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Player Ratings: The Final


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 30 Oct 2012 at 10:00
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The Sharks went down in the last match of the season, losing to a Western Province outfit that clearly wanted it more, and played to their ability, while the Sharks somehow left the game plan that worked all season, to lose their third final in a year. Here is how the players went:

1) Beast Mtawarira. The scrums went well for the Sharks and the impact of Beast in the front row was felt. His loose play was not what we have come to expect from him. 6/10
2) Craig Burden. Was brought into the starting team to sort out the lineouts, yet that did not go according to plan. A poor showing from the burly hooker, who lost his place in the Springbok squad as a result. 4/10
3) Jannie du Plessis. His renewed partnership with Beast in the front row showed in the scrums where we dominated Western Province. The scrums went south when he left the field. 6/10
4) Steven Sykes. Again, brought into the side to get the lienouts right, and how horribly wrong did that not go. Missing in loose play as well. 4/10
5) Anton Bresler. Not the usual good game from the man that has played almost every game this entire year, but has to take part of the blame for the lineouts not working. 4/10
6) Marcell Coetzee. Coetzee tried valiantly to gain yardage the only way he knows how to, but was a marked man and yet rather ineffective. Defensively sound though. 6/10
7) Willem Alberts. Brought in to bring bulk and go forward ball, but I suspect Deysel would have done a better job. Alberts was one-dimensional and killed a lot of ball. 5/10
8) Keegan Daniel. In a game where the captain had to motivate his troops and keep the team going, I feel he went missing and will learn from this loss. His usual attacking game was not witnessed in a tight final.5/10

9) Cobus Reinach. It was a big game for the young scrumhalf but he could not equal his good showing from the semi-final. Although solid, a few passes went awry and should have been subbed a bit earlier. 5/10
10) Patrick Lambie. He kicked everything that was lined up at goal, but it was ion loose play where I felt Lambie could have let the ball go wider sooner, rather than killing it himself or going back into traffic. 6/10
11) Lwazi Mvovo. A quiet game, as can be expected from a wing in a tight final. His defensive game was put to the test and I thought he did well when challenged. 6/10
12) Tim Whitehead. Linked up with Jordaan very well, creating some room for the youngster outside him, but got very little ball for most of the match. Defensively, another good effort from Tim.6/10
13) Paul Jordaan. He had a few great touches and a particularly good break in the first half, but again, got very little ball and was only there to defend, which he did well. 6/10
14) JP Pietersen. Adds huge value to the backline, and had a good game. Defensively strong and kept looking for work. The stand out back of the game. 7/10
15) Louis Ludik. Was solid again, but not up to the standard he has set himself during the competition. A game that most likely cost him a spot in the Bok squad. 6/10

16) Kyle Cooper. The lineouts did not improve with his arrival, and it was at this stage that WP were dominating possession, and he got almost no ball in hand. 5/10
17) Wiehahn Herbst. The scrums wobbled a bit with Wiehahn on, and was again only asked to defend for long periods of time. 6/10
18) Jandre Marais. Not on long enough.
19) Jean Deysel. Had little impact in his 20 minutes on the park, asked to defend and defend. 5/10
20) Charl McLeod. This was the best substitution of the day and Charl had plenty to do. A good little break which could have won us the game that his decision making was poor. 5/10
21) Meyer Bosman. Asked to defend in midfield, and did very little wrong. 6/10
22) Odwa Ndungane. No real effect out on the wing, even though he was on for a good 15 minutes. 5/10



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