulations Charl with MOTM!
    The rest of the team scores are fine. Fred should run the backs a bit more. We could have loaded more pressure on them.
    I missed Jordaan’s speed a bit.
    But a solid performance to break the Bulls down over 80 minutes. Never expected to have such an easy win, never mind the bonus point. Well done boys.

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.09.13 14:05:44 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @woody (Comment 9) : Yes Odwa knows how to position himself not to make tackles etc.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.09.13 07:42:12 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Unrelated I know but I feel the time is right to dramatically enlarge the CC Log section on this site!

    Especially for our Flou Nulle friends . . . 😈 😈

    Also before the sharks head to the south pole aka cape town this weekend.

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.09.13 08:47:55 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Honey Badger (Comment 13) : Hahaha……ever since Brendan Venter proclaimed Odwa to be the answer at fullback he can do no wrong according to the guys at Sharksworld.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.09.13 13:44:14 by jonnow Reply

  • @jonnow (Comment 15) :

    What exactly do you mean by that?

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.09.13 13:53:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I mean that Odwa can play a very ordinary game and still receive a 7/10 rating.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.09.13 10:33:38 by jonnow Reply

  • @jonnow (Comment 17) :

    He played one half of rugby, being the better backline player in that time, and keeping his side of the defence clear. He didn’t do anything wrong?

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.09.13 10:39:04 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 18) : Yes he did. He came out of the defensive line to allow the Bulls to score their first try, he made a couple of aimless kicks down the middle of the field, giving away possession and he kicked one ball right over the dead ball line, giving the bulls the scrum feed on the Sharks 10 meter line.

    That’s just a few issues that I remember offhand.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.09.13 10:52:07 by jonnow Reply


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