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Player ratings: Good, better, best!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Feb 2015 at 10:32
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What an amazing turnaround from the Sharks, after a lame showing against the Cheetahs in Round 1. Saturday’s 29-12 bonus point win against the Lions was as satisfying as it was surprising, especially given the way it came about – and the treacherous conditions.

The team overall

One of the very best Sharks team performances we’ve seen in recent times, I’d say. The pack was ferocious, the backs dogged and committed, despite a serious lack of opportunity to show off their skills. It’s a really nice problem to have, this week, to try and identify individual stand-out performances, simply due to the sheer number of incredible efforts on display. Those looking for doom and gloom – or nit picking – aren’t going to find it from me this week, given just how well all 23 men bounced back.

The match winners

Forgive me for being sentimental, but I’m going to go with the old firm here, the directors and architects, the leaders. Bismarck du Plessis and Pat Lambie stood marginally ahead of a supporting cast of millions in order to emerge as the most valuable players on the day – and that’s simple because of the impact they have on those around them. The fact that each also convincingly won the individual contest against their direct opposition also helps. Well done men, keep it up.

Better than flipping good

A number of forwards, particularly, come strongly to the fore here. Jannie du Plessis and Dale Chadwick stood up marvelously and out scrummed a team that was meant to have the clear upper hand at this phase. Thomas du Toit came on and turned the screws at a vital time – impressive given that he’s not played competitive rugby in a few months. Pieter-Steph du Toit‘s work rate and lineout efforts were exemplary as always, and how good was Giant Mtayanda on debut? While we’re on the topic of Energiser bunny-like work, you have to acknowledge the loose trio as well, with Marcell Coetzee and Renaldo Bothma both ever present. Of the backs, Lwazi Mvovo, as always, was a clear and present danger.

The honourable mentions

Tera Mtembu bubbled under and did a lot of good things, particularly on defence. Heimar Williams had few opportunities, but tackled well, while Waylon Murray had a few individual moments that made us smile. Odwa Ndungane was solid and reliable, as we’ve come to expect, and also scored a cracking try for which he can thank Lambie.

There were some errors, of course and both Cobus Reinach and SP Marais would probably feature in a different category were it not for these. Both were defensively sound and dangerous on attack; however both were guilty of a few misdirected kicks from hand and will look to improve on this aspect particularly against the Bulls. I guess it all comes down to composure and consistency; major credit to both players, though, for picking their heads up and contributing even after making a mistake.

On the positive side, Reinach’s try was simply breathtaking, while SP’s defensive work when Lionel Mapoe looked certain score was a match-turning moment.


62 Comments

  • That try saving tackle was brilliant, went for the man with the ball. Its going to be hard to fit the returning players in even with their experience.

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.02.15 10:41:29 by Shadow Reply
     
  • @Shadow (Comment 1) : rotation, rotation, rotation.

    Keep the powder dry, don’t reveal the very best combination until just before the finals.

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.02.15 10:48:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • Agree with your rating Rob, and think it was a very good team effort. Could nit-pick and suggest that Marcell and Jannie be added to the match winners list, but like you said this is not the week for nitpicking after such a performance so I wont.

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.15 10:52:10 by stevovo Reply
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  • The Sharks have a real opportunity against the Bulls if they pitch up with the same intensity on Saturday. Compete for the high balls, bully them upfront and target their favoured ball carriers and you’ll slowly but surely dismantle them. Things we’ve already gotten right in the game against the Lions so entirely possible.

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.02.15 10:54:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I like the new format Rob!
    On Reinach’s try.. never realised he had such a long arm! πŸ˜†
    More of the same next weekend please guys!

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.02.15 11:04:54 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Do u know where there is a site with proper player ratings that I can also look at? I much preferred the old way πŸ™

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.02.15 11:08:22 by Shones Reply

     
  • @Another Nick (Comment 5) : @Shones (Comment 6) : The ratings have been done this way for quite some time now as far as I recall.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.02.15 11:18:53 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Totally agree rob but i also like continuity, where they gel so well together that they unbeatable πŸ™‚

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.02.15 11:22:05 by Shadow Reply

     
  • @Shadow (Comment 1) : SP did make a few mistakes…but he also did some really, really good things! That try-saving tackle…and one other beautiful bit of defense when the Lions were even closer to the line…stand out. Well done, SP…

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.02.15 11:24:02 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Does anyone else think that, based on that performance by PSdT – in the lineouts and in general play -, there is no good reason that Victor Matfield should start ahead of him in any Bok tests!??! In fact, there are some compelling reasons why PSdT should start ahead of Matfield…
    Very good game, Piet! Keep it up!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.02.15 11:27:53 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I was really impressed with Jannie. He has struggled a bit in recent times and everybody and his pet has been writing him off and giving him a hard time. He showed that he is still a top performer and that a bit of a break now and then would do him good (I suspect the off season did him a whole lot of good!). He scrummed very well and his general play was top class. Well done, Doc!

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.02.15 11:31:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I’ve given my opinion on Giant in another thread…but just to make the point again here: that was an impressive performance any which way you look at it!

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.02.15 11:33:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : It’s an easy decision based on the PSdT’s current form but there will be other things weighing on Meyer’s mind I suspect. With his captain Jean possibly out injured or out of form for the World Cup he may look to Matfield for the leadership role. I expect lots of heated debate around this one should both locks be fit for the World Cup.

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.02.15 11:33:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Ya I remember from the very first time they changed to this way but I’m just personally not a fan. I still read it but would like to know if anyone knows where else they have player ratings

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.02.15 11:33:59 by Shones Reply

     
  • @vanmartin (Comment 7) : Oh really?? Ha! Look who was paying attention in class then. 😳 In that case.. as you were gents.. lol

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.02.15 11:34:43 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : PSDT was brilliant! He played with a maturity which belies his years.

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.02.15 11:36:06 by StevieS Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 12) : Giant had a brilliant debut. I hope he keeps it up… then I hope he moves to the Sharks permanently πŸ˜†

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.02.15 11:37:09 by StevieS Reply
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  • If the first two weeks of Super Rugby are anything to go by, Pat Lambie is opening up some daylight between himself and the other contenders for the Bok 10 jersey…
    He would have been my clear man of the match if it hadn’t been for those missed kicks. The conditions were atrocious, he did kick some beauties and he just looks better over his kicks this season…but at least one of his missed kicks was not a good miss!
    But he is looking so in control…

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.02.15 11:37:46 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 17) : Agreed…

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.02.15 11:39:08 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 18) : I’ve kicked in the wet before and you really have less confidence, so I’m prepared to cut him some slack. Having said that, he did land some beauties.

    Pollard is slipping further and further behind Lambie now.

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.02.15 11:41:38 by StevieS Reply
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  • Great team performance and interesting to see how the team will he selected for Loftus. Odwa was class on the wing. The pack was good, but with Botha, Alberts and Deysel – hmm… Going to be interesting. Can’t wait!

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.02.15 11:44:59 by Richard Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : You’re right…there will be much debate on it…and the leadership aspect is a concern. Here is my contribution to the debate at this stage:
    1. Based on the first two weeks of Super Rugby we simply cannot afford Victor’s weakness in the scrums and at the breakdown in a world cup (and he really has been weak!!)
    2. The Bulls lineout work, which used to be his strength, has been shabby so far…and PSdT has been a colossus in that department.
    3. I don’t have the answer to the leadership thing yet…I certainly think that Victor should be in the squad for just that purpose. I was always thinking of Francois Louw as onfield captain…but I don’t know about that. Bismarck got off to a good start on Saturday…but I don’t know whether he is the answer…
    My conclusion is that Victor is just too far off being the best player that we pay a big price for his leadership abilities…

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.02.15 11:45:40 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 20) : Absolutely fair point…given that the world cup may see plenty of those conditions, though, people will be looking at this…

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.02.15 11:47:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Richard (Comment 21) : πŸ˜† All smiles…

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.02.15 11:48:00 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 24) : Indeed, what a position to be in.

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.02.15 11:51:08 by Richard Reply

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  • Fair assessment on ratings. SP Marais was better this week in terms of his work rate but still picks the wrong kicking option sometimes…he chooses to punt when the grubber or up and under wud be more effective. Not impressed with Matt Stevens and yes we did scrum better but the way our props bind is living life on the edge. If scrum goes down we will be penalised more often than not. The Bulls will kick on us a lot so hope the guys practise their jumping and catching and forwards falling back to support

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.02.15 11:56:41 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Shones (Comment 14) : Rugby365, maybe? Of course, then you have to be prepared to read that Dale Steyn was our starting loose head, and see PSDT bubbling under to Victor Matfield…

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.02.15 11:58:28 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Shones (Comment 6) : Can’t please everyone

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.02.15 12:03:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 20) : Who is this Pollard folk? πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.02.15 12:05:47 by Ben Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 27) : Thanks, Rugby365 normally just does ratings for the Boks but I did read a nice article on my favourite Bissie yesterday about his scrumming πŸ™‚

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.02.15 12:11:13 by Shones Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : Yes I know that’s why I asked if u know of anywhere else too

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.02.15 12:12:41 by Shones Reply

     
  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : @Shones (Comment 30) : Beggars can’t be choosers. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.02.15 12:13:19 by Ben Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 26) : What I want to see from SP is not movement from last season to perfect in two weeks…it is steady improvement, though…and this week we got some of that…it’s a good first step. Well done, SP…

  • Comment 33, posted at 23.02.15 12:40:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 33) : But with SP’s brittle confidence I just don’t feel comfortable with him at the back. Don’t mean to rant. Best of luck to him, hope he can sort his issues out. I have no problems with him as a player or as a person.

  • Comment 34, posted at 23.02.15 12:45:05 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 34) : Fair enough…but hopefully these sort of steps in the right direction – and good man management – will help him regain some of that confidence. You live and you learn…and so can he…I hope…

  • Comment 35, posted at 23.02.15 13:05:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I know Plum didn’t believe in having someone in the coaching staff that focused solely on the psychological aspect of things. Do we have someone now?

  • Comment 36, posted at 23.02.15 13:10:13 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 36) : Rob my man?

  • Comment 37, posted at 23.02.15 14:10:49 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 37) : still not

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.02.15 14:31:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 36) : @robdylan (Comment 38) : A while ago I dreamt that I got the job…

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.02.15 14:50:17 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Thanks.

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.02.15 14:55:07 by Ben Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 39) : A nightmare, yeah? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.02.15 14:55:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10)

    I’m definitely not qualified to judge a matter like this because I don’t have time to watch any matches besides the ones the Sharks play. BUT I am totally convinced that Pieter-Steph has EARNED his place in the starting line-up in the World Cup ahead (FAR AHEAD) of Victor M. PSDT’s movements are effortless – his youth shines through. Victor does well for his age and he is very experienced. However I think he should rather coach the young ones – PSDT – first and foremost – rather than slouching round the field. That’s just my observation and opinion but I feel strongly none-the-less.

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.02.15 15:07:27 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @StevieS (Comment 20) :

    Agreed – fully!

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.02.15 15:14:56 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @[email protected] (Comment 42) : And I agree… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.02.15 15:37:54 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And here’s a shout out to our brand new defensive coach, well done on the clean slate? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.02.15 16:17:04 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 45) : Oh yeeessss…I keep forgetting about that!

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.02.15 16:20:45 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 46) : I felt obliged to make that comment after bringing the same subject up after the Cheetahs match.

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.02.15 16:32:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 46) : Are you in Wartburg or Hermansburg?

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.02.15 16:32:51 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 48) : In Wartburg…but also on the Board of Trustees at Hermannsburg School… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.02.15 16:35:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 49) : You busy man. Do you know St Edith F…..an?

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.02.15 16:39:32 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 50) : My biggest new year’s resolution was becoming less busy…for the sake of family and health. And I’m now making the most of my “day off Mondays”…
    I do know her… πŸ˜€

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.02.15 16:43:16 by pastorshark Reply
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  • And now off to my other new year’s resolution: exercise! Off to go swim a kilometer and a half…

  • Comment 52, posted at 23.02.15 16:47:22 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 51) :Be careful, I can see Rob twisting your arm to start churning out rugby articles.

    My wife taught with her in a previous life. A special person.

  • Comment 53, posted at 23.02.15 16:54:41 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 53) : Oh wow…small world!!

  • Comment 54, posted at 23.02.15 16:56:41 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @[email protected] (Comment 42) : Having PSdT uninjured for the whole season would be magical to say the least. Touch-wood.

  • Comment 55, posted at 23.02.15 17:19:45 by Ben Reply
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  • I said it in another thread, PSDT should start ahead of anyone in bok no.5 shirt. Matfield can come on in last 15 to 20 minutes to wave (that’s what the Xhosa commentators have been saying) at tired opposition attackers. If Juandre Kruger was good enough to start for the boks, with none of the grunt, so is PSDT.

  • Comment 56, posted at 23.02.15 18:21:09 by Mpandla Reply

     
  • @Ben (Comment 55) : No jinxing allowed!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 23.02.15 18:25:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @Mpandla (Comment 56) : You’ll fit right in here! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 58, posted at 23.02.15 18:26:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 57) : No jinx intended. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 59, posted at 23.02.15 18:54:53 by Ben Reply
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  • @Another Nick (Comment 5) : Cobus “Inspector Gadget” Reinach!!!!!!

  • Comment 60, posted at 23.02.15 22:34:30 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 12) : from a “so called” journey man player!?!?!? Huge game!!!!! Well done big man!!!!!

  • Comment 61, posted at 23.02.15 22:36:58 by JD Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 22) : Rob spot on and as long as we see a steady improvement each week then all is on track,but the Bismark,he just plays on another level all together eish,playing a has been as captain is what cost the Boks in the last WC ,at that level the has been will always be exposed

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