Sharks player ratings v Cheetahs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 26 Aug 2014 at 10:13
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This is not going to make for pleasant reading Sharks fans (and if any players are lurking, even more so!)

A scrappy 19-16 win over a weak Cheetahs team at Kings Park is really not the stuff that legends are made of and the Sharks again made heavy work of subduing opponents that, on paper, shouldn’t have been in their league at all. Poor decisions on attack, sloppy handling and a propensity to hoof away good ball in the second period all contributed to the malaise, with the team rating hovering somewhere between 5 and a (very generous) 6 out of 10. Let’s see how the individuals did.

1) Dale Chadwick. His work rate was not as high as we typically expect to see – perhaps due to rustiness? Did well at scrum time but needs to get a bit more involved. 6/10
2) Kyle Cooper. Lots of involvement all over the show from the hooker. Still not seeing quite as many bursting runs, but he’s clearly a marked man these days, given that oppositions know what he’s capable of. Set piece work was good and he stepped up well as a leader in the pack. 7/10
3) Matt Stevens. An unfortunately quiet game from the big man who was dynamite as a sub the week before. Kept namesake Kevin quiet in the scrums (as you’d expect given the gulf in experience) but otherwise contributed little – and conceded a penalty or two. 5/10
4) Etienne Oosthuizen. Did good lineout work and was a physical threat, but again should have dominated more given what he was up against. 5/10
5) Marco Wentzel. Gave away a few silly penalties but otherwise turned in a very busy performance, contributing more as a support player on attack than most of the other tights. 6/10
6) Jacques Botes. The Sharks used him as their main forward ball carrier, meaning a lot of carries and perhaps not quite as much reward as one would have expected. Still managed to stand out in a rather unbalanced and unconvincing loose trio, which is worthy of some praise. 6/10
7) Francois Kleinhans. Did a lot of chasing, but battled to assert himself in any meaningful way. Made a good steal towards the end, but that was a relatively poor return over 80 minutes. 5/10
8) Tera Mtembu. Probably the best forward on the day, simply in terms of his impact. Made yards on attack at will and was hugely influential on defence too. More of the play needed to go his way. Still learning the captaincy ropes and might have got a call or two wrong. 7/10

9) Cameron Wright. An uninspiring game after the bright start made a fortnight ago. Wright’s service simply wasn’t what we’ve come to expect and far too much of the ball Zeilinga received at flyhalf needed to be “brought under control” before he could do anything with it. 5/10
10) Fred Zeilinga. Needed to chance his arm more on attack, particularly in the second half where he was guilty of hoofing away possession far too often. Threw a few wayward passes but on the plus side, was solid on defence and really upped his goal-kicking percentage. Don’t underestimate the mental strength it took to nail that match winning kick. 6/10
11) Tonderai Chavangha. Tondie was far more involved than most of the other backs and looked dangerous whenever he touched the ball. The try he scored was instrumental to the result. 7/10
12) Paul Jordaan. A game he’d rather forget, given an individual error count that was sky-high. At least three good try-scoring opportunities in the first half went a-begging due to a Jordaan knock. In mitigation, he did well on defence. 4/10
13) S’bura Sithole. Carried strongly, but didn’t get involved often enough and missed too many of the tackle attempts he made. 5/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. High work rate doing the unseen things that you don’t really expect of a wing (like hitting breakdowns). Defence good and positional play exceptional, despite having almost nothing to do on attack. 6/10
15) SP Marais. A bit of a horror show, really, with SP’s kicking radar properly on the fritz this week. While you can’t really blame him for Blommetjies’ try, it’s hard not to, since he looked so completely bamboozled by what had happened. SP tends to wear his heart properly on his sleeve during games and it doesn’t fill anyone with confidence to see him constantly remonstrating with himself after an error. 4/10

16) Franco Marais. Unused. The new Kyle Cooper?
17) Thomas du Toit. Scrummed his opposite number into a quivering wreck and had a sky-high involvement count elsewhere. What more could you ask? 7/10
18) Lourens Adriaanse. A very good cameo; powerful scrum work and some very good work both as carrier and as breakdown support player. 6/10
19) Stephan Lewies. Got stuck in nicely in the tight phases, but is obviously some way of his best yet. 6/10
20) Conrad Hoffmann. A very good game from a player who comes in for a lot of critcism. Added the needed composure at a crucial time. 7/10
21) Heimar Williams. Had little opportunity to do much of anything, really. 5/10
22) Lionel Cronje. Again didn’t have much to do, but added a level of calmness to the backs that simply wasn’t there when Marais was on the field. 6/10


  • Fair points across the board. Jordaan and Marais really need to step up if they want to keep their spots in the starting lineup.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.08.14 10:24:31 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Looks about right although I might argue for another point to go Jacques’ way. Hard grafter.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.08.14 10:29:23 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I think you are a bit too generous towards Fred. I’d give him a 4, maybe a 5. At least we know he is better than this.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.08.14 10:30:27 by MysticShark Reply
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  • i thought chumlie did a good job scrumming give him a 7

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.08.14 10:39:59 by Poisy Reply
  • Whats concerning, and has been even in the Plum era, is how limp wristedly our forwards defend driving mauls

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.08.14 10:47:42 by Talent Reply
  • My opinion:
    Jordaan and SP deserve a 3
    Wright and Zeilinga a 4
    Wentzel and Oosthuizen a 4 – against 2 non-name locks and yet no competition on opposition ball, poor maul defence and little on attack and defence

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.08.14 10:52:17 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I’ll have to give Hoffmann credit, he did do a lot more than warm the bench this weekend. I hope he is not going to be one of those players that does well when he comes on from the bench, then has a quiet game when he is given a start. Plus it’s nice to see a local Worcester boy playing for the sharks!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.08.14 10:53:41 by HeinF Reply

  • I thought Botes performed better than a 6/10. He played a big part in keeping the Sharks in the game.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.08.14 10:57:20 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : Have to agree – especially on the locks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.08.14 10:59:03 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Why do the Sharks look so nervous to keep ball in hand and pass it? It honestly looks like they are frightened to pass the ball so either they just take it into contact or kick it away! Hoffman was good and organised when he came on. Cronje look a bit slow at 15 so i would prefer him used at 10 or 12- he is good at 12 ive seen it! Oosthuizen looks much better at 7 im afraid and perhaps his showing this week was a result of him preparing to play 7 in the CC then being forced to lock.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.08.14 11:10:58 by SheldonK Reply

  • Did anyone notice Paul Jordaan getting selected as the best CC inside center in their team of the week?

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.08.14 11:22:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) :

    …at 365, I meant to add.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.08.14 11:22:45 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : those okes don’t actually watch rugby, I’m sure of it.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.08.14 11:27:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • The two biggest things I noticed in the game was: If a back carries the ball and makes a bit of a break, he has no support and no forwards near him to make the clean, so the closest backline players (like Odwa) has to do the cleaning at the maul against the opposition forwards. The other thing I was is how the boys are trying to force the pass. Instead of taking the contact/or passing before the contact, it seems as if they are trying to force the 50/50 passes. I can only assume that this is a pre worked out tactic, but that the execution of said tactic is still some way off being implemented good.Also, as much as some people would like to argue, you need a big ball carrier in the forwards, this weekend we had no real grunt up front until Thomas (we really need a nickname for this lad) came onto the field. I think that Oosthuizen will go back to no7 this weekend with Lewies and Wentzel at lock.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.08.14 11:28:31 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : After all these years, they still can’t rate opensider against opensider in the Rugby championship

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.08.14 11:46:31 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 7) : @KingRiaan (Comment 14) :there is no game plan that’s why you have this nonsense,and one then has to look at the coachs,Van T now needs to starts its enough already with SP,CH was class,huge composure in the circumstances,hope he continues ,FredZ eish,but in a team including the Super Rugby team,that chokes,his huge BMT stands out

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.08.14 13:57:29 by benji Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 12) : are they mad?!?!?!

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.08.14 14:00:43 by JD Reply
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  • Just about spot on with the ratings. Chavanga’s try was really good, but he might have deserved a point subtracted for the abortion of a dive at the end of it… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.08.14 22:01:55 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The biggest disappointments for me were Kleinhans, Jordaan and SP…

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.08.14 22:03:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : Jordaan and SP did not look good in any of the Currie cup games.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.08.14 22:20:10 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : It’s been kind of disappointing hasn’t it! I dropped Jordaan from my fantasy league team in a hurry…

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.08.14 22:28:42 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 21) : I would not drop Jordaan I’d move him to wing and play Heimar at 12 and Odwa at 15.

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.08.14 22:37:20 by JD Reply
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