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Sharks player ratings vs Blues

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 16 Apr 2012 at 09:30
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The Sharks beat the Blues in Auckland this weekend, coming away with the full five points and ending their tour on a bit of a high, celebrating 11 points from the four matches. Many feel the Sharks could have done much better, but let’s take a look at the individual performances from the weekend’s match.

1.Dale Chadwick – Was solid in the scrums and once again played the full match, his eighth full game so far this season. His work in the loose also showed improvement from previous outings – 6/10
2.Craig Burden – What a game from the big Burden, showing that the Sharks can manage without the great Bismarck. Showed insight and good pace in getting his intercept try, but was extremely busy throughout the game – 8/10
3.Jannie du Plessis – One feels that Jannie is just not hitting top gear at the moment, whether it is just form or some niggle that he might be carrying, he just does not seem himself. Tony Woodcock did show him a few things though. We hope for a better match on home soil – 6/10
4.Steven Sykes – Was at the right place and time to score his try after the Daniel intercept, and was good in the lineouts. He could be an important part of the team in terms of a cool head and leadership abilities – 7/10
5.Anton Bresler – A busy match from the big guy, getting his hands dirty at ruck time. Showing he is a go to man in that second row, amongst quite a few locks currently at the Sharks – 7/10
6.Marcell Coetzee – Only played half the match, and we are still to learn whether he went off as a result of an injury or not, but played his heart out and tackled like a machine, yet again – 7/10
7.Jean Deysel – Starting his first match, seemed a little out of sort still, but put in a fair amount of work on defence with some huge hits, as well as hitting rucks, which is why he was selected. Good to see the man on the park – 6/10
8.Keegan Daniel – Has showed some real improvement in form over the last few weeks, with the two New Zealand matches probably his best outings so far. Great intercept that led to the Sykes try, and was in support to score his own and had the Blues defence guessing throughout the match – 8/10

9.Charl McLeod – This guy is playing his heart out at the moment, putting in a huge amount of work on defence, and getting the ball to our man Lambie with speed and accuracy – 7/10
10.Pat Lambie – How we have missed this man, and what could have been against the Hurricanes should he have played, we will never know. Knows when to take on the line and when to put his backline away, just wish he work on his kicks not hitting the player in front of him – 7/10
11.Lwazi Mvovo – Saw him getting involved at ruck time and looking for work, which is what we have been asking for. Had limited opportunities with ball in hand – 6/10
12.Tim Whitehead – Yet another stand out performance from the new acquisition, Tim is proving to be the number one line breaker at the Sharks, and his partnership with JP Pietersen is working a charm. Got himself a lucky try as well – 8/10
13.JP Pietersen – A quieter game from the big centre, still got the Sharks over the gainline when it mattered. Again, he had limited time with ball in hand – 6/10
14.Louis Ludik – Not a conventional winger, but what defence this man showed, tackling anything that moved with ball in hand. Saved the Sharks on a few occasions, well played Louis – 7/10
15.Riaan Viljoen – Solid as ever from the fullback, who shows great ability under the high ball. His long range kicking boot is handy to have from the back – 7/10

16.Kyle Cooper – Came on to make his debut, but not long enough to rate.
17.Wiehahn Herbst – Came on for Jannie, and the scrums looked as solid as before. It won’t be long until we see him starting matches regularly – 7/10
18.Jandre Marais – Another hot lock for the Sharks, the big man getting involved and not allowing his inexperience to drop the quality on the park. A great asset and will be pushing hard for more game time – 7/10
19.Willem Alberts – Made quite an impact from the bench, putting in a few good runs, but his defence is what is most notable, putting in some big hits – 7/10
20.Jacques Botes – Played almost 40 minutes, coming on for Marcell, and showed what a great asset he still is for the Sharks. Great with ball in hand, and one of the first men at the breakdown – 7/10
21.Meyer Bosman – Came on too late to be rated.
22.Fred Michalak – Not long enough on the park for a rating.


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