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Sharks player ratings vs Lions

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks on 29 Aug 2011 at 09:26
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The Sharks succumbed to their second Currie Cup loss of the season, going down to the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday evening. It was a disappointing performance from our team as a whole, but let’s take a look at the individual performances.

1.Dale Chadwick – Dale had a decent game in the scrums, with the referee having a better understanding of what happens at the scrums in comparison to Mr. van der Merwe, but didn’t quite dominate. One of a prop’s key duties is to be hitting the ruck, and he was nowhere near the rucks. 5/10

2.Craig Burden – Another solid scrum performance but he seems far from the running Craig we have come to expect. He is yet to have an outstanding game this season. 5/10

3.Wiehahn Herbst – Completes the front row that had a decent scrumming game, but all of them were missing when it counted, and that was to secure the ball at ruck time. 5/10

4.Anton Bresler – This man is coming into his own this season, but had a quiet game compared to the usual bustle we see from him. His function at line-out time worked for most part of the night, and that’s what really counts. 6/10

5.Ross Skeate – This was probably one of his better games in a Shark jersey, he carried the ball well, but made a few costly handling errors. Another good night at line-out time. 6/10

6.Keegan Daniel – I am not sure if it is the weight of expectation and the added pressure of being captain, but Keegan hasn’t been firing this season so far. Another average performance with limited effect carrying the ball, and he didn’t really do the hard graft at the breakdown. 5/10

7. Marcell Coetzee – Not this young man’s finest hour, he was largely ineffective carrying the ball up, where he was targeted with good low tackling. He will learn from this experience and will come back a better player. 5/10

8.Ryan Kankowski – Another non-performer on the night, Ryan has looked jaded and far from the running eighthman that we have become used to. One has to wonder why all our running forwards are nowhere near their best. 4/10

9.Charl McLeod – Charl battled with very poor ball as the forwards struggled to secure it. He was not poor with his passing or with his kicking game, and made a few breaks, but was hampered by lack of ball. 6/10

10.Fred Michalak – Much the same can be said about Fred, as he battled with back foot ball and a very effective defence structure employed by the Lions. His kicking cannot be faulted and is still the only creative player to get his hands on the ball. 6/10

11.Lwazi Mvovo – Good to see the steam train back in action for the Sharks, and he seems to have worked on his workrate, as he came looking for work and looked dangerous with ball in hand. 6/10

12.Meyer Bosman – After a few improved games, Meyer had another average game outside Michalak. Bosman is way too predictable and battles by not having a decent centre outside him that can run into space and in support. We can only really rate him with Adi or a decent outside centre next to him. 5/10

13.Stefan Terblanche – Was ineffective running with ball in hand, cost the Sharks valuable territory by not kicking out a penalty and just had an average game, something we have become used to over the last season or so. 4/10

14.Sibusiso Sithole – Sithole got precious little ball, but looked lively and exciting when he did have the ball. His defence was also up to standard on the night. 5/10

15.Louis Ludik – An average performance from Ludik, he didn’t get any ball on attack and chose to kick the ball back to the Lions instead of running at them. Defensively strong though. 5/10

16.Kyle Cooper – Was not on the park very long, but looks eager to show his worth.

17.Eugene van Staden – Another solid performer in the scrum, but nothing special in the loose to be quite frank. 6/10

18.Jandre Marais – Was prominent at in the line-outs, and also showed some good handling skills in the loose. 6/10

19.Jean Deysel – Deysel made a huge impact in this game, and gave some food for thought regarding the selection of the loose trio for the Bulls game. The best player on the park in the second half. 7/10

20.Jacques Botes – He came on and did what the loose trio couldn’t in the first half, and that was to secure the ball. Good second half performance. 6/10

21. Conrad Hoffmann – Not on for very long and got caught in possession a few times. Needs game time to further his game and get some form. 6/10

22. Adi Jacobs – Made all the difference in a backline that looks static and clueless. Injects pace and has to be in the team very soon, or we could see the back of him. 6/10


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