Sharks player ratings v Highlanders

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 Jul 2014 at 09:31
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Right, let’s see how the guys did in the Qualifier…. a match that they dominated in most ways, yet battled to really put to bed until right at the end due to silly mistakes and a bit of a lackadaisical approach on defence.

1) Thomas du Toit. I have only one thing to say… HE’S ONLY 19!!!! What a superb game. 9/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. The skipper delivered a masterclass in the set pieces and was pretty darn useful everywhere else as well. 9/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Safe to say this was his best performance in a Sharks jersey yet? I think so. 9/10
4) Anton Bresler. Part of a superb tight five effort; it was noticeable how the Highlanders’ resurgence started the moment he was forced off. 8/10
5) Etienne Oosthuizen. Gets a lot of credit for being part of the strong tight five showing, but also loses a point or two for some mediocre handling skills, which cost the team on attack. 7/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. Another barnstorming performance from the country’s form flank. Simply sublime. 9/10
7) Willem Alberts. Some bone-crunching hits and some strong carries – a pity he was forced into a second row role which doesn’t really suit him. 8/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. The line-out work was simply sublime and Hoff was incredibly active in other facets of play too. 8/10

9) Cobus Reinach. It wasn’t a good game for the scrumhalf, with too many individual errors and poor decisions. He’ll be back because he’s a class player. 5/10
10) Frans Steyn. Kicked superbly for goal and his kicking out of hand was also mostly accurate. The backline as a unit never really got going, though and there was some questionable defence all round. 7/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Nothing really went on down his wing. 6/10
12) Paul Jordaan. I thought he had a really good game on defence, where he was one of the few to be aware of the dangerous Highlanders offloading game and try to make plans to shut down that option. 8/10
13) JP Pietersen. Not his best showing, where he was found defensively wanting in a channel that requires absolute focus. 6/10
14) S’bura Sithole. No real options with ball in hand but was tigerish on defence. 7/10
15) SP Marais. Did well under the high ball, but made far too many wrong decisions in the 22 which kept the team under pressure. 5/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Not on long enough to rate.
17) Dale Chadwick. Massive scrumming show late in the game. 8/10
18) Lourens Adriaanse. Part of a reserve front row unit that turned the screws at a crucial time. 8/10
19) Tera Mtembu. Unused
20) Jean Deysel. Took up the challenge and delivered his best game in a Sharks jersey for some years. 8/10
21) Charl McLeod. The whole backline improved markedly when he came on. 8/10
22) Pat Lambie. Brought a huge amount of composure when he came on, even if he didn’t do (or need to do) anything flashy as an individual. 7/10
23) Tonderai Chavanga. Showed he’s still got it and was also very involved on defence. 7/10


  • As a prop, it was just such a delight to see our scrum totally demolishing the ‘Landers. These days you might see one tighthead in a game, but when last did a team been so dominant come scrum time?

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.07.14 09:40:18 by KingRiaan Reply
  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : We should have won by allot more if you consider how we did scrum wise. Our handling really let us down.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.07.14 09:45:25 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : It was a thing of beauty….would love to see a highlights reel of all the scrums.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.07.14 09:47:39 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) : I personally think it was our kicking out of hand that was the difference. You don’t just kick the ball down the throat of players like Fekitoa and Smith, the will punish you all day long if you do that. We had the forward dominance, should’ve made sure each kick went out, put pressure on the line out, and attack from there.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.07.14 09:48:50 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Marcell Coetzee is in such form! I bet he cant wait to warm the bench under F Louw. After proving himself as the form flanker in the toughest competition on the planet he must be stoked to have the honour of sitting on that bench under F Louw. You deserved it buddy!

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.07.14 09:49:01 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 3) : Seeing a performance like that of Jannie and Thomas makes me as giddy as a tween girl at a Justin Bieber concert :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.14 09:50:32 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 2) : Don’t underestimate the power of the Landers counter attack, especially when half their team runs blocking lines.

    The scrum is also not the be-all and end-all to winning rugby, just ask the ozzies…they’ve been able to win for years whilst doing everything in their power to bypass the set-piece.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.14 09:54:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • This game highlighted the URGENT need to switch Sithole and Pietersen around. JP doesn’t defend well at 13 whereas S’bura (thanks probably to his sevens skills) cuts down everything that dares approach the 13 channel! He’s the form SA 13 at the moment and we need him there for the semi-final if we want to make the final!

    Why wasn’t JP tackling well? โ“ ๐Ÿ˜•

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.14 10:02:24 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 8) : I’d guess because Duane’s head was even harder than any of us can imagine.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.14 10:14:59 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Jp towing a cart these days.. seems to have lost a yard or two… Was pretty stoked to be at the game, what a find du toit is!! And tonderai hit those afterburners right in front of us, awesome to see him not pull a hamstring…

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.14 10:16:20 by The Quirk Reply
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  • I don’t think ive ever seen a team be so dominant at set piece and yet come so close to losing. Our pack was absolutely immense.
    We really need to work on our tactical kicking seeing as though that seems to be Jakes main weapon.
    Not sure why we kept kicking onto their back 3 when we were in the red zone. We were competing well at lineout time as well so it made no sense.
    2 of their tries came as a direct result of Reinach not kicking out.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.14 10:18:29 by John Galt Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 4) : I agree
    @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) : No I did not underestimate their attack they darn good at it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.14 10:19:51 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • Good ratings Rob…

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.14 10:29:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 11) : Precisely..both our execution and tactics to blame. Our kicking was terrible and we never utilised our outside backs at all with all that dominance…it began to wane as the Landers through more and more numbers behind their forwards.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.14 10:32:23 by pienaar111 Reply

  • Does anyone have the pack, tight 5 and front row weights for both teams?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.14 10:33:15 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Good ratings Rob..maybe JP a 5 but I would actually blame that on JW more than JP. He and Sithole must swap.

    Also an article on SARugbyMag put it perfectly on the halfback pairing – JW needs to make the big call and play McLeod/Lambie at 9/10. McLeod is no ‘world’s best halfback’ but he has been known to step up for play off games and his basics are far better than Reinach’s, which is vital from a team perspective since we WILL NOT have such complete forward dominance vs Saders. (That is only if Lambie is absolutely 100%)

    Any one of Jordaan/Sithole, Steyn/Sithole, Steyn/Jordaan in the 12/13 channel will work. Of course I think Jordaan and Sithole are far smarter on defence and attack, but since we play the kicking game Steyn’s siege gun is useful!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.14 10:39:06 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @John Galt (Comment 11) :

    Reinach made one bad kick and another that he shouldn’t have kicked at all (he was tackled as he kicked, but he should have passed, as there was plenty of options on his outside).

    Steyn kicked on in field (it was a grab and kick) straight to Ben Smith, after one ruck fekitoa scored.

    SP had a couple bad kicks and only one of his clearances was further than the half line. IMO, his kicking game in general, is average at best. Full backs these days are able to make clearances to the opposition 22, if they have time on the ball, which SP did, but he only ever manages to get it just past the halfway line and that’s on a good day. His kicking needs work.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.07.14 10:39:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 17) :

    Oh and Steyn also kicked that one ball over the dead ball line.

    I don’t actually think Reinach kicked enough to be judged on his kicking. He’s overall game and decision making was just poor on the day.

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.07.14 10:41:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • Anyone know if the Sharks are in NZ yet?

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.07.14 10:42:32 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 15) :

    No, but I noted that our forwards are 20KG’s lighter than theirs and our front row 40 KG’s lighter. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Which means our locks and back-row are 20KG,’s heavier than theirs, the front row however, much lighter.

    I’ll go to that part in the game again this afternoon and let you know, if no one else can get find it.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.07.14 10:45:19 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 19) :

    How are you containing yourself? You must be itching to say something about Charl and Reinach’s performance.

    Charl really stepped up. His best 15 minutes of the season so far. I didn’t see one error or misstep from him. We should have known. Knockout games is his stage.

    With a performance like that, I think it would be hard for JW not to include Charl and hopefully Lambie (they play really well together).

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.07.14 10:50:49 by Letgo Reply
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  • I have an issue with SP’s BMT. He seems to feel the pressure too much to me. I think Carter and Slade could target him. I would prefer to see Mvovo, Steyn or Lambie at fullback for Saturday.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.07.14 10:53:21 by MikeSebMatt Reply

  • So, what is everyone’s gut feel on our chances against the Crusaders? Can we beat them at home, twice in one season? Should we hope for a red card? ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.07.14 11:10:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • SPOT ON with you ratings Rob. Overall team score 8/10 for winning the Game. Very concerned about our lock situation. Is Peet still in Durban? why is Jake not playing him ? He is good at 4 or 5 ?
    Lambie and Charl should start against the Crusaders. We need the backline to work if we want to win.

    I wish them all the best with preparations this week !

    Go Sharks !!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.07.14 11:10:46 by Observer Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : Well our chances against Highlanders I can say with 100% surety that our chance of winning 31 27 are 100%. The Crusaders team is another beast altogether ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.07.14 11:15:57 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad โ€“ The Blogโ€™s Dudette (Comment 25) : Last time they tried to beat us with 16 men, and were unsucessfull so this time they have brought in reinforcements ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.07.14 11:17:38 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad โ€“ The Blogโ€™s Dudette (Comment 25) : Oops! Fixed it. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.07.14 11:20:10 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 19) : Stuck in Sydney at the moment. See

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.07.14 11:21:42 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : I think it will be close but too far. My gut feel is actually that the final will be in NZ with the Tahs choking on the wild horsies!!
    What do you think?

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.07.14 11:23:19 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Sharksmad โ€“ The Blogโ€™s Dudette (Comment 26) : Ja I see we’ll be playing vs. a kiwi ref….so McCaw will be given free reign to do as he pleases.

    Not sure if Carter will be playing, especially with Bismarck on the park ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.07.14 11:24:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : Tell me something, would you consider that we should have had a few penalty tries? collapsing on the goal line whilst bakpeddaling?

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.07.14 11:28:46 by Dunx Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 30) : ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.07.14 11:29:19 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Observer (Comment 24) : Peet is already in France

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.07.14 11:30:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 29) : I’m the eternal optimist when it comes to the Sharks. If they did it once, they can do it again. BUT we need Bissie at 2, Lewies at 5, Coetzee at 6 and Lambie at 10 with Steyn at 12 or 15. I’d also like to see either Jordaan or Sithole at 13. If our key personnel are fit and our defence is sharp I think we have a chance.

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.07.14 11:32:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Nick Mallet has summed up the biggest Sharks concern for the semi against the Saders.
    Particularly if we kick poorly again.

    ‘My concern going into the semi-finals is that the Crusaders’ forwards will match the Sharks’ as they have six or seven All Blacks. They won’t concede a lot of scrum penalties. The Sharks’ pattern of play โ€“ a good scrum and lineout and a strong kicking game โ€“ won’t be as easy to impose on the Crusaders as it was on the Highlanders.’The semi-final will be in Christchurch and while the referee will be neutral, he will favour the home side with the 50-50 calls. That will make playing without the ball risky [for the Sharks]. The Crusaders’ forwards are as good as the Sharks’ and they also have outstanding backs who will create opportunities.’

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.07.14 11:33:36 by John Galt Reply

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  • Would be nice to see Steyn at fullback, Lambie 10 and Mclead at 9 this weekend.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.07.14 11:34:02 by bokbok Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 34) : The way Jordaan has been playing lately, he has to be on the park….especially with Lambie’s accurate passing.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.07.14 11:43:10 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @bokbok (Comment 36) :
    I think they’ll go pretty much with the backline that finished the game on Saturday.
    Mcleod Lambie Mvovo Steyn Jordaan JP SP.
    Maybe Sithole instead of Jordaan but thatll be good too.

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.07.14 11:52:56 by John Galt Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 37) : I wouldn’t mind seeing 9. Charl, 10. Lambie, 11. Mvovo, 12. Jordaan, 13. Sithole, 14. JPP, 15. Steyn. Doubt that’s going to happen though. I suspect we’ll see either Jordaan or Sithole on the bench. Not bad to have either of those guys come on later in the game I guess.

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.07.14 11:57:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 38) : I agree, that’s probably very close to the starting backline.

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.07.14 12:00:25 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Just a thought here, and I do mostly agree with the ratings. Our scrum and lineout were dominant but of late ive seen a dominant sharks side make quite horrible decisions at the back of a dominant scrum/driving maul etc. For example on sat we were driving them and then we decided to keep using the very small and tightly defended blindside when there was acres of space on the open side for guys like Jordaan,Sithole etc to use. So a dominant scrum/lineout doesnt count for much if we make a bad decision after it. Just a thought.

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.07.14 12:09:27 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 20) : Thanks, thats similar to what I thought I saw but it just does not make sense.

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.07.14 12:10:01 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I wouldn’t want to be the one selecting the side for the weekend,great headache to have most of our star players ready and eager to go!I dont think it matters too much that we won ‘ugly’ against the ‘Landers,at least we won the knockout game!To me it is of utmost importance to play Sithole at 13,he is waisted at wing with our gameplan.with Pat almost ready,its important to keep Mcleod starting on the weekend,he really takes it up a notch in do or die rugby….its going to be tough….I’m trying to be optomistic,but will the Saders slipup twice in one year?Other side of the coin…will the Sharks continue to grow their dominance over the Crusaders(I ask very optimisticly)…I hope the latter

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.07.14 12:11:54 by BarendL Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : Who do think think should start on the weekend?I personally reckon Thomas should get another go and I reckon Dale probably adds more impact from the bench?

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.07.14 12:15:37 by BarendL Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : YES!!!! But if they drop one of those two to the bench then they are effectively dropping Chavanga as well…or at the very least one of those 3 would be dropped when JP has been by far the weakest this season (granted Chavanga hasn’t played much)

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.07.14 12:16:59 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 23) : Yup I don’t see why we can’t do it again. Back against the wall stuff this weekend and that seems to always bring out the best in our Sharks.

    I think this game will be more of an arm wrestle with the team that kicks better out of hand and misses the least amount of penalties will win. Saders are 3rd for most kicks out of hand in SR but are first for the most penalties missed.

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.07.14 12:18:08 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 45) : JP has been in weird form this season hasn’t he?First he couldn’t take passes,then he couldn’t tackle,but normally in different games….I wouldn’t wait around to find out if he combines all into one match this weekend!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.07.14 12:21:23 by BarendL Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : I’m not sure we can afford to put anyone other than SP at 15. Saders have been using the high ball a lot and I’m not sure if there is anyone better than him to collect those. He does need to be a bit more accurate this coming weekend though with his kicks to touch.

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.07.14 12:21:53 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 48) : Talking about SP’s kicking accuracy I don’t think I have ever laughed so much as at that “drop goal” attempt of his. My husband’s reaction alone had me hysterical, “what was that?” was his comment. ๐Ÿ˜† fortunately it ended up well.

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.07.14 12:28:37 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 21) : Let me just say something, I do not hate Reinach even though everyone on here thinks I do. I think he is a good player. My problem has always been that he is not doing the basics of scrummy play well at all since day one. I think if he is able to do those allot better he could be one of the best around. We saw him do this in one game earlier this season I cannot remember who we played, and I was the first who gave him credit where credit is due.
    My opinion is that, be it as it may that McLeod is leaving or not, he has really been given a bad piece of the pie considering the fact that Reinach has not really been preforming except for his 3 or so individual tries he scored through out the season and one or two games. The rest of the time he has really been on and off, just as how he has been playing since day one for us. Our backline has never been able to GEL with him around. I also feel McLeods game really, really compliments Lambies game, and we actually saw FS also have a really good game at no10 two weeks ago with McLeod there.
    I am not saying McLeod is all shinning armour, but really he deserves the spot more than Reinach, he gives the backs quick crisp ball all the time and that is the first thing you want from your no9.
    On the end of the day everyone has a bad day at the office, but if its constantly bad then the Sharks need to look at alternatives.

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.07.14 12:30:57 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @BarendL (Comment 44) : Personally id start Du Toit purely because if he struggles Chadwick can come on…and also do u want Du Toit on at the end in possibly a nervous close game? Having said that Du Toit has just come back from New Zealand with a successful Junior Bok side so his confidence about playing there would be high.

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.07.14 12:33:55 by SheldonK Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 48) : I don’t disagree with you. I just think our best centre combo is Jordaan/Sithole. Lambie has to start if he’s fit and you simply cannot leave Steyn’s boot on the bench. That line of reasoning resulted in my ideal backline. It ain’t gonna happen though and so it really boils down to a question of who do we bench and for what reason, doesn’t it? If we want impact players coming off the bench in the second half, I’d say Reinach, Chavhanga and Sithole need to make up the bench.

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.07.14 12:39:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 50) : This, clearly communicated reasoning, I can get onboard with. I differ with you on one or two points but, for the most part, agree.

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.07.14 12:44:00 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 52) : I like the Steyn fullback idea. He is safe under the high ball and lets face it…we don’t run everything from the back so his big boot is ideal and I also agree that the Jordaan/Sithole combo is our best bet at centres. won’t happen though like you said

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.07.14 12:53:57 by pienaar111 Reply

  • JP didn’t have a great game, but his record speaks for itself. You can’t drop a player of that pedigree, especially going into a semi-final.

    Form is temporary, class is permanent. I’d also much rather have him and Sbura switch though.

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.07.14 12:56:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 55) : You may have just stumbled on to a new quote there ๐Ÿ˜‰

    More is without a doubt always temporary. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.07.14 13:05:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 56) :
    What on earth are you talking about? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ


  • Comment 57, posted at 21.07.14 13:07:45 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 57) : ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.07.14 13:10:04 by vanmartin Reply
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  • My team would be even though I hate shifting and messing players around.

    15 Steyn
    14 JpP
    13 Sithole
    12 Jordaan
    11 Mvovo
    10 Lambie
    09 Mcleod
    08 Kanko
    07 Deysel
    06 Marcell
    05 Lewies
    04 Alberts
    03 Jannie
    02 Bismark
    01 Du toit

    16 Cooper
    17 Adriaanse
    18 Chadwick
    19 Oosthuzen
    20 Mtembu
    21 Reinach
    22 Chavhanga
    23 SP/Esterhuizen

    Will this team be selected no, and I understand why as for starters you do not make too many changes right after you got back into winning ways, changes are not always about change of personnel but also positional changes.

    I am a big Reinach fan but I think Mcleod would be a better choice right now specially as his kicking game is so much better, also in 2 finals it was Lambie and Mcleod who were the stars in the big moment.
    I know Alberts is not a lock normally but I feel he offers no less than Oosthuizen there but he still adds huge on defense and ball carrying duties, also Deysel on current form is a must.

    Then anyone thinking we should not start with “young” Thomas is smoking something heavy, right now he is so high on confidence it is scary, he also believe it or not adds to the scrumming power.

    A crazy Keo blogger once started the famous “turbo reverse’ phrase and in the last 3 weeks I have witnessed that like never before.

    Why Steyn at FB? well the world knows he has a booming boot and will kick less at us with him there, but then our follow up after kicking must be fast and furious, and defense must be huge.

    I am stuck between SP and Esterhuizen on the bench, maybe because I am a big Esterhuizen fan and would not mind JpP being subbed after 60 min with Sithole moving to 14 and Jordaan to 13 with Esterhuizen coming in at 12

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.07.14 13:12:45 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 55) : JP should never even have been on the field on Saturday,he was out cold in the Stormers game,went off and must have failed the concussion test because he never came back on.So what was he doing back on the field a mere seven days later.
    I personally would keep Steyn at 10,and introduce Lambie from the bench if he is needed,he is hardly match sharp,and this is a knockout game.
    Steyn has been the form 10 in this competition this year.

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.07.14 13:13:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 59) : That would be out-the-box thinking…I like it a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ I doubt they’ll do it, but good team.

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.07.14 13:20:23 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 61) : Thanks Stevie :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.07.14 13:24:11 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Also I forgot to add on my post that Steyn should keep the kicking duties for now.

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.07.14 13:26:04 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 52) : Yeah. Don’t think we will win unless Lambie and Steyn are on for the full 80. While I don’t disagree that lately that combo has been awesome, the Lambie Steyn combo trumps it in my opinion. Just remembering how well they seemed to gel at the start of the season before Pats injury.
    Add JPP at outside and Mvovo on the wing, we will have 4 Springboks all in their favored positions.

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.07.14 13:27:57 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 59) : Grant isnt really that crazy.

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.07.14 13:41:27 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 65) : ๐Ÿ˜† boet, I know Grant only had 1 huge huge huge problem, his hate for Smitty, it clouded the poor mans judgement.

    But his phrase will be known for a long time :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.07.14 13:47:47 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 35) : Let’s be honest, Mallet will always say something negatve about the sharks after a match. Even if we win the cup, he will just say we probably won’t win it again next year ๐Ÿ˜‰
    That said, I think our forwards will have an edge over the saders, even if the won’t dominate them. From there on, it will come down to protecting the ball and defending the counters by the saders. But I think we are in with a chance…just don’t want to become too optimistic just yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.07.14 13:52:02 by HeinF Reply

  • @sharks_lover (Comment 66) : He posts here every now and then. I have picked up that although a huge Province fan he also has a soft spot for the Sharks (I think)

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.07.14 13:56:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 68) : Yup in know he does, and yes Grant actually is a closet Sharks fan ๐Ÿ˜‰ :mrgreen: ๐Ÿ˜€

    A good bloke really

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.07.14 14:02:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 38) : My prefered backline would be McLeod, Lambie, 11 Sithole, 12 Steyn, 13 Jordaan, 14 JPP, 15 Mvovo, although I would also not mind 11 Mvovo, 12 Jordaan, 13 Sithole, 14 JPP, 15 Steyn

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.07.14 14:11:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 70) :

    Jip, I agree with those options.

    The frontrow hasn’t been discussed much, but I feel Deysel should start (even if Lewies is ready).


    8. Kanko
    7. Deysel
    6. Marcell
    5. Lewies
    4. Alberts
    3. Jannie
    2. Bissie
    1. Thomas

    I can’t think why we’ll change the front row after the last two games, I would even have played beast from the bench. Think about it – after 30 minutes you introduce the guy that’s been doing it for us all season.

  • Comment 71, posted at 21.07.14 14:36:27 by Letgo Reply
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  • Having had a look at the stats, I reckon Don Roberto is not far off with his scoring on JP – maybe a tad harsh.

    2 missed tackles to go with 6 completed tackles, but also 59 metres run, 1 clean break and 1 turnover – all near the best for the Sharks this weekend.

  • Comment 72, posted at 21.07.14 16:26:16 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 72) : some of those “completed tackles” were little more than desperately clutching a sock or jersey, though…. with an offload the result.

  • Comment 73, posted at 21.07.14 16:43:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • That is Marcells 5th 9/10 performance this SR. Averaging 8/10 so far. Don’t think anyone comes even close.

  • Comment 74, posted at 21.07.14 18:51:07 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : hell it was a thing of beauty! !!! I’m sure their props are 5cm shorter ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Comment 75, posted at 21.07.14 22:34:12 by JD Reply
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  • @John Galt (Comment 38) : Sithole in for JPP but I agree with the rest.

  • Comment 76, posted at 21.07.14 22:39:19 by JD Reply
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