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Sharks player ratings v Bulls


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Jul 2012 at 08:00
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The Sharks pulled off a superb victory against the Bulls in Durban on Friday night, with the team rallying and pulling together to record just the sort of resounding victory they needed, after the atrocious loss against the Lions a month ago. Let’s see how the individuals did.

1) Beast Mtawarira. Part of a truly monstrous scrum effort and was busy and effective both on attack and at the breakdown. 7/10
2) Bismarck du Plessis. Bissie was at this sublime best and displayed a physicality and work-load that his opposite number simply couldn’t counter. It was men against boys out there, with the Sharks hooker leading the charge. 9/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. Totally annihilated Dean Greyling at scrum time, to the extent that the Bulls man simply wasn’t a factor in the game when he is usually an important ball-carrier for his side. Also made plenty of tackles in what may have been his best showing for the Sharks to date. 8/10
4) Anton Bresler. A hugely physical display marked by big tackles and aggression at the breakdown – Bresler overshadowed both of the Bulls’ Springbok locks and was also safe as houses on his own line out ball. 8/10
5) Pieter-Steph du Toit. A real stand-out in his first start and it’s a pity he only lasted 38 minutes. Plenty of pace and appears to have the physicality needed to succeed at this level, despite his age. 7/10
6) Keegan Daniel. Such a workhorse and such a key link-player, Daniel was prepared to get stuck in and do the donkey work while the other loose forwards ran amok. A great captain’s innings. 7/10
7) Marcell Coetzee. As always, made more tackles than anyone else and hardly put a foot wrong all evening, either on attack or defence. 9/10
8) Ryan Kankowski. We saw glimpses of form from Kanko in the final test against England and on Friday we were treated to the full package, Simply sublime in everything he did, with his dominance in the lineout a new factor in his game that caught everyone by surprise. 9/10

9) Charl McLeod. Stayed away from the fancy stuff and just concentrated on getting the ball away as quickly and cleanly as he could. One of his best games so far this year. 7/10
10) Fred Michalak. Always seems to save his best games for the Bulls and Fred was mature and confident as he controlled the game. Prepared to let Frans Steyn do most of the damage, but Michalak was always there to get the ball to the danger-men outside him. 7/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. A pretty quiet game from the top try-scorer, who unfortunately grassed a pass with an open run to the tryline ahead of him. THAT try-saving tackle on Akona Ndungane in the first half was a thing of beauty, though. 7/10
12) Frans Steyn. The energy and commitment that he brings to the team is infectious and while Frans will always make one or two mistakes in a game, the good that he does simply cannot be overstated. A great first outing back for the Sharks. 8/10
13) Tim Whitehead. Hugely committed on defence and a constant thorn in the Bulls’ side on attack. His partnership with Steyn shows much promise. 8/10
14) JP Pietersen. Such a key player for the Sharks, who is taking his role as a senior player in the back line very seriously. Scored a cracking try and was solid as you can ask for on defence. 8/10
15) Louis Ludik. In addition to his ever-safe play at the back, Ludik attacked the line with gusto this week and was finally rewarded for his efforts when he managed to scythe through for the vital bonus-point try late in the game. Mr Consistency delivers again. 8/10

16) Craig Burden. Unused.
17) Wiehahn Herbt. Solid in the scrums and put in a few of his trademark monster tackles as well. 7/10
18) Jandre Marais. A real physical presence, he made a huge number of tackles and carried the ball up strongly. 8/10
19) Jean Deysel. Brought on at lock – a position which doesn’t suit him – but Deysel did his best to adapt and contributed to the win as best he could. 6/10
20) Cobus Reinach. Only on for a single minute, so not enough to rate. Welcome to Super Rugby, young man!
21) Meyer Bosman. Not on long enough to rate.
22) Odwa Ndungane. Solid, as always, without really having much opportunity to show what he can do. 6/10



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