Sharks player ratings v Hurricanes

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 Feb 2014 at 10:59
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The Sharks beat the Hurricanes 27-9 in a bit of a strange match in Durban on Saturday. Despite what was ultimately a very convincing margin of victory, the result was by no means secure until Lwazi Mvovo’s 65th minute intercept try.

Fans were left to scratch their heads a little after the match, trying to work out exactly what we’d just witnessed. There was little doubt that the Canes provided far sterner opposition than the Bulls had in round 1, but the feeling was that having so dominated the forward contest in the first half, it was rather disappointing that the Sharks didn’t manage to score four tries. We’ll again rate the team at somewhere around 7/10 this week, acknowledging the fact that they comprehensively beat a good Hurricanes outfit without conceding any tries.

Here are the individual ratings. If you disagree with them, of course, you can always download the new Vodacom Super Rugby Stats App and use those numbers to prove your point. You can find it in both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, or find more details about it here.

1) Beast Mtawarira. A superb game from Beast, who was imperious at scrum time and also put in massive work on defence. The Sharks made little progress on the pick-and-drive, but Tendai proved himself a willing contributor in this facet all the same. 8/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Another fantastic performance from the hooker whose work in the primary phases is without equal. Bismarck’s play as captain has become far less individualistic and the team is stronger as a result. 8/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. You simply cannot ask more of a tighthead prop than the number Jannie did on opposite number Franks at scrum time. The fact that he put in some great hits too is just gravy. 8/10
4) Anton Bresler. Worked incredibly hard in the tight phases as always and was part of a strong forward effort in the first half. With so many other ball carriers in the pack, it’s inevitable that players like Bresler end up doing a lot of the donkey work, which often goes unseen (but not unappreciated). 7/10
5) Pieter-Steph du Toit. Work rate, particularly on defence, is exemplary and is growing in stature as a lineout tactician, with this set piece again operating flawlessly. Not quite as effective with ball in hand this week. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. Another strong game on defence, but was less effective as a ground player this week as Canes man Jack Lam adapted better to the referee and won the individual contest. 7/10
7) Willem Alberts. The Bone Collector had a far stronger game this week; not only did he score a good try, but he was instrumental in so many of the big hits in the first half that ensured no momentum for the Canes. 8/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. A storming first half performance from Hoff, only to fall away a little in the second period. Reveled behind a dominant scrum and made plenty of ground with ball in hand. 7/10

9) Cobus Reinach. Showed plenty of x-factor and created problems for the Canes defence early on; however, some poor execution and option-taking conspired to rob the Sharks of attacking momentum at times. Can’t ignore the fact that opposite number TJ Perenara enjoyed quite so much free reign around the fringes either. 6/10
10) Patrick Lambie. Last week we docked a point for inconsistent goal-kicking despite inspired general play; this week, it’s the other way around. Pat’s post-kicking was superb this time around, but we felt that his general game control was lacking and that his line-kicking, in particular, lacked accuracy. 6/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. A good game from Lwazi, whose work rate continue to improve. Made lots of progress with ball in hand and scored a great individual try, but perhaps also cost a few points by failing to get the last pass away. 7/10
12) Frans Steyn. Did huge work on defence, so often covering huge ground to snuff out Canes attacking moves with a big cover tackle. Perhaps needed to show a little more variation with ball in hand, since Jordaan was starved of possession outside him this week. 6/10
13) Paul Jordaan. Little opportunity to do anything other than defend this time around, which is rather disappointing given the early promise he showed with ball in hand. Tackles above his weight, though and was a vital cog in the defensive machine. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane.Really had little to do on a day when the play all went the other way. Made his tackles count, but looked rather pedestrian on his few runs with the ball. 6/10
15) SP Marais. A very good game from the fullback, who had plenty of work to do defensively and was always equal to the task. Not a huge amount to show for his attacking exploits, but showed great willingness and sparked as much as he could on the day. 8/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Not on long enough to rate, but good to see him take the field.
17) Dale Chadwick. Held up his end well enough, but otherwise did little in the 10 minutes he was on. 6/10
18) Lourens Adriaanse. Not quite as dominant as Jannie, with Franks winning a penalty or two against him (whether warranted or not). 6/10
19) Stephan Lewies. Another superb cameo, with a big break out run showing that he has plenty of pace for such a big man. 7/10
20) Jean Deysel. Was plenty physical, but tended to hold on too long when he had the ball. 6/10
21) Charl McLeod. A generally solid outing, despite that one ugly knock-on on the goal line. 7/10
22) Heimar Williams. Unused this week.
23) S’bura Sithole. Good to see him for a few minutes, even if no rating is possible based on what we saw.


  • A very fair assessment of all the players in my opinion 😀

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.02.14 11:08:58 by Greg Reply
  • Why is it that Lambie can never do both goal kicking and dominate the game?

    Rob, a little off topic here, but I just read an article on SuperSport with Jake saying that JP still has at least another game to play in Japan. I thought he had already played and won the final and was back in Durban. What’s going on?

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.02.14 11:10:30 by David12246 Reply
  • I might add a point to Steyn’s score for his superb tackle and steal that completely snuffed out a very dangerous looking Hurricanes movement but otherwise agree with all the scores.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.02.14 11:11:45 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @David12246 (Comment 2) : I think I had my info wrong. Apparently only back 1st week in March.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.02.14 11:29:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 5, posted at 24.02.14 11:38:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • Because a lot has been said about this I gotta say, Deysel a couple meters from the line and only needing to bounce one defender, I’ll back him to smash over everytime. That was an outstanding tackle by the Canes player though. Imagine if he’d fluffed the pass? Everyone would be saying “Why didn’t Deysel just bowl the defender over?”

    That said I thought the Canes were excellent in defense and did very well to shut out our backline. Thought Steyn was solid and IMO Conrad and co shut down our backline very quickly. I don’t recall seeing many opportunities for the ball to go out wide without the risk of hospital pass/intercept.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.02.14 11:39:52 by gregkaos Reply
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  • FRom my perspective the ratings are a fair indication of the individual performance. One question though Rob, there’s always an adjustment on rating for Lambie, whether its his kicking at posts is not good enough and now the week his general play…………Can’t the poor lad get the benefit for some superb defence and tackling, his tackle on Parks was absolutely brilliant and saved a certain try… opinion

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.02.14 11:51:20 by Bayshark Reply

  • @Bayshark (Comment 7) : well, I very nearly gave him a 7, but then looked at the big picture and asked myself “Was Pat really as good this week as he was last week, all things considered?” The answer was no.

    As for that tackle on Parks, spot on, but he also could have cost a penalty for a very clear side entry at the ruck immediately afterwards, if the ref had been awake.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.02.14 11:53:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • It is strange most are having a go at Lambie and yet Naas, who must know nothing about rugby is saying he was excellent and is in his view the best 10, he spoke of how Lambie kicks and managers his game, and also about his overall play at 10.

    Lok I am in no ways saying Lambie was brilliant, the same can be said of Steyn, we never seem to see positives, Ask yourselves this question, would you prefer these players rather went and played elsewhere?

    When it suits us we use the conditions or ref etc as an excuse, yet when these factors are a factor in the match we do not use it to give any respite to players.

    It is so easy to sit on a couch and criticize, but I tell ya as an example, when the Bulls won 3 titles? they did not play running rugby every game, Steyn did not make all his tackles or kick 105 EVERY WEEK.

    SAme can be said of Carter or the Saders, We have won 2 matches out of 2 ad comfortably so,

    Again why all the negativity? I am not say we should just gloss over everything, but one thing is for sure? most seem to just hang on the everything that did not work out on the field, we forget all the god A Lambie did, or a Steyn.

    It is one thing loving the game, completely another having played it and fully understanding it, No game will be perfect or player, History for example tells us that only for the 2nd time in the history of SR has a bonus point been obtained in Feb in Durban.

    Maybe the Sharks should just keep losing like last year to satisfy some bloggers as a victory sure as hell does not satisfy them.

    I wonder how perfect they are in their jobs?? never a wrong call or a wrong thing done?

    Just a thought.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.02.14 11:54:25 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 6) : Agree with you. Can’t understand the harping that we didn’t move the ball wide as the Canes defense was very quick to come up, in fact I would suggest that sometimes they bordered on the offside …….. seems remarkably strange that back line offsides did not feature at all in the game……………..for that matter the Canes got away with murder on quite a few occasions especially near their goal line.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.02.14 11:57:04 by Bayshark Reply

  • @Bayshark (Comment 7) : Amen boet, I have no problem with Robs Assessment of the players, and it is his view, my problem is more the negative comments from our PERFECT bloggers, Man I shudder to think how perfect these people are.

    Like Uli who says nothing personal against Reinach, yet his posts say very different, so Rob is 10% right about Uli Blogger.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.02.14 11:57:40 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : 🙄 Got to try for the man……………doesn’t have many friends around the country.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.02.14 11:58:41 by Bayshark Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 9) : dude, I think you need to take a deep breath and look at the bigger picture.

    It’s sometimes ok to be a little critical about your own players. We’re not a cheerleading site, we’re an honest opinion site. Just because we occasionally give a player a low rating doesn’t mean we don’t rate him overall. Players have good and bad games and opinions differ. After all, if Naas is the acknowledged expert on all things flyhalf, why isn’t he applying some of that knowledge by actually coaching somewhere?

    Also, if Pat decides to leave the Sharks because I gave him 6/10 one week, then he’s really no the guy I thought he was 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.02.14 12:00:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • We should also not forget these people are humans, they have feeling they read blogs, Also they play a team sport, in the first week our forwards lacked a bit and the 2nd match it was the backline, these things happen.

    Much depends on the situation at the time, the pressure on the player at the time etc etc etc. Surely we should take these things into account.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.02.14 12:01:14 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I would deduct two points from Steyn for excessive ball hogging and a few other negatives. Also two points for the penalty Alberts gave away virtually in front of the posts – bringing the Canes within a converted try from the Sharks. Alberts is very good in aspects of loosie play – but he is rather immobile and not helping at all in breakdown ball protection.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.02.14 12:01:31 by Michael Reply

  • @Bayshark (Comment 12) : he has many friends here and I am very definitely one of them…. one only has to go back and read everything I’ve written since he came onto the scene to dispel any doubt that i rate him very highly indeed.

    Funny how you can’t win in this game. Just last year, we had readers aplenty accusing of us gushing unfairly over Lambie and never being prepared to acknowledge any fault on his part. Seems now it’s the opposite, after one low-but-fair rating.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.02.14 12:01:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : If you read properly Rob you will read my post was not aimed at you 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.02.14 12:02:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 9) : I also sat up and took notice of Naas’ comments, not once but a few time he made the comment. But somehow I got the feeling he was being a wee bit tongue in cheek……….. 😯

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.02.14 12:02:09 by Bayshark Reply

  • @Bayshark (Comment 18) : Naas does not do the tongue in cheek, Naas only knows how to say it direct.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.02.14 12:03:11 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Rob, I’m with you all the way on Lambie, and I also have a particularly soft spot for KD.

    One thing I will say is that we as Sharks supporters are extremely hard to please, and will lambaste our own, unlike many other supporters of other teams who will go to the grave defending their own.

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.02.14 12:05:35 by Bayshark Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Oh and I am breathing just fine :mrgreen:, If one has to see it as you have just said? I can also go and watch the match for the 5th time 😉 and point out mistakes made by players you have given high ratings, Bismark for example has not been wining balls on the ground like last year, PSDT who I am a huge fan of fell off a few tackles etc 😉 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.02.14 12:06:01 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I was at the stadium & must say Francois Stein looked very tired & cumbersome. Infact he just looked out of shape. Besides his big boot I don’t see what he does besides throwing his big frame around, both on attack & defence. Heimar Williams was much more dynamic last year & really unlocked our backline’s potential.

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.02.14 12:06:37 by loona Reply

  • @Bayshark (Comment 20) : Agree 100%, And again my posts were not aimed at Rob at all,

    All I know is I have now said my say re this, and here is a fact……

    SHARKS PLAYED 2 WON 2, that is enough for me, now I sit and wait for the other games and will be happy if we win every match even if it is with 1 point, If we win the tournament are our fellows in here going to celebrate the trophy? or sit here and week about how we missed a kick or tackle? or did not score enough tries? etc :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.02.14 12:09:43 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : On a slight different slant re Lambie. I have wondered why he still has the longer than usual run up when kicking. In recent years years there’s been a move to shorten the run-up ala Percy, Morne Steyn as well and the new kid on the block from Lions. Just putting it out there… 💡

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.02.14 12:09:47 by Bayshark Reply

  • @loona (Comment 22) : We should just let him go play for the BUlls huh?? he is just plain useless. 😕

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.02.14 12:11:08 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Bayshark (Comment 24) : Boet, I hear you but as a former kicker myself much depends on your kicking style and what works for you, it is like a golf swing….

    Also Lambie does not possess a massive boot off the tee, So I understand his distance to kick, if running a few meters further to kick is what gets him his sweet connection to the ball on impact so be it.

    When Lambie first came onto the scene he used to have a massive draw on the ball like the Saders kicker from the weekend, with time they worked on his kicking and his approach to the ball.

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.02.14 12:15:20 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I think one has to put the result in context. I can clearly remember the hurricanes putting 40+ points past the sharks the last time they played. In addition the officiating during this game was not up to standard.

    I thought our fowards were dominant however the hurricanes were never penalised especially in the scrums were there was no obvious binding by the loose trio and I thought that one scrum was a penalty try for hands in by the scrummy.

    I thought our scramble defence was superb.

    As for lambies kicking, it was not bad at all out of hand… Often onto one player boxed in with at max one supporter and maybe not out but always to a position where the hurricanes were not able to counter with clean ball.

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.02.14 12:16:53 by byron Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 19) : I don’t think the ratings or even some of the comments are unfair. Everyone here wants the Sharks to bring home a Super trophy, and that is why we do pick up on issues we notice – not that we are experts by any means of course.

    If I look at the different facets of the game from a team perspective:

    – set pieces excellent
    – kicking to poles – very good
    – tactical kicking – average overall – some good kicks mixed with some kicks straight to one of the Canes back 3
    – breakdowns – average to poor – mostly slow to the breakdown
    – support play – below average to poor
    – decision making on attack – average to poor

    I think the team will need to improve in many areas, but Rome was not built in a day.

    I trust that the professional setup we have now (especially Cheryl Calder working improving spatial awareness) will eliminate some of these problems as the season progresses.

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.02.14 12:17:05 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @sharks_lover (Comment 26) : worked well against the Bulls, didn’t it? 🙂

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.02.14 12:17:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : – defence pretty good too – Canes did not manage to score a single try, or even look like they could

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.02.14 12:19:01 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : So it did Rob, but we all know the Canes played a very different game to the Bulls, We also know the Bulls LF’s were slow and nowhere against the Sharks.

    Against us the Ref blew differently this past weekend when it came to the breakdowns etc.

    The Canes for example were allowed to hold onto the ball at the break down a little longer than normal.

    I am not sure if you saw Rob Louws tweet regarding the Ref?? And as you know he is a Stormer 😉

    He went as far as to say the ref was pathetic

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.02.14 12:21:59 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : Yes break downs average and poor, and much of this is what made Rob Louw say the ref was pathetic.

    This caused to game to change and unravel so this helped the CAnes stay in the match 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 24.02.14 12:23:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Anyways I got in a few posts and some needed blogging 😀 now back to work, you all have urselves a fab day………stay positive :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 24.02.14 12:24:49 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • We could not have scripted a better start with two wins, a bonus point and no injuries. The individual scores is one persons view and applying the 80/20 principle a very good reflection. We must be very proud and do not forget we also have huge depth in our squad!
    Unfortunately we are human and compare teams. we have far superior coaching staff and a player squad, but do we have the sheer resolute passion and motivation to win like the Lions. As a South African I am very proud of what they have done over the last two weekends.

  • Comment 34, posted at 24.02.14 12:28:10 by Observer Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 34) : Amen boet, A flucking men 😀

    Here is an article to read wgich also explains some of this discussion

  • Comment 35, posted at 24.02.14 12:31:30 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 31) : no, I mean Lambie’s goal kicking. It was rubbish against the Bulls, regardless of how many steps he took or the “sweet connection” he made or whatever 🙂

  • Comment 36, posted at 24.02.14 12:34:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 31) : Rob Louw’s technical knowldege of the game is lacking to say the least.

    I think we need to be vary careful about latching onto what some “celebrity pundit” says in the heat of the moment and using that as the basis for our own opinions, without any further analysis.

    To my mind, the real experts are the guys coaching and getting results. Any idiot can watch on TV and make a chirp every now and then.

  • Comment 37, posted at 24.02.14 12:36:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : Just to add something to previous comments about Saturday’s ref: the interpretation of certain aspects of the game, particularly the breakdowns, was a lot different to what we are used to from SA refs. In a hypothetical situation where we are playing in the final, say against the Chiefs, the ref may well be from Oz, so wouldn’t it therefore be to the Sharks’ benefit to try and adapt to a different interpretation of the law rather than just slagging off individual refs as “pathetic”? Just a thought 😛

  • Comment 38, posted at 24.02.14 12:45:05 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 38) : I agree with you – you’ll notice I’ve deliberately steered clear of any criticism towards the ref, even though I didn’t think much of the way he blew the game.

    My view holds: winners win, even if they don’t like the ref. Losers blame the ref for losing.

  • Comment 39, posted at 24.02.14 12:50:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 38) : Unfortunately the breakdown is so open to interpretation from the refs, that you have to prepare for each ref individually.

    Great teams adapt to the ref – end of story.

  • Comment 40, posted at 24.02.14 12:50:42 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : Agree 100%. let’s lose the ‘whingers’ tag and find a way to win in any circumstance 😀

  • Comment 41, posted at 24.02.14 12:53:19 by Greg Reply

  • @Bokhoring (Comment 40) : I’d expect JW to do some analysis of the next ref’s previous games as part of all game preparations. It’s definitely become a part of the modern game, for better or worse 😈

  • Comment 42, posted at 24.02.14 12:57:10 by Greg Reply

  • Two things that I have noticed a change in this year for Mvovo 1) he seems to be looking for work on the field more than he used to. Rather than hanging around on the wing waiting all game he turns up mid field and uses his pace to create those vital mis matches that have been the hallmark of many great Habana tries.

    2) he has clearly worked on his fielding of aerial balls!

  • Comment 43, posted at 24.02.14 13:00:21 by Half-Pint Reply

  • Definitely fair ratings, we won comfortably but didnt play all that well but def not badly. The Canes didnt do too much playing- Beauden Barrett looked like he was bored. The game plan was clearly not to play from our half but to rather kick it deep and make them play from there- so u have to keep that in mind when assessing players. I think Kano offers a lot- he controls well at the back of the scrum and gives a very good lineout option. Only thing id like to see improve is the messy ruck balls

  • Comment 44, posted at 24.02.14 13:07:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • Ratings a bit low IMO.

    Sharks executed their game plan very well – played for territory and played tight on attack.

    I think the 9-10-12 axis had clear instructions to play the game in the opposition half and keep the ball close whenever the defence came up – maybe it wasn’t beautiful Rugby, but the points take looks pretty beautiful to me. I’d add a point to each.

  • Comment 45, posted at 24.02.14 13:13:21 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 45) : fair comment indeed.

    I think the general consensus here is that these ratings are a little bit on the low side…. haven’t read a comment yet where I’ve been accused of giving a player too high a score (well, except Uli, who obviously wants Cobus to get -100) 🙂

  • Comment 46, posted at 24.02.14 13:29:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) :

    Just my opinion boss. I don’t think they are far off. It’s just that where others feel that the 3 chose wrong options, I feel they executed a specific plan.

    Uli needs to let go off his grievance with Reinach. Time is a great healer.

  • Comment 47, posted at 24.02.14 13:34:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 47) : Give this man a BElls :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 48, posted at 24.02.14 13:43:08 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 47) : ok, and that’s fair enough.

    Look, let’s talk about one specific point…. kicks from hand going straight to defenders in the 22. Surely that is about execution, rather than option-taking? I think my issue with specifically Pat and Cobus was that too many of the kicks from hand neither found touch, nor created any contestable possession. Not saying I necessarily disagree with the decision to kick, but rather the execution thereof.

    As for the non-passing, well…. I guess you can’t lump them all together into the same bucket and I will definitely agree that the Canes’ outside-in defence often made sure to cut the pass off. In hindsight, I would give Frans Steyn a bit of a higher rating because I didn’t actually feel that he did too much wrong, given what was happening around him.

  • Comment 49, posted at 24.02.14 14:06:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 48) : you could but he wouldn’t drink it 🙂

  • Comment 50, posted at 24.02.14 14:07:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 24.02.14 14:18:35 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 48) :
    Champers for me mate. 😉

    @robdylan (Comment 49) :
    I hear you Bertus, and I do think that the kicks were sometimes too long (up-and-unders) or not out (touch-finders).

    But speaking specifically about touch-finders, tell me this: how many line out balls did we steal and how many kicks that didn’t go out landed in our half?

    I think we were much more focused on making them play from deep in their half, while presenting a solid line of defence, as opposed to competing on line out ball.

    Incidentally, while all of the backline tackled well, I believe Frans is our defensive organiser, so surely another tick in his credit column? I thought our line speed and communication was excellent.

  • Comment 52, posted at 24.02.14 14:42:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • In summary, the win is great but there’s room for improvement. This doesn’t come as a terrible surprise this early in the season.

  • Comment 53, posted at 24.02.14 14:44:52 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : yip influence the ref and don’t let the ref influence you , like charl did when he reminded the refs it was the canes put in to the scrum was not straight and de villiers asking questions when pyper said advantage over and brought it back for a lions scrum, you get teams that moans at every ruck and the you get teams that asks legitimate questions and as a ref you unconsciously start to favor that team in 50/50 calls. I don’t even want too hear the people about the refs if saru decides to seek greener pastures up north

  • Comment 54, posted at 24.02.14 14:49:37 by BR Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 52) : Have to say, I really enjoyed both Frans’ and Pat’s defensive work in this game. Pat definitely stopped what looked like a certain try and Frans’ tackle and steal stopped a Canes attacking movement that had us on the back foot and scrambling.

  • Comment 55, posted at 24.02.14 14:50:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 49) : Spot on.

    Our back 3 are dangerous, but don’t link up well with other players. For my liking Jordaan needs to bring them into the game a bit more. For Jordaan to do this he needs good ball from Steyn, who has a tendency to hold on to the ball a bit too much. Our structure will only get us so far…we need to be using our outside backs more effectively. Our outside backs need more leeway on attack.

  • Comment 56, posted at 24.02.14 14:57:26 by Talent Reply
  • These ratings are far, far too generous. You need to deduct as follows:
    Beast: -3 for perspiring inappropriately
    Bismarck: -5 for his lack of enthusiastic fist pumping after victory; the captain needs to lead by example
    Jannie: -1 for failing to call Franks his bitch, or any derivative thereof
    Bresler: -12 for that haircut!
    PSDT: -6 for his hair being far too short for a proper no. 5 lock
    Marcel/Willem/Kanko: -7 for not being Keegan Daniel
    Cobus: -9 for not being Charl McLeod
    Pat: -6 for not demanding publicly that Charl be reinstated as starting 9
    Frans: No succesful long range drop goals!? – 27!
    Paul: -8 for the temerity of appropriating the initials PJ when everyone knows they belong to JPP
    Lwazi: -2 for having a name *and* surname starting with double consonants
    Odwa: I’d give him more points if he could catch up to me, but he’s too slow, -9
    SP: Two consonants does not constitute a proper name; -8

  • Comment 57, posted at 24.02.14 15:33:30 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 57) : some sense at last.


    Cooper -10 for not being on the field longer
    Chadwick -100 for being 25kg overweight (it’s invisible fat)
    Adriaanse -2 for daring to come before Alberts in an alphabetical squad list
    Lewies -5 for spelling “Lewis” wrong
    Deysel -6 for not making 12 turnovers while on the field.
    McCleod +100 for not being Reinach (Uli Rating System)
    Williams -100 for not getting onto the field
    Sithole -10 for not scoring tries 3 and 4.

  • Comment 58, posted at 24.02.14 16:10:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 57) : On the positive side it seems our bench really impressed you.

  • Comment 59, posted at 24.02.14 16:10:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 58) : @vanmartin (Comment 59) : Nah, just too disillusioned to rate them. I’ll go with Rob’s scores

  • Comment 60, posted at 24.02.14 17:36:25 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Ratings seems fair Rob. I would give Jordaan some more though, he did impress with the few runs he managed.
    We are still not playing as a team. Too many egos around and that is why we do not offload ad well.
    We can take a page out of the Lions’ book here. They are playing for each other and if we can not instil this into our team we shall end up like the Stormers, big names low score!!

  • Comment 61, posted at 24.02.14 20:18:39 by KILLER SHARK Reply
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  • @loona (Comment 22) : Agreed…Ive watched him over the years and I agree with that. Has brilliant moments, but some disastrous ones as well. generally he is just bulk

  • Comment 62, posted at 25.02.14 10:32:26 by pienaar111 Reply


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