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Sharks player ratings v Chiefs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 23 Apr 2012 at 08:00
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The Sharks slumped to a 12-18 defeat at the hands of the Chiefs on Saturday, in the process recording their first home loss of a campaign that now appears all-but extinguished. Let’s rate the individuals involved.

1) Dale Chadwick. Held up his end in a forward pack that appeared to have the upper hand, even though this could not be converted into scoreboard dominance. Scrummed and tackled well. 6/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Full of fire and brimstone, but the dual demons of shoddy lineout work and poor decision on attack conspired to lose the Sharks lots of ball. 5/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Solid at scrum time, but offered little else, with low work-rate a concern. 4/10
4) Steven Sykes. Solid defensively and was one of the few forwards to shine with ball in hand. 7/10
5) Anton Bresler. Put in a huge amount of work on defence and kept the Chiefs under pressure with countless physical hits. 7/10
6) Jacques Botes. Worked hard enough for two people and was present at every breakdown, performing the open-side role with distinction. 8/10
7) Willem Alberts. Looks a shadow of the player he was last year and the number of tackles he’s missing each week makes one wonder if he’s really over his shoulder injury. Now regularly gets knocked back in the tackle too. 4/10
8) Keegan Daniel. Poor options as captain and retains a penchant for overly-risky play, particularly when the situation cannot justify such an approach. A key figure in terms of continuity and keeping the ball alive, though. 5/10

9) Charl McLeod. An error-strewn display. The backs were woeful on the day and it started with McLeod. 4/10
10) Pat Lambie. A solid showing from the flyhalf, who kicked well at posts, in particular and was solid on defence. Made a few good breaks too. 7/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. Put in one or two nice runs, but was used far too sparingly on a day when he appeared to have the better of his opposite number. 5/10
12) Tim Whitehead. Not his best game and one wonders how much of effect the injury he carried into the week must have had on his preparation and his performance. Timmy struggled with the greasy ball and his distribution was sub-par. That said, the defensive work that contained the Sonny Bill threat was exemplary and may just have provided a blueprint for other teams to follow. 6/10
13) JP Pietersen. Looked like a guy playing out of position and struggling to understand his role, particularly on defence, where he has a very poor day. Dodgy handling inside him conspired to ensure he received no attacking ball worth mentioning. 4/10
14) Louis Ludik. A good performance under the circumstances, even though he spent most of his day covering for Riaan Viljoen’s disastrous play at fullback. Offers very little on attack, but safe as houses defensively with some big hits made on the day. 6/10
15) Riaan Viljoen. Inconsistency has always been the main reason that Viljoen has failed to rise to the top of the pile and that has again been evident, with an unacceptably high error count making him a liability to the team. On this sort of performance, he cannot be picked at fullback ahead of Ludik, or even Gouws Prinsloo. 3/10

16) Craig Burden. Not on long enough to be rated, but did a few good things.
17) Wiehahn Herbst. Performed his basics well and was strong on defence. 6/10
18) Pieter-Steph du Toit. Not on long enough to be rated, but took a good lineout ball and made a decent charge.
19) Jean Deysel. Unused. What was the point of that?
20) Marcell Coetzee. A brave, strong showing from a young man whose will to win shines out in this team, where so many other seem prepared to accept mediocrity. Work rate is unsurpassed. 7/10
21) Meyer Bosman. Struggled with the wet ball, but made every tackle he was asked to, including one on Sonny Bill that may just have erased a few of his worse memories from Twickenham. 5/10
22) Fred Michalak. Not on long enough for a rating, which is a kindness to him. Brought on at the wrong time and in the wrong position, his introduction disrupted what little rhythm the Sharks had at that point.


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