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Sharks player ratings v Blue Bulls


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 1 Oct 2012 at 08:00
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The Sharks splashed their way to yet another home victory on Friday night, this time a single-point thriller against the Bulls. Let’s rate the individuals on their performances.

1) Dale Chadwick. The up-and-down season continues for Dale. Scrummed very well against Werner Kruger, who is starting to become his bunny in many ways, but was pretty quiet otherwise in a pack that battled to gain a real upper hand. 6/10
2) Pieter Dixon. Started with a few wobbly line-outs, but came good after a while and was also a real rock in the middle of the scrum. Really not much of a factor at all with ball in hand, though and whether intentional or not (I maintain the latter), his red-card offence so nearly cost the team dearly. 5/10
3) Wiehahn Herbst. A very good game for Wors, which started with a truly dominant scrumming performance. He’s been a little up and down this season, but was at his destructive best on Friday night. 7/10
4) Steven Sykes. Had a reasonable outing, all in all, but as the most experienced lock in either match 22, I was expecting a more dominant performance. 6/10
5) Anton Bresler. A pretty good all-round game, with high work rate, particularly on defence, again the stand-out characteristic. 7/10
6) Jacques Botes. Inside that relatively small frame beats the heart of a lion and what’s more, a true professional. Never gives less than everything he has and once again tackled himself to an absolute standstill in conditions that hardly suit his preferred style of rugby. 7/10
7) Jean Deysel. Performed admirably on defence, but once again was rather ineffective with ball in hand. After a bright start to the campaign, Wollie is starting to look a little jaded, which is a concern. 6/10
8) Keegan Daniel. The best forward on the field, for either side, by quite a big margin. This man is in the form of his life and it’s a travesty that he’s not still in the national frame. 9/10

9) Cobus Reinach. The hot streak continues. Cobus was superb and is rapidly proving to be a player you can rely on regardless of the conditions. Tactical kicking was spot on, passing remained crisp and accurate and his option-taking was also superb. 8/10
10) Riaan Viljoen. An error-strewn display at flyhalf that kept his team properly under pressure and did nobody any favours. You have to question whether shifting him back to pivot just before kick-off was the right move to make. 3/10
11) Paul Jordaan. Enjoyed no ball to speak off, yet still, somehow, managed to score one of his freaky “x-factor” tries. A special talent, but also an unorthodox one and if we’re going to nitpick, we could ask why he doesn’t do more to get his hands on the ball. 7/10
12) Meyer Bosman. Viljoen’s sloppy play at flyhalf saw precious little ball go the way of the centres, meaning Meyer was reduced to tackling for 80 minutes, which he did admirably. Goal-kicking was below par, though and he’ll want to bounce back after two less-than-stellar weeks with the boot. 6/10
13) Tim Whitehead. Did a great job of keeping the Springbok opposite him quiet, but like Bosman, had precious little opportunity to do much other than tackle. 6/10
14) Odwa Ndungane. Added huge confidence, composure and experience on a day when balls were dropping out of the sky nearly as frequently as the raindrops were. Odwa is the proverbial “safe pair of hands” in this backline and always does the right thing at the right time. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. Another utterly superb performance at fullback from a man who is consistently brilliant each week. 8/10

16) Kyle Cooper. Not long enough to be rated, but great to see him back.
17) Julian Redelinghuys. Not long enough to be rated.
18) Jandre Marais. Another superb showing from a man with a real penchant for the rough stuff. He’s big and strong and works oh-so hard. Watch this guy – he’s going places. 7/10
19) Tera Mtembu. Yanked off after just 30 seconds in the cruellest of circumstances; hoping he’ll get more time against the Cheetahs.
20) Charl McLeod. Unused.
21) Marius Joubert. Unused.
22) S’bura Sithole. Unused



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